Ink Smith: Where do you do most of your writing? What is your process like?
Lauren: I do most of my writing at home, either on the computer or hand-written in my journal. I have many documents with different stories that I like to rotate working on. My journal is usually used for new ideas or new stories that I have, giving me utter freedom with creative thought.
My process is that I write whenever I can; whenever I have the time. Even when I’m not feeling particularly inspired, I do my best to at least read a chapter or two of something that I have previously written to get me in the mood so to speak to work on something. Other times, I have to set a timer for myself to ensure that I don’t forgo eating or sleeping while working under the sway of inspiration.
During the editing process, I sit with a piece and read it out loud to find obvious mistakes and ensure flow. When working on larger plot arcs, I like to use sticky notes so that I can rearrange plot points and ensure that I have closed all the loose ends in the story.
Ink Smith: How did you come up with the idea of this book? How long did it take you to write?
Lauren: Love of the Sea started in my fantasy fiction writing class in college (2010). My professor, and now friend and mentor, Tina Jens, gave us an excellent writing exercise to inspire new ideas. The “What if?” “And then” and “Oh Shit!” method is what originally sparked this story. I have always loved mermaids, but the original Little Mermaid story bothered me that she would sacrifice so much for unrequited love. I wanted to rewrite the story so to speak with the ending she truly deserved.
I worked on the story diligently until I graduated (2011). After that, my time was completely devoted to my modeling career. It wasn’t until I retired from modeling and became more active with my art and writing again that I picked this novel back up (2016). Since then, I made it my mission to complete this story and see it published. I spent a grueling four months working exclusively to complete the novel.
Ink Smith: Who are your favorite authors/books? Why?
Lauren: Of course, one of my all-time favorite authors is J.K. Rowling. That’s a given. However, the author that particularly inspired the style in which I write, and the way that I perceive magick in fantasy fiction would be Juliet Marillier. I have read the Sevenwaters Trilogy many times over and dissected everything I love about the plot, characters, and style of storytelling. I emulate Juliet as much as possible in my own writing to try and achieve that mystical “old world” style that she has mastered.
The other most influential author to my writing is Lewis Carroll. From The Hunting of the Snark to Alice’s Adventures Underground I adore the British style and the poetic storytelling. I often find myself rhyming when writing my rough drafts for any story. The simple way these stories convey so much meaning in so few words is something I strive for in my own writing.
5 Fun Facts About the Author:
- I am the co-editor of Cloud Orchid Publishing and create experimental art books with my best friend co-editor Bryan Thompson.
- I love illustrating my stories, as well as creating art in general through a variety of mediums; although digital drawing is used most often.
- I’m a huge history nerd and have particular interests in French, British, and Japanese history.
- I volunteered at the West Suburban Humane Society for over five years before going away to college. My current pets are all rescues.
- I learned French at a young age, and still speak it quite well today (though I am a bit rusty). I also learned basic Japanese and strive to improve my language skills.