I’m hosting an interview today with Laina Turner, author of “Romance & Revenge”, a cozy mystery / chicklit book. I hope you enjoy the interview.
How long have you been writing?
I have written off an on forever but didn’t start taking it seriously until 2007. It was on my bucket list to finally finish a book and try to sell it. I accomplished that goal and haven’t looked back.
Is Romance & Revenge your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.
Romance & Revenge is the 9th book in this series. My first Presley book, Stilettos & Scoundrels, was about a senator who was murdered in Presley’s hometown and she wanted to solve the murder. This book is also where she reconnected with Cooper. Someone she knew from high school.
Why did you choose to write a cozy mystery?
I like to have fun and to read for fun. I enjoy reading cozy mysteries because they are light hearted and entertaining. I just gravitated to writing the same thing.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Don’t get discouraged. This path is not an easy one and most of us don’t become overnight sensations. It takes practice and determination. Also find yourself a tribe of people who are pursuing the same goal and can offer you support when you need it.
Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?
I have the outline and start to the next Presley Thurman book which centers around Presley finding out who stole an expensive diamond brooch from one of her clients at Silk. I also am close to finishing a book not a part of any of my series called That’s Not My Suitcase. It should be out in the spring.
About The Book
Author: Laina Turner
Genre: Cozy Mystery / Chick Lit
The bookkeeper at Jared’s company has been murdered and if that wasn’t bad enough someone is trying to sabotage the company by leaking company documents to other firms who are then upstaging their presentations. Jared asks for her help to find out who is trying to take Sleeping Bear Designs down and while Presley is always willing to help a friend, she is also hoping it will take her mind off obsessing over Cooper.
Presley and Cooper are on a break or are they broken up? It was never really clarified and she just found out he’s in town and he hasn’t called. Is he avoiding her? What does that mean?
Are they done for good?
As a child Laina thought she would either be a truck driver (thanks to Jerry Reed in Smokey and the Bandit) or work at Taco Bell (her favorite restaurant as a child). As she grew older she realized her talents lay in academics and business and for the last several years has been a business consultant and college professor where she uses the analytical side of her brain and not the side that makes up stories.
Through all her career choices she has continued to have a passion for writing. This stemmed from childhood whereas an only child she developed a vivid imagination spending most of her time making things up and thinking the Incredible Hulk lived in her closet.
Proud of her vast experiences in life from barrel racing to being on the dance team for a semi pro basketball team to being a mom of 2 amazing kids, she tells her family and friends that no one is safe from their escapades slipping in to her books.
Taking the plunge to write books that she actually lets people read in 2010, she has worked her way up to having 5 fans (maybe 6 now). Her blog, The Art Of Living Fabulously, was launched to share the daily fun in the life of a Real Housewife of the Midwest along with the musing of other fabulous ladies.
Laina’s Blog: http://www.lainaturner.com/books/romance-revenge/
Purchase Romance & Revenge on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MQAI1QW
View the Romance & Revenge book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0oPIrtLHeU