Here's how it all happened...
About four years ago I decided to write a book, okay, not a book but a play. My husband was performing for our local civic theatre and the play was only sixty pages long. I thought to myself at the time, “I can certainly write a sixty page play!” Well, I never did finish writing it. Instead, my mind began to wander and several other stories filled my head.
Fast forward a few years and a bunch of personal stuff later and here I sit having written four complete novels with a good start on at least three others. I never set out to write because I wanted to be an ‘author’, it was just something I thought I could do.
So I started writing the play and shortly after that my grandmother passed away. Over the course of the next year, I wrote my first full novel. It was more of a healing process for me though, and very few people will ever read that story. But I also discovered I love to write. I love creating a story and seeing it come to life on my computer screen. In fact, if I’d known when I was younger how much I love writing, and editing other peoples writing, my life would probably be very different.
This brings me to about a year and a half ago when I had the idea for CA. I was in the middle of writing and editing a different story and eventually had to put that story on hold because the characters in CA would not stop talking in my head (if you're a writer, you know what I mean). Once I started, it took me exactly sixty days to finish writing CA and I loved every minute of it because it's exactly the kind of story I like to read, a little mystery, a little magic, and a healthy helping of romance.
I knew right away when I finished writing that I wanted to publish it, but publishing a book is not something to be taken lightly. Finding an agent or publisher is HARD WORK. Trust me. I cried several times when I got rejections. But the one thing I didn't do was stop trying. Then, a few months ago, I happened to meet a woman by the name of Chanda Stafford who was contracted with a small-press publisher for her own upcoming YA novel and she suggested I submit CA to them. I was nervous and anxious and at first not sure if that was the best thing for me and my manuscript...and then I got THE CALL.
There is a funny side story to the morning Lynn called me. Let’s just say I’m lucky I opened my power bill that day and discovered they had my account mixed up with someone else, otherwise they would have been shutting it off! So there I was, standing at my desk at my day job, fuming over the power company’s mistake and my cell phone rings with a number I don’t recognize. On any other normal day I would have let it go to voicemail, but because of my frustrated state, I answered it. The next few moments went something like this…
“Hi, this is Lynn from Red Adept Publishing. Is this Laura?”
“Uh, yeah.” (eloquent, I know)
“I’m calling because we’ve reviewed your manuscript and we’d like to publish it.”
“Um, okay.” (again, eloquent)
As Lynn and I talked though, my frustration evaporated and eventually turned into elation. So now, after a year of sending out query letters and doing edits, my story has found a great home.
There are several things that need to happen before I can share CA with all of you, but I’ll be sure to keep you posted. In the meantime, here are some fun pictures for you…
This is me.
This is me signing my contract.
This is my friend Angie notarizing my signature.