Today I Welcome To My Blog, Laura Camby McCaskill, Author of Fallow and Her Keepers
By nmurray, Oct 10 2017 01:26PM
Hi Laura, please tell everyone about yourself and share your writing journey.
1. What made you want to write a book?
My mother was a big part of my decision to start writing. I wanted to follow in her foot steps. She was a children's author and shared her stories around town. She was never able to get one of her works published, so one year for her birthday we (my sister, brother-n-law, my husband, & myself) self published her first work, Mr. Book's Story. She was ecstatic. Unfortunately, she was very sick and passed away a short time after. She loved children and she loved to write. In March of this year I self published another title written by my mother, A Collection of Love. Inside are three of her original stories; Sunshine, Gail Can Cook, and Laura and the Dr. I market her works along with mine.
2. Tell us about you and where you live.
I live in Asheville NC. It's beautiful this time of year, the fall leaves are gorgeous. It's the time of year when you wake up in the morning and need a sweater but by the end of the day you're roasting. I live with my husband of 8 years, Adam and my fur-babies Belle & Sebastian. They're American Cocker Spaniel and German Shepard mix. I have two beautiful cats, a betta fish, and a rabbit. Odd I know. I'm a full time foster parent for a local shelter, I foster bunnies to save lives. My bunny Dolly was what they call a foster fail. After a short while we decided to adopt her. We do have another foster we are currently caring for, his name is Belk. I'm also full time nationally certified pharmacy technician.
3. What have you written and what are you working on now?
I have two works out and both are self published. My first work is entitled Her Keepers, it's a paranormal thriller. Her Keepers was published in 2012. My second work is entitled Fallow, it's an action/adventure/thriller/romance (a little bit of everything). Fallow was published in 2016. I am currently working on several other novels and hope to publish them within the next year.
4. How do you market your books and do your promotion methods work?
I use social media a lot. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, the list goes on and on. I also reach out to local places around town for book signings or talks. I also got in contact with several Barnes & Noble book stores in the area and became part of their author festivals. I keep my eye out for book festivals/conventions/conferences. This year I was a part of the Tucson Festival of Books. Next year I'm excited to be part of the Asheville Christian Writers Conference. Another way I gain more exposure is by holding contests of Facebook/Twitter. The winner gets free copies of my work and I get shares to reach more people. I also have an email list that I am continually trying to grow.
For my mother's works I contact local schools, orphanages, and day cares. I donate copies to their library and set up times for story time with the children.
As far as sells go, it's not astronomical but the connections I've made through these experiences were well worth it.
5. Where can readers find your book for sale?
My books are found online everywhere. They're also in e-book form. This includes my mother's works too. I'm also found in local book stores around down, such as Barnes & Noble in Biltmore Park, Barnes & Noble in the Asheville Mall, and Grateful Steps Publishing.
6. Where can we find you?
You can find out more by going to my website, www.LauraCambyMcCaskill.com. There you'll find links to my other social media sites there.
7. Do you try to be more original or give the readers what they want?
I try to keep people guessing. I do listen to readers requests but you never know just what I'll do. I try to think of things that haven't been done before.
8. Do you read your reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Yes I do. I use both as a type of guideline to become a better writer. Not everyone in this world will like hat I write, in fact, some will hate it. I've made peace with that. So I focus on keeping the ones that do like what I write happy. I write not because it's fun for me but because I want to make someones day better in the process. An escape from the world for a while. We all need it sometimes.
Thank you Laura, lovely to talk to you :)