Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Laura Kehoe!
Laura is a fantasy author, currently living in Washington State. She is thrilled to share her debut novel, Royal Thief, with the world. When she’s not writing or reading, she enjoys hiking and spending time with her cat.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? I think I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer. Even when I was little and didn’t know how to form words on a page, I was always making up stories. As soon as I knew how to actually write those stories down, there was no stopping me.
Why did you choose to write your genre? I’ve loved fantasy ever since I was a little girl. Being able to escape into a world so completely different from our own is one of the most freeing and wonderful feelings.
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? That’s a really good question. I’ve written some really odd stories in my time. Once, for a class project, I wrote about two talking worms. That was certainly a pretty strange little story. [Talking worms… Yup. Qualifies as strange. LOL!]
What are you currently working on? I’m currently in the editing stages of the sequel to Royal Thief. I also have another project that’s just getting started. I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say there may be a couple dragons. And perhaps a unicorn or two as well.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? I get my inspirations for plots from a variety of different places: movies, books, people in my life, the news, etc.. For Royal Thief, two inspirations that really stand out are the musical, Les Miserables and one of my childhood favorites, Eragon by Christopher Paolini.
What was the hardest story for you to write? I’m not sure if I have one specific story that was harder to write than any of the others. Each of them has been difficult for different reasons.
What process do you use to plan your novels? I always try to start out with a general outline. But, then I get writing and become so wrapped up in my story that I usually go in a totally new direction than the one I’d planned. So, I end up making up a lot of the plot as I go along.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? That’s such a hard question! I’ve loved so many of my characters over the years, it’s difficult to pick one favorite. In my published book, Royal Thief, I think I might have to say Catrain is my favorite character. She has so much humor and personality that I ended up having a pretty easy time creating her character and getting to know her. So that made it even more fun to write about her.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? I think facets of my personality have bled into almost all of my characters. While I try not to base any of my characters on specific people, including myself, I think it’s impossible not to put at least a little bit of oneself in the characters they write. It’s hard to write a character you have absolutely nothing in common with.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? I think any writer who says they’ve never experienced writer’s block is either lying or some extreme writing superhero. I’ve definitely had my fair share of writer’s block over the years. Normally, the best thing for me to do is step away from the project I’m working on for a day or so. Usually when I come back, my brain has started to clear a bit and I can keep going forward.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? I’ve always thought it would be fun to write a really great spy thriller. I grew up watching movies and TV shows about the CIA, MI6, and all sorts of other groups specializing in undercover operations. I would love to write one of my own stories someday.
Which authors inspire you? So many authors have inspired me! It’s difficult to just pick a handful. There’s J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and J.K. Rowling, of course. I grew up devouring those books and they still inspire me today. But, more recently, I’ve taken inspiration from Michael J. Sullivan, Marie Brennan, Naomi Novik, and V.E. Schwab.
What novel would you read multiple times? There are a couple thousand books I would read more than once if I had the time. Unfortunately, with my schedule, I don’t get very much time to read anything so when I do I try to read something new from my ever-growing to-read pile. But, I have—and probably will again in the future—re-read Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan and the Chronicles of Narnia.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) I can only pick one? Oh man that’s such a hard choice! For a real person, I think it would be awesome and fascinating to meet Oscar Wilde in person. Not only would he probably be highly entertaining to talk to, but think of all the history he could share!
But if we’re talking fictional characters too, I would have to go with Minerva McGonagall. I would be a little nervous to meet her, but she’s so fantastic that it would be worth any nerves for the chance to spend some time with her. She’s always been one of my all-time favorite characters.
What is your favorite quote? I have so many I love. But one of my favorites is:
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? I’m going to have to go with dragons. I know it’s a little cliche, but dragons will always have my heart. I would absolutely love to make friends with a dragon!
What is your favorite color? I really love blue, but also black if you want to count that as a color.
When you’re not writing… Unfortunately, writing is still only a part-time career for me. Right now my other job is working at a horse stable while I finish up school to be a paralegal.
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