Pierced by Love
Being dumped the week before her scheduled wedding was certainly not Noelle Jensen’s idea of fun. But being dumped twice—this time by her boyfriend, Chase, in favor of her sister Melody—is simply humiliating. Bemoaning the fact that she has now become the “institute freak” at Northern Arizona University, Noelle turns to Pierce Logan—the institute “player” and last person she expects to distract her with love—to help her through this trial.
Meanwhile, Pierce is dealing with his own family crisis. Having never really gotten over his parents’ divorce while he was serving his mission, Pierce is astonished to learn of his father’s sudden reactivation in the Church and subsequent marriage to a woman he’s never met.
Can Pierce help Noelle endure the drama of her sister’s engagement and find the courage to forgive Melody and Chase for their betrayal? Can Noelle uncover Pierce’s insecurities before Kasey Hamilton, a jealous girl in their ward, destroys any chance they might have at happiness? Or has a forever love eluded Noelle once again?
Laura Walker grew up in southern Arizona. She met her husband, Rob, at Northern Arizona University where she earned her bachelor degree in Elementary Education. She considers raising their six children together to be the best full-time job she’ll ever have. Laura’s hobbies include water aerobics and sewing. At the end of the day, Laura loves to curl up with a good book or write one of her own. Pierced by Love is her first published novel.
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I would go into the past. I would like to watch the formation of this country unfold under the difficult circumstances our forefathers and ancestors experienced. Their resilience has impressed me immensely.
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
1. my husband
2. a good book
That way, if I didn’t survive, I would die happy.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
homemade blueberry muffins
Grammatical errors such as: “should of” (should be should have) and “there’s lots of…” (there is means quantity of one)
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
If you’ve ever felt the loss of love, Pierced by Love will restore your faith in it.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’ve submitted a sequel to Pierced by Love to Cedar Fort. I’m also working on a novel in which a swim coach finds himself in a quandary over the girl he’s planning to marry. My writing goals for the future include learning to incorporate more twists in my plots and weave more intricate stories together. Because I am a relatively inexperienced writer, I have spent the past six months being mentored by some wonderful authors in my writing group, including Randy Lindsey, C. J. Hill, and Brock Booher. My writing style from the time I wrote Pierced by Love has improved dramatically and I am excited now to apply the things I’ve learned into my future projects.
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
From the time I was young, I crafted stories in my mind, which mostly manifested themselves through drawings. After I married and started a family, I figured that my writing dreams were just that. While I was raising my family, story ideas still came to me. “Someday…” was a thought that always resided in the back of my mind. But it wasn’t until the idea for Pierced by Love came to me that circumstances in my life lined up, allowing me to actually sit down and write uninterrupted. It was a sweet experience and I’ve learned since then that stories don’t normally come together as quickly as this one did.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Pierced by Love, which is my first novel, was released on December 9, 2014. A few weeks ago, one woman from my church community came to my first book signing event and purchased my book. At our church’s Christmas party the next week, she flagged me down to inform me that her husband read the book before she did and loved it. I was totally amazed that a man would like my romance novel. That was a good feeling. And, just in case you’re wondering, I think it’s because Pierced by Love is not what some people would call a “mushy” read but rather contains substance that it works well for a male reader as well as female.
If you could jump in to a book and live in that world, which would it be?
As a young teen, I read Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and loved it. Plus, to be surrounded by sisters instead of my brothers would have been fantastic!
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I read all of the Nancy Drew mysteries. As a teen, I read several romance series, both historical and contemporary, written for that age. I also enjoyed O. Henry’s short stories.
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Keep writing and learning. Hone your craft. For writers who like to enter writing contests, those can be quite challenging and discouraging. Just don’t give up. I recently read on one of my favorite author’s website that she entered contest after contest for ten years before being offered a writing contract. And yet, her stories are so vivid and real. I’m glad she writes stories such wonderful stories for the rest of us to enjoy.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I like living in southern Arizona, but there are so many places I would love to visit I can’t name them all.
What is your favorite Quote?
“I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.” Patrick Henry
If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why?
Not that I’m as beautiful as she is, but I keep seeing Nicole Kidman in Far and Away. My life has been full of difficulties. Her character faced so many obstacles in that movie with grit and determination, I think she would be good at portraying the range of emotions I’ve felt.
Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Laura Ingalls Wilder, Louisa May Alcott, Mary Coneally, Erica Vetsch, and this one may be surprising because he never published a book per se, but one of my favorite authors of all time is Thomas Paine, the patriot who rallied the tired and discouraged troops during the American Revolutionary War. His words were soul-stirring and powerful! I also enjoy reading quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Both my main character, Noelle, and her sister, Melody, possess characteristics that are a part of my personality. Noelle tends to over-react when life gets a little too difficult to handle and Melody is an introvert who wants things to be done the right way. She has a hard time seeing her own weaknesses but eventually comes to accept them.
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Don’t worry about what others think of you. That’s a lesson I’ve had to learn many times over in the past year. (This is a lesson that my character, Noelle, has to learn as well.)
Cooking from scratch and making a meal out of ingredients that aren’t normally used together.
How do you react to a bad review?
I worry over it for most of the day and analyze it to death in my mind, then I realize that I have no way of knowing exactly why that person said what they said and move on. In this business, there’s always something else to look forward to.
You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
A house with an indoor pool. I would use anything that’s left to pay off debts and help others.
What do you do in your free time?
I have six children, so my time is limited. I enjoy sewing and water aerobics. My husband and I would like to do more hiking and exploring with our kids.
If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
What’s your favorite season/weather?
I love having my children home during the summertime. We like to swim and go camping.
Who or what inspired you to become an author?
My friend, Jennifer N. Bryce, whose first book, Haley’s Song, is being released on December 31, 2014 encouraged me to start writing again. I’m so glad she did! It’s exciting that we both have a new book coming out at this time. One of her short stories was also published in October in the Strange and Lovely paranormal anthology.