Hello and welcome Laurie Sorensen to my site. She has so graciously agreed to be interviewed.
So let’s begin…
1) First, tell us a little about yourself so the readers know who you are.
My pen name is actually who I was until I was 5 years old. Sorensen is my mother’s maiden name, and Laurie is the name my grandfather called me from birth until the day he died. It seemed like the best thing to do to honor him. I am a Domestic Goddess, which is a job in and of itself, but I also work outside my home at a Country Gift store in our local mall. I also sell Tupperware on the side. I keep busy, love to cook and bake, and I even decorate cakes. Life keeps me on my toes. I have 5 children, 2 of which are naturally mine, while three others plus a son-in-law are my husband’s children. We made two broken families, into one large happy family.
2) What made you decide to write? Was it something you accidentally began? Or what you wanted to do? Or annoying character who refused to leave until their story was told?
I started writing when I was about 14 years old, I was dealing with the death of a beloved grandmother, and a crippling shyness that ruled my life. Writing allowed me to pour my heart and soul into words on a page, helping me to grieve a bit easier. On the pages of my stories I was not shy, I was popular, and had lots of friends, not so in real life. As a child of a military family, I made the choice not to get too close to many people because we moved more often than not. So not being close to people made it less heartbreaking to move away again.
3) I love hearing about first acceptances as an aspiring writer and now that I am e-published, I still love hearing about them. So tell us about that first acceptance.
When I first started out writing, I was ignorant of the ways things were done. Someone told me “Submit your work to agents.” So I did, 329 of them over 6 months’ time. Now, seasoned authors would know that you shouldn’t do that. But then I was a newbie, unaware of the etiquette of how things are acceptably done. Over the next 6 months, I got rejection after rejection. I did get the occasional “Send me more” emails or letters, and I sent more, only to be sent more rejections. Of course I was devastated, and I decided that writing was not for me. I gathered up my ‘work’ (all the floppy discs, and CD-ROM’s, and hard copies and trucked them out to the burn barrel in our back yard. My husband Danny convinced me to not give up so easily, and that maybe I should just completely bypass the whole agent thing and submit it to a publisher instead. I thought about it and then submitted the story to 13 different publishers on the same day. I sat back and waited. I was asked for more information from three of the publishers, once they got the more information I was offered two contracts. I actually got the offer from both publishers on the same day, and I carefully read each contract before going with the one I chose. At the time I was selfish, and hadn’t heard a whole lot about E-book publishing so I went with a contract that would get my book in print. I thought having a book in print on the bookshelves of bookstores was what I NEEDED to do. The publisher provided me cover art, editing and put my first book in print. If I could do it over, in all honesty, I’m not sure if I would change anything. I mean, I am a real believer that things happen the way they do, for a reason. My choices up to this point in my life, have led me to where I am today and this is where I need to be.
4) Tell us about your current release? Where can readers buy it from?
The Pirate Princess came out April 27th. It is a historical romance the main character is Alvilda, a Princess that turns pirate when she escapes marriage to a prince. There was a real Princess Alvilda, though her place is history is so obscure it gave me the ability to give her a love story to last for all time. You can currently get it here – http://www.evernightpublishing.com. It is also available through Amazon.com and All Romance E-books.
5) What are you currently writing?
I am currently working on book two of my Ravenwood series (book one, Ravenwood: Night’s Salvation is available on Smashwords.com) as well as a sequel to The Pirate Princess which is at this time, untitled.
6) What inspires you most when you write?
My dreams are what inspire my writing for the most part, though I have to say that the Pirate Princess was born out of a suggestion for an anthology about Pirate Women. When the story was accepted, I had 7 days to get it written and turned in. The anthology fell through when the publisher I was with closed their doors for personal reasons. I didn’t want the story to go untold and that lead me to submit it to Evernight Publishing, who quickly accepted it.
7) What experiences have you had working with your publisher’s?
With my first publisher, I learned how to fend for myself when it came to marketing, though it is still a learning process. With the second publisher, it was nothing but wonderful and when they closed their doors it was heart-breaking. I did some soul searching and kicked around the idea of not writing anymore, but if I’m completely honest here, that wouldn’t have ever been an option for me. Writing is like breathing to me, I can’t just NOT write, I would go insane. So I took the one book I had with the other publisher, and self-published it through Smashwords. I then sat back and re-examined the possibility of the Pirate Princess finding another home. A friend had just published a book with Evernight, so I slipped over to their home on the web and browsed the guidelines. I put on my big girl panties and submitted The Pirate Princess. Once I did that, it was like a load of bricks off my shoulder and I sat back to wait. Less than 24 hours later I opened my email inbox and found a message from Evernight. I was immediately devastated, because I assumed it was a rejection. I also didn’t open it. But since some of the rejections in the past had been helpful, I opened it and found out I was offered a contract. Ecstatic, I cried, and my friends on my bowling team thought I had received bad news and were as thrilled as I was when I read the email to them. Three rounds of edits in 2 days later, adding three scenes, The Pirate Princess was reborn.
8) What are you reading now?
I am currently reading a book called The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer. It’s not really my genre, but it’s really very good. I just got through reading the Hunger Games Trilogy, which I highly recommend.
9) What are your guilty pleasures?
Guilty pleasures…my oh my…Mayfield Chocolate Marshmallow Ice Cream, Pizza Hut Meat Lovers Pan pizza, Hot Chocolate…a long hot bubble bath, a good book and sweet tea.
10) What would be your advice, if any, for other aspiring authors?
My advice would be simply to write, and to do it from the heart. It was the single best advice I got from my long-time favourite author, Catherine Coulter. Don’t write for the market, write for you. There is an audience for every book that will be written. Never move away from who you are to please someone else. You can’t please everyone, it just isn’t possible. Stay true to yourself and everything else will fall into place.
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You can find my website (blog and excerpts) here – www.lauriesorensen.com
The Pirate Princess Blurb – What does a princess do when she doesn’t want a prince? She escapes the princes grasp, mere hours before he is to win her hand and she becomes a pirate. Travel the open seas with Princess Alvilda as she captains the Cryatus in the 14th century. She and her band of female pirates terrorize the Danish people while keeping just out of reach of the one person she wished to escape, Prince Alf. When he captures her ship and discovers her true identity, will he also capture her icy heart?