Friday, October 14, 2011
Today I'm happy to be chatting with author Laura Rodela. Laura is currently touring with her book Confessions, a memoir of self discovery and friendship. Laura is also offering a giveaway for an e-book copy or two of Confessions. All you have to do is leave a comment with your email address and you are entered to win.
Welcome Laura and thank you so much for chatting with me today.
BK: How long have you been writing?
Laura: Confessions is my first book. I have always had a passion for the pen, however, due to obligations I put it aside for many years.
BK: What inspired this particular novel?
Laura: My friends and I have shared many life changing moments together. As I got older I realized a lot of women out there go through similar situations. I felt that talking about self image, self love and other issues that women face daily I would hopefully be able to help someone else get through it. Confessions came about as a need to publicly discuss issues that we normally dont talk about in public.
BK: What was the most difficult part in writing this story?
Laura: the most diffcult part for me was knowing that I was putting my life out there for everyone to examine with a microscope. it is not easy exposing intimate parts of your life for people to judge. I knew that I would either receive harsh critisism or praise for being brave enough to do it.
BK: If a series, what made you decide to make it a series?
Laura: I decided to make it a series because there is a lot of subjects that I didnt get to talk about in the first book. I wanted to introduce the characters and explain how we became lifetime friends. I also wanted to start by scratching the surface. there is a lot more that needs to be revealed.
BK: What is one piece of advice you were given and have carried with you to help in your writing?
Laura: My friends told me to write from the heart and at the same time not wear my heart on my sleeve. I can't take it personal if someone disagrees with the subjects I wrote about in this book.
BK: What advice can you give to new aspiring writers?
Laura: you will get better at your craft as you go along. the first book was an eye opener for me. I have learned a lot from writing this book. I believe this will make me a better writer.
BK: What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Laura: I enjoy volunteer work. I have learned valuable life lessons by helping others. I also spend a lot of time at the gym. we all need a stress reliever and the gym does that for me. last but not least I travel. I like to learn from the world. getting away from your comfort zone helps you grow and realize there are many other ways to look at things.
BK: What is one surprising thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?
Laura: good question. I am a huge fan of PRINCE the singer. my lifetime dream is to meet him. I have followed his career for many years. most people are surprised by this considering his music is a bit out of the norm.
BK: Where can readers find you?
Laura: they can follow me on twitter @write_aholic. I tweet about all kinds of subjects. I also have a fan page on FB www.facebook.com/allaboutconfessions
BK: anything else you would like to mention?
Laura: the Ebook is available at amazon.com and Smashwords.com. I love to interact with people so everyone is welcome to drop a line at my fan page or tweet with me. I respond to everyone.
Confessions is a story of five friends and a journey of self-discovery, the events in their lives that shaped who they have become and a friendship that lasted a lifetime. A true, funny and sometimes sad story about self love and acceptance.
Thank you so much for stopping in Laura. I wish you much success on your tour and with your book. If you want to win a copy of Confessions, leave a comment here with your email address.
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