Hi, I'm Laura L. Walker, author of two LDS romances, Pierced by Love and The Matchup (and I hope many more to come!) I'm so glad you stopped by! If you've visited me on the web before, you can see that my website recently got a facelift. This is because I am now an Indie author, which is both exciting and terrifying for me. In the past few weeks, I've had to learn new technical skills, which has been a little stressful because, as you know, I'm not a techie. One thing I've learned, though, is that there are people out there who are so willing to help. All you have to do is ask! A BIG THANK YOU goes out to all of them.
At the same time that I parted ways with my publisher, my family was going through several growing pains. My youngest had a tonsillectomy, as you can see from his pictures (don't you love the dinosaur-faced oxygen mask they gave him?) and my oldest has been in the process of learning to drive and set up his Eagle Scout project, which is no small task. My middle daughter decided she wanted to join the track team and I was left scrambling to buy her some running gear. She and her older sister have also been involved with several school projects, and my three youngsters (whom you can see on the gigantic tire) have had some fun field trips with their school classes in which my husband and I chaperoned.
Last, my nephew got married a couple of weeks ago. Although I was kind of sad that this wasn't a temple wedding, my family enjoyed the ceremony, dinner, dancing, dress-up booth for the kids, and even s'mores bar. Wow! Life is indeed full, and during this transitional time, I appreciate your patience as I'm learning new things and finally getting back to my writing.
I hope to publish a new novel by June or July, at the latest. I've been working hard on it, and I'm seeing so much potential. (Yay!) But I've also been thinking about my heroine's best friend and realize that she needs a story, too. One of the best pieces of advice I heard at last year's ANWA TimeOut for Writers conference from author J. Scott Savage was to allow ideas to percolate, and pretty soon, one idea will add to another, and then you have the beginnings of a story. That's where I'm at with this character. So it may take a little more time before I really know who she is and what she wants.
So now that you know my goals for the next few months, what are yours? I would really love to hear from you. Feel free to share what you're working on or what you think of this new website. I just really love my new tagline: Stories that connect our lives! Isn't it so true? We all have something valuable to share with each other. So join me on this journey of discovery, connection, and happiness.