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Author Interview: Laura Beers

October 16, 2017

 

 Do you wonder what lurks in the shadows of Regency novels? Laura Beers has an answer for you in the delightfully intriguing novel, Saving Shadow. Her heroine is a spy in her majesty's service who doesn't hesitate to kill when a little death is necessary. 

I found the swapped gender roles in the book to be really interesting. Adding darker tinges to the Regency beauty kept me intrigued as we moved through a classic love story. 

 

I've enjoyed getting to know Laura in the writer's community. She has a great sense of humor that bleeds on the page and makes her a joy to know. I'm excited to help her promote her book (and herself) as she launches The Beckett Files.

 

Author Interview plus Q&A

 

 

 

 

What is your process for writing a novel? 

I have a basic outline in my head but then I let the story develop. I love witty banter so I am consistently encouraging dialogue to entertain the reader.

 

What kind of research did you do for this novel? Is there any detail you found in your research that particularly interested you?

I love history!! I find it fascinating and it can transport you into another time. Sadly, I majored in Construction Management at BYU and I did not have time to take additional history courses. So...now I write and research the Regency time period. One day, I will travel to England and Scotland.

 

How do you feel that you changed as a person and/or writer after completing this work?

I majored in Construction Management at [BYU] and I have never excelled at writing. In my industry, business writing was used and descriptions were frowned upon. It took me a long time to have the confidence to even begin writing my book. Luckily, I had smart friends who were talented in English and they took pity on me (in exchange for delicious meals at In & Out and Sonic) I still have insecurities about my writing, but I have a tremendous editor who supports me.

 

What is your favorite go-to advice for an emerging writer?

Just write and don't stop. Although, sometimes I do stop and go get a refreshing Dr. Pepper then I start up again.

 

What's next for you? Do you have any works in progress?

Yes, my second book in The Beckett Files series is coming out. It is called, A Peculiar Courtship. It has spies, intrigue, villains and a wonderful love story.

 

Author Bio

 

Laura 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 water skiing, hiking, and drinking Dr. Pepper. Currently, Laura Beers resides in South Carolina.

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