Laura Legere grew up in Virginia, left home at 18 and moved straight to the west coast where she still resides. She explored several interesting occupations, commercial fishing in Alaska, a deckhand on a cruise ship as well as tugboats. She traveled by sailboat from Hawaii to Samoa and then back to Alaska before becoming a high voltage cable-splicer for the power company. Laura has lead an adventurous life as you will read in her extraordinary true tale, “It’s Not Weird Anymore: An Extraordinary True Tale”. www.LauraLegere.com and www.ItsNotWeirdAnymore.com
Currently Laura’s focus of service and purpose is assisting people with healthy living, personal growth and spiritual exploration through her private practice as a massage therapist and teacher of natural healing in essential oils. She has always been a gifted networker as well as a great storyteller and loves to point people in a purposeful positive direction.
What inspires you to write?
I love to tell stories about my mystical, adventurous and humorous experiences as well as tell other people’s stories that make a positive impact. A traumatic accident I had became the catalyst and beginning of my book and all the magical synchronicities that followed as well as a theme throughout my entire life. Recently I discovered old hand written letters my sister, brother and I wrote each other and our friends when we were in our late teens early twenties. Many of the letters to me complimented me about how entertaining my writing was and that they would read them out loud to they’re friends. The main reason my letters were entertaining was because I was having unusual and exciting life experiences.
Tell us about your writing process.
I began by a chronologically ordered outline and then started filling in the experiences as they came to me. I was surprised at how my memory kicked in stronger than I could have imagined. One of the techniques that helped me stay motivated to keep writing until finished was belonging to a weekly group that had projects with deadlines. This made me accountable to others that I reported my progress to. After I left the group I got together with a friend that needed motivation to finish her book and we had an appointment on the speaker phone once a week for 2 or 3 hours with no talking, just writing. This worked wonderfully and we both finished our published books.
What advice would you give other writers?
When I talk to people about writing their Memoir, they appear a little intimidated at first about writing an entire book. My advice is to begin writing without thinking about it being a book. Write a chronologically ordered outline and then start filling in the experiences as they come to you. Once you begin this process you will be surprised at how your memory will kick in stronger than you could have imagined. One of the techniques that helped me stay motivated to keep writing until finished was belonging to a weekly group that had projects with deadlines. This made me accountable to others that I reported my progress to. After I left the group I got together with a friend that needed motivation to finish her book and we had an appointment on the speaker phone once a week for 2 or 3 hours with no talking, just writing. This worked wonderfully and we both finished our published books.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self publishing was the only choice because fishing for an agent and the agent fishing for a publisher takes too long and I have to do all the promotion whether I went with a big publisher or not. The self-publishing companies don’t ask you to change your work into something other than what you intended and I generally have more control of my work.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Self-publishing is the best way to go because the writer has total control of the timing, content, the royalties and promotion. Going with a big publisher does not guarantee you will be successful. Self-publishing is less expensive and delivers a much faster product. Self-publishing saves you time wasting rejections from the big publishing houses. This is extremely important if your message is time sensitive.
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Both eBook and Print
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