In 2008 she published her first short story in eXtasy’s Anthology and has been writing and publishing since, in Italian and English, releasing several full length novels and short stories at eXtasy Books, WCP and Romance Divine.
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I know readers are often interested in knowing why authors started writing, what sparked the instinct to set down words and spin them into structured stories. Well, in my case, it all started with my love for reading that from the earliest age made books my very best friends. Growing up I only increased the genres and number of books read, so I guess the real question for me is—why did I start writing after reading tons of books? As usual, the answer’s complex and covers a range of explanations, some of which still aren’t clear to myself either.
I’ll start by saying I got to a point in my reading I was tired of other people’s stories. Not often did I disagree with their plots’ twists & turns, but also with the way they made their characters evolve. Sometimes I wanted more action, others more romance, or the sci-fi setting didn’t sound right. Then their characters were too strict, they didn’t want to compromise in order to get what’s really important in life, or they were depressed suicidal freaks, or…well, you probably get my point. Safe to say, when I wasn’t satisfied, I’d imagine how I would conduct the story and that got me spinning new tales out of the ones I just read. One thing led to another and the stories started to come to me without any prior prompts, simply popped up in my head with their plots and characters. Soon I put them on paper, or rather on my computer screen, and that’s one way of explaining why I write.
Another way to look at it is more personal and intimate. My love…no, sometimes I think it’s more of a need…started early, in high school, with a short story, Nostalgia, in released in the Crestwood High School Journal. The title kind of says it all, about the need I mean, because the story was born out of longing for my country. It was the time I felt out of place in the US, an Italian losing her roots is how I felt, and I chose writing not just to express it, mainly to understand it. And these are the two driving needs behind my writing.
The first is that of expression. I’m not a very talkative person, never have been, always preferring to listen to people’s stories rather than tell my own. Somehow I thought theirs more interesting than anything I could ever say, so kept my mouth shut and my ears open. I know many might interpret it as a Cinderella complex, but I still feel this way, and when I see my husband, a born actor, talking to people, I know I have neither the flare nor the style to make my things sound as interesting as he makes his sound. In writing, though, it’s totally different. There I can choose and edit my words. I’m not afraid of giving the wrong impression or being boring. And the fact I’m not so forthcoming with my voice only increased the need to say what was on my mind.
But the truth behind my need to write is to help me understand myself, who I am and what I’m going through while I’m writing a particular thing. It’s the reason I wrote my second full length novel, Piccolo Crocevia a Cinque (loosely translated Little Five Points), to give voice to an experience that had tormented me since my American days. And if the book came years after the experience itself, years I’d spent living certainly not writing, it was the sign I couldn’t digest it, so to speak, without putting it down on paper. This for me remains the best way to delve into my mind Whenever unexplainable emotions trouble me to the point I can’t think of nothing else, inside, I can never quite understand them unless I order them in a logical format—‘cause that’s what writing is to me. So the Crocevia set me back on the writing track, to the point I can’t think about not writing today. In fact, I compiled a list of reasons why I can’t live without it. Because:
1. It makes for great sex in real life
2. It makes me understand myself and the people that surround me
3. It sets my mind spinning
4. It makes for more exciting living all- around
5. It gives me one more reason to listen to music, something I can’t
6. It makes me connect to people I It sharpens my skills
7. Wouldn’t otherwise know how to live without
9. It deepens my knowledge of the English language
10. It keeps me busy
11. It helps me relax
And this sorts of sums up my reasons for writing and loving it, even if I had to wait until about five years ago to become a WRITER.
Well, there’s a difference you know between writing and being a writer, and I understood it only after releasing my first story with eXtasy Book and receiving the 2010 EPIC nomination for Sacrificial Sex. But that’s another story.
Laura, thanks so much for sharing with us today. Now I have a few questions for you.
Absolutely not! Never believed in it or in candlelight dinners with prior flower gifts. No, I’ve actually laughed in the face of men who would bring me a whole bunch of flowers simply to impress me. I go for the facts, not the nice gestures that usually don’t stand the test of Life—problems piling up, routine suffocating romance and sex, jobs intruding in personal lives, washing dirty dishes becoming an issue, etc. Instead, I believe in strong feelings that connect people to the point they can overcome these adversities and still be together in a very fulfilling way—physically, mentally and spiritually. That’s why my books aren’t about romance, rather about characters finding a way to each other beyond a purely romantic emotion, or more appropriately turning it into the beginning of a bond they will feel so strongly it involves their senses as much as their feelings.
What is your all-time favorite movie and why?
My all-time favorite movie, and I know many will agree with me, is Gone with the Wind. Now the reasons for liking it, no, loving it actually, are many, a lot connected to the fact I lived in Atlanta GA and could find traces of the city the movie portrays even in the modern skyscraper skyline it has become today. And the actors, of course, are simply fabulous, but those are not the reasons that make it my all-time favorite. You see, I read the book before seeing the movie, and I must say in my experience it’s one of the few transpositions where the actors were exactly like I imagined the characters. Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel…it was like they had walked straight out of the book and gone upstage to be Scarlett O’Hara, Rhett Butler, Ashley Wilkes, Melanie Hamilton, Mammy. And I never experienced that with another book turned movie!
Loved that movie and book. Where is the most exotic place you’ve ever traveled to?
In my times, I’ve traveled quite a bit, my parent’s fault for taking the five-years-old me to Nigeria. What really blew my mind, instead, was India, a country I love not just for its beauty, mostly for its people and the age-old culture you can still breathe in it. There again I lived for a time and went back to visit, too, fascinated by their way of thinking and of seeing life. But that was living, not traveling, and as you probably know, they’re two very different things. Still it didn’t stop me from going all over the world—Australia and Far East excluded—and there are a few places that have impressed me to the point they found their way into my books. One of them, probably the dearest though less exotic, is Sicily, particularly in their fabulous archeological sites that sparked the novel Spying the Alcove, a cross-over from past to present, from ancient Roman to modern day excavations. Undoubtedly, though, the most exotic place I simply visited is Jordan, a wonderful desert-like country under scorching heat and fabulous sights. What makes it extra special for me is the fact it’s the setting of the planet Sendar of my ongoing fantasy series, Virtus Saga.
Virtus Saga Book 3
GENRE: GLBT, m/m, m/m/f, f/f, Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror.
HEAT LEVEL: 5 flames
RELEASE DATE: July 15th, 2010
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
Situations change fast and Prince Duncan Caldwell, as the new leader of Sendar, is now in charge of the pyramid’s destiny. And like Arthur Fairchild before him, he knows his duty is to put it back from where Cecilia Huts stole it. But first his world has to celebrate the end of the most destructive period it can remember, so Prince Duncan Caldwell calls for a Festival, three days completely devoted to food, drinks and sex. And many things happen. Connections are established, especially between his two unruly loves, Christopher Templeton and Ylianor Meyer. But it’s all part of their story just like their journey to the Nephis Valley order to set things right again with the three-sided pyramid Cecilia Hurst stole and the reason their world was plunged into mayhem.
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Laura, thank you for stopping by today. I enjoyed chatting with you and getting to know more about you and your books.
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Excerpt from The Festival.
“Do you regret it, lover?”
Duncan was silent as his dark energy built up to meet the roaring fire’s challenge. “No, I don’t regret a single moment, but you’re making it all too simple. Women can give so much more than just plans and programs. And the fact they are different from us, only adds to their appeal, both mental and physical, and no matter what you say, we as men need their energy, not to mention insight, to complete ours. No, better yet, we need each other to make the world work at its best.”
“That’s the leader speaking,” Chris protested hotly, “not—”
“No, I’m talking like a person, a single part of this world I helped make with my own marginal contribution.” He caressed the angel’s shiny head. “What I’d like you to understand is that our difference is our strength, not our weakness, for it helps us deal with whatever unknowns are out there, not to mention it makes for a damn more intriguing life. Just think, what would sex be without women?” Duncan’s hand slipped to Ylianor’s hips. “Without their soft, silky skin, sensitive breasts, easily aroused nipples, narrow waistline that curve in the hips’ warm embrace, then lead to their hidden treasures.” And at those words, his fingers, which had highlighted every piece of his tour, dipped to Ylianor’s wet cunt, immediately finding the throbbing knot that not surprisingly was already swollen with desire. He grinned, watching her predictable reaction. “Seeing them arch their back to ask for something to fill them. That’s the beauty.” He made Ylianor turn on her stomach, then squeezed her butt possessively. “Not to mention their great ass.”
“I still don’t find anything appealing in women or their treacherous curves.” Chris insisted stubbornly. “You know what turns me on, lover?”