What gave you the idea for Lisa’s Oak: A Story of Abuse?
Many of my friends write horror stories or zombie books. I wanted to write a real life
horror story that happens too much these days.
What got you into writing in this genre?
Eric Shelman was my inspiration. He is a great author and I think I wanted to try to impress him.
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing my whole life. I just never thought I was good enough to put myself out there.
Tell us about your past books and stories?
I have written the short story Zombees which is in the anthology Tricks, Treats and Zombies. Dinner at Robert’s which is another horror story. I am working on turning that story into a novella.
What is the writing process like for you? What is your writing day like? What have been the biggest influences on your writing?
I don’t have a set process for writing. When I feel the mood strike or I have an aha moment I pull out my laptop and start writing.
What is your favorite book (other than your own book, of course) and why? What book disappointed you and why?
I have so many favorites I don’t think I can pick just one. The series I have read the most times is the Dead Hunger series by Eric A Shelman. I hated zombies before he introduced me to his characters. I think the book that disappointed me was Fifty Shades of Grey. Three books that could have been condensed into one.
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I have been able to come out of my comfort zone and write about subjects I never would have believed I would explore as a writer.
What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
Coffee! Lots and lots of coffee!
What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?
Don’t give up!
What are you doing next?
Working on Dinner at Robert’s and a couple other stories. Depends on my mood.
What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Even the most skilled authors get nervous about their work.
Laurie Mault lives in Rochester, New York. She is a retired grandmother of seven. Laurie loves to read and is a beta reader for many authors. She lives to travel whenever possible.