What started Laura L. Smith chasing her writing dream?

Today marks the release of a new book by Laura L. Smith called It’s Complicated.  It is being released as part of a new9 line of YA books called YA Playlist.

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Summary: There’s a reason Facebook has the relationship status, “It’s Complicated.” Follow four college roommates, Claire, Palmer, Hannah and Kat as they maneuver crushes, confusion, and the crisis when pushy boys go too far. Complicated as it is, these four friends will pull through, guided by the strength of their friendship and the power of God’s love.

Today I’ve got Laura here for an interview. Coming up soon is a guest post from Laura that you will not want to miss.

Q: What are 5 unknown facts about you?

A: I have zero sense of direction. I could literally get lost in a grocery store.

When no one else is in the car, I listen to foreign language CD’s 

I can’t stand lumpy foods. Tapioca pudding and mashed potatoes are two of my arch enemies.

I adore 80’s techno music; New Order, Thompson Twins, Erasure, Tears for Fears, O.M.D., Depeche Mode, you name it

When I’m stressed I make chocolate chip cookies and eat most of the dough

 

Q: I’ts Complicated is a book with 4 main characters with their own storylines inter-woven together.  What inspired this book or these storylines as a whole?

A: When speaking to a group of college students, I was approached by one of the girls after my talk. She said she knew I wrote about tough issues young women face and wondered if she could email me sometime. I gave her my email, not knowing if I would hear from her again or not. But, I did. This beautiful young lady went on to share her story with me, a story of being date raped. She was going through an extremely difficult time coping with what had happened to her, but hoped I would write a book tackling that topic to help others who were struggling with the pain from being violated. I began to write It’s Complicated, but wanted the victim to have friends, roommates who could support her. As the plot developed I focused on how dating and relationships are filled with complications, whether it’s a simple crush or a long term relationship.

10Q: What inspired you to start writing?

A: I’ve always loved writing. Even when I was in second grade I wanted to be an author. But, I never thought I could actually do it. To me it sounded like becoming a rock star or a super model, like something impossible to achieve. About fifteen years ago I went on a walk in the mountains with my husband. We had one of those “what do you want to be when you grow up?” talks even though we were married and I was pregnant and we both had successful careers. I admitted to him, what I’d told no one else – I dreamed of being a writer. I immediately followed up with, “but I could never do that.” And my amazing husband followed with, “why not?” And that’s how my dream chasing journey began.

Q: This book has a lesson for each character but what do you hope readers walk away with from It’s Complicated?

A: I hope readers will walk away from It’s Complicated realizing that life isn’t easy. We’ll all be dealt some bad cards, face some bad stuff, some crummy stuff and some over the top horrible stuff, but with the help of each other and with the love of Christ, we can get through it all.

Q: If you could write a book with another author whom would it be and why?

A: I would write with Laura Anderson Kurk, Jennifer Murgia, Stephanie Morrill and Rajdeep Paulus. These are the other writers publishing with PlaylistYA. I truly feel God brought us all together. I respect each of them as writers and as women. They are bright, funny, down to earth, driven, honest, kind and amazingly gifted writers. I feel blessed to be working with them on this new endeavor, our own line of Young Adult Fiction. If I was ever to collaborate on a book, it would be with one of them.

Q:Hannah, Palmer, Kat and Claire may have their times together but they each have a story that takes each of them on a journey.  Do you hold one of their storylines closer to you than the others?

A: I do love all of these girls. Little pieces of me are found in all of the characters, but I’d have to say, Claire resonates with me the most in this book. I took ballet from the time I was three until I was twenty. Paris is one of my favorite spots on earth. All of the places she visits in Paris are my favorite haunts there. And I tend to struggle knowing what to say in new situations or in large groups. I’m more of the nodder, the listener. Maybe that’s why I write 🙂

I want to say thank you to Laura for stopping by and sharing some things with us.  Don’t forget to keep an eye out for her guest post and I will also have a review of It’s Complicated soon too.

3 thoughts on “What started Laura L. Smith chasing her writing dream?

    • Thank you Laura. It has been great getting to talk with you too. I’m looking forward to reading more from you. God Bless! ❤

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