Meet Author Lauren Biel

Lauren Biel

This is the Love Story of David Norstar and Emily Maylor. The two come together, again and again, each time you think this is the time their love will win the day only to be disappointed. Each time necessity brings them together they are followed by violence, misunderstanding, and anguish.

This book is not for everyone it is not for people with drug addiction triggers or rape triggers or domestic violence triggers or body image triggers. You just need to be careful and in a good healthy headspace to read this book. It is beautifully written the prose are beautiful.

Lauren, just a few questions.

What inspired you to write this book?

I began this book when I was sixteen years old. Teenage angst inspired me for the most part. Watching some of my friends go through similar situations as the characters in Shoot Down the Stars inspired parts of this book as well.

How long did it take you to write this book and how many words is it?

Because I started this book when I was so young, I rewrote parts of it and finished it nearly fifteen years later. I finish novels much faster now, I swear! 

Shoot Down the Stars is about 56k words, and I consider it a quick weekend read.

It’s a very dark book how did you protect your mental health?

I really put myself into the character’s minds when I write, including all the sadness and angst. It is exhausting! Writing a few stories that are still dark themed, but less emotionally heavy, helps to preserve my mental health between my most emotional novels. 

What is your writing schedule like when you are writing a book?

As often as I can! I work a full-time Monday thru Friday job and find the time to write just before bed. Sometimes keeping myself up WAY too late in the process. I get approximately 2-4k words done a night, for the most part. 

When did you know you were a writer?

I always knew I was a writer, just never expected to be a published one. I have old stories from ancient desktop computers, or hand-written on scraps of paper, that show that I have been writing for as long as I can remember.

What does your family think about the books you’ve written or have they read them?

HA! I always say that my family would be more shocked if I DIDN’T write the things that I do. My father has passed away and I know he wouldn’t read my stories, but if he did he’d be equally proud and mortified. My mother has read Shoot Down the Stars, as well as some other family members. So far, most everyone has been very supportive.  We shall see if that changes with my ‘smuttier’ releases.

How do you plan on improving your writing in the future or do you?

Every novel I write helps me improve my writing. I have six pending editing and four work in progress stories at this time and you can see the change in my skills with every one I finish. Each time I work with my editor on any of my work, I learn that much more from her.  

Are you traditionally for indie published?

Indie all the way. I didn’t even bother trying to go with traditional publishing (for me it just didn’t feel like the right path). All I can do is try to produce quality and engaging novels that are comparable to traditionally published ones. Doing so helps shake the stigma that self-published books are not the same quality as traditionally published books.

What is your most interesting writing quirk?

I listen to 90’s/2000’s boy bands while writing. Yes, that includes during my darkest scenes.

Thank you for joining us today. Can you tell everyone how to find you and your book? I know that you are working on a new book I’d love to read a snippet of Shoot Down the Stars and your new book if you have something you can share with us. 

Shoot Down the Stars is exclusively available on Amazon. It is available in paperback, ebook, and is available on KU.

Excerpt from Shoot Down the Stars:

I shrug toward David and brush my dark red hair over my shoulder, holding it back with my hand. I lean down to inhale another line of powder into my sinuses so it can light the fire within my brain. To clear the drugs from my nostril, I sit up, sniff, and wipe my nose. White residue clings to my thumb and forefinger.

David and I sit across from each other. The case rests between us like a Ouija board, but the only phantoms we are invoking are our own. I push it out of the way and scoot toward him. My legs are made of lead. I’m heavy and somehow weightless at the same time. I’m floating, but my body descends through whatever it touches. 

I sit next to him, sinking into the wall and through the bed. He puts his hand over mine, and our fingers intertwine. I lean my head on his shoulder. He sighs and turns his face until our lips are nearly touching. There’s a thread that draws me closer to him, but it’s always severed just before anything happens. I slip back down to reality. 

“This feels good, Emily.”

“I know, doesn’t it?”

I smile up at him and sit back to enjoy the utter blankness within my mind. It is blanketed, dark, and perfect. Despite the darkness, there’s a tiny flicker of light—a sensibility to know that numbing myself is not a good coping mechanism. But even so, what’s the worst that can happen?

Excerpt from The Room to the West, an Old West ‘time travel’ dark romance:

I don’t enjoy this lifestyle, but I also don’t hate it. I pick the clients I’m willing to sleep with, and each one has some redeeming quality. One may be old but fiercely intelligent. One may be ugly but extremely generous. This lifestyle allows me to break away from the typical 9-to-5 grind. My friends in college are struggling with schoolwork after working all day at dead-end jobs, and all I must do is play a certain role for an hour or two. It’s not a bad gig if you’re willing to sell your soul a bit. 

I am. 

I will leave this hotel and head home to my apartment and fill the parts of my soul I’ve given away with liquor and Xanax. Every client leaves with a small part of me tucked into their pocket and I’m not sure what happens to me when I’ve given every piece away. I have nothing, even with what’s left of me, to give to a man that may deserve it, not that I have the time or the sustenance to date anyway. There’s no point trying to find love because I cannot give them those feelings in return. I am incapable of such reciprocity. You can’t peel back every layer of yourself until you are left with nothing more than a core and expect someone to love your bare bones. 

Thanks Lauren for your time I really appreciate it.

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