Thank you, Kari Jo, for having me over!!
My kids were 15 and 13 in February of 2015 when I published my first book. I'm glad they were in their teens because they were old enough to appreciate this very special moment in my life — the moment when what had once seemed an impossible dream came true.
And while they might not have been able to grasp the enormity of the event, which had been in the making for almost 30 years, they did get to see firsthand the success that resulted from all those years of hard work, determination, and perseverance.
They grew up knowing I was a writer, even though at that point it was just a hobby. I mean, let's face it, trying to write with any consistency with little kids running around is a challenge, to say the least. Particularly with my daughter (my older child), who only napped for half an hour unless I napped with her. I swear she had an alarm clock in her brain. I'd put her down for a nap in her crib, and the instant 30 minutes had gone by — boing! — she was up and ready to go. I was never a night owl, either, so writing anything coherent at night was an extremely rare occurrence.
Writing and reading have always been a huge part of my life, and I'm so happy to have passed that on to my children. Both kids love to read and both have said they want to be writers. Their tastes are a little different than mine. My daughter loves mysteries and stories about magical fairies (like Winx Club), while my son loves racing stories and some fantasy (like the Ranger's Apprentice series). They haven't read my books yet. There's a little too much swordplay and bloodletting for her, and my son is definitely NOT into the romance angle. Give him a couple of years, though, and that may change.
Another reason I'm glad my kids are older is that they're a big help at bookselling events like craft fairs and farmer's markets and such. They can take over when I need a break. When my son is running the table, people come up, look at my books or more specifically at my author name, then invariably grin and ask him if he's the author. He takes it with good humor, though, and doesn't mind helping out.
I hope someday to see my kids' stories in print. They are already good writers with unique voices. The best part is that I know they'll pass their love of books on to their kids, as my parents passed it on to me. When I think about the legacy I'd like to leave for my children, I realize that so much of what I would impart has already taken root in them. They are good and kind and nonjudgmental, they love reading and writing, and they know if they work hard, they can make their dreams come true. They make me proud.
TITLE: Trouble By Any Other Name
Sequel to Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble
AUTHOR: Lori L. MacLaughlin
RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2016
About the Book:
Tara Triannon is no stranger to trouble. She's yet to find an enemy her skill with a sword couldn't dispatch. But how can she fight one that attacks through her dreams?
With her nightmares worsening, Tara seeks answers but finds only more questions. Then her sister, Laraina, reveals a stunning secret that forces Tara to go to the one place Tara's sworn never to return to. Her troubles multiply when Jovan Trevillion, the secretive soldier of fortune who stole her heart, is mentally tortured by an ancient Being intent on bending him to its will. And worst of all, the Butcher — the terrifying wolf-like assassin she thought she'd killed — survived their duel and is hunting her again.
Hounded by enemies, Tara sets out on a harrowing quest to discover the true nature of who she is, to come to grips with the new volatility of her magic, and to defeat the evil locked in a centuries-old trap that will stop at nothing to control her magic and escape through her nightmares.
Lori L. MacLaughlin traces her love of fantasy adventure to Tolkien and Terry Brooks, finding The Lord of the Rings and The Sword of Shannara particularly inspirational. She's been writing stories in her head since she was old enough to run wild through the forests on the farm on which she grew up.
She has been many things over the years – tree climber, dairy farmer, clothing salesperson, kids' shoe fitter, retail manager, medical transcriptionist, journalist, private pilot, traveler, wife and mother, Red Sox and New York Giants fan, muscle car enthusiast and NASCAR fan, and a lover of all things Scottish and Irish.
When she's not writing (or working), she can be found curled up somewhere dreaming up more story ideas, taking long walks in the countryside, or spending time with her kids. She lives with her family in northern Vermont.