About The Author ... In Her Own Words...
I am a writer, editor, friend, author, and proud puppy mom.
I spent four glorious years studying English and communications at Boston College (Go Eagles!) before cutting my teeth as a reporter for the New Canaan Advertiser in southwestern Connecticut. In its centennial year, the paper named me its first female editor… and I became addicted to deadline-day adrenaline.
Now off the juice, I’m a published author and freelance journalist… and I am loving it!
My stories and articles have appeared in Kiwi Magazine, Westchester Magazine, Just Labs, Westchester Home, Serendipity, The Improper Bostonian, and Westchester/Hudson Valley Weddings, as well as in myriad newspapers and at PrickoftheSpindle.com.
My debut novel, Desperately Ever After, is now available through Amazon.
Q&A With Laura Kenyon ...
What inspired you to write your first book?
It's less a matter of what inspired me than of what took me so long! I've always loved reading books and writing almost anything. Sometimes I feel like I can't go through the day without something inspiring an idea for a character or a story. The idea for Desperately Ever After came to me over 15 years ago (the result of a Disney-obsessed kid becoming a jaded teenager), and was continually fueled by life experience and shows like Desperate Housewives and Sex and the City.
I wanted to know what happened after the "happily-ever-after." Would Cinderella be happy ten years down the road? Would she have four kids? Would she still fit into her ball gown? And what about Beast? How long would it take him to start ogling the mirror and chasing tail after Beauty broke his curse? These questions created an entire world in my head that fermented for years before I finally put pen to paper. I couldn't hold it in any longer!
How much of the book is realistic?
A lot, surprisingly. Simply replace "five boroughs" with "five kingdoms," merge America's political landscape with that of England's, and add a dash of (governmentally monitored) magic. The day-to-day interactions, romantic relationships, friendships, struggles, fears, triumphs, etc., are all one hundred percent real. While it has a fantasy twist, deep down the series is about a group of women dealing with how their lives have turned out -- they just happen to live in castles.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not really. I mean, I wouldn't be able to write about such great relationships if I didn't know what it felt like to be in one or to have supportive friends, but that's where my real-life parallels end. Though I do have a handsome prince and a noble steed (Labrador retriever).
Do you see writing as a career?
Writing is definitely my career; it's just a matter of what TYPE of writing! I was a full-time journalist as soon as I graduated college, and now supplement my fiction aspirations with freelance articles. But fiction, to me, is freedom. In an ideal world, I'd be able to support my entire family by writing books
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Damsels in Distress, the sequel to Desperately Ever After, was just released this week. It’s hard to say too much about the story without giving away things from Book One, which still feels brand new! But it continues Belle’s struggle and also adds Sleeping Beauty (Dawn), whose storyline is actually one of my favorites. Dawn's was initially in Desperately Ever After but had to be moved for space reasons. I left her as a background character in the first book, and really can’t wait for everyone to get to know her better in the second. There are so many questions people never ask about the Sleeping Beauty tale: What kind of man would come upon a comatose woman in the woods and kiss her? How would she have felt waking up covered in dust with a stranger’s tongue in her mouth? What if she'd been in love with someone else before the curse hit? How would she reconcile her old life with her post-curse existence?
Who designed the covers?
Design for Writers. I would recommend them to anyone.
What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?
Finding time is always an issue. But self-publishing my very first novel as a complete unknown, trying to spread the word about the series, navigating the highs and lows of pregnancy, AND writing Damsels in Distress all at the same time was ... well, I feel like I'm recovering from running five marathons back to back.
What has been your favourite part of the whole process?
A few years ago, I thought it was ridiculous when authors described their characters as having minds of their own--and actually steering the story in unexpected directions. But now that I've experienced it ... now that I've watched them grow before my eyes ... I can absolutely verify that it's true. I love these women like they're flesh and blood friends, and it's amazing!
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I think I started keeping diaries as soon as I was old enough to hold a pencil. I've got notebooks filled with scrawled ideas, lines, scenes, characters, etc. gleaned from daydreams and everyday life. Typing or scribbling out my feelings and ideas is akin to exhaling for me. So I guess the short answer to your question is: Yes.
Finally do you have anything to say to your readers?
To everyone who read Desperately Ever After and told their friends, sent a tweet, wrote a review (SO important!!), hosted a contest, wrote a blog post, or simply looked forward to the next installment, I cannot thank you enough. If that aforementioned "ideal world" ever materializes, it will be in large part due to you.
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