Laura Hogg – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Hello, my latest book is a speculative fiction/time travel novel called: Romeo vs. Juliet II: The Questrist. It’s the second in the Romeo vs. Juliet series.

In a nutshell, a time traveling family first goes to the future to solve a murder mystery then the wife and daughter end up in the fifteen-century during the Wars of the Roses. My heroine speaks to Richard III and warns him about a battle. Richard wins this time around; therefore, there is no Henry VII, Henry VIII, or Elizabeth. The Reformation never comes to England.

My hero is an Elizabethan man and is furious that his wife is responsible for such sweeping change, wiping the Elizabethan era off the map of history.

Tell us something about yourself.

I’m an author from Colorado and a musician as well. My stories range from short to full-length novels, mostly being historical or paranormal, with a dash of sci-fi added to the mix. I’ve been writing for years but didn’t get the courage to submit work for publication until about four or five years ago. I earned my degree in Modern Languages, French emphasis, and do a bit of editing after my day job.

Something interesting, well, everyone has something interesting about them, and I love hearing their stories, but let’s see, oh, I’m related to a famous rock singer.

What inspired you to write this book?

This is the second in my Romeo vs. Juliet series. Before I started this book, I read a couple of huge books on the Wars of the Roses, which took place in the fifteenth-century. The idea of addressing one of history’s mysteries appealed to me. Ever hear about the Princes in the Tower (of London)? In my book, I take a stance and say that Richard III was innocent and didn’t kill his nephews and steal the crown of England. However, for the first part of the book, I studied the sci-fi genre, as that part takes place in the future.

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

Well, there are many difficult things but I belong to critique groups. Getting that thick skin and accepting criticisms to make work stronger is sometimes painful. What is more painful, though, is cutting out passages. For one of my books, I cut out about 100 pages to tighten it up.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

Yes, tons. For starters, blending genres is fun. But I learned a lot about the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries for this one; also, I learned about the sci-fi genre. With each new book, my critique partners and editors teach me little things that help to make me a stronger writer.

What are you reading now?

I have books out with three different libraries. Usually I get history books, but right now, I¹m focusing on learning even more about the art and craft of fiction writing. One can never stop learning.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I’m working on the third in the Romeo vs. Juliet series. This one is set partially in the 1920s, New York.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Read technique books and join a critique group. I learned so much from other writers and still am. I didn¹t get my first book deal until after I joined one of these groups. If you get stuck, listen to inspiring music or step away from the story for a few weeks then get back to it with fresh eyes.

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

Whew, thank goodness it’s not like when I was in a rock band (I’m an introvert and would turn my amp all the way down) but now so much is online…much better for naturally shy people. Still, most of the time, I find it bewildering and am just trying to figure out Twitter and other sites. I network and make friends with other writers who often have good advice. Writers are such nice people.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Buy link for Romeo vs. Juliet II: The Questrist: