DIY Interview – Laurie Hanan

Name: Laurie Hanan

Email Address:

What is your blog URL?

What is your website URL?

What is the contact information you are willing to share?

Where and/or when were you born?
Territory of Hawaii 1958

What schools did you attend?
What was your course of study?
JFK High School (Guam)
University of Washington, art major

When and how did you discover you wanted to be a writer/author?
I’ve always loved reading. I grew up knowing someday I’d also want to write.

Are you a published author?

Please list your published material, with dates?
Almost Paradise – September 16, 2011

If these are books, are they still available, and from where?
Available on Amazon –

Please tell about your first publication – what was it, when, how you felt when it happened, problems you had, etc.
Almost Paradise, a mystery/thriller set in Hawaii, is my first publication. Seeing my book in print was as exciting as bringing a new baby into the family. It took almost no time to get a publishing contract. From that point on, there were many problems with editing.  The process was dragged out for several years, then my editor quit. My book was passed on from editor to editor and I had to rewrite many times.

Please tell about the most memorable moments in your writing career.
The most memorable moments have to be when I signed my first publishing contract, and when my book first appeared on Amazon.

What problems have you encountered in your career and how did you deal with them?
My biggest problems were with the editors assigned by my publisher. And I probably shouldn’t get into too much detail about that issue.

Did an established writer mentor you in your early days?  If yes, how did the mentor help you?
William Bernhardt has been a wonderful mentor. He showed me how to write a concise sentence, and how to formulate a plot. Most of all he encouraged me never to give up.

What genre do you most often write?

Who are the authors who most influenced your writing and your career?
William Bernhardt, Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich

Who are the authors your read most often?
Sue Grafton and Janet Evanovich

Have you mentored an aspiring writer?  Would you mentor, if the opportunity arose?
I am mentoring right now

What would you tell an aspiring writer who asks you for assistance?
I would be happy to look at a sample chapter and comment on their writing style. If I feel they have a great concept for a novel and understand how to formulate a clear, concise sentence, I might consider working further with them.

What advice would you give to all up-and-coming writers?
Study the writing of the great authors of your genre. See what it is about their style that you like. If you can, attend writing retreats with an author you love. And most important, NEVER give up!

Please tell about your other community activities.
I lead one of the neighborhood book clubs and teach the neighborhood water exercise class.

What is the name of your current project?
How Far Is Heaven?

What is the expected release date?
June 2012

What is the genre?

Is this work a stand-alone or part of a series?

Do you have any project(s) planned for the future?

Please provide some details of the project(s).
I plan to write a series based on the same character, Louise Golden. Louise is a mail carrier who stumbles upon mysteries as she delivers the mail.

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I’d like to thank Laurie for participating in the DIY Interviews program.  See the details in the left column on how YOU can do your own interview, too.  All interviews are posted here, and then posted on the DIY Interviews Archive page with a Shortlink for your promotional needs.

Happy Writing!


PS:  Please take a few minutes to read the Wedding Chapter from my soon-to-be-published book (2012) ‘Janelle’s Time.’  You’ll meet Richard and Janelle Grayson, the newlyweds, AND, meet Duke Logan Conor (he crashes the wedding) from my upcoming book, ‘Logan’s Time.’

The TIME Series – by Dayna Leigh Cheser
Janelle’s Time – Release: 2012
Moria’s Time – WIP – NaNoWriMo Project, 2011 Winner
Adelle’s Time – Planned
Logan’s Time – WIP

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