I am very excited to have my very good friend, Laurie Alice, on my blog this week. Laurie Alice is an inspiration to me. She is an awesome writer and a great encourager. And she is always willing to lend her knowledge to other authors. The beautiful golden retriever with her is Nick. He's a real sweetheart! Laurie Alice giving away your choice of a Lady in the Mist Mug or a Lady in the Mist tote bag. They are both beautiful!
Award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes wanted to be a writer since knowing what one was. Her first book won the National Readers Choice Award in 2007, and her third book was a Carol Award finalist in 2010. Between December of 2008 and January of 2010, she sold thirteen books to Barbour Publishing, Avalon Books, and Baker/Revell, making her total sales fifteen. Recently, she added two novella sales to that collection, as well as having her first book with Baker/Revell, Lady in the Mist, picked up by Crossings Book Club, and three of her books chosen for large print editions by Thorndike Press. She has been a public speaker for as long as she can remember; thus, only suffers enough stage fright to keep her sharp. In 2002, while in graduate school for writing fiction, she began to teach fiction in person and online. She lives in Texas with her husband, two dogs, and too many cats even for her.
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. Right now, I am in my office, which is on the south side of my house, so getting some lovely sunshine right now. This room smells like a bookstore I have so many books stacked up on shelves and in boxes. As for what I’m wearing… Well, I have on a black gauze muumuu, as it’s warm today, about 75.
I know you write in several time periods. What is your favorite ? I love early 1800s, either England or U.S.A. The world was changing so much then, poised to plunge into the world we now know, and so many interesting things were happening.
If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why? I’m such a hedonist, probably Amy from Little Women. She got the rich guy. LOL
This new release is intense in suspense. How do you do it? Stakes, consequences, deadlines, loss. . . These are all plot devices for ratcheting up the suspense in a book. Make the stakes high, the consequences of failure bad, give the characters a deadline, a countdown to destruction. . . Some of it is in pure writing style. Use long sentences for description and short ones for tension.
Ten years ago, did you see yourself where you are today? In my dreams, and even then, I never imagined having multi-book deals.
If you could live in any time period when and where would that be and why? Knowing what I do of history, I think I prefer the time period in which I’m living. You know, people think the world is awful, that the next generation is going to ruin everything. Well, guess what—people have been decrying leaving the world in the hands of the next generation since the Roman Empire. Yes, and look what happened to it, right? J But if I have to say a historical era, probably around the American Revolution. I’d have liked to have known men like Thomas Jefferson and his amazing mind.
If you could visit any place in the world where would you go and why? Great Britain. I’ve been to the continent several times, but never got to Great Britain—yet.
If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord) Above I mention how I’d like to have the chance to meet men like Thomas Jefferson and to that I add women like Abigail Adams, and in all truthfulness, I think I’d like to meet Napoleon Bonaparte. I don’t think the books give us a clue about the amazing charisma he must have had, and I’d love to experience it, though it seems kind of scary.
Thank you for being on my blog, Laurie Alice!
By virtue of her profession as a midwife, Tabitha Eckles is the keeper of many secrets: the names of fathers of illegitimate children, the level of love and harmony within many a marriage, and now the identity of a man who may have caused his wife's death. Dominick Cherrett is a man with his own secret to keep: namely, what he, a British nobleman, is doing on American soil working as a bondsman in the home of Mayor Kendall, a Southern gentleman with his eye on a higher office.
By chance one morning before the dawn has broken, Tabitha and Dominick cross paths on a misty beachhead, leading them on a twisted path through kidnappings, death threats, public disgrace, and . . . love? Can Tabitha trust Dominick? What might he be hiding? And can either of them find true love in a world that seems set against them?
With stirring writing that puts readers directly into the story, Lady in the Mist expertly explores themes of identity, misperception, and love's discovery.
Winner of A Tender Reed-Congratulations Linda!