Local Author Spotlight
local author spotlight - May 2019
Laura Drake has nine titles in the library, both in our local author and regular collection. She is best known for her western romances. Her novel, The Sweet Spot won the 2014 Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best First Book. It is part of the Sweet on a Cowboy series— romances set in the world of professional bull riding: The Sweet Spot, Nothing Sweeter, and Sweet on You.
She loves the west (particularly Texas), riding motorcycles (she owns two), and teaching writing, and talking about books. She leads the Women’s Fiction Book Club that meets at Centennial Library every second Thursday of each month.
Active in the writing community of Midland, Drake travels around the country sharing her skills with other aspiring authors. She also enjoys fishing and the great outdoors.
We are proud to spotlight Laura Drake as our Local Author for the month of May 2019.
Questions for Laura Drake - May 3, 2019
When did you start writing and why?
I’ve always been an avid reader, but never aspired to writing because after all, the authors were smart! But about twenty years ago I had an idea for a plot that wouldn’t go away. I put off writing for about a year, trying to get up the guts, but one day, I looked down and realized I had a delete key! I could write the book, get it out of my head, and no one would ever have to see it. Of course, when I finished it, I’d changed my mind. And it became my second book published, Her Road Home.
What is the most difficult part of writing?
So many things! The discipline, the promo, the waiting . . . but for me, probably the hardest is the middle (a.k.a. The Pit of Despair). I am a ‘pantser’, meaning I don’t plot much, and every book falls apart in the middle. I know where I’m going, but it seems I can get there from where I am! Luckily I have friends who talk me off the ledge, every time.
What writers do you admire? Did you model your work after any particular writer?
Oh, so many! Jodi Picoult, Pat Conroy, Stephen King, Anne River Siddons, Rosamunde Pilcher, Barbara O’Neal, Dick Francis, Harlan Coben . . . I could go on and on!
I don’t pattern my work after any particular writer – I’m probably a bit of all I admire. But I consider my writing in the gray area between Romance and Women’s Fiction. Probably it comes closest to Barbara O’Neal’s
What are some of your favorite books?
Another tough question! Atlas Shrugged, The Stand (almost anything by King), South of Broad, 1000 White Women…my current crush is Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens.
What are you reading right now?
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
What advice would offer an aspiring writer or what advice do you wish someone had given you?
Keep a student’s attitude and be a sponge. There’s so much information out there—writer’s groups, conferences, classes—never stop learning!
Are you currently working on another writing project?
I just turned in the last book in my Chestnut Creek series to my editor, and I’m working on two proposals: another three book romance proposal about three retired bull riders who start a bison ranch, and a gritty, hard-hitting Women’s Fiction.
If you could assemble a dinner party of writers (living or dead) who would you invite and why?
Mark Twain – I love his humor
Nora Roberts – I’ve met her and she’s a kick in the pants.
Ayn Rand – I’d love to hear what she thinks of current events