–one world–vividly sexual–graphically violent–
Paul Collins have interviewed Laurie Fitzgerald, who is the author of 63 books.
Laurie Fitzgerald- Hi Paul, it’s great to be here. As for who I am and where I’m from; I’m pretty much your average mom who had a story to tell. I’m a single mom with three boys (I should say young men) who are almost all out on their own. I have lived in Kansas for 30 years–overwhelms me that I’ve stayed put so long.
Over than having lived here most of my life raising boys, I am a creator of fictional worlds. I have been writing books since I was old enough to form letters on paper. I still have notebooks stuffed full of stories that I wrote as a child. However, I didn’t consider trying to publish until the boys started school. It took five years of rejection letters (that was back in the day when you printed an entire manuscript and mailed it to a publisher then waited six months for any kind of response) before I published under the pen name Lorie O’Clare (www.lorieoclare.com).
I have 63 books published to date. Lately, I have had the urge to take a world I created twenty years ago and revisit it. This world wasn’t like anything else I have written. I rewrote the series and published it under my real name, Laurie Fitzgerald. (www.lauriefitzgerald.net) The first book in this series just released, Nuworld: Claiming Tara, book 1.
Paul Collins–What themes does your book explore and what do you hope the readers will take away from the experience? Is there a particular feeling or experience that you hope to evoke for the reader?
Laurie Fitzgerald- The Nuworld series is a post-apocalyptic, but not like you might think. We (humans) destroyed our planet through wars. It took hundreds of years for life to flourish again. Now our planet is fresh for the taking. Different races fight for dominance and control.
Predominantly two races, the Runners and the Gothman exceed other people and only face each other for complete control. Runners are a nomadic race. They live in trailers and travel on motorcycles. They are aggressive, extremely well-trained warriors, who are developed from childhood based on skills that they naturally exceed in. Gothman, on the other hand, control a large amount of land and don’t travel past their boundaries. They will kill anyone entering their country. Gothman only train their men to fight. Their women proudly run their homes, raise children, and aren’t educated.
While writing these books, I ignored all stipulations required by publishing houses, paid little attention to what might be considered politically correct, and let the story flow. Nuworld: Claiming Tara is violent. It’s a love story. It’s about betrayal. There is conflict, back-stabbing, and resolution. I hope to grab a hold of the reader, have them plummet into a world so unlike our own, reach out and snag many emotions while the book is read, and leave the reader craving book two to find out what happens next. Nuworld: Tara’s Revenge releases February 2014.
Paul Collins–What prompted you to be an author and did you have a specific inspiration in mind? Were you influenced by a certain person, artist, or genre?
Laurie Fitzgerald- I have always been a writer. I was born that way. When the boys were babies I discovered romantic suspense. Prior to that I had always read science fiction and fantasy. I read every paperback I could get my hands on. With so many I kept thinking–“I could have ended that book better than that.” I guess my inner muse told me to prove it. So I started writing with the intention of publishing. I read on line everything I could about the romance genre. Since it was the best selling genre in the world I figured it was a good place to start.
There wasn’t any one individual who inspired me. Once I started writing following the romance formula, I didn’t want to keep reading romance because I didn’t want my voice sounding like anyone else. During those five years of rejection letters I wrote ten full length novels. Today, all have been published except one.
Paul Collins–If you could compare your book to any other existing works, which ones would it be and why?
Laurie Fitzgerald- This is why I decided to self-publish the Nuworld Series. I can’t think of anything that compares to these books. They follow no publishing guidelines (other than having a beginning, a plot and a resolution lol), they are not politically correct by any means. These books definitely will not be for the light of heart. I believe these books will best suit the reader who is searching for something more–something different. They will find intrigue, scandal, romance, war, violent battle scenes as well as one-on-one battles. There is sacrifice, emotional dilemmas, and resolutions.
Paul Collins–Tell us about your latest work and what inspired you.
Laurie Fitzgerald- Nuworld: Claiming Tara is my latest work. This book was initially inspired by a dream. Most authors won’t touch a scene of a man and woman fighting. I dreamt of two leaders, a man and a woman, both with very different beliefs, fall for each other. Who they are, what they believe in, how they have been formed by the societies they live in, create friction that causes them to go head to head. There is physical attraction between this man and woman, as well. Each believe true love means conquering the other, demanding complete submission and loyalty. There can only be one leader, though. It was one hell of a dream and led to some incredible books.
Paul Collins–How can your readers contact you? Or buy your books? Or where can they sign up for a newsletter.
Laurie Fitzgerald- You can find me on the web at www.lauriefitzgerald.net. While there you can read the first chapter of Nuworld: Claiming Tara, join my newsletter, like me on facebook, and buy your copy of the book. As well, here is a direct link to buy Nuworld: Claiming Tara, if you prefer. http://www.amazon.com/Nuworld-Claiming-Tara-ebook/dp/B00EWSB41K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378580902&sr=8-1&keywords=nuworld%3A+claiming+tara
Paul Collins—Thanks for taking the time for this interview. All the best!
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