Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Author Interview Series - Laura Eno

In preparation for the release of The Soulkeepers, I'll be posting a series of author interviews on So, Write. I decided to do this because I wanted to learn how other people thought about and promoted their work.  Over the next several weeks you will read interviews with both self-published and traditionally published authors, some who write fiction, some non-fiction, for readers all over the market.  The questions are similar but I think their answers will fascinate you.

Laura Eno
I'm very excited to kick off this series with fellow #fridayflash contributor, Laura Eno. I'll confess I'm a fan and actually have this book but haven't read it yet.  Here's what she had to say.


Please tell us a little about yourself and what motivated you to start writing?

I've always had a creative outlet, including painting, silversmithing and home decorating. When the economy made silver creations unfeasible and my husband refused to keep moving so I'd have a fresh house to decorate, I became possessed and started writing. Really. I sat down and words poured out of me.

I have two muses who help me write. Jezebel, who is a menace from the Underworld—with tentacles—and a terrible flirt, likes to attend parties and swim in the punch bowl. Mr Fluffy is a somewhat more dignified personality, who happens to be a human skull.

Don't Fall Asleep is the fifth of dozens of novels I plan to write, in several different genres. Two things are mainstays in my writing, though, regardless of genre. They all have a fantasy element and all focus on personal development.

For a list of all my books, you can go to my Amazon Author Page.   I'd love to have you drop by my blog A Shift in Dimensions, as well, where strange things generally happen. 


What is Don't Fall Asleep about?

The female lead is a Dream Assassin, a highly specialized skill and only rumored to exist. She enters dreams and kills people, but physically they've died from a heart attack. She has her own moral code concerning her work, along with needing to sort out some personal problems, naturally.


How did you come up with the idea for Don't Fall Asleep?

I'd written a short story, to be included in an upcoming dark fantasy collection, and fell in love with her character. As for the actual idea, the voices in my head mutter all the time. I take no responsibility for their channels of communication.
What makes Don't Fall Asleep different or special compared to the other titles in this genre?

Every writer hopes their story is different from anyone else's, but I'd have to say that a dream assassin is different from the standard hired gun.


What type of reader do you feel will enjoy this book the most?
Anyone interested in soft sci/fi, paranormal talents, or adventure/thriller. Also, that person would have to enjoy a strong female heroine.


What has been the most difficult part of the publishing process for you? The most rewarding?

Setting up the files is a learning curve, but I think the most difficult part is promotion. I don't want to beat people over the head with info on my books—but I want people to be aware of them. It's a difficult balance.

The most rewarding, of course, is having absolute control over content, cover and price. The only people I have to answer to are my readers.


You're a veteran to self-publishing with five books in print. What advice can you give someone like me who is just starting out?

Ask questions. People are willing to help and happy to share their experiences. Realize that writing the story is only the beginning of the process. Celebrate each sale and don't quit your day job. Don't fold after negative reviews. Have plenty of chocolate on hand.


Where can we buy your book?

Thank you, Gen, for inviting me here today. I wish you the best of luck with your upcoming book!

Thanks Laura, for visiting and for the great advice.  I'm looking forward to reading this one.

26 comments:

  1. You have my book? Can I squee, if I do it quietly?
    Thank you so much for inviting me here, Gen. I'm looking forward to reading the series!

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  2. Excellent and inspiring interview, you two!

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  3. Thanks Cathy.

    Squee away, Laura. I own it. I'm a sucker for a strong female lead.

    Great advice about the chocolate!

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  4. Good to see you ladies chatting about books. Thanks Laura and Gen.

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  5. I am so in awe of writers who go independent and publish their own books. It seems like an overwhelming process to me, yet I know it can be done because so many are not only doing it, but having success.

    As you know, Laura, I loved Don't Fall Asleep.

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  6. Thank you, Cathy and Carrie!
    Helen - I loved the Don't Fall Asleep review you did!

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  7. Excellent advice as usual, Laura. You realize people will be knocking at your door soon, asking for it? heh

    Awesome way of collecting information and putting great writers on the spotlight, Genevieve! I hope you won't mind that someone, ahem, steals your idea for future reference? ;P Oh, and super congrats on your debut! :)

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  8. Laura Eno is a fabulous writer with amazing drive, and creativity...I think I need a few more muses!

    I love that not only does she have specific goals, but that she actually makes them happen. I've read Prophecy Moon, a great romantic adventure, and I do plan to read The Dream Assassin as well.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Laura, and good luck with The SoulKeepers, Genevieve.

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  9. Great interview. I will have to check out her book now. Looking forward to reading more author spotlights.

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  10. Thanks, J! It's nice to meet you.

    Thank you for the fabulous words, Erin!

    Ah, Mari...so I should get rid of the doormat that says "Go away?" ;0

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  11. Great interview! I'm ashamed to say I haven't read Don't Fall Asleep yet, Laura, but I did buy it and it's in my queue on my ereader. I will read it soon, I promise!

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  12. You know how much I love Jezebel. And you know what she would've done if you hadn't mentioned her. Smart. Very smart.

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  13. The book, bought, read, waiting for the next one. Love strong female protagonists.

    Great interview to kick off the series.

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  14. I like the idea of a dream assassin. Great interview, Laura!
    And good luck with your release, G.P.

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  15. Thanks Eric. I don't think you will be disappointed.

    Carol, sounds like you've run into Jezebel before! Probably a good thing Laura didn't leave her out.

    KJM, thanks. I love a strong female protagonist as well.

    Alex, I know, right? Dream assassin just sounds like a Inception meets James Bond.

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  16. I'm a huge fan of your short stories Laura and have been curious to see your magic craft transfered into a longer piece. I'm also a sucker for a strong female lead and am a dream fiend so going to add this to my 'to buy list' (if I can work my way around buying through Amazon) otherwise going to have to wait until I get an eReader.

    You mention setting up the files and for me, that is often the most time consuming and tedious part of the process - getting everything to look good on the page. I imagine it can be a nightmare for self publishing authors who need to suddenly learn a whole knew skill set (even publishing through Smashwords needs a higher level of understanding of Word than most would have!)

    When I landed here I recognised your name Genevieve from the 100 Stories list and your beautiful story 'Why I'm Overweight'. Seems like I have landed here for the first time, indeed, in excellent company. Will most definitely be back to read more of the author interviews and looking forward to the release of your book. Another to add to the list!

    Thanks for having me.

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  17. I'm so glad to see you here, Jodi! Thank you for such awesome words!

    Thanks, Alex!

    KjM - You're a wonderful fan to have. :)

    Carol - Jezebel is so pleased you've remembered her!

    Eric - Ha! You're doing better than I am! I still have yours on my to-be-read list too.

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  18. It's a pleasure to have you visit, Jodi and I do appreciate the time and effort you've put into helping the people of Queensland. I'm very fond of the anthology and what it stands for. Good to be a part of it.

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  19. I'm impressed with Laura's attitude. Don't ever let a bad review get you down! That's awesome. You will go far with that attitude.
    Hi, G.P. I found you via Laura's site. I'm a follower now. :) Great interview,ladies. I'll check this book out. This is my kind of genre.

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  20. Thank you, Ciara! I won't say that I'm not (momentarily) affected by a bad review, but if I stay down I know I won't get back up. You can't please everybody - thank goodness. If that were true, there'd only be ten books in the world. ;)

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  21. Laura, it was so FUN getting to know you better! I really love silver--it's so beautiful and pure. :D I love your muses, especially Mr Fluffy there. :)

    G.P., thank you for your wonderful interview of Laura--she's such a wonderful, interesting person!
    :)

    ♥.•*¨ Elizabeth ¨*•.♥

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  22. Thanks, Helen!

    Elizabeth - Silver is so much fun to work with. Mr Fluffy is preening now. ;) Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. Awesome interview, ladies! Always nice to hear how others approach their writing.

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  24. Congrats to you both on your new books. As always, Laura gives great advice - I know from experience. She is one of the most giving people in the world, and I'm a real fan.
    ~jon

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  25. Thank you, Icy!

    Thanks, Jon! I know you like the advice about chocolate. ;)

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