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Ester: Hi, Laura. Thanks for taking time to answer my questions. First of all, what made you decide to become a writer?
Laura: I think I’ve always been scribbling down stories. It wasn’t a conscious decision, just something I’d always done. I’m excited that others want to read what I’ve written, too.
Ester: I can imagine. How long have you been writing professionally?
Laura: I’ve been publishing short stories here and there since 2007. My first novel, EMBERS, was released in April, 2010.
A sequel, SPARKS, is out now.
Ester: Beautiful covers, Laura. What do you do for fun when you aren’t writing?
Laura: My husband and I enjoy amateur astronomy. Very amateur astronomy. We consider it a success if we return to the car with all the unbroken telescope parts we started out with, and nothing runs out of batteries. If something comes into focus and it’s vaguely recognizable as a planet or star, that’s a bonus.
Ester: How cool is that? I see you also write under the name Alayna Williams. Do you have any books out under that name?
Laura: Yes. DARK ORACLE.
Ester: Do you write full-time or part-time?
Laura: I write part-time. Darn that day job!
Ester: We all have to eat and pay bills, don’t we? Where do you reside?
Laura: I live in Ohio.
Ester: Tell us about your latest releases.
Laura: My urban fantasy series (above) was released this year by Pocket-Juno. This is the publisher’s blurb for EMBERS:
Truth burns. Unemployment, despair, anger– visible and invisible unrest feed the undercurrent of Detroit’s unease. Homes and businesses are increasingly invaded by phantoms and now, with the annual destruction of Devil’s Night approaching, a supernatural arsonist is setting blazes to summon a fiery ancient power that will leave the city in cinders.
“By day, Anya Kalinczyk is an arson investigator in the Detroit Fire Department. At night-accompanied by her elemental familiar, a salamander named Sparky, and an eccentric group of ghost hunters-Anya pursues malicious spirits. The rarest form of psychic medium, a “Lantern,” Anya doesn’t allow spirits to communicate through her with the physical world like most mediums, she devours restless harmful souls and incinerates them. She’d like to get closer to Brian, a ghost-hunting techno-wiz, but a lifetime of those she loves getting hurt makes her hold back. Her two roles mesh when, on the trail of a serial firebug, she discovers an arsonist is attempting to use the fires to rouse Sirrush, a supremely powerful elemental, from the salt mine beneath the city of Detroit. Anya must capture the arsonist before Devil’s Night, when the spell will be complete and Sirrush will rise to raze the city.”
Ester: Wow! That sounds like an interesting plot to say the least. Do you have any appearances coming up?
Laura: Yes. Coming up Oct. 7th, Back to the Book-Northeast Ohio Regional Library Conference-Twinsburg, Ohio. Then Oct. 28-31, World Fantasy Convention-Columbus, Ohio.
Then, January 20, 2011, Ohio University–Chillicothe.
Ester: It sounds like October will be busy. Where can your fans find you?
Laura: My author website is: www.salamanderstales.com I also maintain a blog for writers at: www.salamanderstales.blogspot.com and http://lbickle.livejournal.com
Ester: Thanks Laura for spending time with me.
Laura: Thank you so much for the chance to chat with you! I enjoyed myself.