Do you have a favorite writing space?
My dining room table. I don’t know why, but it works wonders for my creativity.
Who was the first person to recognize that you had writing talent?
My mother. She gave me my first computer on my 18th birthday to further my desire to write.
Do you have those moments when words are difficult to come by?
Fortunately, no. As long as I have music in my ears, the words seem to come.
Does the writing get easier with each book? Or does it get more difficult because you’re also growing as an author with each work?
Every book is different. Lies You Tell was a very easy project. The structure, the words, it all just came. Power Privilege & Pleasure was difficult. I loved the finished product, but getting to the end was hard. My characters didn’t want to behave.
How can an aspiring author get better at writing?
Keep writing. If you feel the need, take writing classes focused on craft.
Do you think writing courses and writer’s workshops are worth the investment for aspiring authors?
I’m of two minds about this. I don’t believe you need formal education to become a writer. I have both undergraduate and graduate degrees in writing. I benefited greatly from my education, but the talent was there before I stepped on campus. I didn’t need school to become a writer. I needed it to become a better writer. My writing education refined my raw skill.
About the Author
LaQuette is a bestselling Erotic Romance Author is the 2016 Author of the Year Golden Apple Award Winner, 2015 Swirl Awards Bronze Winner in Romantic Suspense, and 2015 Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award Finalist in Erotic Romance. LaQuette—a native of Brooklyn, New York—spends her time catering to her three distinct personalities: Wife, Mother, and Educator.
Writing—her escape from everyday madness—has always been a friend and source of comfort. At the age of sixteen she read her first romance novel and realized the genre was missing something: people that looked and lived like her. As a result, her characters and settings are always designed to provide positive representations of people of color and various marginalized communities.
She loves hearing from readers and discussing the crazy characters that are running around in her head causing so much trouble. Contact her on Facebook, Twitter, her website, NovelsbyLaQuette.com, Amazon, her Facebook group, LaQuette’s Lounge, and via email at LaQuette@NovelsbyLaQuette.com.