Hello all! Wow, we’ve sure had a great mix of authors so far haven’t we?!
Today’s guest is a real treat. Laurel Hightower has been a supporter of mine since day one and her writing is simply phenomenal. You can always expect chills, emotions and dark, dark moments. Hailing from Kentucky, let’s all welcome Laurel!
Steve: What does your writing time look like? Do you try and write at the same time each day? Do you have a word count you attempt to hit?
Laurel: Depends on the day! I’m lucky enough to work part time now, so my mornings are generally set aside for writing, at least a bit of them. After I drop my son off at daycare, I’ll settle in and write for 30 to 90 minutes, depending on what else is going on. I try to set modest goals for myself – 200 words on short days, 500 on long. I usually exceed them but it keeps me from feeling overwhelmed. As for the rest, my house is now, and forever shall be an unholy wreck, so I’m not too picky on my surroundings—I just need quiet, so white noise is definitely my friend. And when I’m working on a longer project, like a novella or novel, I try to make sure I write a little everyday, to keep the story fresh.
Steve: Out of all your releases, do you have a character you could write about forever?
Laurel: I’m going to cheat on this answer a bit since it’s not actually a release (yet! I remain eternally hopeful!) but I have a couple of characters in a series I’ve written I could endlessly tell stories about. Cam and Morgan, a lovely duo who can’t seem to stop stumbling into supernatural messes. In a perfect world they’d become my primary series and I’d put out a book a year. A girl can dream…
For actual releases though, it’d be fun to revisit Luke Harris from WHISPERS IN THE DARK. He’s a good dude and it’d be cool to give him his own stories.
Steve: Tell me about your newest release (novel/story/poem/novella) and why someone should read it!
Laurel: My latest solo release is BELOW, my take on the Mothman legend. It follows a woman named Addy on an ill-advised trip through the mountains of West Virginia. People should read it if they’re a fan of Mothman, or female central characters, weird creepy critters, or really quick reads!
Steve: Bonus Question! Did you have a favorite wrestler as a kid?
Laurel: Hulk Hogan, actually, but only because he had facial hair. My dad always had a full beard and mustache so I was strangely mistrustful of clean shaven dudes. The mustache saved you, Hogan.
Amazing! Thank you so much, Laurel!
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