Author Interview: Lara Daniels teaching us the Lessons in Love

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 “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”

AG: Can we meet you? (background, educational history, transition between growing up and becoming a writer )
LD: I was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria in the seventies. I went to school in Command Secondary school Ibadan where I wrote and completed my first two novels in higher education notebooks. They were never published. From there, I went on to Obafemi Awolowo University where I started Parables, a notice board where I would post sheets of paper that contained my stories, and students would mill around to read. From OAU, I relocated to the United States.

AG: Do you recall how your interest in writing started?
LD: As a child, I loved (and still love) reading. I remember being five and requesting my parents to get me this big book - a children’s bible. It had lots of colourful pictures in it. My children’s book of Bible stories – I think it was called. I also remember that whenever an adult gave me money, I would save it up so I could use it to buy a book – my favourites were Enid Blyton’s books, pacesetters, and of course, later, the M&Bs and Harlequins. And I do recall being in form one and completing an unfinished story a classmate of mine had penned. I’d say it was at that precise moment that my writing career was born.

AG: Who was your favourite character to write in your recently published book, "Lessons in Love", and why?


LD: I would have to say Tara – my female protagonist. Like so many women out there, Tara has her flaws, yet she manages to find love despite it. I guess the message of the book could be that love can come to whomever regardless of how they look or whatever personal demons they’re battling.

AG: What were the challenges (research, literary or logistics) you faced in bringing this book to life?
LD: My biggest challenge was researching Lagos – the cool places to visit, music, and lifestyle. I’ve been away from Nigeria for a while, as I haven’t had any real cause to visit since my whole family, including almost all my extended family lives here in the United States. Thus, I sometimes fear I’m out of sync with what’s going on. But I’m grateful for the internet, particularly google, Wikipedia and major sites like Facebook, twitter where I’m able to remain plugged in into the culture.

AG: Who edited and when did you finish writing?
LD: I have a group of online beta readers based here in Dallas, as well as Chicago, Indianapolis, and Ireland - all wonderful women who love romance novels and are familiar with my writing style. They read, gave feedback and also did editing.

AG: What are your expectations for this book?
LD: Simply for my readers to enjoy it - that’s all I want. If my reader can remain entertained to the very end, then I’ve done very well.

AG: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your first published book?
LD: No, I wouldn’t change a thing. My first published book is my point of reference. Every time I pick it up, I’m left with joy and gratitude because it’s a reminder that I’ve come a long way as a writer.

AG: How do you juggle life as a writer and a nurse?
LD: It’s hard, hard work (how do I emphasize this?), but somehow I do it. My husband is very supportive though. I don’t know how I would have managed if I didn’t have his love and unflinching support.

AG: Do you one day see yourself taking writing as a full time career?
LD: The thing is, my writing has always been a full time career. In the United States, forty hours/week is full time, and I spend more than forty hours writing or doing something that’s directly related to it.

AG: What is the best writing advice you ever received and who was it from?
LD: “Never, ever give up on what you love doing... no matter what.” It was from two friends to whom Lessons is dedicated to.

AG: We can safely classify you as a romance writer; do you see yourself exploring other theme/genre in future books?
LD: Definitely. I have written other works that do not fall under the romance genre. One of them, ‘A beautiful mind’ was published in Saraba magazine. It also went viral last year after its original publication on my blog and several bloggers reblogged it on their own sites.

AG: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest recently?
LD: Somi Ekhasomi. She’s young, smart and talented. I read one of her books – ‘Always yours,’ and I enjoyed it very much
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AG: Favorite quote?
LD: I've had lots of favorite quotes over the years and right now it’s “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”

AG: If you had a book club, what would you be reading at the moment?
LD:  Americanah, most definitely.

AG: Favourite books of all time?
LD: So many. I still love my romance novels, as well as other books that are not in the romance genre, but my favourite book of all time – it remains the bible. There are so many lovable stories in it, as well as some cryptic writings - it boggles my mind. Even now, the moral of every story remains prevalent in today’s world.

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  1. Awesome interview, LD. Keep it up, ma'am. Not even the sky is your limit!

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