Meeting Author Laura Best

Best, Laura - Flying with a Broken Wing coverFor the past two and a half years I’ve followed the blog written by Laura Best, author of Bitter, Sweet. We’ve exchanged many messages during this time, and I’ve interviewed her twice, the first time regarding Bitter, Sweet and the second for her latest novel Flying with a Broken Wing. On October 23rd I posted a review for the second book.

Although I’ve attempted a few times to connect in person with Laura, our paths never crossed…until Saturday.

Laura was at Chapters, Mic Mac Mall, Dartmouth, NS, signing copies of her book. I had to work that day, but fortunately I was only about five minutes away and my shift ended 45 minutes before Laura’s signing engagement finished.

So here we are…

2013 11 02 Laura Best and Diane Tibert Chapters Dartmouth edited

Laura signed the copy of Flying with a Broken Wing I already owned. We chatted for a few minutes, and then the signing was over.

For your chance to meet Laura Best and pick up a signed copy of her book (they make great Christmas gifts), she has two upcoming engagements this Saturday November 9, 2013. They include:

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm: Coles Bookstore, New Minas, NS

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm: Coles Bookstore, Bridgewater, NS

If you’re in the area, stop by and say hello.

**The picture was taken by a friend of Laura’s using Laura’s camera.

Review: Flying with a Broken Wing by Laura Best

Book ReviewFlying with a Broken Wing by Laura Best

Nimbus Publishing; September 2013

Paperback; 216 pages; 7.75 x 5.25 inches

ISBN: 9781771080385

When I first read the title—Flying with a Broken Wing—I instantly thought of the robin my friends and I had found when we were kids. It couldn’t fly, and we thought its wing was broken. For days we kept it in our tent and brought it food and water. One day when we opened the flap of the tent, it flew out. We watched it fly around the yard then disappear in the distance, heading for the forests that surrounded our community.

I recall the joy of watching something as wild as a robin fly away, knowing I had helped it to regain its ability to live. I thought Laura Best’s story might hold the same joyous feeling. In a way, I wasn’t disappointed.

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Author Interview: Laura Best

5x5Author InterviewNova Scotia author Laura Best generously agreed to answer a few questions about her brand-spanking-new novel Flying with a Broken Wing.

Basic Details: Nimbus Publishing; September 2013; Paperback; 216 pages; 7.75 x 5.25 inches; ISBN: 9781771080385

The novel is available at many fine retailers including your local books and online at Chapters/Indigo and Amazon.

1) What inspired you to write Flying with a Broken Wing?

When I’m writing a story, a line will often come to me right out of the blue. It was the case with Flying with a Broken Wing. Years ago, my mother and I had a conversation about reincarnation. She made the comment that, as a child, she always wondered what her next life would be like. Her words stayed with me, and years later sparked the idea for the first sentence of the book. “From as far back as I can remember I’d lie in bed at night and wonder what my next life would be like.” Although I immediately knew the character wasn’t speaking about reincarnation, I was interested in knowing why a young girl would even be thinking about a brand new life. What was so terribly wrong with the one she had?

I was also inspired to create a character that is visually impaired since my mother is visually impaired.  I wasn’t sure there were many books out there with a visually impaired protagonist, so I decided to create one. It was important to me. Many years ago I wanted to write my mother’s story, but I soon discovered that creating fiction from fact is not as easy as it sounds. I eventually gave up the idea. But once that first sentence came to me, the character of Cammie quickly emerged all on her own. As I continued to write I began to learn the details of her life; not only was she visually impaired, but she’d been abandoned at birth and was being raised by her bootlegging aunt. It was easy then to imagine why she’d want a brand new life.

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Author Interview: Laura Best

Laura BestName: Laura Best

Do you write with a pen name? If so, what is it?

I’ve never considered using a pen name even though my name is quite common.

In which country were you born, and which one do you live now?

I was born in Canada and have lived here all my life.

Which genres do you write in?

I started out writing short stories for adults, but slowly began writing for children. Much of what I write is historical.

How many books have you had published? (feel free to name a few of the most recent)

I’ve had one novel published.

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Nailing a Picture for a Book Cover

Dian Lynn McGyverHere I go again. A few months ago, I tried to get a suitable head shot to post alongside my published work. The pictures turned out okay, but for some reason, the quality was poor. I thought I had sufficient lighting, but the images appeared grainy. You can read more about that here: Exposure Time.

With a paperback novel set to come out in the next month or so, I needed a sharper image for the cover. Although I’m not eager to get my picture taken, I realise it is part of the writing business so accept the necessary evil.

I’m not the only writer who thinks she needs 101 snaps from which to choose just one that might pass as okay. Laura Best was in the same situation not long ago. You can read her post here: A Wrinkle in Time.

I’ve been using a camera since I was about eleven years old, and I worked at a photo lab for more than two years, so I’m no stranger to photography. I’m far from perfect, but I can take a reasonable picture when the need arises. However, I seldom step in front of the lens, and as you’ve probably guessed, it’s time-consuming and very difficult to get a good picture of yourself when you’re behind the camera. So I had to recruit a photographer to work the shutter.

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