Day 19 Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May Book Giveaway: Laura Whitcomb

by @thewritermama on May 19, 2011 · 13 comments

I met Laura Whitcomb at a Willamette Writers Conference where we were signing books at tables next to each other. She has since moved to the same town as me, written many books in just several years, and has spoken for me at The Northwest Author Series. I have encountered her walking her dog around the park musing. I bet she was dreaming up her another great book idea. Please help me welcome Laura!

Laura Whitcomb is the author of the supernatural YA novels A Certain Slant of Light (a Discover Great New Authors pick at Barnes and Nobel) and The Fetch (#5 on the Indy Next List’s Top Ten YA books of 2009) and the writing book Novel Shortcuts. She also co-authored the book Your First Novel with her literary agent, Ann Rittenberg. Laura’s novels have been published in eight foreign languages, produced as audio books, and Slant is optioned for film by the producer of the movies The Departed and The Time Travelers Wife. She lives in Wilsonville, Oregon with her one-year-old son, Robinson.

The Fetch, a young adult supernatural novel. Calder is a Fetch, a death escort, the first of his kind to step from Heaven back to Earth. The first to fall in love with a mortal girl. But when he climbs backwards out of that Death Scene, into the chaos of the Russian Revolution, he tears a wound in the ghost realm, where the spirits begin a revolution of their own.

Q: How has writing (either just the act of writing or writing this book or both) impacted your self-confidence?

A: When you have one novel published and it does well, you feel great. But finishing a second helps you know that it wasn’t a fluke. This is your career! I was proud of myself and now I’m almost done with a third, the sequel to my first novel.

Q: What are three words that describe your creative book-writing process?

A: Hard to describe. Hee hee. Just kidding. Let’s see . . . how about Mysterious Inconsistent Magical.

Q: What good has your book created in the world?

A: Other than making me money for world-brightening things like adopting a baby and having enough money to support the writing of the next book, I hear from the fans who write to me that The Fetch has inspired them to read more, inspired them to write, stirred their imaginations and emotions, and encouraged them to learn more about history. Once in a while one of my fans will also say my writing gives them comfort or opens their minds about the Afterlife.

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Okay, back to the fun stuff, you guys.

How about you give us three words that describe your writing process?

But you will have to say more than just the three words to get to 50-200 words. 😉

Answer in the comments in 50-200 words (no less and no more to qualify to win one of today’s books). Please read the complete rules at least once!

Thanks for participating in the Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May Book Giveaway! Please bring your five people you just met next time you come. :)

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