Today I have the pleasure of introducing author Laura Daleo who will be sharing her thoughts on reading and writing, and details of her Book, The Vampire Within.
Laura on Writing
Where do you get your ideas? My ideas come from listening to music
Why motivates you to write? I love telling stories
How many hours a week do you spend writing? I have a day job so mostly on weekends
Best thing about writing? Getting lost in the worlds I create
Your biggest writing distractions? My day job
What are your favorite books or sites you go to for writing tips / advice? I really don’t have a particular place – if I want to research something, I Google it
How long does it take you to write a book? Usually about 1 year
Have you ever cut anything from your book and why? Never
Least favorite thing about writing? Finding the time
What do your friends and family think about you being a writer? They think it’s fabulous
Most important things a writer should spend money on? Advertising and marketing
Least important things a writer should spend money on? Paying for book reviews
How do you measure your success as a writer? I tend to look at the number of followers, readers and subscribers, and if this number keeps growing
What advice would you give to yourself if you were starting the writing journey again? I finished my first book, Immortal Kiss, in 1996 and really didn’t pursue it. I would tell myself to go full speed ahead, be persistent, and get that book published!
As a reader
What is your favorite genre(s)? Tell us more about why you love them? Dark fantasy. I love reading about a character perceived as evil and where the author has made them vulnerable so I would care about them.
What is your favorite book quote? “Listen to them—the children of the night. What music they make!”
Favorite book hero and / or villain and why? Vampire Lestat – he paved the way for vampires to be individuals
If you could have a signed copy of a book by an author (dead or living) what book would it be and why? Interview With A Vampire by Anne Rice – She changed everything for vampires with this book.
About your Book…
You are living in your latest novel. Where are you living, and what is it like?
Los Angeles was all pretty normal until I woke up one day craving blood, with no idea why. I set out on a quest for answers. I visited a physic, checked out a vampire club, traveled to a vampire haven, met a ton of vampires, and took part in a magic ritual just to find out what was wrong with me.
The Vampire Within
Brandon Cass is not your average teenager. He has a taste for blood. As his hunger for blood strengthens, Brandon sets out on a quest for answers. He comes face-to-face with the dark force which controls him and learns what he must endure to reclaim his soul.
About Laura Daleo
Laura Daleo was born and raised in San Diego, California. Her love for writing began in junior high. She is best known for her love of animals and shares her home with her three furry kids.