Gale Laure, a native Texan, is the international selling author of Evolution of a Sad Woman, a mystery, suspense, thriller and romance novel. Gale Laure resides in a small suburban town in the Houston area with her husband and family. Laure’s hobbies include genealogical research, movies, creating stories for the children around her, involvement in her church and people watching. Laure gained her experience for writing from her careers including owner of a business service, marketing and consulting company, owner of her own travel agency, employment in the medical field including office manager, a short time as a legal assistant, a paralegal, and employment in an insurance office and CPA’s office.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and how long have you been writing?
I live in the Houston area of Texas with my family. I was born in an area known as the Golden Triangle on the Gulf coast of Texas. I have written one novel – my debut novel – Evolution of a Sad Woman.
Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?
I hope they will be mind challenged by the mystery, excited by the suspense and thrills and heart touched by the romance. I hope the surprise ending will stay with my readers for a long time. The lesson of my novel is that a truly horrible thing can happen in your life, and you can survive. Maybe you can come out of the disaster with a change to your life for the better.
Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
My next novel, The Bunkhouse, is due out in 2010. It is a historical, mystery, suspense, thriller and romance novel with a sci-fi twist. I wrote it for my husband who is a sci-fi fan. Several characters Evolution of a Sad Woman make a cameo appearance in The Bunkhouse. It takes place in Austin, Texas.
I am writing the first sequel to Evolution of a Sad Woman. It is entitled Alana – Evolution of a Woman.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
I suppose the most interesting is Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. I liked the story. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is interesting to me for a totally different reason. When I read it as a child, I always connected with Jo, the main character. As an adult, I finally know why. She became an author, just like I did.
Agatha Christie is my absolute favorite author of all time. Other favorites are Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, James Michenor, Stephen King, John Grisham, Danielle Steel, Sue Grafton, Michael Crichton and Nora Roberts.
Book you’re currently reading?
I am reading Alex Cross’s TRIAL by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo. I am only on page 5, but it does have my attention.
Any type of writing ritual you have?
I insist on quiet. I like to be alone in my home when I write. I usually just sit down at my computer and go at it. Because I become totally engrossed in my story, I forget to eat or go to the bathroom until I just cannot wait any more. I become completely lost in my characters and their location. I never worry about sentence structure, storyline, grammar or spelling until I finish writing. Then I perform my own edit of my work. That is what I am doing on The Bunkhouse now. I look for holes in my story first. Next I check sentence structure and grammar. Last I check spelling.
Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?
Yes, I do. I had never had writer’s block until I had to write the guest posts for the blogs on my virtual blog book tour. Suddenly, I felt like I was back in high school and had been given an assignment. My mind went blank. I prayed and sat down and started writing. When I write books, I write what is inside my head. I go where the thoughts take me. No one controls my thoughts. Believe me, it is a big difference.
In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?
Time is the measure of a successful author. If an author’s work can last throughout their lifetime and still be enjoyed by future generations, they have grasped success!
Advice for other writers?
Never give up on your dream. If you do not believe in your work, no one else will believe in it. It is your creation, your heart and your soul.
Where can we learn more about you?
For more about me visit my website or my blog or do an Internet search. You may also find me at www.twitter.com/wwwgalelaurecom , www.facebook.com/Author.GaleLaure , www.authorsden.com/galelaure , www.goodreads.com/galelaureauthor , www.myspace.com/galelaure-author.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I want to thank you for having me on your blog. It has been a real pleasure.