I am super excited to chat with award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes
on this, the release day of her first contemporary novel The Mountain Midwife. You can read my review from yesterday by clicking here.
Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, Laurie Alice Eakes has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with a degree in English and French from Asbury University and a master’s degree in writing fiction from Seton Hill University contributing to her career path. Now she has nearly two dozen books in print.
After enough moves in the past five years to make U-Haul’s stock rise, she now lives in Houston, Texas, where she and her husband are exploring their new neighborhood. Although they haven’t been blessed with children—yet–they have sundry lovable dogs and cats. If the carpet is relatively free of animal fur, then she is either frustrated with the current manuscript, or brainstorming another, the only two times she genuinely enjoys housework.
Despite getting back home late last night from a trip to Bristol, Virginia, for her book release party, Laurie Alice graciously answered my quirky questions.
Let’s start her off with our usual “fast four” –
Laurie Alice – Apples: They bake into a pie quite nicely.
Laurie Alice – M&Ms: Chocolate, of course.
Laurie Alice – Cats: Because one of my felines is lying next to me and I don’t say otherwise.
Carrie – While our blog mascot Zuzu (shown below) is disappointed in your answer, she doesn’t blame you. In her words, “Cats be crazy.” 😉
Laurie Alice – Coke: Pepsi is too sweet.
Laurie Alice – You are talking to someone who read Gone with the Wind at ten, so this is difficult to answer. I think I will have to say my favorite
children’s book might be A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
Carrie – I freeze up whenever anyone asks me for my favorite book, in childhood or at present. It’s probably unfair of me to ask it of others. Oops. LOL.
Laurie Alice – Just thinking about this question brings back a flood of memories. My flippant response is graduation. Hahaha. But I think the first time I heard everyone in the chapel singing “It Is Well with My Soul” accompanied by that magnificent pipe organ and all those voices lifted up in harmony and parts… I know I stood in awe.
Carrie – There’s nothing like chapel in Hughes Auditorium. Something very special and holy about that place.
Laurie Alice – Given my wishes, I would live in the mountains. For practical reasons, I prefer to live in the city because I can’t drive, so country living is kind of out. Both have their merits.
Laurie Alice – Ashley, which isn’t always the case with me preferring the heroine. I just understood her right off the bat.
Laurie Alice – It’s a toss-up between the fact that I am shy and the fact that I am intelligent.
Carrie – LOL! Well, I already knew you were intelligent. I’ll be surprised about the shyness 🙂
Carrie – Please tell me that The Mountain Midwife is the first in a series! I need to know how Heather’s and Mary Kate’s stories turn out, for starters.
Laurie Alice – You will see more midwife books, that’s for sure. Right now I have other contractual commitments, so it won’t be soon, and you will see more of these people.
Carrie – More midwife books (contemporary, historical, graphic novel… hmmm ok, not so much that last one lol) are music to my ears! Sooner or later, I’ll be eager to get my hands on their stories whenever they cross my path 🙂 Laurie Alice, THANK YOU so much for taking the time to “chat” with me. It is truly an honor and a delight!
Laurie Alice – Thank you for inviting me to be your guest.
I hope this interview piqued your interest in Laurie Alice Eakes and her marvelous books. You can find out more by visiting her website – http://lauriealiceeakes.com – as well as by following her on Twitter and Facebook.
Her first contemporary novel, The Mountain Midwife, released today (December 15, 2015). Read my review and add it to your Goodreads list or purchase a copy of your own at Amazon!