What’s a hoyden to do?

Welcome to Feature Friday!

Today, I am interviewing one of my favorite authors, Laura Beers. Laura writes fascinating spy novels, but not just ordinary spy novels. Her novels boast of female spies, French invasions, romance, unexpected love, and lots of twists and turns that will keep you riveted!

Laura BeersLaura Beers spent most of her childhood with a nose stuck in a book, dreaming of becoming an author. She attended Brigham Young University, eventually earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management.

Many years later, and with loving encouragement from her family, Laura decided to start writing again. Besides being a full-time homemaker to her three kids, she loves waterskiing, hiking, and drinking Dr. Pepper.

I’ve asked her to answer a few questions for our Feature Friday post, and she was kind enough to reply. Ready to meet Laura? Here we go!

How old were you when you wrote your first book?  I started writing my first book when I was thirty-six years old. (I am now thirty-eight)

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? When I am writing, I attempt to get into my characters’ heads and I react as I believe they would. Sometimes I cry, laugh, or smirk as I write. Sadly, my kids witness this and just think I am weird.

Where do you get your ideas for your books? Everywhere! Inspiration can come from reading, watching t.v., or even talking to friends.

How long does it take you to write a book? That varies. I can typically write a book in less than four months.

How many books have you written, and which is your favorite? I have written four books. Ugh… which book is my favorite? That is like asking which one of my kids is my favorite. I would have to say A Tangled Ruse because it is being released soon. Also, I find that I relate to Lady Rachel and her hoydenish ways.

I understand you are releasing A Tangled Ruse on July 1st. Tell us a little about it. I am so excited about the release of this book. Lady Rachel is a self-proclaimed hoyden, but she also has a kind and loving heart. Luke Beckett, the Marquess of Downshire, is a handsome, brooding Lord and his whole world turns upside down when he meets his neighbor’s niece. As Luke hides behind the guise of a common horse trainer, he begins to form a peculiar friendship with Lady Rachel, without the constraints of his title. However, the longer the ruse continues, the more Luke realizes there is much more at stake than just their friendship. Now throw in a looming French invasion and you have a great story!

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating A Tangled RuseThe English channel was impenetrable, or so everyone thought. What most people don’t realize is that some French ships did make it past the blockade and landed in Ireland and Scotland. Their schemes failed at triggering a rebellion, but what if the circumstances had been different?

Do you have any suggestions to help a someone become a better writer? Just keep writing and hire a really good editor. Now that I am on book #5, I can definitely see that I am a better writer than when I started.

What do you think makes a good story? In order to have a great story, you definitely need spies, intrigue, a swoony love story and handsome Lords. Yup, handsome Lords are a must!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I like to play golf with my family, go running, drink Dr. Pepper, and feed my children.

A Tangled Ruse cover

Our thanks to Laura for being so willing to share her life and views with us! If you’re looking for a fun summer read, pick up a copy of A Tangled Ruse!

A Tangled Ruse by Laura Beers