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Author Interview: Ashley Laino

1. What inspired you to become a writer?

I was always an avid reader, so trying to write my own stories seemed to be the next natural step. Also, as a writing teacher, it felt wrong for me to tell kids to write without doing any writing of my own.

2. What's your favourite book of all time?

"Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden. That book has comforted me during some tough times in my life.

3. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

In the words of the almighty Nike and Shia LeBeouf "Just do it." If you sit there convincing yourself why your story is bad or why you can't write today you will never get anything done. Write. Do it.

4. What is the most frustrating thing about being an author?

Going from writing which is such an independent and personal activity to marketing, which is such an outgoing activity. It's weird having to change mindsets.

5. What's your favourite movie?

"Miss Congeniality." 

6. What's better, dogs or cats?

I love both, but I have two cats, so I'm going to have to say cats.

7. If money was no object, how would you spend your life?

Traveling, I suppose.

8. Do you draw from personal experiences when you write?

Not really. Sometimes the beginning of a story will come from my own experience, but often times the books then take on a life of my own.

9. What is more important? Strong characters or a strong story line?

This is a very difficult question, but I'm going to have to say story line. Usually with an interesting story, a strong character will follow.

10. What advice would you give to first time writers when submitting their work to publishers or literary agents?

Keep going no matter what. If you're not sending out query letters, you should be editing your book.

Find out more about Ashley Laino and her latest title, 'A Storm of Magic', by clicking here.


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