- Title of book: ALTERED, a YA paranormal romance mystery. It will not be published as YA with Wings, just paranormal romance. Still, because the main character is 18, it is a YA/Crossover.
- September 1, 2011 is my release date
- I'm a member of RWA and Heart of Louisiana www.heartla.com
- My first book signing that I know of is November 5th at Heartla's annual luncheon.
November 5, 2011
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Juban's Restaurant and Catering
3739 Perkins Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
- My website is www.lauraburks.com. It is under construction, but will be available the first part of September.
- I've already had one book review and waiting on another. I'll send the second one when I receive it.
This book really touched the cockles of my heart, and drew me back to the days of my own very first affaire of the heart. It is a wonderful story of magical romance, promises, love and trust.
-- Jo Ellen Conger - Conger Book Reviews - 4 Stars
Laura: Some writers outline their story, and some, like me, go with the flow. The only things I would write were ideas that popped in my mind. I know I make that sound like one simple step, so I better share how that really happens. First…you keep a notebook by the tub, by your bed, in the car, in your purse, in the kitchen, in the… You get the picture. I would even write ideas on napkins at the restaurant. When you’re in the zone of creating, you just never know when, how, or even where a thought will strike. But one word of caution, wait for a red light.
GBB: How did you come up with the title?
Laura:The title “ALTERED” has several meanings. The people that are cursed are altered from their past life, and the curse needs to be altered. Actually, I think I had the name at the same time I came up with the main plot of the story.
GBB: Tell our readers what the setting or backdrop is for your novel.
Laura:The story takes place with eighteen-year-old girl, Jenna, spending the summer with her grandfather in his small hometown in Louisiana. New Roads, Louisiana to be exact. When she meets someone new, to her, spending the summer falling in love should be normal. But when she discovers a cursed book capable of secret writings and a hidden message, finding a way to alter the curse to save a life just changed everything.
Laura:One that comes to mind is paying very close attention to what I liked in people and what I didn’t. That helped me form movement and voice for the different personalities of the characters.
GBB: With all the new genres out there today, what categories and sub category would you say your novel falls into?
Laura: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, and Mystery.
GBB: On a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being the most difficult) what is the reading level of your novel?
Laura: ALTERED was written with young adult on up in mind, so I would say a 3. Only because of the mystery element. And don’t worry, Moms. I kept this book clean. No bedroom scenes…or anywhere else. Just the innocence and feelings of falling in love.