Interview With Author Laura Eckroat

Thomas Strock: What is the title of your book(s)?

Laura Eckroat: I currently have two books published and one is in publication:

The Life of Bud released in February, 2009

A Simpler Time released in May, 2010

Went Out To Get a Donut … Came Home With a Muffin (will release in late 2011  or early 2012)

TS: Tell me what one of your books is about.

LE: A Simpler Time is about a girl who loves to be indoors and in front of her computer or TV. But over the summer she needs to write a journal and paper to go with it. She is not going on vacation so thinks no one will care about her summer. Her mom takes her on adventures in the neighborhood and she sees things that have always been there … but she’s never really seen before.

TS: What prompted you to start writing for children?

LE: I have always written and the things I write — adults can relate to and children understand. I love working with children so that may be my inspiration.

TS: Have you written any books for adults? Will you ever write for adults?

LE: I have a couple things in the works for adults — one entitled “I Don’t Fry Chicken — You Don’t Do Laundry,” another book called “Crazy Tails,” and still another called “Beauty Shop Banter” that I am working on so maybe one of these days one of these will be complete enough to have a publisher look at them.

TS: Do you have a writing schedule? Do you write everyday?

LE: I do write something everyday … it may just be a thought or an idea — but I get something written everyday! I don’t like to have a set schedule because I feel that puts to much pressure on me to write. I write when I have something I think might make a good book or when something comes to me on the things that I am working on.

TS: Where do you get your ideas?

LE: I really get them from the things that go on around me or things I have experienced …

TS: How long does it take you to write a children’s book?

LE: Hmmmm … good question. “The Life of Bud” took 10 years to write. It was first called “Bud, The Littlest Leaf,” but I could not finish it and then one day I was in the shower and BOOM there it was the ending and a slight re-write to the story and “The Life of Bud” was born. “A Simpler Time” took a few months to write. “Went Out To Get a Donut…” actually was a work in progress and I would sing it around the house … I truly was “goofing around. My husband and daughter kept saying “that would make a great children’s book.” So they would help me remember what I was singing and so that took a few weeks to write but I have to say, this one is the most FUN! My “silly” side has finally emerged in my writing. So I guess my answer would be — there is no real time limit to write a children’s book. When the creative juices are flowing the book can almost write itself!

TS: Is writer’s block real? Do you get it? How do you deal with it?

LE:Yes it is real. Yes I have gotten it. I don’t dwell on it. I walk away from the work and maybe don’t even read it or look at it for months. If it is meant to go back to the ideas will come. I don’t want to put that much pressure on myself. I want writing to be fun and not a stressful event!

TS: How did you go about getting published?

LE: Did an enormous amount of googling. Typed a lot of letters to many publishers. Was chosen 2 times as a MAYBE and then it was rejected. It took almost two years to finally get a YES from Tate.

TS: How have your friends and family reacted to your book getting published?

LE: They think it is exciting and really pretty neat to know an author. Some people think I immediately became a millionaire. If that was the case they would know it because I’m a very giving person. They don’t realize how much hard work and dedication it takes. From writing, to the actual publishing process, to the marketing, to the traveling, and talking in front of crowds, and being at book signings where no one comes. It is actually very tough — but very rewarding. I have had much support from family and friends and to that end — I’m blessed!

TS: What do you think makes a good story?

LE: Anything can make a good story!

TS: Are you writing more books? Any more scheduled to be released?

LE: Yes I am writing more books. “Went Out To Get a Donut…” will be released at either the end of 2011 or early 2012 – can’t wait!

TS: What were a few of your favorite children’s books as a kid?

LE: I loved Judy Blume books and Little House on the Prairie books. I was reading at age 3 and read the Little House series in Kindergarten. I LOVE BOOKS!!!!

TS: What is your advice for other people who might want to write a children’s book as well?

LE: Just try it! You never know what may come of it!

TS: Where can readers learn more about you and your book(s)?

LE: My web-site is under construction. But if they visit Amazon.com they can see my books using the SEARCH INSIDE feature and get a feel for how I write — and see the beautiful illustrations by my illustrator – Greg White (he’s PHENOMENAL!). They can learn about me on Amazon.com by checking on The Author Section. I also have a Facebook Page and I keep up-to-date on that constantly — readers can find it under “Life of Bud.”

TS: Where can we purchase your book(s)?

LE: Tatepublishing.com; amazon.com; barnesandnoble.com; and any bookstore can order it. They can email me at thelifeofbud@aol.com and also order it directly through me. I also present at libraries and schools — so if anyone is interested in me coming to their school or library, they can contact me at the email listed.

Thanks Laura for doing this interview! I have more author interviews on the way, so if you have any ideas for questions I should ask or authors I should interview, please contact me through the contact page of ThomasStrock.com or email me at thomas@thomasstrock.com.

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