Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and sixty-sixth, is of Laura Wilkinson. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights. You can also read Laura’s interview here. For the chance of winning an e-version of Laura’s new book, leave a comment at the bottom of this post and Laura will pick her favourite.
Born in Liverpool 8, in the shadow of the Anglian Cathedral, Laura grew up in a Welsh market town. She read voraciously as a child (and still does) and told many tales, but never got as far as writing any of them down, unless ordered to do so by her English teacher. After school, the hedonistic delights of Manchester beckoned and here she studied for a BA in Literature, as well as ramming in a serious amount of partying. Since then she has steadily made her way south, and now lives in a never-to-be-chic area of Brighton, about a ten minute walk to the Downs and twenty minutes to the sea. Both landscapes are a source of great inspiration, along with the mountains and valleys of Wales. Before fiction, she worked freelance as a journalist, editor and copywriter. She’s married to a musician and is mother to two ginger boys.
Laura learns so much about the world from the books she reads, especially novels, and, believes that, along with her family, they have made her who she is. Writers she admires are too numerous to mention here, but contemporary authors whose work inspires and awes consistently include Maggie O’Farrell, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan and Margaret Atwood.
Laura began writing fiction around eight years ago. She has had published short stories in magazines, anthologies and digital media. BloodMining, her first novel, won a minor competition, and was published in 2011 by Bridge House Publishing, a teeny-tiny company based in Manchester. Her second novel, Public Battles, Private Wars, is recently published by Accent Press.
To complicate matters (at least for Laura), she writes steamy romance for erotic imprint, Xcite, as L.C. Wilkinson. All of Me, part one of the Rapture series, was published in 2013 and part two, All of Him, is published later this month.
Alongside fiction, Laura works as an editor – freelance and for literary consultancy, Cornerstones – and in education.
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