About the Author
Laura Hysell has been writing since childhood. In fifth grade, her class put together an anthology containing a variety of stories and poems. Laura's story, about talking dragons, received high praise from her fifth grade teacher. In her yearbook, the teacher wrote "I hope to see your work published in my lifetime". Those words stuck with her through many years of writing.
Teachers can be truly inspirational, and they certainly inspired Laura. After that fifth grade teacher, there were many others, all the way through community college. The encouragement she received from family members, friends and teachers, pushed Laura to finally pursue a lifelong dream.
After years of writing everything from flash fiction to epic sagas in her spare time, Laura finally put a deadline in action. After three short months, Bloody Beginnings was complete. Edits would come later, but the first book in her paranormal vampire/werewolf series, was finished. She finished the next two books in the series and is currently working on the fourth and final book in the Isabella Howerton series.
Sarcasm & Coffee
My three main tools as an author: sarcasm, coffee, and the ability to suspend belief.
Sarcasm: Oh, that glorious ability to say deadly serious comments that have dual meanings. You may laugh, you may frown, you may shake your head and roll your eyes while secretly smothering a smile. Being serious all the time is exhausting work. Sarcasm lightens that load.
Coffee: Sweet, sweet nectar. That first whiff of the delicious aroma has the ability to awaken the mind as well as the eyes. Picture it now. Hold the cup in your hands, feeling the warmth seep through the mug. Sniff the air. Ahh. Take a tentative sip. Eh, what? You forgot creamer? Flavoring? Sugar? Something! Okay, now take a sip. Hold that in your mouth for just a second. Mmm, yes. Now that's how you start the day.
The ability to suspend belief: Just for a moment, imagine the world differently than it is. You sit at your computer, reading the words on the screen. Perhaps you have a phone in your hand. Close your eyes and picture yourself on a sandy beach, reclining with a good book, the sun bathing you in relaxing warmth. The sand tickles your toes. The waves crash in the distance, too far to bother you, but close enough to enjoy. A seagull calls overhead. Open your eyes and you're back in front of that computer. But just for a moment, a small second in time, you were somewhere else. A good book can transport you away from reality and into a new world. Sometimes that world looks eerily like our own, while other times it is alien to behold. Enjoy the moment, whether it is full of excitement or littered with comedy.
Go read a book!