Today we are chatting with Laura Vosika the author of Blue Bells of Scotland
I wrote my first novel when my oldest children were pre-schoolers, and my first published novel with all 9 kids still at home.
What novels affected you the most growing up?
In the Keep of Time by Margaret J. Anderson
Where did the idea for your current book come from?
A combination of In the Keep of Time, a trombone piece called Blue Bells of Scotland, and a scene that flashed into my head of a musician so arrogant and selfish that he gambles away his instrument and cons his girlfriend out of her mother’s heirloom ring to get it back.
Do you think you could ever run out of ideas for books?
No! I have a long list of books I want to get to! And writing only spurs more ideas.
What is your routine for writing and has this method changed over the span of your career?
I used to write in every spare moment while kids were at school. As life changes and marketing and other endeavors chew away at my time, it gets harder to do that.
How important is marketing and social media for you?
Very important. The greatest book in the world will gather dust if no one knows it’s there.
What advice would you have for other writers?
Join a writers’ critique group. Have beta readers read your manuscripts.
What are you reading now?
Russian 19th Century Verse, Devotions from Ancient and Medieval Sources (a reference for my own writing, which is set in medieval times), and a textbook on learning Russian.
What’s your next step?
I’m finishing up Book Five, possibly the last book of the Blue Bells Chronicles, and from there would like to work on my non-fiction I’m co-authoring with Dr. Chris Powell, Theology of Music, and also on a separate novel, The Castle of Dromore, about a young widow who sells everything to move her six boys into a small Scottish castle–only to discover it’s haunted by a woman in green!
Blue Bells of Scotland is available here
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