Aug 162012

Today I have an interview with Lauren Hunter, author of The Coffee Shop. Funny story, I received a copy of Lauren’s book to review from her publisher, and the day I finished it Lauren emailed me about doing an author feature. Without knowing I already had her book, or was reading it right then! Talk about coincidence.

Do you write your book from page 1 to the end, or do you jump around?
I like this question. I set out to write straight through, but many times I will be in the process of doing so and suddenly all these ideas will come to me for a specific part in the book. I will know exactly how I want to do a scene, or a chapter, and it will be so clear to me that I need to literally stop and jump to that portion and write it as the thoughts are pouring out of me. This happens regularly. It’s like a portion of my brain has set out on its own to work on another part further into the story, and when the ideas come together they present themselves and demand to be written. I read that Gone With the Wind was written backwards, starting on the last chapter and working back to the beginning. If that works for you then do that. And actually, there will be times when that is exactly what you need to do. You have an outcome you wish to present and then you need to come up with a series of events that could come together to bring it about.

How long did it take to write your book?
The Coffee Shop took me nineteen days to write. It depends on the story. I wrote a 120K sci-fi in four weeks. If I am focused, and I usually am when the desire strikes me, all I do is write. I can’t wait to get to it and hate to stop each day.

Do you have a writing routine?
Not really. I just sit down and write. When I am in the middle of a project that is all I do. I don’t like to expend energy elsewhere that needs to go into the book. I have all these ideas flowing in the moment and I don’t want to miss out on any of them by being distracted with other things. I could set up a schedule, of sorts, to take care of daily necessities, email etc. But I try to keep it to a minimum while writing a book. I did set myself a schedule once. I sat down and decided I would write a 100K book in 30 days. So I divided 100K by 30 and set about reaching a goal of 3,333 words a day. I easily exceeded that 98% of the time. And as I have no idea where a story is going to end, 80K, 120K I just let the story take me where it will.

What’s the hardest part of writing a book?
The only time I may find it more challenging is if there is something technical about it, or complicated. I need to make sure everything fits together like puzzle pieces so that it all makes sense. I need to make sure I have not missed anything or the readers will spot gaps or inconsistencies and question it. That is where it becomes a lot of effort making sure every question that can be asked has been dealt with and nothing is left open ended, unless that is the intent.

What’s your favourite part of writing a book?
All of it. But when I think about this question the word dialogue pops into my head. I know each character intimately. I know how they think, what they would do in any given situation, so when I start into dialogue it is as if the characters take over and they are writing the book. I just know what each would say in response to any given comment, their facial expression, their body language, their tone of voice, all of it. So in that moment the character tells me what to write. I literally have no idea what they are going to say until the moment it happens. I love that about writing. I almost feel as if a bystander witnessing the book being created in front of me. And there will be times when I am surprised by what pops into my head. Some of the funny things they say make me laugh out loud. Yes I know that sounds ridiculous, but that is pretty much the way it happens.

What kind of research did you do to write this book?
When it comes to a book dealing with moving back and forth through time, or even dealing with alternate time lines, you can get as technical or fantastical as you want. If you are dealing purely with fantasy then you just allow your mind to take over and let it loose. If you want to take the technical route then you are going into an area that may require extensive research. By that I mean if you wish to base your book on actual theories then now we are talking about some careful reading and research. For this book I allowed my imagination to tell it. I am familiar with some research done but I chose not to go that route this time.

About Lauren Hunter
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Lauren Hunter is a writer of Regency and paranormal romance novels, with plans to write in a variety of other genres, including time travel, angel, ghost, and contemporary romance. Besides novels, she also writes poetry and short stories, with her poems appearing in anthologies from England, Holland, and the US. Appearing in a number of The International Library of Poetry’s anthologies, she has received the Editor’s Choice Award and was published in The International Who’s Who of Poetry 2004. Her paranormal romance, The Coffee Shop, is now available through Musa Publishing, with a regency trilogy soon to be released.

The Coffee ShopThe Coffee Shop by Lauren Hunter
Find the book online: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads

If Derrick thought experiencing alternate timelines and glimpses into the future was strange, then he had no idea it was about to get a whole lot more strange.

When Derrick Sloane meets Annie Maddock and falls madly in love, he believes he’s met the girl of his dreams. Only he then awakes to discover she is exactly that…nothing more than a dream. Disheartened, he goes to the first coffee shop he can find. There he meets Annie. She is at the same table, reading the same book, and he fast realizes his dream has shown him his own future. But when a misstep alters that perfect future he tries to fix it, every attempt only making it worse.

Dreaming the future can be a nightmare when you see what’s coming…and can’t do anything to change it.

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