Friday, March 28, 2014

Lauri Robinson: What’s your favorite thing about writing?

I’m asked that question regularly, and in truth, there is nothing about writing I don’t enjoy. My mother must have been born with a book in her hand, and she passed that down to me. I’ve been an avid reader my entire life, and continue to be. Anymore, a lot of my reading is in the form of research—don’t get me wrong, I still read for pleasure every night. I just can’t fall to sleep without getting in a chapter to two.

So…if I had to name one thing I love about writing, it would be the things I’ve learned while researching. For Badland Bride, book two of the Quinter Bride series, I learned about the Bone Wars—set in place by men in the late 1800’s sabotaging each other’s search efforts to uncover dinosaur bones in the mid-west.  While writing An April to Remember I was amazed by the Sultana—a riverboat that blew up at the end of the Civil War. More people perished when the Sultana sank just outside of Memphis than on the Titanic. For The Major’s Wife, my latest release, I loved learning about the days of Oklahoma being known as Indian Territory and life at Fort Sill during that time.

Currently, I’m writing a series of four sisters set during the roaring 20’s. Cars, women, and whiskey changed the world during that era. My home state of Minnesota boomed with the creation of Minnesota Thirteen, a home-brewed bootlegged whiskey that became known world-wide. The series will be released the summer of 2015 from Harlequin.

Recently one of my sons started researching our family genealogy and discovered my eighth great grandmother was jailed as a witch during the Salem Witch Hunt—oh, yes, there is a book there.

Now, the question has became, which is my favorite era to write about? That’s as impossible to answer as the first one.  

What about you? Do you have a favorite thing about writing, or a favorite era to write/read about?
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erin said...

Congrats Lauri on the newest release!!! Ummm... I had the completely different perspective growing up. I was the only reader in my family and I lived at the library. While my parents didn't understand it, they didn't discourage it either :) Now, I read pretty much anything and everything! LOL... thank goodness for technology cuz now, I go nowhere w/out a book (and not have to lug one around!)

girlygirlhoosier52 said...

Congrats... Sounds like a very interesting book to be written about your family!

Martha Lawson said...

Love reading about the American West right after the Civil War and I love reading about in England in the Regency era.

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Mary Preston said...

I love to read across all time periods & countries.

I know how fascinating I find my own family history. Love that yours will end up in the pages of a book somehow.

Lauri said...

Hi Erin,
I loved the library growing up (still do) and remember earning all those fun little bookmarks during their summer reading programs! Thanks for stopping by!

Lauri said...

Thanks! I'm still researching the whole witch scene, and love what I'm discovering! Thanks for stopping by!

Lauri said...

Hi Martha, the American West will always be a fav of mine! Thanks for stopping by.

Lauri said...

Hi Mary,
There is something wonderful about each time period, that's for sure. And about family history! Thanks for stopping by!

Laurie G said...

I agree with reading about the Pioneers and the settling of the Western frontier. I do like the Civil War period. Finally, I like contemporary settings on ranches.

Laney4 said...

I like to read several genres of books. With all of them, I appreciate witty banter the most. (I read one book where I was LOL on one page - in the middle of a clinic waiting room - and six pages later was tearing up. I've never had such mixed reactions written so closely together, but it worked for me!)

Mary Preston said...

Forgot my email:


Laney4 said...

I too forgot my email:
seytype at hotmail dot com

Eli Yanti said...

I like reading all genre except horror