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- Laura, please tell us what your writing space looks like?
I find I write better when it’s quiet so I use a spare room with no television or radio. A large table, which initially had plenty of open space, now contains two laptops, two printers, a lamp, and an assortment of supplies. In addition, I have two bookcases filled with research, four filing drawers for writing projects, and a small desk with my dictionary, thesaurus, and current work. It appears I hate empty space.
- How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing stories since I was twelve after reading Gone With The Wind. I took writing courses in college, earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism/communication at Kent State University in Ohio. I’ve worked as a reporter for the past ten years covering businesses, government, and crime. My first novel, Impending Love and War was published in 2014 by The Wild Rose Press. I’ve completed my manuscript, Impending Love and Death, and I am working on a third novel, Impending Love and Lies as well as a Valentine’s Day novella for next year.
- What inspired your current book?
I’m working on the third book in my Impending Love series in which Colleen Beecher is expecting a proposal of marriage from her suitor, Simon, and discovers through an announcement in the newspaper, Simon is marrying someone else. The idea is similar to Scarlet in Gone With The Wind finding out Ashley is marrying Melanie. But instead of pining for Simon like Scarlet did for Ashley, she begins her adventure to find who she is beyond some man’s wife.
- How do you name your characters?
Several years ago I researched my ancestry. I combine my family genealogy and history to create some of the fictional characters in my books. The Beecher name and father figure is based on a real relative. Sterling Beecher was my great-great-grandfather but died young, leaving two daughters to be raised by their mother. I gave him a new life with six daughters. Like Cory in Impending Love and War, I am distantly related to Harriet Beecher Stowe.
- If you could choose any actor/actress (living or dead) to play your protagonist, who would it be and why?
I like the female protagonist to be sassy and independent, so I would choose someone like Myrna Loy or Claudette Colbert. They don’t swoon at the sight of a bare-chested man, and they speak their mind with a touch of humor.
- Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite book, like many, is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. She combined interesting characters with an intense plot. I look forward to seeing how her recently discovered book, Go Set a Watchman, measures up.
- Has anyone in particular been an influence on your writing?
I think Janet Evanovich influenced my sense of fun in writing an imperfect character determined to find a solution to her problem. I also enjoy J.D. Robb aka Nora Roberts who has fast plots with plenty of mystery, but I fall back on the old romances by Laurie McBain and Kathleen Woodiwiss, who inspired me to write romance.
- Tell us something strange or interesting about yourself.
For nine years I played on a women’s ice hockey team, The Twisters, with our home ice at Kent State University. I pieced together my equipment from my sons who played, and a recreational group created to teach mothers the fundamentals of the game became a competitive league and a lot of fun.
Favorite food? Chocolate
Favorite color? Peach
Favorite animal? Jaguar
Biggest pet peeve? Rude drivers
Dream Car? One that never needs maintenance or gasoline and drives itself.
Cory Beecher didn’t mean to shoot handsome Tyler Montgomery and only kisses him so he doesn’t find the runaway slave in the barn. Abolitionists never considered marrying slave owners, but her world explodes with new found desire when her lips touch his. Can she go through with her carefully crafted plans to marry math instructor Douglas Raymond when her heart longs for another?
Tyler Montgomery needs to find the runaway slaves before his rival Edward Vandal captures them. Although he doesn’t want to involve the fiery and beautiful Miss Beecher, once she kisses him, all his plans unravel. As his rival closes in on the quarry, he hesitates to leave, knowing she’s marrying the wrong man. But what does an unemployed lawyer with questionable parentage have to offer the woman he loves?
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Both turned at the sound of a thud against 1 Nell’s wooden wall.
“It’s Nell kicking the wall,” Cory excused.
“I better check.” Tyler grabbed the burning lantern from her hand.
Cory followed behind him. She needed to prevent him from discovering the slave’s hiding place. She couldn’t overpower him. What could she do?
Tyler’s body blocked the lantern’s light, and Cory bumped into him when he stopped at the stall wall. Her instinct was to back away, but instead, she reached out with her hands to locate him. She ran her fingertips upward to his shoulders as she pressed herself against him. Cory rested her cheek against the bare skin of his wide back. “Your skin is so cool.”
Now what? She remembered something her mother did when her father had an exhausting day. She caressed his shoulders with her hands, shocked by the hardness beneath smooth flesh. Her fingertips danced downward along the damp skin of his back and circled beneath the strip of white bandage to hold him in a gentle grip. “I’m so hot.” Her lips brushed against his back. “Let’s get out of here.”
The lantern shook in Tyler’s hand. He placed it on the stall wall, turned, and captured her in his arms. “Let’s see what I can do about the heat.” His deep, throaty tone sent a shiver through her body.
Cory had started something she had no way of stopping. She recalled her parents always retired to bed after one of her mother’s massages. Why hadn’t she remembered that earlier? She panicked as Tyler drew her close against his body.
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Laura Freeman has been a reporter for ten years for Record Publishing Co. in Kent and covers the historic town of Hudson, Ohio. She has won the Press Club of Cleveland’s Ohio Excellence in Journalism award in 2013 and 2014 and the Ohio Newspaper Association awards in 2011, 2013, and 2014. Her novel “Impending Love and War” takes place in the fictional town of Darrow Falls and includes the Underground Railroad, a canal boat ride and a courtroom drama in 1860 Akron, Ohio.