Laura Scott is a RN by day and an author by night. She has written over 70 books and has more ideas than time to write! Laura lives in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin with her husband of 36 years and helps take care of her grandpuppy, a red fox English lab retriever named Otis
Why did you start writing romantic suspense novels?
Laura: I love writing suspense because I’ve always been intrigued by mysteries and whodunits. I strive to keep my readers guessing about the identity of the bad guy, although I’m sure I don’t always meet that goal. Writing action seems to make the story come to life.
What’s the weirdest way someone has died or been killed in your novels?
Laura: One of the weirdest deaths I’ve written is one in which the bad guy (a serial killer) puts a dead body of one of his victims in the heroine’s bed. It was also someone the heroine knew. Talk about creepy!
How do you connect with your characters?
Laura: Connecting with my characters is a very interesting process. I try to add variety from book to book, but it’s hard when I end up slipping a piece of myself into their psyche. But I do my best to give each character a flaw and a redeeming quality. Focusing on their flaw, helps me to keep the character feeling real. Their redeeming quality is what makes the reader come along for the ride!
What did you want to be as a child (and did that dream come true)?
Laura: As a child, I always wanted to be a writer. I wrote dozens of (very bad) short stories. But my parents were very pragmatic, and they insisted I get a real job. I volunteered as a candy striper at a nursing home and fell in love with the elderly people there. I went on to become a nurse and truly loved taking care of critical ill patients. But my dream of writing wouldn’t go away. I’m truly blessed to have the ability to do more writing now than ever before.
What is absolutely essential for you to write?
Laura: My writing process is pretty simple, I prefer quiet, although I can write with other writers for some weird reason. But never with the TV or radio going. I have a fairly strict schedule I adhere to in order to meet my writing goals. I have a lot of self-discipline, although some days are much easier than others!
Tracking Stolen Secrets by Laura Scott
With her K-9 partner’s help, can they protect her infant niece?
Positive her sister isn’t involved in a theft ring as the police believe, State Trooper Helena Maddox and her K-9 partner must find her twin before local cop Everett Brand does. But when the niece Helena didn’t know existed is left on Everett’s doorstep, they all become targets. Now, working with Everett is Helena’s only option to keep the baby safe and prove her sister’s innocence.