What to say about myself… It’s tricky, isn’t it? Too much and you risk boring people rigid, too little and you can sound as dull as.
I’m a lover of red hair. All my mother’s family are red-heads and both my gorgeous boys are ginger, though my fella, a musician, is brunette like me. Unlike many writers I know, I did not always want to be a writer. As a child I only ever wrote when forced to do so by my English teacher. I’ve worked as a barmaid (yes, we were still called that in the 90s), waitress, cleaner, masseuse, dish-washer, PA, TA, and shop assistant, mostly while I trying to earn a living as an actor. When I hadn’t won an Oscar by 30, I decided I’d become a writer, because that would be easier than becoming a film star. Oh…
Early attempts at short stories and a novel led to a slew of rejections and the occasional success, but writing kept me sane (sort of) while grappling with little Gingers (raising sounds too competent). I work part-time as an editor and mentor, and I was a founding member and editor of Virago supported project hagsharlotsheroines.com. Although the website is no longer live you can take a peek here at the British Library web archive: http://www.webarchive.org.uk/ukwa/target/116802/source/subject.
I’m passionate about clothes. I love finding a bargain, a trait inherited from my maternal grandmother; I love art, music, and visiting foreign cities. Despite being an unsporty kind of woman, I broke the school long jump record at 12 – it was the first time I had ever jumped (competitively). I’ve always believed in karma – put out generosity, kindness and love, and it will come back to you. In my journey this far, it has proved true – I’ve encountered more kindness and love than anything else.
Peace, love, read. Laura x
Here are some links to interviews and so forth if you’re hungry for more (*hear me laughing*)
Interview in Glow Magazine: Diversity of Storytelling
Guest post A Sex Life with Teens? at Betty Herbert’s This is Love. Sept 2013
Guest post Tell Me No Lies, on memoir, at Susan Howe’s The Long and Short of It. Sept 2013
Guest post (on editing) at The Writers’ Workshop. Jan 2012
Author interview on Reader I Read It here.
Ether author of the week, 10 October 2011. Read the interview here. You may have to scroll down a bit!
Interview with writer Alison Wells in her Mother Writer series, March 2011.