Author interview: Lauren Nalls and her "A Journey of Words" story

Today author Lauren Nalls takes over my page with a discussion about her short story, "Loose Ends," appearing in the anthology A Journey of Words (which also includes my brand new short story, "The Whaler's Dues"):

Synopsis: A woman flies home to see her terminally ill father one last time. Through her own preparation, she is able to guide her family though the doors of death, and in the process, gets to know her dad, herself, and her own strength.

What inspired you to write this story? Therapy. Writing is always therapeutic. My greatest hope is someone will read my story and better know what to expect so they can spend calm, focused, last moments with a loved one

How long have you been writing? Since I was small, like so many other authors. I was first published in 2012, so I guess professionally since 2012.

What genre do you usually write in and why? Literary Fiction. Historical Fiction. I love conveying feelings, detailed scenes, and beautiful periodic moments.

What else are you working on writing at the moment? My current WIP, “Dear Jonah” is a story spanning the lifetime of a tortured mind, and my second WIP “American Gypsy”, is set in a 1930’s-40’s era traveling carnival. Both are coming-of-age novels.

What advice do you have to give to new writers? Number one: realize you don’t know everything, or, maybe, anything at all. Be humble, be willing to take direction. Don’t get hurt by honest feedback, you can take it or leave it, but everyone is a potential reader. Have a thick skin but think seriously about what your readers are telling you. Read in your genre, read outside of your genre, educate yourself, write, pay the money for good editing, and believe your editor. Repeat this process forever.

How can people discover more about you and your work?

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