Shadow Slayer Tour: Laura Answers Readers’ Questions with a Q & A & Giveaways!


First a picture of my favorite ornament this year!

(Read to the end of the interview to enter the giveawayS!)

Where do you get your character names? Do they come natural or does it require a lot of thought? (Dana Mason)

I LOVE dreaming up character names. They are such an important part of the story and can have so much symbolism attached to them. For the Shadow Series the names of my characters came from a 2nd/3rd grade class where I was a volunteer. I taught kids how to read and it was so rewarding. The teacher was fabulous too. And so a lot of the names of the characters in 13 on Halloween and Shadow Slayer were inspired by the kids I got to know through my volunteer work. Roxie just introduced herself to me. I’ve never known a Roxanne. But, I really like that she has an X in her name. I think that’s cool:) Drew was originally called Andy in Shadow Slayer, but I didn’t like that name as much as Drew, so I switched it. Sometimes I write an entire story and switch out a name that doesn’t work for me any more after I’ve written and revised and put the polish on a story. Most of the times characters just come to me and their names are a part of them, so it doesn’t require very much thought. Great question Dana! Thanks for asking it and for joining the tour.

Do you do a lot of research before starting a book? (Giedre)

I do a certain amount of research for all my books. But some way more than others. For Winnemucca, a small-town fairy tale, I delighted in the research of mariachi music. Mariachi music is folk music and so there really isn’t a lot written about its history, especially about female mariachis. But I was very lucky to find the history of Lydia Mendoza and so I based Esperanza’s character on the life of Lydia Mendoza. If you want to read a little bit about Lydia Mendoza click here.

For Transfer Student I did quite a lot of research about aliens. And extraterrestrials. What one might look like. There’s so much literature out there about about UFOs and I found one book in particular extremely helpful when I came up with the way Rethans appear and their world. I wanted to research a plausible parallel planet to earth and found this research fascinating. So I dove into the books and literally found it so fascinating, I almost didn’t write the book 🙂

For 13 on Halloween & Shadow Slayer I did a lot of research about luck and superstition and animal spirits. I also researched The Tempest.

In my current WIP, a WWII tale based on the real life survival of my family in Indonesia, I’m doing quite a bit of interviewing and reading historical documents, verifying prison camps and hellships. It’s all very fascinating.

So…as you can tell I LOVE research. And I love it so much that I might never write. This is the dilemma. How much time should a writer spend on research? Well, thankfully Dana Jo Napoli, a great YA writer, came to my rescue and gave me some great advice. She said first to give yourself a set timeframe in which to do your research and stick to it. You can’t research forever. (Wise woman, huh?) And second, you will always find information that conflicts. If you have two different bits of research to choose from when writing your story always pick the one that will let you write a better story, a more dramatic story. I tell you what, I think that advice is fabulous. It’s saved me from researching books and never writing them. Thank you Dana Jo Napoli!

Do you have a favourite SF series or movie that inspired you to write Transfer Student? (Jen Minkman)

Well, yes. Every series I ever watched from Star Trek to Lost in Space to The Jetsons to My Favorite Martian. I’ve always been drawn to the portrayal of aliens, perhaps because there isn’t a greater “outsider” than an alien. And I think aliens are a metaphor for growing up. We often feel like aliens in our own lives/bodies while we are just growing into them. We don’t recognize ourselves sometimes. And so, I love exploring the very literal instance of what people/societies would do when they are confronted by a person/species they don’t understand.

If you any free time … what do you do on said free time? What’s one thing you do to unwind? What’s one of your favorite guilty pleasures? (Veronica Huerta)

I love to play the piano. I haven’t played in years and am just back at it. I took lessons for eight years from the nuns at a local convent in Chicago. I think Sister Mary Carl and Sister Miriam Rose are looking down on me and smiling, even as I hit some wrong notes 🙂 I love to cook/bake and I love to garden. I love to hike and ski too 🙂 My favorite guilty pleasure is to go to movies and see a double feature and eat lots and lots of popcorn!

Who would you cast to play the lead in Winnemucca, a small town fairytale? (Suzy Turner)

I cast Emma Stone as Ginny. I love Emma and think she’d be fabulous. Anyhoo….here’s the rest of my Dream Cast: if you want to see who’s who in Winnemucca.

How did the story of Shadow Slayer. come to you? (Tara)

Great question. The story of Shadow Slayer evolved over a period of time. Originally the series was going to be the Teen Halloween Series, but I didn’t really think that title described what was happening in the series. So, I changed the name of the series to reflect the real drama of the books, the shadows. As I dove deeper into what a shadow really is, I came up with the plot of Shadow Slayer. I think it is fascinating to explore who we become and why. And the idea of “another us” out there wanting “in” on our lives. The constant struggle we all have between good vs. bad, our wants vs. our needs, our desires vs. our reality. These are all things I hope to explore in the series.

I hear that there’s four books in this series.. any idea if you plan to continue on with this series or any spin offs in the works? (Veronica Huerta)

There are four books in the series. Moon Killers, is book 3 and will be out in early 2013. Last Life is book 4 and is due out this summer. I wouldn’t rule out a spin-off, although I haven’t got that mapped out yet. Thanks for the suggestion! *grabs notebook and scribbles down ideas* 🙂

Thanks for all your wonderful questions! I had a fun time answering them 🙂 

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Where will the tour be next? Click here for the schedule.

Enter the giveaway! What’s up for grabs? 4 ebook copies of Shadow Slayer!

Just tweet this post to enter to win! (tweet button is below) Easy. Peasy. Good luck 🙂 Winners will be announced on Monday 12/17!




Click here to enter the tour giveaway today! The prizes include: 2 – $10 Amazon Gift Certificates 2 – paperback signed series copies of 13 on Halloween & Shadow Slayer 5 – ebook copies of Midnight Surrender, a paranormal romance anthology that includes a lost excerpt of Shadow Slayer.

Happy Indie-pendence Day Celebration of Indie Authors!

I have three great Indies to feature on INDIE-pendence Day because they’ve written some sizzling summer reads!

Have you read a great Indie title lately? Post it here, I love getting reading recs 🙂

Tiffany King is a fellow Plume and her books are fabulous because they hit at the heart of what it means to be yourself. No. Matter. What. I love this about Tiffany’s books. But I also love her writing. When I open up any of her books, it’s like she’s sitting at my kitchen table telling me a story and I love that feeling. Once you read one, you’ll want to read all of her books! Here’s a little bit about WISHING FOR SOMEDAY SOON:

Seventeen year old Katelyn Richards is a stronger person than anyone will ever know, and that is just the way she wants it. Behind her normal facade lies the reality of a broken home life. Thanks to her abusive mother, a string of deadbeat stepfathers, and an unsympathetic system, Katelyn has learned that the only one she can count on is herself. Her life’s mission has become to shield her nine year old brother, Kevin, and to give him the future that they both wish for. A life with no more abuse, no worries about where their next meal will come from, and no more wondering if they will have a roof over their heads.
When her mother moves them again, this time to a small town in Montana, Katelyn’s resolve is shaken when she meets Max, a cute boy from her new school, who gets a glimpse into her real world. Max slowly manages to break through Katelyn’s wall of distrust, stirring up feelings she never saw coming. Now with her world more complicated than she ever intended, Katelyn struggles with the decision to follow her heart into the arms of the first boy she has ever loved. A decision that could risk the promise she made to protect Kevin, and to give them the ‘someday soon’ that is so close within their grasp.

I just read FORBIDDEN TERRITORY and I have to tell you it’s a great summer read and total page-turner. There’s something in here for everyone. It’s a thriller, an adventure, a romance. I’m posting a review soon on The FORBIDDEN TERRITORY Blog Tour July 5 so I thought I’d post an interview with the authors for the Indie-pendence Day Celebration of Indie Authors! Authors Melissa Pearl & Brenda Howson are the co-authors and they live in New Zealand, where the story is set. I loved imagining the story there, in a place rarely written about in YA. Here’s a little bit about FORBIDDEN TERRITORY:

Mica and Lexy have been best friends and next door neighbours since they were eight years old. They share everything and have no secrets from each other until… Tom arrives on Mica’s doorstep – a gorgeous exchange student from England. And Lexy is smitten.

Suddenly both girls are keeping secrets. Mica is hiding news about Tom’s English girlfriend and Lexy hasn’t got the heart to tell her best friend that her brother Eli, the guy Mica is mad on, thinks of her as only a friend.

After a massive fight, the girls decide the best way to mend their friendship is to spend some quality time together. And what better way than to go camping away from their parents and why not invite along the guys they are crushing on.

So the four teenagers embark on a geo-caching expedition into New Zealand’s native bush expecting a long weekend filled with flirtatious fun; instead secrets are exposed as they stumble across a hidden marijuana crop and its gun-wielding watchmen. Forced apart they spend the next forty-eight hours racing blindly in opposite directions as they fight to find each other before the hunters do. FB fan page:

Melissa is a fellow YA Indie Carnival Author and I’m thrilled that she took the time today to ask the questions I had on my mind after I read FORBIDDEN TERRITORY.

LAHE: You and your friend Brenda Howson co-wrote FORBIDDEN TERRITORY. Can you talk about the process?

MP: It was a very easy process to be honest. Brenda and I have been best friends for over a decade. We think the same and work the same way. When we get together to plan a book it just seems to flow. About three weeks ago we met up to plan out Forbidden Waters (Bk 2). It took us the day and was SO much fun. We seem to spark ideas off each other and the story developed so easily.

We also know each other’s characters really well, so it makes it easy to plan out scenes. We did this initially writing diary entries. I wrote Mica, and Brenda wrote Lexy. We got to know our own character and the other person’s character really well.

LAHE: Did you write the Mica chapters and Brenda wrote Lexy’s or….?

MP: Yes. I am in charge of Mica and Eli. They are my creations and I take charge of those chapters and scenes. If I need Mica or Eli to do or say anything particular in one of Brenda’s scenes, I just let her know and vice versa.

We also edit each other’s scenes really thoroughly and make adjustments as necessary. We got together for an editing weekend a while back and actually read the entire book aloud together. I read Lexy’s chapters so Brenda could hear what her character sounded like through someone else’s interpretation…. and she read the Mica chapters. It was really helpful.

LAHE: The story is about two best friends, what was the inspiration for the story?

MP: Brenda and I have spent a lot of time on holiday together with our husbands. We all get on really well. We have done three trips around the South Island of New Zealand. SOOOOOOO beautiful!! We fell in love with Te Anau when we were there so setting the story in that town was easy. We also did a girl’s weekend down there and hiked some of the nearby trails so we could get a feel for the bush.

We were actually out geo-caching (the four of us) when one of us said it could make a really good story. We can’t remember who said it, but it sparked all these ideas and by the end of the day Mica, Lexy, Eli and Tom had been born then placed in the bush finding a treasure they never meant to discover.

LAHE: Have you ever found yourself lost in the bush?

MP: Once – when I was nine and only for a really short time. I ran ahead a little too far and missed the turn off. I soon found myself totally alone. It fully freaked me out!! All the forest noises are much louder when you think you’re lost 🙂

Check out more great Indie reads from these fabulous authors/reviewers/readers!

1. Jessie Harrell 26. Amy Durham 51. Brooke
2. Karen Amanda Hooper 27. Donna McDonald 52. Nickie Anderson
3. Susan Kaye Quinn 28. Hallee Bridgeman 53. Rick Daley
4. Laura Pauling 29. Diane Strong 54. Cherie Reich
5. Connie Keller 30. Hayden Braeburn 55. Dalya Moon
6. Sandra Ulbrich Almazan 31. Remy @ Reading with A Broken Heart 56. A.E. Howard
7. Cindy Hogan 32. Katherine Lowry Logan 57. JM Madden
8. Lisa Nowak 33. Jesse V Coffey 58. Christine Fonseca, Author
9. RaShelle Workman 34. Teresa Reasor 59. Jamie Manning, Author
10. Stacey Wallace Benefiel 35. Susan Ricci 60. Laura Diamond
11. Magan Vernon 36. Ashna @ Wanted Readers 61. Nicole Singer
12. Liz Long 37. Cate Dean 62. Indie Children’s Authors Connection
13. Angela Brown 38. Anna Kyss 63. Heather Simone
14. Heather McCorkle 39. R.M. Prioleau 64. Cory Putman Oakes
15. Megg Jensen 40. Deanna Roy 65. Jenny Krueger
16. Christy @ Captivated Reading 41. Courtney Vail 66. Carolyn Brown
17. Kimber Shook 42. Michael Whetzel 67. Gin @ Addicted to Words
18. Kai Strand 43. Mackenzie Morgan 68. Beth Dolgner
19. ali cross 44. Paige Aspen 69. Paranormal Book Beat
20. Stephanie Queen 45. Suzan Tisdale 70. Medeia Sharif
21. Laura A. H. Elliott 46. Dani @ Refracted Light 71. Bisi Leyton
22. DeAnna Knippling 47. Doug Solter 72. Michael Abayomi
23. Meredith Bond 48. Alli (mrscaptkirk51) 73. C.K. Bryant
24. Patricia Lynne 49. Ramblings of an Amateur Writer 74. Erynn Newman
25. Karen Victoria Smith 50. Pamela DuMond

Transfer Student Blog Tour & EBOOK | SWAG Giveaway goes to Australia and stops at a Drive In in California!

I thought it would be a great way to welcome my Australian friends to the tour today by stopping by an American Icon, the Drive-In. A Drive-In inspired one of the scenes in TRANSFER STUDENT. So get in the car…let’s go check out some of the real places that inspired the scene. Check out DeeScribeWriting to for the inspirations/challenges of TRANSFER STUDENT & for the EBOOK/SWAG GVAWAY!  CONGRATS TO @red_tigergirl2 today’s winner of a TRANSFER STUDENT EBOOK!

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Interview & Review with Kate’s Reads on the Transfer Student Tour Today!

CONGRATS TO TO EBOOK WINNER @MacDibble! GOOD LUCK TO TODAY’S TWEETERS! [read on for tweet deets 🙂 ]

Today on the tour I’m excited to be interviewed by Kate’s Reads. She’s a great book blogger and she’s one of my go-to blogs to find out what’s next on my TBR list! Kate asked for an interview and I really enjoyed her questions. It’s kind of funny how some stories just happen. This story is like that. One experience led to another and another and before I knew it, I had a story. TRANSFER STUDENT needed about six years to “cook.” My personal life during the years 2006-2009 played a huge part in informing my characters and the plot. Kate was nice enough to do a book review too, you can read it here! 

I hope you’ll check out the interview 🙂 Thanks for stopping by the tour here and, as always to win today’s EBOOK of TRANSFER STUDENT Tweet [& post ur tweet link here or at Kate’s interview]:

Can’t wait to read Transfer Student by @Laurawriting Check out the Blog Tour & Giveaway! #teenreads #scifi #romance #ya

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Here’s a little excerpt from Kate’s Interview with me.

Q) How did you come up with the Rethan words and where did you get the ideas for the landscape of Retha?
I travel and live away from home sometimes because my husband renovates hotels. At the time I revised Transfer Student, we had the good fortune to live in Big Sur, CA, a very remote part of the central California coast that remains largely undisturbed by man. The landscape is so wild that the missionaries who settled California did not enter and instead just referred to it as El Sur Grande, The Big South…Big Sur. The first road was built on the only horse path to “town” [Monterey] in the 1930s––a road that flirts with the Pacific Ocean winding into cliffs and over waves and sand dunes. Big Sur inspired planet Retha––a place where there are no roads because Rethans fly and while Rethan’s are innovative, they aren’t extremely technological. Because Big Sur is so remote, Continue reading Interview & Review with Kate’s Reads on the Transfer Student Tour Today!

Diary of debut authors: Nichole and I have our TV Debut in beautiful Savannah

Last night I landed in Savannah. The landing was my first scare on The Paranormal Plumes Society Haunted Book Tour. We were literally about to touch down, leaning back in our seats waiting for the wheels to hit the tarmac when, the plane all of a sudden took to the air again. Quickly. All of us shot glances at each other. There were nervous laughs and looks of Rlly? This guy sitting next to me had a huge grin on his face. Sometimes the strange things that don’t kill you make you smile. We’re like, what was it? The wrong airport? The pilot comes on and let’s us know that two planes were landing on two bisecting landing strips at the same time and we were the plane that got called off. He was super calm. Like this happens all the time? Wow. At the beginning of the flight we were held up so that a man could make it to his baby’s birth in Jacksonville.

So the trip to Savannah for The Haunted Book Tour has all the makings of a good story. Lots of drama! And the unexpected. And while I didn’t bump into any ghosts last night as I walked this beautiful city for a super late-night dinner, I did make some great friends.

And to add to the drama, I met the marvelous Nichole Chase for the very first time, although we’ve known each other online for months now, and the day we first meet we go on The WTOC Mid-Morning Show in Savannah to talk about The Paranormal Plumes Society & our tour here which starts tomorrow.

Nicole is a joy:) She and I had fun touring the town today and will never forget the day we first met!  YAY! Thank you to everyone at WTOC for being so kind and helping to spread the word about our books. Here’s the interview!

Interview with Courtney Cole author of My Tattered Bonds

I’m thrilled to have fellow YA Indie Carnival author Courtney Cole here on Laurasmagicday. Welcome Courtney! I was excited to hear that you completed The Bloodstone Saga and couldn’t wait to have you here to talk about My Tattered Bonds! Here’s what I’m dying to know:

Me: What was your favorite scene to write from My Tattered Bonds or from the entire Bloodstone Saga?

Courtney: Oh, wow.  This one is a hard one, Laura.  There were lots of really fun scenes to write.  Yikes.  I think I would have to say the end of My Tattered Bonds.  My main character, Harmonia, had to overcome quite a lot throughout the four books of the series and it was really gratifying to pull everything together for her at the end.  She deserved it.

Me: When did you know you were writing a series? Did you map it out from the beginning or did it just evolve?

Courtney: I knew from the beginning that it wouldn’t just be one book.  I just didn’t know how many there would be.  It kind of evolved as I continued writing…

Me: Tell us a little bit about My Tattered Bonds and The Bloodstone Saga? Can you share an excerpt?

Courtney: The Bloodstone Saga revolves around a girl who happens to be a goddess.  Although, in the beginning, during the first book, Every Last Kiss, she doesn’t realize that. She thinks that she is a normal girl from Pasadena, CA.  Her memories were stolen by the Fates and she was led to believe that she was something that she wasn’t— a keeper of Fate.  As the other books continue, her true memories return and the importance of who she is in the entire scheme of things becomes apparent and the fate of the world literally sits on her shoulders.

My Tattered Bonds is the final leg of her adventure.  Her daughter was stolen in the third book, With My Last Breath and so in the final book, she must travel to the Underworld to get her back.  And I would love to share an excerpt of when she discovers that she must go to the Underworld.

In this excerpt, Harmonia has gone to seek out the advice of the Oracle of the Dead.  Continue reading Interview with Courtney Cole author of My Tattered Bonds

Teaser Tuesday: Perfecting Perfection by Teen Author McKenzie McCann

I had the pleasure of meeting McKenzie McCann at WordStock in Portland. Fellow Rain Boots Required author Lisa Nowak introduced me to McKenzie and she was such a blast to hang-out with that I want to introduce her to you all and let you know about her debut YA contemporary novel, Perfecting Perfection! McKenzie just received her contract a few days ago! Squeeeee! Follow her journey to publication on her entertaining/awesome blog The Ubiquitous Perspective. Take it away McKenzie!

Me: If you had to choose a color to describe your book, which one would you pick? Why?

McKenzie: That’s a good one. Hmm, I think I would pick a sparkly gray. A major theme in my book is how the glitz and glam of fame is only enjoyable until it stalks you in the streets, so to speak. It’s a bleak trap masquerading as luxury and elitist, but Riley doesn’t completely realize it until we meet our love interest: Giselle.

Me: What was your favorite scene to write from your book?

McKenzie: Oh, all of them! Every scene was fun to write. It was my first book. But if I really had to pick one, I’d say the climax. See, I had a terrible case of the flu when I wrote Perfecting Perfection, and a combination of febrile delirium and excitement made me so engrossed in the story, I felt like a part of it. I felt every emotion I wrote about and could see the scene playing in my head so fast my fingers could barely keep up.

Me: Tell us a about your book? Can you share an excerpt?

McKenzie: Perfecting Perfection, a tale of the lead singer in the acclaimed Remington Heights with a terrible case of infatuation for a normal girl.

This is the scene in which Riley and Giselle meet: Continue reading Teaser Tuesday: Perfecting Perfection by Teen Author McKenzie McCann

Interview with Frederick Lee Brooke Author Of Doing Max Vinyl

Here is a quote from Frederick’s blog that says it all: “A couple of months ago I bumped into Laura on Twitter.  Not only is Laura the author of acclaimed YA book Winnemucca and 13 on Halloween, she is also an old friend from high school I had completely lost touch with.  In this picture you can see Laura and me more than thirty years ago at a restaurant in Chicago with a group of friends.  Thirty years later, she lives in California with her family, and I live in Switzerland with mine, and we both write books.  Isn’t it cool that we found each other again on Twitter?  Yeah, Fred. It is. Very. Cool. You can read my interview with Fred here.

L.A.H.E. : What book did you fall in love with as a teenager?

F.L.B: I woke up as a reader during high school and then college, and discovered how whole worlds could be created with words.  One Hundred Years of Solitude was probably the book that made the deepest impression on me, early on.  But I loved the language of Samuel Beckett, I loved reading Proust, I loved Tolstoy and Turgenev, and many others as well.

L.A.H.E. : What’s your favorite scene from Doing Max Vinyl?

F.L.B: There is a scene in which Max’s ex-wife Ginger brings him a gooey chocolate cake to help him celebrate something.  When she walks in to his office he has several pairs of his own Calvin Klein briefs spread out over his desk, for reasons I won’t give away here.  He quickly collects all the briefs and stuffs them in a drawer, but he misses one.  This leads to some good almost slapstick comedy afterwards.  There are quite a few comic situations in the book, but I’ve always enjoyed this one. Continue reading Interview with Frederick Lee Brooke Author Of Doing Max Vinyl

YA Indie Carnival Q & A & GIVEAWAY! With YA Authors Heather Cashman and Amy Maurer Jones

I host two amazing YA authors today. Heather Cashman’s book Perception, part of the Tiger’s Eye Trilogy, has received amazing reviews and Amy Maurer Jones, author of the Soul Quest Trilogy, keeps confounding us with a powerful message in her fantastical world. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have fun learning a little more about these wonderful YA authors.

The wonderful writers Fisher Amelie, author of The Understorey and Heather Cashman interview me today here [where you’ll read about my most sensational moment] and here. [where you’ll find out what I’ll eat when the world runs out of chocolate!]

I’m thrilled to let you know about our GIVEAWAY! [for people over 13, internationally]: Winners will be announced Sept. 16 at the next YA Indie Carnival. Just comment [incl. your email address] on any Q & A post ALL DAY TODAY and tweet the carnival [#yaindiecarnival] to enter to win ebooks from the carnival authors plus a special surprise! Full list of 21 books available for giveaway is here. [including Winnemucca, of course:)]

L.A.H.E. : What was the biggest struggle you had to overcome while you were writing Perception?

H.C. : I suppose it was myself, my belief that I could write something that people would enjoy or relate to. I wrote it completely for myself, so I figured everyone else would think it was cheesy. I can see now that it’s not cheesy, or lame. But I still get criticism and am thinking of adding small tidbits here and there without changing the storyline that would make people like it even more. Which proves that my real problem is that I am a perfectionist and want it to be flawless. I doubt that’s actually possible.

L.A.H.E. : What was your most agonizing moment [you’d like to share] in high school?

H.C. : I was a freshman, new to campus, and much prettier than I thought at the time. The Captain of the football team (and a senior) was talking about how he wanted to date me with all his friends. I could hear everything. I was terrified and ran away because I thought he was making fun of me. He wasn’t. I found out later that I had hurt his feelings. He never spoke to me again.

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Kerry Cohen Dishes Dirty Little Secrets, An Excerpt & More!

Kerry continues to amaze me with her honest, bold and riveting memoirs. It’s simple. You can’t put Kerry’s books down. I fell in love with her writing style when I read Easy. Her books Seeing Ezra and Loose Girl have been runaway hits. Dirty Little Secrets is being released tomorrow and I am happy to have Kerry here on Laurasmagicday to celebrate!

L.A.H.E : What book did you fall in love with as a teenager?

Carson McCuller’s The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Simply put, it was the first book I’d ever read in which I could deeply identify with the feelings of the protagonist. I found myself inside it. It was when I knew I wanted to do the same for people someday.

L.A.H.E. : What’s one of your favorite scenes from Dirty Little Secrets?

Well, as you know, Dirty Little Secrets isn’t really a story – rather, a series of girls’ stories. I think one of the more moving scenes for me is about the young woman who was raped during Hurricane Katrina. I often think of her.

Continue reading Kerry Cohen Dishes Dirty Little Secrets, An Excerpt & More!