Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a first-time indie author and have written one book so far. I hope to write many more!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Just Another Girl's Story, A Memoir on Finding Redemption. I wrote my story in the hopes of inspiring others who are living with regret from past mistakes, to find a pathway to forgiveness and understanding. One of my main messages is, that we do not have to be defined by our past.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write best when I have a homemade quilt I made, wrapped around my body like a cocoon.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I truly enjoy reading Memoirs the most. Of the many I've read, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King and Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp, have been my favorites.
What are you working on now?
Mostly promoting & marketing my book! I also started writing a book with my husband about youth mission trips. Between the two of us, we've participated and led more than 12 teenage mission trips all across the country. They have been life-changing and spectacular for both of us and for the teenagers who joined us!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My book was just self-published in June, so it's hard to know so soon. I would say Facebook and Twitter have been very helpful. I feel that Goodreads will be helpful down the road if I am fortunate to receive good book reviews.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
If you are an indie author, start designing your website and get it live before your book is published. I use WordPess and there are so many awesome plug-ins that are helpful. I would also create a Facebook Page and start promoting your upcoming book ahead of publishing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
This is advice I didn't take …but if I could do it over again, I would get beta readers to read and review my book before it was published.
What are you reading now?
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
What’s next for you as a writer?
I'd like to join a local writer's group and attend writing workshops.
What is your favorite book of all time?
When I was younger, I must have read Chances by Jackie Collins at least three times! I thought she was such a bad-ass and wanted to be as bold and powerful as she was.
Author Websites and Profiles
Laura Eckert Website