On Book Trailers

Since I have begun my inquiry into making a book trailer for BLIND SPOT, I thought I’d talk about them a bit. First of all, if you are like my husband, you may not even be aware that there is such a thing — don’t be embarrassed. It’s something relatively new to the book promotional… Read more »

Laura Ellen’s Top Ten Blog Posts

#3 Oh, the Places I Had to Go: My Rocky Road Writing BLIND SPOT My novel BLIND SPOT walks a fine line between two very different genres: thriller/mystery and contemporary/literary ‘issue’ book. I found as I was writing that it is difficult to balance between the two. When I began writing BLIND SPOT, I wanted… Read more »

Laura Ellen’s Top Ten Blog Posts

#4 Putting the ‘creep’ in Creepy Photo by Brenda Mihalko In his vlog post ‘Who’s This Guy? Why Does He Write Weird Junk?‘ Daniel Marks mentioned how the king of horror, Stephen King, uses kids to put the ‘creep’ in creepy in his classic Salem’s Lot. King knows that when readers pick up a book… Read more »

Laura Ellen’s Top Ten Blog Posts

#5 What I’ve Learned About Writing from Watching Project Runway I’m guilty. I watch reality television. Not all of it; some shows are simply a flimsy platform created for idiots in search of quick fame. I do have my favorites though, like Survivor, Amazing Race, and Project Runway. My husband rolls his eyes when I… Read more »

Laura Ellen’s Top Ten Blog Posts

#8: The Scary Art of Query Writing Let’s face it, query writing can be scary. Most of us would much rather begin writing a new novel than boil down the one we just finished into a short, concise pitch. But if the rest of the world is to read that finished novel, you’ll have to… Read more »

Laura Ellen’s Top Ten Blog Posts

“Tis the season for countdowns. My personal favorites are the top 100 songs of the year or decade — especially when the radio station playing the countdown is mostly commercial-free. I also enjoy countdowns of top books because usually I haven’t read most of them — which is why I am NOT doing a ‘top… Read more »

Previous ‘Current Inspiration’

One of the most common questions Laura Ellen is asked is this: Where do you get your inspiration? MUSIC  “Music is how I connect myself to my stories.”  — Laura Ellen Although she finds it in many things, music is the most common source of inspiration for Laura Ellen. From the first few rumblings of… Read more »

My 2012 Blog Resolutions

In the words of Staind, a favorite band, It’s Been A While. I am slowly getting a handle on all this book writing stuff. The journey has been so fun, but I am finding it hard to keep up sometimes — especially now with the holidays barking at my heels. As a result, I have… Read more »

My ‘Writing Crib’

This week on The Nightstand we are sharing our ‘Writing Cribs’ so I thought I would re-post here too. It is my first official vlog — even though I am not in it — so be nice! My Writing Space

It’s Friday! Featuring…

For my first blog back after a very long-lasting, not-so-fun eye infection, I have decided to start a regular Friday post featuring upcoming or just-released must-reads. Here’s my first installment: Pregnant Pause by Han Nolan Published September, 2011   Nobody gets away with telling Eleanor Crowe what to do. But as a pregnant sixteen-year-old, her… Read more »