ambushed asked me if I’d be part of the World Blog Hop for authors. Seeing she’s a great blogging friend I succumbed to the arm twisting and said yes. Actually she sent a smiley face and I crumbled under the pressure. So here we have it, there is obviously some formality about the whole thing and I have to answer four questions. Raani’s bit is first though.
My Website: http://www.raaniyork.com
I have been a high volume writer for years. I have published articles, letters, short stories, poems, continuation stories and descriptions of all kind. I also write novels, some of which can be found on my website. I have been educated in Switzerland and in the U.S. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and also obtained diplomas in Graphic Design, Color Studies and won a prize as a Logo Designer. I do speak four languages and several dialects. I work and live in Switzerland and the U.S. and travel often. Next to my writing and my cats, I like reading, blogging, Martial Arts, skiing, horseback riding, sky diving and enjoy playing the classical piano. This blog is posting in various categories, from personal experiences, humorous happenings, cat diaries, Interviews with Authors, travelling posts, book reviews and even letters to celebrities. Explore a fun blog.
Now we have my bit. ( I think I have it right )
Question 1) What are you working on?
I’m supposed to be tarting up my fourth novel in the Death Series, Cape of Death. Set mainly in far north Queensland, the story revolves around the deaths of several illegal immigrants on a deserted beach. Throw in a former Taliban fighter from Afghanistan on the loose in Australia’s last frontier and a pair of rednecks on a spree and you have the Homicide crew from book three on a huge manhunt. It’s complete but as you know there’s always something to do to a manuscript. I’ve been rather busy getting book three, River of Death printed for today. As you are reading this I’ll be talking at the local library for Senior’s Week and hopefully flogging off books.
Question 2) How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I think my work differs from others because I tend to call a spade a spade. I don’t hide behind words, I let them out to tell the story in a lifelike, realistic way. You can smell the blood, feel the gun in your hand and look into the eyes of people who would snuff you out in an instant. In real life people love, hate, desire and kill. They have feelings and real emotions, so do my ‘people.’
Question 3) Why do you write what you write?
My subject matter hasn’t always been seen as acceptable over time, sure it’s mentioned but it’s glossed over. Paedophilia, abuse, sex slavery, drug addiction, corruption and evil are all present in the world. I write about it because people need to be reminded of the state of the world now and then. That not everyone is who they seem and there are civilised people who commit terrible acts against those who can’t fight back. Being a self published author I’m able to do this and explore the limits of horror in the world today.
Question 4) How does your writing process work?
Erratically at the best of times. My writing day usually revolves around how I feel when I wake up. With my first two novels I wrote 10 hours a day 6 days a week until I finally slowed down. Starting late next week I have to discipline myself to take up finishing book 4 and continuing book 5. I like to work that way because I can take a break from one and still do something useful, often bringing in a fresh approach. I’m a pantser who has a basic idea of the story at the start and I work in with my characters. Hey, they know how the story goes.
From my about.me page.
If someone were to ask, ‘Laurie, just who are you?” I would probably come up with some smart arsed, glib reply and say, ‘Well, I’m me, who do you think I am?” They would mutter and walk away shaking their head, vowing never to ask it again. Now the subject has been broached, I will ask the question, “Laurie, who are you?” This calls for navel gazing, inner reflection and the need to break down the layers that my ego has placed there over the years. When I’ve removed the lint from said navel and peered into the depths of my psyche I have some idea about the inner me. After all, isn’t that what this writing lark is all about? Dredging up the dark, the dirty and edgy bits that stick like dried scraps in the drain of your life. You know the bits, no matter how much we flush and scrape the residue is still hanging on. I nurture it, tease it out and blog about it, don’t fret it’s not all gloom. I love pictures and delight in sharing what I see through the camera lens. The same applies to my life experiences, I look back through the lens of my memory and share the pictures in prose and poetry, ballad and tale. I don’t Photoshop my memories, they come out in RAW format. Every pixel bright and shiny for those who wish to look. If you want to join me on life’s long and winding road step up and read the posts. The who is sorted now for the where. Born in the north of England I found myself dragged kicking and screaming onto a migrant ship heading for Australia at the tender age of nine. It took about two days of hot weather and I’ve loved the place ever since. Finally the what. I’m retired and loving it, writing gritty crime novels now takes up my time. Read my blog, what I used to do for a living is all in there.
Apparently I now have to nominate other authors to take up the torch and continue this tour. Even if they don’t take up the challenge drop by and check out their blog pages. Here they are.
Seumas Gallacher Is on the Hop
Olga Nunez Miret