Gale Laure, a native Texan, is the international selling author of Evolution of a Sad Woman. She resides in a small suburban town in the Houston area with her husband and family. Gale Laure is known for her informal Southern style of writing.
Thank you for this interview, Gale. Your recent release, Evolution of a Sad Woman, is a mystery, suspense, thriller, romance. How were you able to combine all those genres into one book?
It was quite easy for me. My story in Evolution of a Sad Woman seemed to be multiple genres. It was not something I purposely did. When I began writing, the story unfolded. It had already popped into my head. The story of this book was just there. I just told it on paper. I believe some divine presence put the story into my mind. I have always loved mystery, suspense, thriller and romance novels myself. This made it easy for me to write these multiple genres together.
Evolution of a Sad Woman is about five men who are strangers and who are drawn together by their love for the same beautiful woman and her brutal murder. How did you come up with this plot?
I wish I could take credit. I do believe the divine presence put this into my mind. It was as if I had to tell the story, or I could not be at peace. It was just there one day – the entire story. It did not come in bits and pieces. However, when I first wrote Evolution of a Sad Woman, it was without one clue that is introduced in the first chapter. I went out of town to visit my sister. My husband decided to surprise me and upgrade my computer. I had a backup. Well, it crashed. My book was lost. The backup was corrupt. So I started all over again.
I understand you write under a pseudonym. Can you tell us why you chose not to reveal your real name?
I am a very private person. I like to keep my personal and professional lives separate. I have chosen a life in the spotlight. My family has not. I write mystery. Thus, I like to stay mysterious! (Smiling deviously)
Your hobbies include genealogical research. Can you tell us more about this?
Yes. I began genealogical research before Roots. I was intrigued by the mystery. My grandmother had an old family Bible that always fascinated me as a child. It had family names handwritten inside. I loved the Bible. I wanted to know more about the people whose names were in the Bible. Well, I found out. They were some very famous people. When I researched the family histories of these people, it went back to Presidents and royalty. My family research is back to the fifteenth century in some branches. I love a good mystery.
During my genealogical research I found some beautiful romance stories. True stories, these are the kinds which bring you to tears. Some day, I plan to write a series of novels based loosely on my ancestors. It will be fiction, mystery and romance.
You are known for your informal southern style of writing. What is it about this style that intrigues you? Have you dabbled in other styles?
I suppose I write the way I think. I hear my characters speak. I write what they say. To write any other way, would not be to speak my voice. I could write another style, but it would not be me.
Last but not least, how would you define success and what words of wisdom can you give new authors about this crazy publishing world?
Success is doing something you love with all of your heart. I describe myself as “just someone who has written a book.” However, at times such as the Book Expo America, I have felt like a real author. It is a wonderful feeling. What amazes me the most is the fact that someone actually reads, likes and wants more of what I write. I love writing. I feel successful because I am happy with what I do.
The publishing world is ever changing. The authors of today must market their novels as well as write them. Nonstop marketing is required. Writing the book is the easy part. It is the fun part. An author can learn a lot in this ever-changing publishing world. A genre that is popular today will fall flat tomorrow. All authors must be prepared for a roller coaster ride!
Thank you for this interview, Gale. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?
Thank you so much for having me. This was a delight.
Langtoninfo.com UK & many Indie Bookstores.
You will also find Evolution of a Sad Woman at many other international websites in Italy, South Africa, New Zealand, Ireland , Australia, Denmark , Czech Republic ,Amazon -UK , Amazon -Japan , Amazon -Canada , Amazon – France .