Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Today's Featured Author is Laura Hogg

Welcome Laura!

1) First, could you start by telling us what you are currently working on for publication and/or about your current release?
I have several things out and coming out, but the immediate one is Emma the Outlaw, to be released with Eirelander Publishing in November. It’s a Western Romance. Here’s a little about it:

Emma is led to the hanging platform to be put to death. Her father was framed for a serious crime, and she does this to save him from execution.
She looks around and sees her husband on a horse, guns blazing. In a whirlwind rescue, she hops on the back of his horse, and they’re off. Racing for the hills, she realizes that they will spend the rest of their lives as outlaws, but doing good deeds.
They capture a wanted man and leave him at the doorstep of the sheriff’s office. The true villain approaches Emma but is killed before she can prove her innocence. The sheriff finds Emma and her husband and orders them at gunpoint to raise their hands. He says he’s going to take them in. Instead they offer him a deal: they will capture the bad guys behind the scenes and allow him to take all the credit. He agrees.
Emma and her husband walk away happily and plan their next adventure, how to capture the guy on the picture the sheriff handed them. Ahead for them lies a life of excitement and passionate love.

2) Could you please tell us a little about yourself?
Let’s see. I’ve been married for twenty years, and my daughter is in college, a writer herself. I'm a quiet person, but I’ve been in rock bands (I play two instruments). Currently, I work in a private little reading school, tutoring, and both my husband and I are into health and fitness. Colorado is a wonderful state to live in, and inspires many of my stories. Emma the Outlaw is set there. And cats. I'm a major cat person. Currently, Cookie and Chewy reside with us. Cookie has no tail, and she does such funny tricks, I'm thinking about filming her and putting her on You Tube. That would be a way to get a lot of hits, and I could put my book cover in the background. J (Well, I try to be funny, but it doesn’t always work.)

3) Favorite authors?
I have so many library cards and read a stack of books, usually five to ten at a time. Hmm, let me pick a book out of the tall pile, I'm reading a Jude Devereaux, and of course history books. Right now, it’s the 1920s I'm researching. I have short stories out set in that era, and friends have suggested I write a novel set then.  A few of my author friends are really talented, and I have enjoyed their work immensely. For example, Sandy Marshall, Linda LaRoque, Dawn Chartier, J. A. Saare, Diana Rubino, and others.

4) Is there a genre you haven't written, but would love to tackle in the future?
Sci-fi. My novel Romeo vs. Juliet touches upon that. I’ve done some research and am currently trying to learn more.

5) What's planned next for your writing career?
I have several things under contract but not yet released, and a few works, mostly historical romance that I'm polishing, oh, and a modern-day, sci-fi embellished novel as well as a screenplay.

6) When did you first start writing?
When I was seven, I wrote a stack of poetry that I kept above our piano. In high school and beyond, it was rock songs. In college and beyond, novels. I didn’t have the guts to submit until I was in my thirties. I'm naturally quite shy but have learned to hide it. Writing also makes you tougher because not everyone believes as I do that we should treat others with kindness.

7) What influenced you to submit your work for publication?
It was finally time to dare to take the plunge. All those French novels I read in college as a French major got me to thinking more creatively, I guess, that and the guitar I carried around.

8) What is the best way for readers to contact you?  Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/editpicture.php#/profile.php?id=626483435&ref=profile
My paranormal blog, Travel the Ages:

9) Any advice you want to give aspiring writers?
Don’t let others get you down. Keep writing and working hard at it, and think positive. It will happen.

10)  Anything else you’d like us to know?
I answered a few things below. Thanks for the interview! If anyone who writes paranormals would like to be a guest at my blog, please let me know. -Laura

 More questions…

Where are you from?
Kentucky, but I'm currently in Colorado.

What is your strangest habit?
Well, I like to research and make lists. For example, I recently found the names of colors for every letter of the alphabet and printed out my list.

What is your heritage?
I'm a mutt. My mom’s mom was half-Cherokee. Grandpa half Sicilian. On my dad’s side, his mother was full-blooded Iraqi, and his father German/English/French. My paternal grandmother spoke Aramaic before English.

Have you ever cried during a movie? Yes. The Passion of the Christ.

If yes, which one and why? See it yourself, and I won’t even have to answer that.

What is one thing scientists should invent? A food replicater so no one ever goes hungry.


  1. What an interesting interview. I learned a lot. Emma the Outlaw sounds like a delightful read.

  2. Thanks for dropping by, Sandy! It was fun to work on this. -laura