When my DS1 said he was coming home to collect some things on Friday 13th Feb I thought it had jeopardized popping into Waterstones to catch up with Laura on the Saturday (it would have meant a lift back to Uni on the Saturday).
I convinced him to leave it until the weekend afterwards, well, he didn’t want to be travelling on Valentine’s Day when he had much better things to do …
Having met Laura a couple of years ago at Sherborne Literary Festival, it was great to catch up with her again.
|Signing books in Waterstones, Dorchester|
We talked about writing groups and specifically The Romaniacs. As a reader I’ve enjoyed watching their writing paths change and develop over the past three years. In fact, they’re celebrating their 3 year anniversary with a fab giveaway. Head over there now (you have until midnight 20th Feb). They have some interesting new features on their blog and I’m looking forward to seeing how they’re going to be using technology.
We had plenty to talk about – Seth (a character in Follow Me Follow You) and his specific need of attachment disorder, characters, character’s names, EweSpeak, bleats and editing. Laura also talked about Book Three with a deadline of two weeks (no spoilers! I’m looking forward to reading) and how her structure for writing has changed for this book. She had a eureka moment the night before and I had to apologise for my OH who was trying to sneak a peek in Laura’s notebook on the table!
As much as I love social media, I enjoy meeting authors face to face and getting to know them in real time.
After Laura has met her deadline, I think it’s a meet up for coffee next time 🙂
You can read my review of Follow Me Follow You on the Weebly blog.
You save me and I’ll save you.
Victoria Noble has pulled the plug on romance. As director of the number one social networking site, EweSpeak, and single mother to four-year-old Seth, she wrestles with the work-life balance.
Enter Chris Frampton, Hollywood action hero and Victoria’s first love. His return from LA has sparked a powder keg of media attention, and with secrets threatening to fuel the fire, he’s desperate to escape. But finding a way forward is never simple. Although his connection with Victoria has lasted the test of time, has he been adrift too long to know how to move on?
With the risk of them breaking, will either #follow their heart?
About Laura E James
Possessing little in the way of domestic skills, and with an insatiable hunger to write, Laura E. James found a much better use than cooking, for the family kitchen. Tucked neatly in one corner is her very small, but very tidy desk from where she produces issue-driven romantic novels, short stories, and flash fiction. She considers her legendary affair with stationery, the urge to smell new books, and her mum’s love of reading as the catalysts for writing.
Living in and enjoying the inspirational county of Dorset, her formative years were spent in Watford, a brief train ride away from the bright lights of London. Here she indulged her love of live music, and, following a spectacular Stevie Nicks gig, decided to take up singing, a passion that scored her second place in a national competition.
Now in her formed years, Laura is a graduate of the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, a member of her local writing group, Off The Cuff, and one eighth of The Romaniacs.
With her debut novel nominated for the Best Romantic Ebook 2013, Laura writes for the award-winning Choc Lit.