This is the homepage for the Laurawrites.net FAQ. The available questions and answers are below.
“Why do you use two names? Are you hiding something?”
Actually, it’s pretty mundane. When my books were first published, I used the name Laura Wright for everything. As time passed, I began to notice how common that name was, in fiction particularly. It’s much like “John Smith.” I couldn’t easily change my author name, as I already had a readership. The best solution I found was to continue writing non-fiction under my original “Laura Wright,” but reserve “L. Chambers-Wright,” for fiction.
“Your books say you live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Where exactly is that?”
I live in Southwestern Virginia, close to the Tennessee border.
“Did you go to college?”
I do not hold a degree, but have attended college.
“Why do you write horror?”
We writers don’t get to choose our genres, for one reason or another. Aside from that, I’ve always been a fan of supernatural fiction. I think it is one of the last remaining genres where good and evil truly battle, without the inclusion of so much gray area you aren’t certain who to “root for.”
I also come from a long line of storytellers and most of our Appalachian stories contain an element of the supernatural or fantastic. It’s very familiar area.
“Where do you get your ideas?”
Everywhere. I’ve gotten them from reading a newspaper article, a book, looking outside, gaming, or just surfing the internet.
“Do you get writers’ block?”
I think I’m too busy. I’m a fast thinker, so there’s no mental lag between topics or ideas of interest.
“Do you do book signings or attend festivals?”
I seldom have anything like a book signing or public readings. I have a number of family obligations, and that makes any event particularly difficult to arrange, or often just attend.
“What advice would you give to someone considering a career in writing?”
Run. Quickly. Close that novel and put it back on the shelf, because to do otherwise is nothing short of madness.
“What do you think is the biggest issue facing writers and authors today?”
One of the same issues facing everyone: illiteracy . Our reading capacity and comprehension rates are plummeting. Reading is communication, and when communication fails, we usher in another Dark Age. Writing is an imperative, just as much as verbal communication.
“Why do you advocate for self- or independent publishing? Don’t most writers want to be published via the major publishers?”
Of course. Everyone wants recognition in their field, and writers are no different. The major publishing industry has been broken for a long, long time. Even Edgar Allan Poe wrote about the problems in professional publishing, and sadly they haven’t really changed.
While there are many issues, the historied difficulties are nepotism and cronyism. When writers are being told that they need to attend conventions and personally befriend professionals, just to get their book considered, you know the system is broken. Personal bias should never be embraced in an intellectual field, yet it is. This doesn’t even take into consideration the issues many publishers are facing with the rise of independent publishing. The industry is shaken.
Authors currently have a better chance on their own. True, they don’t have the resources of a major publisher, but they are also free of binding contracts and the migraine-inducing issues arising from rights. They can publish and unpublished as they like, without having to go through a number of departments, lawyers, or other redundancies. They can use their book cover, sample chapters, and a variety of other measures to promote their book, without needing permission from the book’s actual copyright owner (the publisher). When you need formal permission to do any of those things, it isn’t really your work any longer.
“Are you married?”
Yes, for nearly 2 decades.
“You mention family obligations preventing you from engaging in certain events. Why?”
My son is autistic, and I don’t have access to nurses or other caregivers. Honestly, even if I did, my son takes precedence.