Author on the Couch: Laura Trentham

Today I’m conducting a session with… Laura Trentham

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Me: Tell me about an experience that had a profound impact on your life.

Laura: Having a special needs child. We didn’t get an official diagnosis until she was three, but somewhere inside, I knew something wasn’t right. After we found out, I had a difficult time managing my anxiety, and I’d never been a particularly anxious person before. I turned to books. I read at least a book a day, sometimes more for about nine months. Around the same time, my husband bought me my first ereader. A whole new world opened up. As I discovered self published books (some fabulous, some terrible), I decided to try to write a book. I was thirty-eight and had never attempted to write anything.

My daughter got put into a wonderful preschool class for special needs kids which freed up my mornings. The plan was to write three historical romances and self publish them. I didn’t tell anyone—not even my husband—what I was doing until I was around 30k into the book with no sign of a slowdown. Eventually, after many *many* revisions, that book turned into An Indecent Invitation, and got me an agent, a Golden Heart® final, and my first book contract.


Me: What personality trait of yours helps you most as an author?

Laura: Tenacity and resiliency. I’ve always got a plan B brewing.


Me: What personality trait of yours hinders you most as an author?

Laura: Impatience. If you know anything about publishing (traditional anyway), you know it’s slow. Tortoise slow. Sloth slow. Slug slow. It’s common to turn a book in a year before it even releases, then you wait for edits, copyedits, page proofs and finally for its release. But beyond even that, for most of us, building an audience takes time. It’s understanding you have to win over one reader at a time.

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Me: What was your high point as a writer—a time when you were happiest, on cloud nine, flying high? What happened?

Laura: Gosh, there have been so many. Getting an offer of representation from my agent. Finaling in the Golden Heart®, getting my first print deal.


Me: What was your low point as a writer—a time when you questioned your path as a writer, a time when you felt really crappy about your writing? What happened? How did you get over it?

Laura: Gosh, there have been so many. Lol. The absolute worst I have felt about my writing was after the release of my first book. Watching my amazon ranking and reviews come in paralyzed me with anxiety, and I questioned why I was torturing myself for minimal financial gain. It took two weeks for my natural resiliency to kick in. Every release seems to get easier, thank goodness. I’ve come to understand that the book market is fickle. It’s difficult to predict which book will take off and which will tank. Unfortunately, it’s not always about quality.

It’s difficult to predict which book will take off and which will tank. Unfortunately, it’s not always about quality. @LauraTrentham #AmWriting Click To Tweet

Me: How many books have you written? How long does it typically take you to write a book? What’s the most painful part of the writing process for you?

Laura: Fourteen full length books, four novellas. Some are sitting on my hard drive, but I have plans to release everything one way or another. (See Plan B:)

By far, the most difficult part of the process for me is drafting. I’m a panster so the faster I can vomit all the words onto the page, the faster I can figure out where I’ve gone off on a rabbit trail or left plot holes behind. Instead of fixing things right then, I’ll jot changes to make in a notebook, adjust the direction of my story and keep on going. I have a word count goal every weekday. I don’t care if I’m not in the mood. I write until my brain is exhausted (or I have to pick the kids up from school), knowing I can fix the words on my edit. And, I love editing. It takes me around three months, from first word to when I turn in a complete, polished manuscript to my editor.

I write until my brain is exhausted, knowing I can fix the words on my edit. @LauraTrentham #AOTC #AmWriting Click To Tweet

Me: What causes stress in your writing life? Why?

Laura: The business and marketing side of writing. I never feel like I’m doing enough. It’s easy to get so caught up in the business side that you forget to leave yourself enough time to actually create.


Me: Tell me a little bit about your Small town Contemporary Romance novel LEAVE THE NIGHT ON.

Laura: Love, betrayal, and sweet revenge–life in Cottonbloom is about to get a whole lot hotter . . .

Sutton Mize is known for lavishing attention on the customers who flock to her boutique on the wealthy side of her Mississippi town. So when she finds a lace thong in her fiance’s classic cherry-red Camaro, she knows just who she sold it to: her own best friend. In an instant, Sutton’s whole world goes up in flames. . .

Wyatt Abbott has harbored a crush on Sutton since he was a young kid from the other side of the tracks. He witnessed Sutton’s shocking discovery in the Camaro at his family-owned garage–and it made him angry. What kind of man could take lovely, gorgeous Sutton for granted? But then Sutton comes up with an idea: Why not give her betrothed a taste of his own medicine and pretend that she’s got a lover of her own?

Wyatt is more than happy to play the hot-and-heavy boyfriend. But what begins as a fictional affair soon develops into something more real, and more passionate, than either Sutton or Wyatt could have imagined. Could it be that true love has been waiting under the hood all along?


Me: Share with us a favorite paragraph or two from your newest release.

Laura: “Whatever,” Sutton said under her breath. The role of forgiving nice girl who never rocked the boat would have to go to her understudy tonight. Not only was she going to rock the boat, she planned to blow the mother-flipping thing to smithereens.

I like this paragraph because it marks the beginning of Sutton deciding to live her life for herself and not to please the people around her.


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25 comments to “Author on the Couch: Laura Trentham”

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  1. Amy DeLuca/Amy Patrick - August 10, 2017 Reply

    Love the world of Cottonbloom and your historical, too, Laura! Thanks for being so open and honest. Another great interview, Abbie! <3

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  3. Shelly Chalmers - August 10, 2017 Reply

    Laura, I love your resiliency and down-to-earth attitude and nature. And ha! I think I might write in the same way – really fast, fix later. I enjoy your books and your writing, and this one looks like just as much fun. Whatever the industry might bring, I hope you know that you have readers happy to find your books whoever the end-publisher is – it’s YOUR name and stories I’ll be buying, so I think, in the end, you should come out pretty good. Wishing you all the best, and looking forward to reading this one too!

  4. Denny S. Bryce - August 10, 2017 Reply

    Hi Laura,

    An amazing interview. I am so impressed by you, Laura. Congratulations on keeping the balls in the air and on writing 14 books, and four novellas – that’s impressive (whether some are only available on your hard drive or not:).

    And Abbie, another great interview.


    • Laura Trentham - August 10, 2017 Reply

      Thanks, Denny!
      I have too many ideas to get down to slow down:)

  5. Ashley Kendall - August 10, 2017 Reply

    The covers are amazing and you are such a hard worker!!

    • Laura Trentham - August 10, 2017 Reply

      Thank you! Covers are all my pub house, which is great:) I’m definitely determined which is good trait in this business.

  6. Sheri Humphreys - August 10, 2017 Reply

    Laura, I’m so impressed by how fast you write and how prolific you’ve been! Writing is so interesting, how many different processes there are, and how writers find what works for them. Thanks for sharing. I love hearing about other writers’ journeys and motivations.

    • Laura Trentham - August 10, 2017 Reply

      I know! I love to read about other writers’ processes. I was just reading a post about bullet journaling. Fascinating, but way too organized for me:)

  7. Sandra Owens - August 10, 2017 Reply

    I love your book covers, Laura.

    • Laura Trentham - August 10, 2017 Reply

      Thanks! It’s all SMP, of course. They just go here…and I go, that looks awesome! Lol I have zero visual creativity in me.

  8. Shari - August 10, 2017 Reply

    Love your books!!

  9. bn100 - August 10, 2017 Reply

    sounds different

    • Laura Trentham - August 10, 2017 Reply

      I hope that’s a good different and not a bad different? Lol. Thanks for stopping by!

  10. sarah andre - August 10, 2017 Reply

    Hey girls!
    I’m always amazed at the creative an innovative marketing both of you do, and IMO it’s stellar- stop with the anxiety.
    I’m with Erika- 3 months go by and I’m staring a the cursor (cursing.) That’s where I am right now…procrastinating again. (LOL!)

    • Laura Trentham - August 10, 2017 Reply

      It’s funny because I procrastinate about everything else in my life…except writing. I don’t know why it’s different for me. Probably because I *hate* being late to or with anything. Deadlines are good for me. Even self imposed ones work to keep me motivated.

  11. Sharon Wray - August 10, 2017 Reply

    I am in awe of your productivity, Laura. But I like your advice for first drafts. I despise them and that’s where I always get hung up with time. It takes me forever to draft but I’m revising, I’m much faster. And I loved learning about your daughter. I hope she has a great year in school!

    • Laura Trentham - August 10, 2017 Reply

      Drafting is SO hard for me. I do better when I stay in the groove and write everyday. I just have to get through it. And because I’m a panster, there’s always the fear at some point, I won’t have enough plot or whatever to actually get to 90k. Somehow, I always do though;)

  12. Amanda Uhl - August 10, 2017 Reply

    “It’s difficult to predict which book will take off and which will tank. Unfortunately, it’s not always about quality.” I’ve noticed this with my books — i have two. The second is better written than the first but the first is earning far more. I love the premise of your book — sounds like a fantastic read.

    • Laura Trentham - August 10, 2017 Reply

      I come from an analytical background, so I can’t tell you how much it bothers me to know there’s no “A” given out for superior work. Lol. If you figure out the equation, let me know…

  13. Erika Kelly - August 10, 2017 Reply

    3 months to write a book! 3 months I’m still staring at the screen, watching the cursor blink, and wondering where the magic is! Congratulations on your latest release! Gorgeous cover!

    • Laura Trentham - August 10, 2017 Reply

      Hahaha! We have a totally different process though! Thanks for stopping by:)

  14. SANDRA MASTERS - August 10, 2017 Reply

    Enjoyed the read. Traditional publishing has it ups and down and the pace is slow. Usually the end product is better. As for self-publishing, I’m thinking of staying tradition because I have a great publisher, but perhaps doing a trilogy as the part of the hybrid. Thanks for the insight. Would love to get a copy of your book.

    • Laura Trentham - August 10, 2017 Reply

      I think self pub can be just as good as traditional–as long as you pay for quality editing and covers, etc! I’m going to self pub my historical romances using an editor who works for a traditional publishing house but freelances on the side. You have to invest to get a quality book out for sure. Thanks for stopping by!

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