I’m excited to welcome the talented and multi-published author Lauren Smith to my blog today. A prolific writer, Lauren has 15 romance novels/novellas in several sub-genres including Regency era historical, paranormal, gothic, and contemporary adult.
I love a good mystery. But, when I look at Lauren’s bio, book list, accolades and awards, then factor in that she is a lawyer by day, I can’t figure out how she does it all.
Let’s get to know her better and find out.
What do you think people would be the most surprised to learn about you?
Probably that I’m a virgin, given that I write really steamy romance novels.
That is a shocker! I’ve read some of your novels and I blush just thinking about certain parts of them. (fans face) It takes talent and practice (writing, I mean) to pen a well done sex scene. Some authors won’t even go there. You’re young and beautiful. So no one is going to believe you’ve never participated on some level of (ahem) extracurricular activity. That said, it’s all the more impressive that you write those intimate scenes so well without the…um…er…full Monty experience. Kudos, girlfriend!
We know you are a lady lawyer and committed writer. But, what do you enjoy most in your free time?
I love to do photography, walk my dogs, run, draw and watch movies and hang with my friends.
Here is some of Lauren’s art and photography. She’s got an eye for detail.
Lauren’s fur babies.
Any other passions?
I adore Audie Murphy and have nearly all his movies and his official biography signed by the author that was a limited print run. *grins. He’s the coolest. Here’s a photo of two riders from the Audie Murphy Days celebration in Texas.
Here’s a photo I found of Lauren with what looks to be a group of Audie wannabes. Looks like great research to me!
Other than a computer, what modern convenience could you never live without?
My smart phone. The Audible Audiobook app is essential to my existence!
I’ll have to try that one. Every author has a process—what works for them when they write. What does your writing process look like from first scribbles to finished manuscript?
I write chronologically from start to finish on a book in a Five Star brand five-subject Notebook.
What is your all-time favorite book.
Man, I can’t believe I have to pick….it’s a tie. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell and The Host by Stephanie Meyer.
How about project research, love it or hate it?
Love to buy books for topics, but not so good at following up on reading them! Hahah.
Is there a specific author who inspires you?
Probably Christina Dodd and Marie Force are a tie. They really are amazing writers who have been successful over years of hard work. They’ve taught me to be true to the craft but that it’s okay to want to be successful about it.
You write in various genres, which is your favorite to write?
That’s a tough question. I’d probably say Gothic, even though I only had one book so far written in that genre. It’s just my natural writing voice to make things a little spooky and haunted.
Which is your favorite to read?
Definitely gothic, or classic styled but sexy vampire romances.
Is there a genre you haven’t written but are thinking about trying?
I’d love to write highland romances but the accuracy and accents scare me right now and I would only want to write a good book so I haven’t worked up the courage yet to try.
How long did it take you to write your first book? Your latest book?
My first book took about 4 months while I was in college. My latest book took about 4 months as well.
And, all in longhand. I’m still impressed! As a multi-published author, do you have any words of advice for aspiring writers?
Keep writing and view your writing like a business. I see a lot of newer authors who don’t study the market and see what sells. You want to have an original voice but you don’t want to write a book that’s too complicated or fails to register with readers. It’s always important to know what readers like because half the joy of writing is giving readers something they would share.
What projects are you working on?
I’m currently working on a Regency historical and a contemporary new adult!
Tell us a little about a recent release, Climax: Her British Stepbrother.
It’s the 3rd part in my 3 part Serial. All 3 books (Forbidden, Seduction, and Climax) are 99 cents. The story is about Kat, an American college Freshman who moves to England and falls for a handsome, seductive graduate student named Tristan Kingsley. To her shock, she discovers that he’s going to the Earl of Pembroke someday and what’s more, his mother and her father, both who have been divorced from their spouses for years had suddenly met and started dating. Kat and Tristan will soon become step-siblings. I wanted to write a stepbrother story but have them meet and fall in love before their parents start dating.
Forbidden: Book 1 in Her British Stepbrother Series
He’s her first. He’s her everything. He’s her . . . stepbrother.
Kat has always been a good girl. She studies hard and never stays out too late. But when sitting in a pub on her birthday, she realizes she’s a nineteen-year-old virgin who’s never really lived. And she wants tonight to be the night that changes.
Then she sees him walk in. He’s tall, dark, handsome, and straight out of her deepest fantasies. His voice makes her knees feel weak, and when he smiles, she imagines him doing wicked things to her in bed. From the look in his eyes, she knows he’s imagining it too. So when he asks if he can walk her home, she hears herself whisper yes . . .
Catch up with Lauren:
Amazon Bestselling Author Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets, a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and Semi-Finalist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.