Monday, 13 August 2018

#MondayMeet - Laura Greenwood / @lauramg_tdir

Monday Meet Author Q&A
This Monday we're thrilled to have Laura Greenwood talking to us about about her co-authored novel From The Deeps.

What inspired you to write From The Deeps?
My close friend (and now co-author) Skye MacKinnon was having a very boring day at work. So I decided to do something about it and sent her 500 words of a story. 

I've always wanted to write about a kelpie (shape-shifting water spirit) and I actually wasn't completely sure she'd go with it at all. She did and now we have a series!

Where is From The Deeps set?
It's set in Scotland - mostly because we include a lot of Scottish and Celtic mythology. Our main character is a kelpie, but we also have beithirs, Seelie, Cat Sìths and more!

Who is your protagonist?
A kelpie called Macey. She mostly developed as a character as we wrote her, but embodies a lot of what Skye and I stand for: she's honest, loyal and has this inner strength that even she's not that sure of.

How long was the process from idea to publication?
Oh this is a good question. I think we started writing mid-October and released in December. So a couple of months? We were both working on our own projects in that time too. We've finished book two in the series and we're now working on book three.

What have you learned anything during this process?
Just how well Skye and I work together! We do have another series planned after this one finishes. There's a lot of trust needed for a project like this and I'm ridiculously lucky to have such an amazing friend and co-author.

Do you have any writing routines?
Not really. I drink a lot of tea while I'm writing. But then I'm British - I drink a lot of tea full stop.

So what's next for you writing wise - other than working on book three with Skye?
I’m working on my own paranormal reverse harem series Fated Seasons: Winter. And I’m working on a number of series with other authors, including Torn Soul with Arizona Tape (book two our Dragon Soul series) and Pandora’s Pain with A.K. Koonce (book one of a new series that is our take on Pandora’s box).

With so many writing projects on the go at one time, what advice would you give to anyone looking to start their first novel?
Write! And that making mistakes is absolutely fine so long as you learn from them. Everything is a chance to do better than last time, so long as you can harness that, you'll go far.

Thank you for taking the time to talk to the Pict team today. Good luck with your many writing projects.

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