Given that LiF is a departure from your previous dark, psychologically complex stories, I’m curious about a few things: Had you always had this kind of story idea in you and shut it down? If so, why?
Here’s a scoop: Now that at least some people are saying they laughed out loud when they read it, I can admit I wrote this book because I got a little tired of people saying I was always so dark and serious. I always have humor in my books, but it seems to get overlooked. What I realized is that I always write a very emotional story, whether it’s light or dark, and my readers can count on that.
I want readers to feel about this book they way they feel about a really good romantic movie, the kind that comes out during the holidays. It doesn’t ask any hard questions, but leaves you with a warm glow.
What are your personal goals as a writer, and how might they have changed?
My goal is always simple. Write a book, and make it a good book.
Given you name Georgette Heyer’s work as inspiration for LiF, were you given an exclamation mark quota by your editor?
Heh, no, but I tried to strike a balance, a few but not too many. I love her exclamation marks; they really create a style that worked for her.
You’re embarking on a blog tour to promote Lessons in French. Where else can we expect to see you?
I’ll be talking to Jessica Scott on February 1. Jess is an Army officer I met through Twitter while she was deployed in Iraq. She’s also a writer, and blogs about both her experiences overseas and her writing. I’m looking forward to it!
Who are the people who’ve been your biggest support, both in helping you take the time off you required, and in returning to the public, when you felt ready?
My greatest support has always been from my husband, start to finish. Also my good buddies Beth Kingston (EK) and Charles Rutledge, and my family of course. My agent Richard Curtis has put up with me for years. I’m very lucky and have always had all the help I’ve ever needed and a lot more than I deserve.
Your website is now up and running. What can we expect to find there?
When I re-designed my website, I wanted a place not only for my readers, but for myself to go and dream and reconnect with the things I enjoy about writing. I think the designers came up with a resoundingly successful site in this regard, with beautiful dreamy colors and images. Readers will find a lot about each of my books, and some essays and thoughts and miscellaneous “stuff” in the “Laura Makes Tea” section.
Is there anything else I’ve forgotten to ask you that you’d like to say?
Thank you for having me on Tartitude!
OMG, thank you for being here! And please extend my gratitude to Ventoux, your grand Great Pyrenees, who played with an orange only to indulge your madcap interviewer’s whim.
Guess what, folks? Courtesy of Danielle Jackson at Sourcebooks, I have four copies of Lessons in French to give away. (US or Canadian addresses only, please.) To enter your name in the draw, leave Laura a comment in the space below before 0800 MST, January 29, 2010.
I hope you’ll also drop by Laura’s website, hyperlinked above, and/or follow her on Twitter.
ETA: The draw for copies of Lessons in French is now concluded, as is Ms. Kinsale’s formal time at Tartitude. (Winners announced in a coming post.) I’ll leave the comments section open, however, as I have a hunch we haven’t exhausted the subject matter.
Many thanks to Ms. Kinsale for an awesome interview, to Sourcebooks for the giveaway, and to you - the reader – for being here.