I have had the absolute pleasure to interview our very own Aussie Owned and Read contributor…the amazingly talented Lauren K. McKellar. I’ve known Lauren for a little while now, and I have to say she is one of the loveliest people I know, and I really wanted to share some of her loveliness with you. So without further ado…take it away Lauren 🙂
You’ve just published your first book, “Finding Home,” which is super exciting. Did you always know that you wanted to be an author? Can you give us a little insight into your writing journey?
I never thought I would be an author, but I did always want to be one. I’ve loved reading and writing since before I can remember; as a kid, I would buy exercise journals and fill them up with my scribbled handwriting! I sort of forgot about fiction when I started my career in magazines, but two years ago, I decided to give writing creatively another go. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made; I haven’t looked back.
What has been your family and friends reactions to you being a newly published author? Are they supportive?
Everyone has been super lovely, I’ve been very lucky. My fiance, Peter, is really great; he always encourages me to write, even when I don’t think I have the time, and will sit around and drink wine and discuss the most minor plot points with me for hours! There have even been times when he’s reminded me of things I’d planned to insert into a plot that I’ve forgotten. He’s a bit great! My family have been so supportive of my writing, and aside from being worried if they’ll like it or not, it’s been great to have them read it.
Other than a new writing career, what do you do in your everyday life?
I am a freelance manuscript editor for indie writers, a Marketing Director and Senior Editor at Entranced Publishing, a boutique American publishing house, and a magazine editor for a cute and fluffy publication named PETS. Yep; I’m kinda busy.
“Finding Home” is a contemporary YA novel. Do you like to write in any other genres?
I’ve also dabbled in horror, and I’m writing a series of modern day horror stories combined with ancient mythology drawings with an artist friend of mine. Having said that, I’m not really comfortable writing anything sci-fi or paranormal. I just don’t think I’m creative enough! I like drawing on things that are real to me. I think those who write spec are amazing!
Do you have any other works up your sleeve? Care to give a little sneak peek?
Why as a matter of fact, yes! My second novel, The Problem With Crazy, will be released in March 2014. It’s an Upper YA/New Adult Contemporary Romance about a girl learning to incorporate the horrible Huntington’s Disease into her life.
Cats or Dogs? Dogs. I love cats…but my puppies are amazing.
Tea or Coffee? Both. Now. Please? Do you have some?
ebook or hard copy? Again, both. I love to touch a hard copy, but I can’t exactly take two books with me every time I catch the train to walk.
Pink or blue? Pink socks, blue music.
Thanks so much for your time my lovely friend!
Suse is a wannabe writer and mad keen reader with 2 cheeky little monkeys at home and 1 one handsome hubby.