I’m excited today to present Laura Simcox to everyone and her very recent release, Summer Promises. Before we tell you about her book, let’s put Laura on the hot seat.
Do you prefer redeemable villains, or like them nasty through and through?
Hmm. I think it depends on the story. There are some villains that need to get blown to bits, and there are some that are worthy of redemption.
I like a hero with some self-doubt. Strong and silent is sexy, but if our guy can’t grow emotionally, it gets boring after awhile.
How do you pick the names of your characters?
Well, it’s a process. I start with the heroine and hero and write down some choices that sound good together. I say them out loud. Then I do a search to make sure no prominent real people have those names. For secondary characters, I like to choose names that are symbolic (or yes, stereotypical in some cases) without being too obvious. I enjoy naming. Can you tell?
What did you do immediately after receiving your first ‘call?’
I received my first ‘call’ while scrolling e-mail on my Kindle. It was: “Crap. Crap. More crap. No, I don’t want an oil change coupon. Crap. And then…..HOLY CRAP!” My eyes got round as buttons on a pea coat and because my toddler son and I had been playing pirates I said “Yarrr! Yer momma’s going to be published!”
Gloomy day or sunshine to get your muse going?
Sunshine is best. Gloomy days make my muse urge me to turn on the TV and grab a blankie. My muse likes sunbeams.
Beach vacation or sightseeing?
Sightseeing in the nerdiest form possible. I prefer historic homes, museums and living history in general.
Carrie Underwood or Lady Gaga?
Neither. Told you I was a nerd. My favorite music is Christmas music, preferably sung by a world-class choir. But I also love Aerosmith.
Here’s a blurb about Summer Promises:
After spending twenty years in professional theater as a costume designer, Laura abandoned the nomadic lifestyle to sit in a comfy pleather office chair at a beat up ginormous second hand oak desk and write. The result? Romance novels! Her favorite thing ever since she was, oh, about twelve. She is thrilled to be counted among the romance authors of this world and enjoys reading all genres. She writes contemporary, light novels and enjoys creating quirky characters and funny dialogue. Sometimes it’s even juvenile dialogue, but hey, who couldn’t use a dose of silly humor every now and then? Still, the love story is the focus and Laura has a huge soft spot for a sappy, happy ending.
Laura lives in North Carolina with her husband (true love is real!!!) and her adorable, high energy three year old son who is currently obsessed with pirates. And that’s cool, because she loves ‘em too.
You can find Laura hanging out here: Laura Simcox website