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˚ ˚. ⭐⭐⭐ AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT – LAURA WARD!!⭐⭐⭐
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Laura Ward lives in Maryland with her loud and very loving three children and husband. She married her college sweetheart and is endlessly grateful for the support he has given her through all their years together, and especially toward her goal of writing books. When not changing diapers, driving to lacrosse practice, or checking spelling homework, Laura is writing or reading romance novels.
Laura has written three novels so far, the new-adult novel Not Yet and the contemporary romance novel Past Heaven. Her third novel, co-written with author Christine Manzari, The Pledge, was released on July 25, 2015. We’re celebrating along with Laura since she has a new release this week – Book 2 in her Not Yet series titled Until Now.
We were lucky enough to sit down recently with Laura and here’s what she had to say:
L13: Welcome, and tell us a bit about yourself.
LW: Hi Lucky 13 readers! I'm Laura Ward and I write new adult and contemporary romance novels. I have been a stay-at-home mom for almost eleven years and I have four books currently published.
L13: When did you start writing?
LW: Back in 2013, I was feeling restless and felt like I needed to do something for myself. I have always wanted to write a book, so one day during nap time I opened up my laptop and started writing the story that was in my head at that moment.
L13: What inspires you to write?
LW: I love to write about love. I feel like we all want a happy ever after in life and I love to give that to readers. I also include secondary characters with special needs in my books. My brother has developmental disabilities and is married to a woman who was born with Down syndrome. I write those characters in their honor.
L13: Tell us about your latest release.
LW: Until Now is book #2 in the Not Yet series. Not Yet was my debut novel and is an Amazon top 100 bestseller. Until Now can be read as a standalone, though! This is Dean's story and it’s a great romance for those who love sports stories or books with kids in them!
L13: What are you currently working on?
LW: I'm writing the third book in the Not Yet series, Someday Soon. I'm also writing The Riff, Julie's story from the College Bound series that I write with Christine Manzari.
L13: Let’s switch gears for a bit. If you had a superpower, what would it be and why?
LW: Mind reading! I would love to know what people really think and if they are telling the truth.
L13: If you could have dinner with anyone (real or fictional, dead or alive) who would it be?
LW: My sister. I lost her in a car accident when she was 16. I was a senior in college at the time and so I feel like I missed out on a lot of time with her. I miss her dearly, and she inspired my fifth book, The Color of Us.
L13: How can readers connect with you?
LW: My website is: www.laurawardauthor.com
I'm also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/LauraWardAuthor
L13: Our next question is where do you get your ideas?
LW: I get ideas from all over! Music, news, funny stories from friends!
L13: Who are your favorite authors?
LW: Colleen Hoover and Mia Sheridan are my favorites!
L13: Do you listen to music when you write, and if so, what?
LW: No, I have to write in silence!
L13: What sort of things do you do to relax?
LW: I wish I could tell you I run marathons to relax, but in reality I drink wine and read!
L13: Do you outline your books or freeflow—plotter or pantser?
LW: Plotter, with permission given to myself to pants a little if the mood strikes!
L13: How important is the first kiss?
LW: Huge! Mega! I love writing the first kiss.
L13: What is the biggest challenge as an Indie writer?
LW: Finding time to do it all. Marketing and promotion is a huge time suck and balancing that with actually writing is an everyday struggle for me.
We are sure there will be much more to come from this great author! Head on over to Lucky 13's facebook page for a chance to win a signed copy of Until Now from Laura!
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