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?
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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