Finally! Another author to interview! Hallelujah! And here she is, Ms. Lauren Simonis!
Where can we find you?
What is your author name?
Lauren Simonis or L.E. Simonis, haven’t quite decided yet.
Title of the book you are currently working on:
What gene do you write?
YA (a little bit of sci-fi, a little bit of romance)
3-4 sentence synopsis of your book:
A girl finds out instead of living out on Earth without the sun, she’s really on the moon in an experimental colony for when the sun does explode. She convinces her parents to let her attend a sort of University on Earth, leaving behind her best friend who is in love with her. While she’s on Earth, the moon colony enters crisis mode. [I’ll stop there, wouldn’t want to spoil the ending 🙂 ]
What inspires you to write?
I was initially inspired by J.K. Rowling as a kid. I wanted to be that person who could write something that would make people want to read.
Self-publish or traditional?
I know this is a great debate, especially for authors, like myself, who haven’t been published yet. I would lean toward traditional publishing because it is the more traditional route and I think has many benefits. However, I can see, as an unpublished author, how the appeals of getting it out and receiving the profit yourself as beneficial for self-publishing. It’s something I am going to need to think about more as I have my book more complete.
Any advice for your fellow authors?
My advice would be to write what you want to write. I’ve always wanted to write a novel but had a hard time finding a story that was sufficient for that sort of length. This past November I did NaNoWriMo which helped force me into a novel, which is where No Sun started. That’s another thing. Do NaNoWriMo. It really helped me not worry about minor details and get a larger picture of what I wanted in my mind. Is the novel good? Absolutely not, but it’s a first draft and one I probably would never have had without NaNoWriMo.