Tuesday, March 1, 2011

with Laurie Alice Eakes

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Laurie!
People talk about life before children—what was your life before writing?

Much simpler. I had an ordinary job and my friends were pretty ordinary people. I read a lot of other writers books. At the same time, I always had a story somewhere in my head for that day I decided to sit down and write.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
I am my own worst critic. That internal editor won’t shut up, making me second guess everything.

What kind of books do you like to read most?
Of course I love historical fiction and historical romance because that’s my field; however, I love romantic suspense and cozy mysteries because I don’t write them, which makes them more relaxing.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I kind of got a crush on my hero. I loved my heroine, being an independent woman, who is smart and caring and hurting. But the more I wrote my hero, the more I got into his character. He had a lot of layers, as well as a dry wit, that surprised and entertained me.

If you were a dessert, what would you be? Do you have a favorite recipe for it?
I’d be a chocolate layer cake. You know, the kind with ganache topping, then a layer of mousse, then cake, then a layer of mousse, then cake, and fancy roses out of butter cream icing on top. Why? Because I think that I, like most people, have depths and layers people have to dig for to get at the real heart of us. Outside, I can be kind of frilly and girlie. I love bling. But that ganache can be a little difficult to cut through without the right implement. Beneath, though, I’m pretty soft and sweet and full of complex…flavors?

Recipe? Not for the whole thing, but here is an easy chocolate mousse:

3 oz box of instant Jell-o pudding mix
2 cups of heavy whipping cream.

Pour into mixing bowl. Beat with electric mixer on high until the right consistency. Refrigerate until you use or eat. You can use any flavor of pudding mix. I put it between the layers on a cake. Yummy.

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
“I’ll feed you after I get the coffee started,” is probably what I say because it’s what I say to my two indoor cats and two dogs and the eight outdoor cats lined up at the door.

Tell us about one of your favorite memories or moments in your life.
Seeing my husband graduate from Georgetown law school. He did so well and got a standing ovation when he crossed the platform with his guide dog and his honors and service awards and. . . I tear up now just thinking about it.

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
Housework, especially vacuuming. I seem to always hurt myself, bump my head, break a nail, stub my toe, vacuum up something important. . .

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
Oh, yes, definitely. Forgiveness is a strong theme in my books. In my own spiritual journey, and in talking to other Christians, forgiveness of others and oneself and accepting that God forgives seem to be the biggest barriers between the person and the Lord.

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
The Lord is teaching me about trust and control. He’s been working on that a while. I’m a slow learner.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I have two books out. Lady in the Mist is a February, 2011 release from Revell. This is the first of The Midwives series. It is historical romantic suspense set in Virginia and centered around the events leading up to the War of 1812.

My other book is Jersey Brides. This is a compilation of my three New Jersey historical series books from Heartsong Presents, Barbour Publishing and is a March, 2011 release. The Glassblower, The Heiress, and The Newcomer follows the fortunes of The Grassick and McCorkle families through the nineteenth century. Colin Grassick is a master glassblower, who comes to America from Scotland to find a better life for his mother and siblings and falls in love with the wrong lady. His grandson sells a family heirloom that is more valuable than he knows, to a young heiress, who loses it, so they have to find it before it’s too late. And talking about the third one is difficult because it gives away too much from the second one.

You can purchase Lady in the Mist from Amazon.

Laurie has a gift to give away. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Marianne said...

Thanks to you, Esther, for the chance to win Laurie Alice Eakes" Lady in the Mist. i would love to read it. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

Anonymous said...

I'd like to win this book!

karenk said...

great posting/interview....thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Jackie S. said...

I have heard many good comments about this book, and I am anxious to read it! Thanks for the chance!

Charity said...

I would love to win the gift:) I have read the book and LOVED it!! Please enter me. Thanks!


lgm52 said...

Sounds great..count me in!

Pam K. said...

I hope it is the book that is being given away! It really looks like an interesting story; I enjoyed the excerpt.
Thanks for entering me.


Jo said...

I have been wanting to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity of entering me.


Leanne said...

I'd love to read this book!

leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

Joanne Sher said...

Sounds SO good. Please enter me.

Charity U said...

Oh, I've wanted to read this book for a long time! Please enter me!

Lady DragonKeeper said...

Awesome interview --it sounds like a great book!

(sent by Carman)


Meredith said...

Great interview! This sounds like a good book! I can't wait to get a copy!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

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