IndieView with Lauren Alexis Wood, author of Scary Stories to Laugh at in the Dark

The stories contained within were inspired by my various interactions with some difficult people so I would say that was where the majority of the struggle will always be. Actually, I wrote an article specifically about that. Every time I write, I make a competition with myself to see if I can write the entire piece with no errors whatsoever and over time I’ve gotten pretty efficient at that. I simply went the self-publish route and if people like the book, awesome, if not, no big deal. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? Do you outline? This book is for everyone. When did you start writing the book? If so can you please describe it? Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Because the dark is scary! I’m being sarcastic. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Basically, my writing style can be summed-up as a collection of extremely bad habits finely-tuned to an almost professional-level. My Spotify Playlists are ridiculous but they sometimes make for fantastic writing. Did it myself. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Did you hire a professional editor? Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? some people might be familiar with laughing in the dark for another reason so this is just adding to the laughs! The protagonist in each of these fictional stories is me. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? I also feel a lot of empathy for other people’s situations versus my own issues. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? 4,000 years. Super winging it. As far as influences go, I am a fan of Michael Crichton, Edgar Allen Poe, Dan Simmons, Dean Kootz, and the Perry Bible Fellowship which is an extremely twisted comic (like you find in the newspaper, not the comic book kind). End of Interview:
Get your copy of   Scary Stories to Laugh at in the Dark from Amazon US or Amazon UK. Or you’re in some kind of fucked-up exile. I admittedly have a very unique style. I procrastinate, then, sit down and pull whatever I need to write completely out of my ass. Like if your electricity gets shut off. How long did it take you to write it? Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Maybe you’re just lying around versus doing anything else. About You
Where did you grow up? Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was one of my absolute favorite books growing up and so this is my version. The book is a collection of hilarious short stories you can read in the dark if you want. Where did you get the idea from? I really appreciate readers who can understand how messed up what I just said was and can still find the humor like I do. I have struggled with eating disorders in addition to some other health concerns for the majority of my life. People who can see the humor in the individual stories as well as the book as a whole because trying to explain it is just not going to happen. No. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? I own an indie publishing company where not one person ever listens to me so I have absolutely no expectations whatsoever of convincing anyone else. Preferably while having a few beers, however, I’m one of those psycho health and fitness people so I have to do all that in moderation. Getting this book out there and participating in my local comedy scene. Basically Davenport, IA
Where do you live now? The writing. What are you working on now? Or maybe you just prefer darkness. The book is a collection of blog posts I wrote over time and if you’re asking me when the first blog post was written I have seriously no idea. In fact, I like to call myself The Great Minimizer. Honestly, no. We all know how important it is for writers to read. Do you have a target reader? Lauren Alexis Wood – 7 May 2019
The Back Flap
Scary Stories To Laugh At In The Dark pays homage to Alvin Schwartz’s classic ‘Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark’… except with a humorous twist. That protagonist is simply trying to earn a living and provide for herself and yet just keeps running into some real jams. No. Also…. Also, I actually read a lot of academic and scientific stuff versus creative fiction because I am a total dork. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? If you can believe it, I am back in Davenport, IA
What would you like readers to know about you? What came easily? Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? About the book
What is the book about? Do you listen to music while you write? Basically, my writing style can be summed-up as a collection of extremely bad habits finely-tuned to an almost professional-level. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you?