Earlier this week I had my very first interview with author Laura Kreitzer via chatzy. My first thought was I wonder if Barbara Walters ever did an interview via chatzy? Laura is a first time author who wrote Shadow of the Sun and will soon be releasing Soul Stalker the second book in the Timeless Series. She discovered her love of writing when she wrote fan fiction based on Twilight’s Bella and Edward. Instead of a traditional publication Laura went with self publishing. This gave her much more control and I believe when people read her book they will fall in love with it. I find her to be an extremely talented writer and at the same time I felt as if I was having a regular chat with one of my friends.
So here are some of the questions I asked Laura
About the cover
How did you come up with the idea for the cover and how involved were you?
Laura: My editor, Brianne, gave me the brilliant idea of what she imagined for the cover. She even drew it for me. I contacted this amazing graphic designer from Croatia and told him what I wanted. He put something cheesy together but I saw his previous work and knew he was brilliant. So, I went with it and I am glad that I did because he did an amazing job. I worked with the graphic designer for several weeks. He updated me almost daily. I just asked him to add the electricity and golden tears and voilà!
Is the girl on the cover a specific character?
Laura: The wings are obviously just a metaphor since none of my angels have wings. The character on the cover is Gabriella--if you look at her eyes you will see that they are blue instead of the main characters green eyes, but if you remember, when an angel is sad their eyes turn blue.
About the Book
How did you come up with the idea for the book?
Laura: Would you believe me if I told you that I have NO IDEA! First, I gave my book a title without really knowing what it would be about. I was going to write it in Andrew's point of view and have it so he never "died," but when I sat down to write for the first time I wrote three sentences . . . back space, back space . . . then I started to write in Gabriella's point of view before I even had a name for her. I wrote the prologue before I even knew how I wanted my book to go. I just knew that it was going to be in that direction.
How did you choose Angels?
Laura: The idea of angels was my Grandmother's. She said she was tired of vampires and she wanted me to write about angels. So I did.
Do you think you will ever go back and try to write from Andrew's POV?
Laura: I have promised a friend I would write a scene or two from his POV for characterization therapy, I suppose. Thinking of each characters back story is fun.
What are your favorite scenes in the book?
Laura: Andrew and Gabriella in the rain after he is shot by the FBI. Sooooooo cheesy! I love it!
Cari: My favorite was the library with Andrew and Gabriella.
Laura: Oh! That was hot. I also liked the Aiden and Abelie library scene. It's a big debate which one is sexier. Hmmm . . . I guess I have to move it up a notch in the coming book.
Cari: Yeah the library has seen some action
Laura: Dusty ol' library. Hmmm . . . ::thinks of new scenes::
Andrew had some of the best lines. Can you tell me how you came up with them?
Laura: Okay, I'm going to be honest with you and you totally have the right to laugh at me but I think that Andrew is absolutely the cheesiest character of them all. I wrote his lines based on EXACTLY what I would want a man to say to me if I were in those situations.
Cari: I disagree Andrew is not cheesy he is sweet and amazing.
In the first book we saw the prophecy was altered. Will we find out the truth soon?
Laura: The prophecy . . . very tough subject because the small bit that we saw in Shadow of the Sun is flawed. I hope to flesh it out a tiny bit in book two and a whole bunch in book three.
Can you give us hints of what's to come?
Laura: Gabriella uncovers something that will cause an angelic war. And from the title, you should know that the Soul Stalker will be playing a huge role also. Joseph becomes a rock in Gabriella's life. Joseph and a "friend" (who is top secret right now) will help Gabriella find her angels.
I tried to get her to spill on the friend part but she wouldn’t say...
How many books will be in the series?
Laura: Honestly, I am not positive. At least three because I know book two will not cover it all. I suspect maybe five or six. I also have another story or seven brewing in my head that I might start on this summer.
When will they be released?
Laura: I hope to have the rough draft of Soul Stalker finished by May 14th, and hope to have it out by the end of June. I'll start book three immediately and hope to have it out by October. Sooner if I can help it.
Do you feel that your series can cross over to adult fiction? Do you think it could appeal to more than just young adults?
Laura: I think my book is both! Yes, my character isn't a teenager, but when did YOUNG ADULT mean TEENAGER? It's not the typical story of girl goes to school, girl meets mysterious boy, girl and boy fall in love but their fate is doomed. I wrote about someone who had already come into her own person which would appeal to adults. It's a woman who has a career already--something that young adults, even teenagers, can find appealing.
If you had to pitch this to someone what would you say?
Laura: First, I'd say that this book isn't going to be like anything else you have ever read because I made this world up in my head. I came up with the character groupings, the angel organization (which we have only barely dug into), and the whole concept. I believe there are more readers now then there has been in a long time and the shelves are lacking new material because it takes authors so long to get their stuff on the shelves (Darn publishers).
What do you want your readers to take away from reading your book?
Laura: I hope that my readers take love, friendship, and family with them when they close this book. I want them to realize how each angel, Shadow, and human made a sacrifice to save the ones they loved. Because that is what love is--a sacrifice. I want people to wish to be more like the characters in the book. Brave, loving, strong, loyal, and kind.
I would like to thank Laura for taking so much of her time to give me my first interview. And when she makes it big I can say I was the first person to interview her! To celebrate my first interview I will be picking one lucky person to win an autographed copy of Shadow of the Sun and Laura will personalize it for you.
So if you'd like to enter leave your name, email and why you'd like to read Shadow of the Sun and I will pick a winner May 3rd at midnight CST. Contest winner must be within the USA.
To learn more about Laura visit the following sites:http://laurakreitzer.com/
Read a sample of Shadow of the Sun