Today we welcome Laura Beers.
Book ‘Em: Tell us about you and your life outside of writing.
Laura Beers: I am a wife, a mother of 3 kids and an avid Dr. Pepper drinker. I don’t mean to brag, but I am also a runner. I can clock 11-minute miles pretty consistently.
Book ‘Em: Which books have you written? What are they about and why did you choose to write them? Do your books have a message? Are they fiction or nonfiction?
Laura Beers: My debut Historical Fiction novel, Saving Shadow, was published on Sept 1st. It is a Regency Spy Romance, taking place in England, 1813, and features spies, intrigue, a swoony love story and a despicable villain. In addition, it tackles issues such as human trafficking, PTSD and living conditions in the slums. Sounds intense, right? Even though it sounds dark, it is meant to be a fun, clean read that will entertain you!
Book ‘Em: Do you have a work in progress?
Laura Beers: Yes, my 2nd book of The Beckett Files, A Peculiar Courtship, was released December 1st.
Lord Jonathon Beckett’s mission is simple: retrieve Lady Hannah and place her under the protection of the Crown. But he isn’t prepared for the havoc she inflicts on his world, making him question whether his duty as an agent of the Crown should always come before his heart.
Lady Hannah’s father has documents exposing a French traitor to the Crown. Willing to do anything to silence him, the traitor’s primary target has become Lady Hannah. Keeping her safe means locking her away from Society, but she refuses to stand idly by, letting others put their lives on the line to protect her. Instead, she will stop at nothing to learn to defend herself, even at the risk of losing Lord Jonathon’s protection, or his affections.
With a sinister scheme in play to collapse the English government from within, Lord Jonathon must protect Lady Hannah from the French spies intending to use her as a pawn in their game of treachery. But can he protect her from herself?
Book ‘Em: What was the most difficult section/piece you ever wrote? What made it difficult?
Laura Beers: The most difficult piece I ever wrote has been Saving Shadow. In college, I took two English courses and one business writing class. After working for a few years in the construction industry, I became a stay at home mom for 12 years. When I decided to write my book, I had to relearn the basic nuisances of the English language.
Book ‘Em: What sort of research do you do for your work?
Laura Beers: Since Saving Shadow takes place in 1813, I had to research the clothing they wore, trees, birds, medieval castles, brigs, longbows…pretty much everything in the book has been authenticated.
Book ‘Em: Which books and authors do you read for pleasure? Is there an author that inspires you?
Laura Beers: I love Jennifer Moore, Heather B. Moore, Caroline Fyfe, Rebecca Connolly….just to name a few.
Book ‘Em: Was there a person who encouraged you to write?
Laura Beers: My husband. He never said anything when the whole house was a mess because I was in my writing zone.
Book ‘Em: What would you say are your strengths as an author?
Laura Beers: I can create an outline in my head and I act out those scenes as I go running or take a nap.
Book ‘Em: How often do you write, and do you write using a strict routine?
Laura Beers: I try to sneak in writing, and editing, whenever my kids are at school or busy playing video games. Eventually, my kids get hungry and I have to feed them.
Book ‘Em: Five years from now, where do you see yourself as a writer?
Laura Beers: I would still love to be writing, assuming people are still reading my books.
Book ‘Em: If you could offer one piece of advice to a novice writer, what would it be?
Laura Beers: Just keep writing. Don’t stop. The first few drafts might be painful, but if you have a story worth sharing, then keep going. Don’t quit.
Book ‘Em: What would you consider the best compliment a reader could give your book?
Laura Beers: They write a review and buy the next book in the series.
Book ‘Em: Provide an excerpt of your writing that you would like to share with our members.
“So, we are in agreement then?” he said as one side of his mouth curled upwards. “When we are alone you will call me Benedict.”
“But it is still improper,” she said hesitantly. He could tell that she was swaying in his favor.
“Eliza,” he said as he walked towards her. She took a step back and found herself against a wall. He continued his advance until he was right in front of her. As he placed his hand on the wall behind her, he slightly leaned in, and she sucked in a breath. “You and I are partners for the foreseeable future, and it would be easier on me if you would call me Benedict. Do you not agree?”
“I suppose,” she said softly.
“Benedict,” he said teasingly. “Will you say my name?”
She shook her head, but her eyes never left his and it appeared she was stifling a smile. “I fear you are a conceited man since you so desperately want to hear your own name.”
He leaned closer. “I’m waiting.”
Eliza rolled her eyes. “Fine,” she said, pausing for a moment, her lips curling in amusement. “Benedict.”
He gave her a crooked smile. “Was that so hard?”
Her eyes were roaming his face as she asked, “Do you always insist on your partners calling you by your given name?”
“No, I just wanted to hear my name on your lips,” Benedict replied honestly.
“And do you always brazenly flirt with your partners?” Eliza asked, her eyes twinkling.
Benedict could see she was trying hard to pretend she was unaffected by his nearness, however, the blush on her cheeks gave her away. He chuckled. “No, my dear. You have bewitched me, and I find myself longing to be near you.” With his free hand, he slowly caressed his fingers down her right arm. Eliza’s arm erupted with goose bumps, but her voice remained steady.
“Well, I assure you, my lord, that I did not cast a spell on you.”
He kept glancing at her lips. “How could you not?” His words came out breathless.
Her blush deepened, and she had not pushed him away yet, which was a good sign. Benedict noticed her eyes kept darting to his lips. All he had to do was lower his head. It would not take long. Would she welcome his kiss? He could not take his eyes off her lips and slowly started to lower his head.
Eliza quickly retreated away from the wall, knocking down a nearby table in the process. “Are you ready for a walk?” She spoke hurriedly and breathlessly as she righted the table.
Benedict stood there for a moment while he was recovering from what had just happened. Maybe Eliza was not as affected by him as he was by her? After a moment, he pushed off the wall and went to meet her at the door. As she was putting on her gloves, he leaned down to her ear and whispered, “Next time I will not let you get away so easily.” His lips lightly brushed her ear as he whispered to her.”
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