Audiobook Giveaway & Author Interview: My Sparkling Misfortune by Laura Lond

Welcome to Author Laura Lond

Laura Lond is an internationally published author of several novels and a collection of short stories. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. Having worked for 2 years at a literary museum, Laura entered the world of business, working for large international corporations like Xerox Ltd. and Fluor Daniel. After moving from Europe to the United States, she has been self-employed as a freelancer.

LINKS:
Author Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/Laura-Lond/1577508005
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lord-Arkus/130618950289934
Website: http://laura-lond.tripod.com/

INTERVIEW:
Q: How did you know you should become an author?
A: I wanted to be a writer as long as I can remember. Even as a child I knew I wanted to write books, and not just as a hobby. I knew I wanted to do it for a living. How a young child would get such an idea, I don’t know, but there I was, writing my first “book” with a pencil, in huge all caps, shortly after I had learned my letters.

Q: Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
A: Wouldn’t you want to meet a fun, snarky villain who wants to stay evil but runs into all kinds of problems?

Q: What was the inspiration behind your book?
A: I am usually inspired by good stories, be that movies or books. While I can’t name a particular one, My Sparkling Misfortune is the result of my life-long fascination with fairytales, knights, kings, princes, princesses, castles, — and villains.

Q: How did the title for your book come about?
A: Not easily. I kept thinking about it as I worked on the book, and nothing good would come to mind. I had finished it, and the story still had no title. I knew I had written something fun and unusual, and I wanted the title to reflect that. Then one day it just came to me. My Sparkling Misfortune. It fits the story just right.

Q: What is your favorite scene in the book and why do you love it?
A: Lord Arkus capturing what he thinks is a powerful evil spirit and then learning it is actually a spirit who can only do good — and that he’s stuck with him for 5 years. I love it because it’s hilarious, and two of my favorite characters, Arkus and Tulip, the good spirit, get together for the first time.

Q: Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
A: Getting the readers’ feedback, seeing how my characters become their friends. The response I receive for this book is extra special. Lord Arkus seems to strike a chord with the readers, his sense of humor has won many fans. He is even being interviewed, which he appears to enjoy, especially when he gets to point out that he is the real author of the book, not me. If things keep going this way, he’ll be giving a press conference before I know it.

Q: Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
A: The sequel to My Sparkling Misfortune is in the final stages of being released as an audiobook. The voice artist A.T.Chandler has done an excellent job on the first book, bringing Lord Arkus and the other characters to life. I can’t wait to hear what he did with the sequel, and I can’t wait for my readers to be able to hear it as well. While that is being worked on, I am completing a short story and thinking of how I can persuade Lord Arkus to write Book 3. Many readers have already commented that they want it.

Q: What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
A: Write the kinds of books you want to read.

Q: Who are your favorite authors of all time?
A: C.S. Lewis and Charles Dickens.

Q: What are you currently reading?
A: I’ve finished The Hawk and His Boy by Christopher Bunn, it was a good read, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the trilogy, The Shadow at the Gate. For non-fiction, How to Teach Your Baby to Read by Glenn Doman. I’m using the system on my two-year-old.

Q: If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
A: Actor George C. Scott. Of all the versions of A Christmas Carol I’ve seen, and I’ve seen many, his Scrooge is absolutely the best.

Q: If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
A: The ability to heal.

My Sparkling Misfortune

Lord Arkus of Blackriver Castle readily admits that he is a villain and sees no reason why it should stop him from being the protagonist of this book. After all, Prince Kellemar, an aspiring hero, has defeated him in a rather questionable way. Bent on revenge, Arkus attempts to capture a powerful evil spirit who would make him nearly invincible, but a last-minute mistake leaves him with a Sparkling instead – “a goody-goody spirit that helps heroes, watches over little children, and messes up villains’ plans.”
Bound to Lord Arkus for five years of service and sworn to act in his best interests, the Sparkling is not easy to get rid of, and of course his understanding of “best interests” is quite different from what Lord Arkus has in mind.

Audiobook Giveaway:
1 audio version of My Sparkling Misfortune
Gifted through Audible or iTunes (US)
End 3/22/12

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