Thank you!

Thank you for all the support you've given the Climbing Rose Young Adult line of The Wild Rose Press. Our stories are still available on The Wild Rose Press website, however, since we aren't publishing new stories, our blog is no longer active. We thank you again for the time you spent with us and invite you to visit our Climbing Rose bookstore.

Guest Blogger for the week--Laurie J. Edwards

Our guest blogger this week is author Laurie J. Edwards. Her story, Summer Storm, is part of our fun new anthology Summer Lovin'. Since she's spending the week with us, I thought it would be fun to get to know her and she was nice enough to answer a few questions. So here we go, author Laurie J. Edwards, in a nutshell!

1. Why do you write YA?

I love to read YAs. They’re faster paced, grittier, and more realistic. But I think the truth is: I never grew up. I still feel that angst of losing a boyfriend, being shunned by the in-crowd, being treated as less important than adults, and having a burning passion to make a difference. That’s probably the core of what I love about writing YA and about teens themselves—they’re filled with passion. So many people lose those burning desires as they grow older. I hope to keep that fire alive in me, and in others.
2. Besides writing, what's your favorite creative outlet?

Art. I love to paint, draw with pastels, and sketch. I can lose myself for hours when I’m drawing. At the moment, I’m going for a Graphic Arts degree to add to my fine arts training. Illustrator and Photoshop are a completely new world for me, but I want to expand my computer knowledge. My dream is to illustrate picture books, in addition to writing YAs.

Besides art, I do all kinds of crafts. Cake decorating, sewing, needlework are my favorites. And I also like to fence, bellydance, horseback ride, ski, and play soccer. Oh, and ride in my husband’s motorcycle sidecar. And travel abroad. My goal is to get to every continent. Only two more to go—Australia and Antarctica. All of these give me a creative charge and feed my idea files for future stories.
3. What kind of books do you like to read?

YA, of course. Beyond that, anything and everything. I read cereal boxes if that’s all that’s handy. Fiction, nonfiction, self-help—you name it, I read it. At the moment, I’m immersing myself in Chinese history so I can finish Red Beads, the YA I’m revising that’s set during the Ming dynasty.
4. What's your favorite kind of music?

Classical, but most of the time I prefer silence or the sounds of nature—leaves rustling in the breeze, birds twittering, crickets chirping, frogs croaking. To
me, those are the most beautiful music there is.
5. If you were going to a costume ball where you had to dress up as your favorite movie character, which character would you choose and what outfit would you wear?

To be honest, I don’t watch TV and rarely go to movies. I’d much rather read, so it’s hard to say what I’d choose. But if it’s OK to choose cartoon characters, I always envied Cruella De Vil’s fur coat (not Dalmatian fur, of course) and two-toned hair. I’d love to pair that with long, blood-red fingernails and black high spiked heels—not that I could even walk in them, but this is fantasy, after all. At the same time, I’d love to be Glinda, the good witch, from The Wizard of Oz.

Split personality maybe??

Thanks so much for answering my questions, Laurie! I'm looking forward to your posts this week.


Kitty Keswick said...

Wow, Laurie you're a busy girl! Remember to squeeze time in for relaxing too!

Judith Graves said...

Great interview! Laurie - a graphic arts degree is a dream of mine as well - go and get it, girl!

Can't wait to read Summer Lovin' - I'll be getting a print copy as soon as they are available.

Tanya Hanson said...

Hi, YA sounds great. I've got a paranormal Salem Witch trial thing that I keep planning to fix up and submit LOL.

I'm a Cactus Rose. Best wishes with everything that keeps you so busy!


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