September 29, 2010

Spotlight On...Lara Hogg

Please help me welcome author Lara Hogg to the keyboard. Welcome, Lara, can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hello, thanks for having me here! First, in a nutshell, I want to clarify something. It’s kind of funny. My parents named me Lara, but someone accidently spelled my name Laura on my birth certificate, so most people have been calling me Laura all my life. I go by either.

Now then I’ve been married for 21 years to a younger man (he proposed when he was 17 and I was 19), have a kid in college, earned a degree in French and play two instruments. I¹ve been in rock bands and currently work in a private reading school.

Tell us about Descent into Darkness and where we can find it.

Descent into Darkness is a historical romance set in 1811-1812, London and Russia.

Here is a blurb:

He has come back from war, fighting Napoleon’s men on a ship. She is a lovely shopkeeper with a great sense of humor. A heroic heart rests inside this insecure, intelligent beauty, and she will be called to prove it. She and her love are pitted against each other for the sake of their families and some terrible accusations. She will be in constant peril as she gathers evidence to convict his dangerous brother of a harrowing crime. His heart breaks when he discovers something about her sister. Can their love survive the results of their investigations? They devise a dangerous plan to get to the truth, which brings them into the heart of Napoleon's camp in 1812 Russia as spies. Risking everything, they must get to the truth.

It can be found HERE

How did you start writing?

I wrote poetry as a kid then songs as a teenager and after. In college, I wrote stories, but I was in my thirties before I found the courage to submit for publication.

How do you approach your writing, are you a plotter or a pantser?

A little of both. I’ll dream a story, write a one page summary then work from there.

What do you find is the hardest part of writing a book?

The writing, researching and revision are so fun. The waiting around for an acceptance or rejection is not.

What writers have influenced you the most?

My mom first then many novel writers.

What are you passionate about?

Music and writing, languages and learning.

How do you think being a published author has changed you?

It made me wiser. ;)

A happy occurrence:

I bought a bottle of water that was on sale once with my 58 cents royalty check and was grateful for it. That 58cents proved I was a professional writer, getting paid for my fiction!

Where can we find you on the web?




My Blog:


Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

What do you predict the next trend will be?

Sarah, thank you very much, again, for having me as a guest. I wish you and your readers the best!

Lara, thanks for visiting with us today!


P.L. Parker said...

Hi Ladies - I have read Descent into Darkness - enjoyed every minute.

Historical Writer/Editor said...

Thanks, P.L.! You've made my night. :)
And thanks, Sarah, for having me at your lovely blog. -warm regards, Laura/Lara

Caroline Clemmons said...

Laura, I love books set in this time period. Can't wait to read it.

Joanna Aislinn said...

Hi Lara,
Your release looks great! Best wishes with it and all your other creative endeavors!

Joanna Aislinn
Dream. Believe. Strive. Achieve!
The Wild Rose Press

Historical Writer/Editor said...

Thanks for dropping by, ladies, and for the kind wishes. :)

Sarah Grimm said...


Thanks for sharing your new release with us! Sorry I couldn't stop by sooner, I've had two crazy days and today doesn't look much better.


Historical Writer/Editor said...

Sarah, it was lovely being here. I appreciate the opportunity. :) -laura