An Interview with Author Laura Schaumer

Describe yourself in five words:

eclectic, creative, spontaneous, multitasker, silly 

What fact about yourself would really surprise people? 

I love 50s and 60s movies.

How do you work through self-doubts and fear? 

My support team! My family and friends, as well as some incredible people who I have met on the self publishing journey.

Why do you write?

I write to express myself. That is the beauty of literature, we can translate our perspective into words and hope that it resonates with others and how they are feeling.

Have you always enjoyed writing? 

Yes. I love to write. It doesn’t matter what it’s for.

What motivates you to write? 

Anything that captures my imagination, thoughts or views. Something I have seen on a walk. A conversation I had with my daughter or family. A conversation I overheard on the bus.

What books did you love growing up?

I LOVED Barentstein Bear books growing up! 

What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing? 

Marketing is a skill I am still trying to learn. It’s a continued learning experience that you always need to keep developing. 

Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? 

My family and friends are extremely supportive! They are always there motivating me to achieve all my literary dreams. 

What else do you do, other than write? 

I like gardening, making fun arts and crafts with my daughter. BBQing with my fantastic husband and going for late night walks with my friends.

If you could study any subject at university what would you pick? 

In hindsight formatting and photoshop! 100%

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 

I would want to live in an RV and have the ability to travel and visit places all around the world. 

Tell us about your family? 

I have an incredible husband, Daniel. He always makes me smile and thereby help me focus. My daughter is hilarious and will be turning 5 in September. I have a puppy, Kita, named after my main character in my first book. And lastly Athena our cat. She is basically in charge of everything. Hahah.

How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? 

I like starting all ideas with pen and paper. Then to develop them onto my lap top. I love writing in the early mornings or late nights with a big cup of coffee and a noiseless atmosphere.

Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it? 

My new book was inspired by the spontaneous road trips my dad use to take my siblings and I on. We called it the Magic Van Rides. We never knew where we would end up! 

When you are not writing, how do you like to relax? 

I love going for walks, being outside with my family and watching a good TV show or movie with lots of snacks!


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