Author Laura Kaye's Sources of Inspiration & Replenishment

Woot! I'm so glad to welcome Laura Kaye to the blog.



I met Laura two different ways: on a loop for Harlequin Nocturne authors (we were both relative newbies to the Cravings line) and also through book recommendations on twitter. So, she's not only a sister scribe, but also an author I really enjoy reading. Her stories are emotional, and her men are sooo delicious!

Another thing (out of many) that impressed me was Laura's so very prolific. She seems to always have a book coming out. Actually right now she's got two new stories available. Check out the covers:




So I asked what we all want to know: what keeps you going day after day? Here's her answer:


Thanks to Mina for hosting me here today to talk about what inspires me, keeps me going, and gets me excited about life and writing. Here’s what I came up with:

Time to myself. I find that I am replenished by having time to myself without anyone else’s needs, demands or expectations needing to be considered. I don’t mean this in a selfish way—I love my two girls (ages 8 and almost 6) and have tons of fun with them—but sometimes I just need to be me—not a mom, not a wife, not a professor—just me doing what I love on my schedule and according to my own whims. Maybe this need for a little quality alone time comes from being an only child and spending a lot of time by myself growing up (we were way poor, and my mom had to work two and three jobs to make ends meet—I admire her greatly for that, but I spent a lot of summer days and weeknights by myself).

Girl time. Time with my girl friends is also energizing and inspiring. First, because women just rock, and it’s easy to be inspired to be better by the other women in your life. Second, because your girl friends just get you, they understand and support you in a completely unconditional way. They act as a sounding board, let you vent, and cheer you on.

Family. There are a lot of ways my family inspires and motivates me. I want to be a good provider. I want to be a good role model for my children. I want to teach them they can follow their dreams, as I’m following mine as a writer. I want them to be proud of me.  All of these push me and make me want to do more, be more. The support of my family can also replenish my spirit when things aren’t going well or I hit roadblocks in my path.

Music. I have always been inspired and replenished by music. I have always felt I could lose myself in it, purge myself of feelings through it, and have my mood changed by it. A life without music would be a much less inspired place, for me.

How about for you? What inspires you, picks you up, and keeps you going?

Thanks for reading! ~Laura

To celebrate Laura's stories, I'm giving away book one of her Vampire Warrior Kings Series.


All you have to do is answer Laura's question and leave your E-Mail in the comments section so I can contact you if you win the giveaway!



Want to know more about Laura?

About Laura Kaye:
Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of over a half-dozen books in paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance. Hearts in Darkness is the EPIC eBook Award Winner for Best Novella and HOLT Medallion Award of Merit Winner for Best Romance Novella, Forever Freed is the NJRW Golden Leaf Winner for Best Paranormal of 2011 and is a finalist for two GDRWA Booksellers’ Best Awards, and North of Need, the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, is a finalist for a FF&P PRISM award, was named GraveTells’ Best Book of 2011 and won their 5-STAR Gold Heart Award, and won Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books.

Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

48 comments:

  1. I just got here it's a beautiful site in fact i Love it. I haven't read Laura's Books But i didread some of Her Forbidden Hero and it was great

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    1. Thanks for visiting Crystal!

      My favorite LK book has to be Hearts In Darkness :)

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    2. And so glad you enjoyed the site! :D

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  2. Love the interview!

    I know this may sound lame, but I find inspiration in reading. The ability to escape recharges me and gets the creative juices flowing. For quick pick-me ups, I find listening to 80s music works. Maybe it's because I was younger, sillier, and had questionable fashion sense, but it never fails to make me smile and feel good.

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    1. Hi Tamara!

      Not lame at all...as a lifelong bookworm, I totally agree...reading a good story both can replenish and inspire me. And yes, I'm an 80s child...so with you on the music too...sooo dying to see Rock of Ages!

      Thanks for visiting!

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    2. It's the ability to escape, so I totally get it! Thanks Tamara!

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  3. First, Laura, you hooked me with "Forever Freed," and I was excited to find you on Mina's blog. Second, I'm green with jealousy that you have a view of Chesapeake Bay. That alone would be a window of inspiration. For me? Riding my Harley Davidson stimulates my muse when it quiets or gets stuck. What keeps me going? The characters shouting in my head and my readers who want their stories. Thanks for sharing today, and thanks Mina, for another great blog.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Harley! And I love your inspiration :D So very cool!

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    2. Awesome inspiration, Harley! And yay on Forever Freed--thanks for telling me!

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  4. Can't wait to poke around your site a bit more, looks like your stories might be right up my alley too!

    Don't consider my post an entry, I already own all of Laura's books, so I don't want to take away someone's chance. As to what inspires me, Laura's stories are one thing. She has such vivid characters you can't help but fall in love with. I'd like an Owen, Kael, Nikolai, Marco, etc. If I had to pick a favorite book of Laura's, I think it's North of Need.

    Music also inspires me, but not while I write or I get too distracted. The other thing that helps me is a long hot bath with a good book. I frequently do that while hubby minds the kiddos. It's usually just what I need to recharge.

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    1. Aw, Steph! xoxo Thank you for that! And I agree on music!

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    2. Poke aroud all you want Stephanie :) Thanks so much for visiting!

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  5. Lovely covers, Laura.

    My husband inspires me. He's the best. Makes me laugh everyday and keeps me positive.

    Next would be a walk (with him) in the great outdoors, taking in the fresh air, seeing the beauty around me.

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    1. Hey Roxy!

      My DH replenishes me, and nature is always an inspiration...actually, my second story -- A Tale of 2 Djinns was totally inspired by nature!

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    2. Nature is a great one! Yes, I completely agree with that! Thanks Roxy!

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  6. Awesome covers Laura! I already have a bunch of your books and I think your great! What inspires me and keeps me going are my two daughters and husband. They are the whole world to me. I have two illnesses (Crohn's disease,and a bladder disease) so life is extremely tough to keep up my spirits, but they do it for me!! Of course reading romances keep me going too!!!!

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    1. I'm glad you have something to help you through the hard times, Jen! Thanks so much for commenting!

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    3. Hey Jen,

      Thanks for visiting...and so glad you've a wonderful support system. I've a bit of good news for you...you won a copy of The Djinn's Dilemma from my giveaway at Cynthia Woolf's blog. Need your email :)

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  7. What inspires you, picks you up, and keeps you going? ** I hear a song, a picture or book/story that inspire me. What picks me up, my hubby, my three dogs and the 'Big Bang Theory' show. What keeps me going, wanting to see what's going to happen in the morning...to see my hubby and family. That keeps me going. roya-clan@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Those are all great, Mary! Thanks for sharing!

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    2. OMG, I love the "Big Bang Theory!" :)

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  8. Nice list. I'm inspired by other people's good news.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. That's an awesome one, bn100! Thanks much!

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  9. Books inspire me. The ability to instantly transport my mind into a story. To discover new places, people, loves, and heartaches along with characters is the most thrilling feeling. Your books are on my growing TBR list, I can't wait.
    krystalshannan@yahoo.com

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    1. Yay! Thanks Krystal! And I completely agree!

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    2. Yay! Another book lover! Woot!

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  10. I am often inspired by nature, I see quite a list of things that inspire people and I can say for the most part ditto! I think you can find inspiration in most anything if you look at it the right way, Thanks for the chance to win your book. mawmom@gmail.com

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    1. So true Carin...your attitude does make a big difference. Thanks for visiting!

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    2. I think you're so right, Carin! Lots of things can inspire us to do better and be better! And you're welcome!

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  11. The special education students I work with inspire me when they get excited about completing a project or getting an A on a test. Taking my dogs walking/running is my daily pick-up. Even when I don't really want to go, by the time I've gotten all 4 walked I feel better and glad we went. Thanks for the chance to win!

    suz2(at)cox(dot)net

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    1. I see that with my own kids too--the pure joy and pride in accomplishment of doing/conquering even the smallest thing! There's no better feeling! Thanks so much, Susan!

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  12. No need to enter me in the giveaway - I have the *awesome* books in question. :-) Just stopped by to say hello and great blog post. *waves*

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    1. Thanks for visiting Celia! Appreciate you.

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  13. I love Laura's answers! I never really thought about my girl-friends in that way because I don't have a lot, but reading her response, I realize that it is true. I can call them up and tell them anything and they just listen or offer advice.
    My family and friends inspire me. I love to help, support and be around them. I really enjoy helping people in any fashion that I can also. Thank you for sharing, Laura. Thank you having her, Mina! :)
    trb0917 at gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Tina! I don't have a huge circle of girl friends either, but the ones I have are just awesome! :)

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    2. Thanks for visiting Tina. And it was my pleasure to host Laura :)

      Good luck!

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  14. Wow! We share the same name AND I feel as if you wrote out my list for me! :) It's basically identical to mine! LOL

    Wishing you continued success!

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  15. I like listening to music when I'm down, after a little while, I'm singing along and feeling better. I also like to sit by my kitty and pet her. Her enjoyment of that touch makes me happy.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks for sharing Julianne! Good luck!

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  16. My Family is what inspires me to write poems
    dragonfly210@cox.net Thank You for Having me here

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    1. Thanks for adding the email and more. Enjoyed your visits!

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  17. Woot! Thanks everyone for visiting and sharing. Loved the comments! And we have a winner: Carin. Congrats! And I'll be emailing soon :)

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