I’m so excited to be spotlighting the seventh special guest for The Twelve Writers of Christmas Facebook Party!
Laurie Lucking has been an avid reader practically since birth (her parents claim she often kept them up until nearly midnight begging to hear just one more book), but for many years the stories in her imagination never made it to the page. It wasn’t until she left her career as a lawyer to become a stay-at-home mom that she discovered her passion for writing fiction. What began as a hobby quickly turned into a dream of becoming a published author.
She writes light fantasy with a strong thread of romance. While not all her story ideas derive from a particular fairy tale, she hopes to always provide her readers with the satisfaction of a “happily ever after.” Her favorite authors include Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Shannon Hale, Melanie Dickerson, and Gail Carson Levine, but she enjoys a wide range of classics, romance, and fantasy in its many forms.
She is a Midwestern girl through and through, currently residing in Minnesota with her husband and two young sons. She’s always up for a good chat about books or movies, and would love to connect with fellow readers and writers!
Visit laurielucking.com to learn more about her.
– For those who don’t know you, can you share three words to describe yourself?
Wow, this was really hard for me. Two hours later… Umm, let’s go with: reflective, open, and caring.
– I think if someone asked me this same question, I would be the same way! What’s the best thing about being a writer?
I love losing myself in a gripping story, especially if I get swept away into a new world. That’s probably why fantasy is my favorite genre. 🙂 Writing takes that sense of immersion to a whole new level, because you get carried into a world you can create and change, and instead of being lost in it for the hours it takes to read a book, you spend months, maybe years there as your manuscript or series develops. There’s nothing like that feeling of getting so drawn into the world and characters you’ve created that they’re with you throughout the day, and you can’t wait for your next opportunity to write so you can get more of it on paper.
– Yes! That feeling you get from writing is amazing and completely understand what you mean. How has your spiritual walk influenced your writing?
My first manuscript was written for a secular audience. I enjoyed writing it, but when it came time to pursue publication I felt very lost and alone. When the rejections arrived, they quickly reduced the value I placed on my writing to almost nothing. When I bolstered enough courage to start a new manuscript, I wanted to have a very different experience. I joined American Christian Fiction Writers, which has surrounded me with a beautiful community of fellow writers who lift me up with encouragement and prayer. I also began to include snatches of my faith in my writing, and what began as a few prayers said by my protagonist blossomed into an entire faith journey that lies at the heart of her development as a character. Now that I’m braving another foray into the publishing world, it’s with an entirely new attitude (at least on most days…). Yes, it would be amazing to find a publisher, but it’s not the only goal of my writing, and doesn’t determine the worth of me or my words. Writing is no longer a means for satisfying my ambition, but a journey I’m trying to walk with God.
– I’m thankful that our writing doesn’t determine our worth and that it’s a journey we can try to walk with God, word by word. For my last question, if you had the ability to jump into any story and live there for a week, what book what you choose?
Ella Enchanted! (The book, not the movie.) I talk about this book all the time, but it’s just so wonderful. I love the story world because it has some fun fantasy elements, such as fairies and unicorns, but it also feels very real and relatable. I think Ella and I would become great friends, and maybe Prince Char could set me up with one of his cousins or something…of course now I’m talking about the pre-teen/teenage me that read this book over and over—the adult me is happily married. 🙂
– I don’t recall reading this one growing up, but have heard so many good things about it. Thanks for chatting with me today, Laurie! So excited to have you as one of the special guest’s for the event!
Laurie will be chatting from 8:30-8:345 EST. Wonder what she is going to talk about?
You’ll have to stop by the party on December 12th to find out!