Hi LaVerne, and welcome. I am so glad you could join us here at RomanceJunkies. To start, will you please tell us a little bit about your current projects?
Thank you, and I’m happy to be here. Right now I’m working on a summer anthology with three other authors. Each story of course has a summer theme and water location. My story is a soft sci/fi romance. In that the location is contemporary earth but the hero and heroine are both from another planet and hiding on earth. But the focus of the story is on the relationship between the main characters as opposed to the worlds beyond earth. The heroine ran away from an arranged marriage, she’s had no say in; she’s never even met the guy. For the first time in her life she’s making her own decisions and has made a life for herself on earth. Light years away from her controlling family. After 2 years, her betrothal finds her, but seems to have no interest in getting married either. Like her, he had no say in the betrothal. He’s on earth cause he needed a vacation. After meeting him she thinks she may have made a mistake, and wants to know why he doesn’t want her.
What do you like best about writing? What is the one thing that’s not so fun?
After I come up with the idea for a story, the best thing is being able to sit down and write it, bringing my characters to life. I hate it when my characters are telling me their stories and I don’t have time to sit and write like I want to.
Is there a particular element, such as point of view, dialogue, etc., that you struggle with when writing, and if so, how do you motivate yourself to deal with it?
Not so much a struggle, but sometimes the road between point A and B is a little fuzzy. When that happens I open up other stories I’m working on, usually something that needs editing, or critique someone else’s work, or read something by a favorite author in a difference genre than what I’m stuck on. If any of my favorite TV shows are on I might watch. It can take anywhere from a day to a week for me to get clarity.
Have you ever experienced the dreaded writer's block, and if so, how did you conquer it?
Knock on wood, no. But I know it’s probably lurking around some corner just waiting to pounce on me. Meanwhile I’m just trying to get those darn voices out of my head, at the same time hoping, wishing, and praying they’ll never stop.
What do you like best, and least, about writing?
Best, would be bringing my characters to life so people can be introduced to the characters that have become real to me. Least, the business of publishing, having to get your name out there before and after the book comes out, it takes time away from writing. Especially if you have more than one book out at the same time. Fact is being published is just the first step. I don’t think writers before they’re published realize we put in just as much time as we write into promoting our work, sometimes even more.
Are there any books you've read that you love to read over and over again?
Oh yes, and the list appears to be growing, but right now top of the list are PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austin, A PLACE TO CALL HOME by Deborah Smith, HONOR’S SPLENDOUR by Julie Garwood, FIREFLY BEACH by Luanne Rice, MY DEAREST ENEMY by Connie Brockway.
If you could rule the world for one day, what are the three main things that you would change?
1. Turn on the switch between our conscience and our actions.
2. Treat teachers, firefighters and our military men and women like rock stars.
3. Make reading any of the top 100 books on any literary list sanctioned by any lawful government accredited university mandatory for just one day.
What do you feel is the most important thing that you can teach your children?
A love and respect for the written word.
How did you and your husband meet? What made you know he was “the one for you”?
We met the first week of law school. I thought he was weird, because of the way he introduced himself to me and what he was wearing. It was this hideous puke green color shirt and matching pants. After 21 years I still hate that color. Anyway, the next day I gave him a second look because I almost didn’t recognize him, he was dressed entirely differently. He looked hot!
I knew something was going on when we began to argue. I remember thinking ‘oh my God, he’s just like me’ you see I love to argue, so does he, and we argued not because we disagreed but because we agreed but for different reasons. We challenged each other and that was such a high, it still is. Oh and he dresses much, much better now.
What is your idea of the perfect romantic vacation?
Anywhere with my husband and no kids. Water and sand would be welcome, but not necessary.
How do you describe LaVerne Thompson? How does LaVerne Thompson’s husband describe her?
A talented creative loving wife and mother, until riled. Ditto!
Who is the person who has had the biggest influence on your life? Whom will you pass this “influence” on to?
My mother, without her I wouldn’t be me. My girls.
Have you ever wished upon a star, and did your wish come true?
Yes. I got the boy.
And lastly, no interview of a writer would be complete without this question: what is your favorite comfort food?
Chocolate, pure. Is there any other?
Thank you, LaVerne! It has been fun spending time getting to know you. Best of luck with your writing.