Blog Tour - Author Interview and Giveaway: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

Welcome, welcome! Today, debut author (and ninja master) Laura Howard is stopping by for an exclusive interview about her book The Forgotten Ones, the first in the Danaan Trilogy. I would bet that after reading this post, you'd be running to your favorite online book stores!

ABOUT THE BOOK
The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard
RELEASE DATE. April 30, 2013
PUBLISHER. Laura Howard
PURCHASE. AMAZON
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SYNOPSIS. Allison O’Malley’s plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she’s been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison’s mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn't trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother’s sanity.

INTERVIEW WITH LAURA HOWARD

ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. THE FORGOTTEN ONES is her first published novel.

Have you really seen yourself become an author?
I remember hearing author Jeff Goins say on a podcast about a year ago, you are an author as soon as you say you are. Whether you’re published or not, if you’re writing, you are an author! And I believed him!

Before becoming an author, how did you see yourself in the future when you were a kid?
I always imagined being a teacher. It was never really a question for me. That was just what I wanted. Now I’m a stay at home mom who writes books. I’d like to eventually teach other writers about marketing, because it’s something I love.

What or who inspired you to be become an author?
Initially it was Stephenie Meyer. Her books brought me out of a reading funk after becoming a Mom. She wrote while having kids, I was inspired. Now when I see beautiful writing by authors like Juliet Marillier or Holly Black or Maggie Stiefvater, I get all warm and fuzzy!

Briefly describe to us the exact feelings you got before and after you finish your first book—the writing process, getting a call from an agent, getting approved by a publisher, etc.
While I was writing the first draft, I was stressed toward the end. I put so much pressure on myself to get it right. Had I known then just how many times I’d rewrite the entire thing, I would have given myself a break. I’m self-published, so I’ll tell you what it was like to press publish. It was a pure adrenaline rush. I was high on that adrenaline all day. I woke up the next morning feeling like I’d run a marathon the day before. It was pretty intense.

Why did you choose the paranormal genre over the other genres? Do you want to explore other genre/s as well?
I’ve been into paranormal for a long time. 2012 is the first year I've really gotten into contemporary, because it’s so hot right now. Paranormal is just my first love. I actually tried writing The Forgotten Ones as a contemporary, but the paranormal just snuck in.

Tell us more about your book, The Forgotten Ones.
The Forgotten Ones is about a girl who has a schizophrenic mom and never knew her dad. She doesn’t allow anyone to become close to her, she is much too busy and focused for that. But her father’s arrival in her life changes that and she’s introduced to a whole new world with brand new challenges.

What is the most striking or unforgettable line in The Forgotten Ones?

I hadn't heard my mother say my name since I was six years old.

Did you ever base any of the characters in real life?
Yes, most of them are from characters on TV or in movies, but the main character is a mash-up of some people in my real life.

Was there a part of the story that was hard to write?
The End was horribly difficult for me. I have three or maybe even four alternate endings. When all was said and done, I went with my gut for the final scene, but I may get hate mail.

What advises can you give to aspiring authors (like me)?
Just keep writing, don’t be so darn hard on yourself. You can’t fix it up if you never write it down!

GIVEAWAY
10 E-COPIES OF THE FORGOTTEN ONES
  • To enter, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter.
  • Giveaway is open to everyone.
  • You must be 13 years old or above to enter.
  • Winners will be notified via email.
  • Giveaway ends May 16, 2013.

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