Jean Lauzier's Six Pack of Murder


My guest today is Jean Lauzier. Jean has always been a writer though life just recently settled enough so she can spend the time needed at the keyboard with her characters.  Jean writes mystery (Six Pack of Murder) and fantasy for the most part, but enjoys playing with romance and western genres ever so often.  When not writing, Jean spends her time trying to keep her Bonsai alive, learning Spanish and training the cat.

Anne – It’s wonderful to have you join the Mystery We Write Blog Tour, Jean.

Jean - Thanks so much for having me on your blog today. 

Anne - Describe your home office as appears right now. Is this a good or bad thing?!

Jean - Right now, I really don’t have a home office, I use the kitchen table. And I think for the most part, this is a bad thing. Not only does my ‘desk’ tend to get cluttered, I tend to get distracted by so easily by the kids, husband, dog, cats, and of course dishes that need doing or other chores I can see. An office of my own at the top of my wish list.

Anne – I hope Santa can work on that for you! What one how-to write book is a must on your bookshelf? Why?

Jean - I have a shelf filled with how-to-write books and I’ve learned something from all of them. As I sit and think about ‘the one’ it’s really hard to pick a favorite. But, I think it’d have to be The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler. I love story structure and the mythic journey and how it all works together to make a great story.

Anne - Do you belong to writer organizations, critique groups, or depend on beta readers?

Jean - I belong to several writers’ groups. I’m president of East Texas Writer’s Association and member of North East Texas Writers Organization along with several online groups. I love the camaraderie of other writers and enjoy spending time with them. I also belong to a critique group made up of members from ETWA. It’s a great group and has really helped my writing along.

Anne - How long did your journey from wannabe writer to published author take? 

Jean - I was actually published before I began the quest for publication. Years ago, I was active in the dog show world and editor for the newsletter of a dog group I belonged to. While I don’t really count that as publication, because of it, I had an article published in our international breed magazine. When I received my copy in the mail, I was so excited. I think I slept with the magazine under my pillow for a month. In fact, I still have that issue even though I’m not active in dogs right now.

Anne - Any words of advice for struggling, unpublished writers?

Jean - I think the most important thing is to never stop learning your craft. No one becomes a master overnight or without practice.

Anne - Where can readers find you online?

Jean - Naturally I can be found on FaceBook, Twitter, along with my own blog, and on Amazon.

Anne - Just a final reminder that Jean will be giving away at least three copies of Six Pack of Murder and three copies of the soon to be released Dark Descent. Be sure to leave a comment along with your email address to be entered in the drawing.  She will announce the winners on her blog on December 11th. Good luck!

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16 comments:

  1. Enjoyed the interview ladies. Have a great day.

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  2. Thanks again for having me here. It was fun!

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  3. Jean, my first book that was published I wrote while sitting at the dining room table when I was babysitting 3 little grandkids. I let them do whatever they wanted, fed them, changed diapers, settled squabbles, but still managed to write a 500 page book. As you know, it is possible, just not easy. I now have my own office, but I still get interrupted a lot.

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  4. Jean,
    I hope Santa does bring you an actual office space even if it's a corner of one of your rooms. In my apartment, I designated what should be the dining area as my office. I'm big on organization and, if I didn't have a separate writing area, I'd probably jump out of one of my windows. I'm on the second floor so that wouldn't be good!

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  5. Jean, I do a lot of my writing in the driver's lounge surrounded by lots of people and conversations, all vying with a TV at one end and the Dispatcher's two-radio at the other. I learned to shut out all of that. Takes practice. Ear plugs might help, too. Whatever it takes to get 'er done, right?

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  6. Love to win a copy ! Thank you ,Dana
    jashbk@earthlink.net

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  7. Love hearing about "writing areas!" The thing is to write--wherever and whenever, I think. Great getting to know another animal-lover, Jean. Enjoyable interview.

    Madeline

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  8. Still think this is one of the best covers. Looking forward to reading.

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  9. I haven't read the Writer's Journey. Thanks for the recommendation. I'll check it out.

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  10. Thanks again for having me Anne

    Glad you like the cover, Jake. My publisher and I had fun playing with the concept.

    Earl,I bet you get a lot of great ideas in those "lounges".

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  11. Great interview - and thanks for the recommendation of the Writer's Journey (email to cyndiriccio@gmail.com)

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  12. Don't feel bad about wrtiting at your kitchen table, Jean. Now that we're snowbirding, I have a small RV pull-out table on which to write and one small drawer beneath the TV. I miss my desktop computer but find this experience challenging.

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  13. Great post Jean. I don't have a desk currently either because we are in temporary gigs. I do okay and move around from dining room table, to couch and coffee table to easy chair depending on my mood. However, my back doesn't do well at any of them for long periods of time.
    Wendy
    W.S. Gager on Writing

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  14. I enjoyed the interview thank you. I don't think that anyone ever stops learning their craft, whatever it may be.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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