Jul 302012

Today I have an interview with Lauren Waters, author of the Infinite series.

What inspired you to become a writer?

An idea. Many say, “Write the books you want to read” and for years, I wished that someone would release a book or movie that explored the possibilities of reincarnation. I came across a few reincarnation books that centered on star-crossed young soul mates with only flashbacks of one other past life. I yearned for one that dug deep into all of the intricacies of many lives and many relationships. I wanted it to feel real. Therefore, I decided that I would write it.

What kind of research did you do to write this book?

I strove to portray the most authentic history I could within this fantasy. I crave historical fiction that transports and submerges me, and I truly wanted to do as much research as possible to bring my readers to another place long forgotten. I researched the major events, daily life details, and read letters and accounts from actual people in those times in order to get a feel for the language and culture. After I finished the novel, I had experts in each historical period go over and fact check for me. I do manipulate some things such as time and fill in gaps left unsolved in the name of fantasy fiction. If you would like to learn more about my research please visit my website.

How long did it take to write your book?

I started writing the series three years ago. When I write, I can’t stop. I write very quickly and I would be prolific at this point if I didn’t have to research so much. Still, I wrote the first ten lives (almost three books) in about a year and half. When I began the eleventh life, I realized that I should probably start thinking about publishing what I had. Another year and half of revising, workshopping, editing, and then Infinite Sacrifice was released.

What types of promoting do you do?

I’m knee-deep in the third book of the series, Infinite Loss. Since I’m hoping to publish it by January, I don’t have much time to devout to promoting my first two books. I followed many other author’s leads and made my first book of the series, Infinite Sacrifice, FREE in the US and UK! It has worked so well that I wished I’d done it sooner.

How do you find people to read and review your book?

Before I release a novel I offer review copies to my blog supporters and Goodreads followers in exchange for an honest review. I also send my book out to review bloggers who are gracious enough to feature my book and post reviews. I’m most surprised though, by my readers who leave reviews and spread the word. When I receive reviews from my readers telling me what they loved about my book or how much my book has meant to them, I feel like I’m going to explode with joy. When you spend so much time creating, crafting, and polishing a novel, the greatest reward you could ever receive is someone telling you that they appreciated all your efforts. Thank you, my readers, for all of the validation and inspiration and taking the time to let me know. I will always write as long as I have these fans.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today. I appreciate the interview and enjoyed answering all of your wonderful questions.

About Lauren Waters
L.E. is the author of two novels of the Infinite Series–a reincarnation fantasy saga. She received her degree in Animal Behavior, which to her father’s prediction, she only uses to raise her two children and menagerie of animals. She loves so many things and now writing is the passion keeping her up at night and her excuse for not cleaning the house.

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Infinite Sacrifice (Infinite Series #1) by L.E. Waters
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Maya’s shocked to discover it’s not the heaven she imagined;in fact, a life of adventure begins the moment you die.

Zachariah, her faithful spirit guide, explains the rules of the dead: in order to regain complete awareness and reunite with loved ones all souls must review their previous lives.

Maya plunges warily into her turbulent pasts as a sociopathic High Priest in ancient Egypt; an independent mother protecting a dangerous secret in glorious Sparta; an Irish boy kidnapped and enslaved by Vikings; and a doctor’s wife forced to make an ethical stand in plague-ridden England.

All the while, Maya yearns to be with those she cares about most and worries that she hasn’t learned all of heaven’s most vital lessons. Will she be forced to leave the tranquility of heaven to survive yet another painful and tumultuous life? Or worse, accept the bitter reality of having to go back alone?

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