Q: Please tell us about yourself.
I live in central Indiana but am originally from Michigan. Though I would love to move to a warmer climate at some point. The Midwest winters are less and less fun each year. I have 2 children who keep me busy but when I’m not playing chauffeur or activity director for them I enjoy hot yoga and shopping.
Q: Tell us about your book.
Romance & Revenge is a light hearted cozy mystery who’s heroine, Presley Thurman, is a 30-something gal looking to find her passion in life and getting herself involved in mysteries on her way. She is in love with a great guy named Cooper but love isn’t always smooth sailing.
Q: What inspired you to write Romance and Revenge?
I am always thinking of new adventures for Presley to get herself involved in. Jared, one of her friends, has been well liked by readers so I wanted to give him a bigger role. This book does that.
Q: How much time per week do you spend writing/editing your work?
I spend about 20 hours a week on the writing/editing part. The rest of my time is spent on the business side of things. The writing is really the easy part. Mainly, because it’s the part I enjoy the most. But you must keep the marketing and other business aspects going constantly. It’s a juggling act.
Q: If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
Janet Evanovich - because she seems like she would be hysterical.
Janet Daily - because The Palomino was the first adult book I ever read.
Margaret Mead - because she had to be a genius for writing such an amazing book.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
I have the outline and start to the next Presley Thurman book which centers around Presley finding out who stole an expensive diamond brooch from one of her clients at Silk. I also am close to finishing a book not a part of any of my series called That’s Not My Suitcase. It should be out in the spring.
Title: Romance & Revenge
Author: Laina Turner
Genre: Cozy Mystery / Chick Lit
The bookkeeper at Jared’s company has been murdered and if that wasn’t bad enough someone is trying to sabotage the company by leaking company documents to other firms who are then upstaging their presentations. Jared asks for her help to find out who is trying to take Sleeping Bear Designs down and while Presley is always willing to help a friend, she is also hoping it will take her mind off obsessing over Cooper.
Presley and Cooper are on a break or are they broken up? It was never really clarified and she just found out he’s in town and he hasn’t called. Is he avoiding her? What does that mean?
Are they done for good?
As a child Laina thought she would either be a truck driver (thanks to Jerry Reed in Smokey and the Bandit) or work at Taco Bell (her favorite restaurant as a child). As she grew older she realized her talents lay in academics and business and for the last several years has been a business consultant and college professor where she uses the analytical side of her brain and not the side that makes up stories.
Through all her career choices she has continued to have a passion for writing. This stemmed from childhood whereas an only child she developed a vivid imagination spending most of her time making things up and thinking the Incredible Hulk lived in her closet.
Proud of her vast experiences in life from barrel racing to being on the dance team for a semi pro basketball team to being a mom of 2 amazing kids, she tells her family and friends that no one is safe from their escapades slipping in to her books.
Taking the plunge to write books that she actually lets people read in 2010, she has worked her way up to having 5 fans (maybe 6 now). Her blog, The Art Of Living Fabulously, was launched to share the daily fun in the life of a Real Housewife of the Midwest along with the musing of other fabulous ladies.
Links Laina’s Blog: http://www.lainaturner.com/books/romance-revenge/
Purchase Romance & Revenge on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MQAI1QW
View the Romance & Revenge book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0oPIrtLHeU