How #1 NY Times Bestselling Author Laurell K. Hamilton Writes
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of paranormal fiction, Laurell K. Hamilton, took a break to talk with me about why her first fantasy novel nearly tanked her career, some of the systems that go into her world-building, and why writers need to stay off the internet and protect their writing time.
“I am very much a believer that if my characters have a better idea then that’s magic. They’ve become alive enough to argue with me, to have an opinion. And I don’t squash my own magic.” — Laurell K. Hamilton
The trailblazing, genre-bending author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, and the Merry Gentry series, is considered an influential pioneer to the urban-fantasy genre. Laurell has sold more than 20 million books worldwide.
The 27th novel in her wildly popular Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series is Sucker Punch, a mash-up of her signature blend of mystery, magic, horror, and romance.
Fellow #1 New York Times bestselling author, Charlaine Harris, said of the author, “Hamilton remains one of the most inventive and exciting writers in the paranormal field.”
Stay tuned for a clip from the Sucker Punch audiobook at the break, “… excerpted courtesy [of] Penguin Random House Audio … read by Kimberly Alexis.”
Please help us learn more about you by completing this short 7-question survey If you’re a fan of The Writer Files, please click subscribe to automatically see new interviews. In this file Laurell K. Hamilton and I discussed:
- How she found her trailblazing, genre-busting style
- Why you have to be passionate to sustain a series
- How her characters take over the plot if they have better ideas
- On what unsettles her and how it “goes into the soup”
- And how to make more pages!
- Sucker Punch (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) by Laurell K. Hamilton [Amazon]
- Laurell K. Hamilton Amazon author page
- Laurell K. Hamilton on FaceBook
- Laurell K. Hamilton on Instagram
- Laurell K. Hamilton on Twitter
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