Laura Marcella is a writer, blogger, and aspiring author. She graduated magna cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English writing and a minor in Technical/Professional Communications. Right now she’s busy writing short stories, a middle-grade novel, and a flash fiction collection. Laura resides in Pennsylvania with her husband. It was fun talking with Laura. Here is the interview…
Interviewed by Stephen M. Thompson, Ph.D.
Welcome to OpenBeast! Could you briefly describe yourself?
Hello and thank you for inviting me here today! I’m twenty-five. If you were shopping with me and we got separated, you’d find me wherever books or office supplies are sold. When I was in 2nd grade I had a crush on a certain boy who ended up marrying me three years ago. I’m friendly, but shy around new people and situations until I feel comfortable. I have a silly sense of humor and it doesn’t take much to make me laugh!
How and why did you get into blogging?
My best friend Emily talked me into making a Twitter account, and that’s how I discovered other writers and their blogs. I had no idea there was an entire virtual community of writers out there! Everyone was so friendly, encouraging, and helpful to each other. I decided I really needed to get in on this. Many of my family and friends are math, science, and business people. I needed some writer and reader friends! So I started blogging to connect with other writers.
Where do you get your writing inspiration?
Everywhere! Reading the back of a cereal box, observing nature, people watching, even just hanging out with friends and family. We’ll be having a casual conversation and someone will say something that rocks my imagination. I never know when or where or how I’ll be inspired, but so far I’ve always found inspiration to be abundant.
How would you describe your writing journey so far?
Slow. I’m still learning, practicing, and honing my craft. I’ve been a writer ever since I could read. I couldn’t get enough of reading books and so writing my own stories gave me more. I’ve always wanted to be an author, but it wasn’t until my senior year of college that I began taking my writing seriously. I’ve written two novels (one for adults, one for children) that only my eyes will ever see! Though you wouldn’t want to waste your time reading them, they were valuable writing experiences for me. Now I’m writing my third, which will probably be another practice novel. I’ve submitted short stories and collected rejections. It’s what I expected to happen at this point, and it’s only discouraging if there’s no chocolate in the house. Chocolate makes everything better!
Tell us about your upcoming novel.
It’s middle-grade, which is the genre I’d like to establish myself first before I venture into other genres. I’m heading into the oh-so-dreaded middle, so I don’t want to say too much about it. I have this weird notion that if I talk about my projects before the first draft is done, then I won’t get any more ideas for it. Not sure why I think that. It’s kind of ridiculous. But it is what it is!
What’s your view on e-books?
I’m loyal to ink and paper books. I love the dusty smells and worn-in softness of old favorites. I love browsing libraries and bookstores, imagining my books will be on those shelves someday. I love the panicky look in my husband’s eyes as I emerge from the store’s depths with a ceiling-high pile of books in my arms.
Even though I’m not a fan of e-books, I think it’s cool other people are. I’m all for more people, especially children, turning off the television, signing off Facebook, and reading a book. So if e-books encourage more people to read, then I think that’s fantastic. I just don’t want one for myself. I’ll keep buying those delightful paperbacks!
Talk to us about your zebra fascination.
If I could have a zebra for a pet, I definitely would! The zebra has been my favorite ever since I can remember. It’s an exquisite animal. I started collecting everything with zebras on it and zebra-striped when I was about eight years old. Let me give you an idea of how obsessed I am: I have 14 zebra mugs. I have zebra measuring cups and mixing bowls. All my purses are zebra-striped. All my bathing suits are zebra-striped. I have seven different kinds of shoes that are zebra print. My full bathroom and bedroom is mostly zebra. Zebra accents are in my living room and office. That’s a very little portion of all the zebra stuff I have! I could go on and on, but then this interview would never be finished.
What are your leisure activities?
Other than reading, I’m an avid gymnastics fan. It’s the gymnastics season right now, so when I’m not reading or writing, I’m probably on YouTube trying to find routines from the international competitions. I like to play board games, watch movies, and bake chocolate goodies. I also love to – don’t laugh! – color. Coloring is a surprisingly effective way to relax. I think it’s because it takes me back to my carefree childhood days!
Would you like to add anything?
I want to give a shout-out to my blog buddies, who I affectionately call my fellow Zigzaggers since we’re all on this meandering journey together! I’m so grateful for everything you’ve shared on your blogs and for the kind words and encouragement you’ve given to me. Thank you for interviewing me here at OpenBeast.com! This was a wonderful experience!
Thank you Laura and wishing you the very best!
To learn more about Laura Marcella visit http://lauramarcella.blogspot.com