Author Interview LaRee Bryant
Welcome Author LaRee Byrant to Down Home Thoughts. I had the pleasure of meeting LaRee at my weekly writing club. She came as a guest speaker to share her thoughts about writing and publishing. Here are some things I learned from her talk to our writing club and a nice chat over lunch. I have taken the liberty of writing in question and answer form for the article, “Author Interview LaRee Bryant.”
LaRee Bryant is the New York-published author of seven historical romance novels, two non-fiction books and more recently, two cozy mysteries. She has been a writing teacher and professional editor for over 20 years and “ghosted” or “doctored” an impressive number of books.
Hi LaRee, thanks for taking your time to talk to us today. When did you start writing?
LaRee: I’ve been writing forever. When I was younger, I wrote a sequel to the Wizard of Oz.
That’s really cool. Do you write full-time?
LaRee: I have a full-time job running my professional administrative services company and spending time with my grandkids. I try to write every day for at least 30 minutes.
What was your first traditional published work?
LaRee: I wrote a series of seven historical romance novels.
You used a big publishing house for these works, but your new mystery series is self published on Amazon and Create Space. Why the change?
LaRee: When you sign a book deal, it’s a contract. The publisher controls many aspects of your book, from cover choice to title and sometimes even wants changes in little things, such as story location. I wasn’t too fond of some of those situations, so when I started my cozy mystery series, I thought I’d try the freedom that comes with self publishing.
How do you approach a new story?
LaRee: I have an idea and I start a notebook for each story. The notebook has all the little details that allow me paint an accurate and detailed word picture for my readers. I do the research and I have visited every place that I have written about except for one book that was set in the Amazon. For that one I had friend who had lived there and was able draw on her experience to create an authentic setting. I feel strongly about the importance of the details.
What advice would you give a beginning author?
LaRee: Write every day. Do the research. Find a good editor.
What is next for you?
LaRee: I have an historical coming out at the end of February — “Forever” is set in Jefferson, Texas in 1903 — and then I’ll go to work on the third book for the Poppy Green Mystery series.
Tell us a bit about the main character Poppy.
LaRee: Poppy Green is a pretty, perky and insatiably curious interior plant care specialist for some very upscale clients in Dallas. Between her work and her friends in her Lakewood home neighborhood, she manages to stumble into some very interesting situations. That’s when her curiosity gets her in trouble.
Thank you LaRee for taking time out of your busy schedule and sharing your thoughts.
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Watch for LaRee’s newest Poppy Green book “Moonflower Madness” available soon in e-book and paperback on Amazon.
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