December 2, 2009

Guest Post: Author Gale Laure

Today I am pleased to welcome Gale Laure, author of Evolution of a Sad Woman to Psychotic State.   Welcome, Gale!

What Inspired Me to Write the Mystery Romance Evolution of a Sad Woman

By Gale Laure

After deciding I wanted to be an author, I needed a story. Since I have always liked mystery and romance, it seemed fitting. One day I awoke from a very deep sleep. I went into the bedroom I had converted into my office. I made it an office so I would feel like an author. I booted up my computer.

The story just popped into my head. Suddenly, I looked around me. There they were. Kizzy, Jimmy, William, Tom, Father C.D., Tony and even Dom were in the room with me. I started typing. It was so much fun. They did what I wanted them to do. They went where I wanted them to go. Somehow I knew where they needed to go and what they needed to feel. My story began to take shape. Evolution of a Sad Woman, my mystery, suspense, thriller, and romance novel was here.

It was a strange feeling. I could feel and think everything my characters did. I seemed to have so much to say. I wrote and wrote. I could not stop.

I enjoyed the feeling. It was not until later that I realized that the story had just popped into my head. It was a story that had to be told. It would not let go of me until I finished it.

Many people have asked me where I got the idea for my mystery, romance story. I believe it was from someone much more powerful that I am. I believe I was meant to write the stories that come into my head. A divine presence wants me to write.

I have learned to go with the flow. As the stories flow from my head, they make me feel happiness - a serene feeling.

Life is funny. We are taken to places in our lives. Sometimes we participate. Sometimes we do not. This is all our choice.

I am an author of a mystery, suspense, thriller, romance, international selling novel entitled, Evolution of a Sad Woman.

I am participating in my life!

About author Gale Laure:

Gale Laure, a native Texan, is the international selling author of Evolution of a Sad Woman, a mystery, suspense, thriller and romance novel. She resides in a small suburban town in the Houston area with her husband and family. Laure’s hobbies include genealogical research, movies, creating stories for the children around her, involvement in her church and people watching. She is busy at work editing her second novel, The Bunkhouse, and writing the sequel to Evolution of a Sad Woman. It is entitled Alana - Evolution of a Woman.   As mysterious as her book, Laure writes under a pseudonym.  Adamant about maintaining her privacy and the privacy of her family, she keeps her identity a mystery!

For more information about Gale Laure or her novel, Evolution of a Sad Woman, visit or her blog .

So, faithful readers . . .  Gale's post got me thinking.  What inspires you to write?   Do you sit down and brainstorm for a good idea or character?  Or does it just come to you while you're eating, dusting or doing laundry?  And if you don't write, what inspires you to pick up a certain book and read it?  

For me, I am inspired to write by simply breathing.  I have so many characters chattering around in my head (no comments necessary, believe me) that are anxious to get out.  I have been playing stories in my mind as long as I can remember.  One of my favorite parts of school growing up was when we could participate in creative writing - - I never ran out of ideas! 

As far as reading goes, I am inspired to read certain books by either the author (someone I have read before and enjoy), the subject matter (anything Jane Austen inspired and I'm there) or just the overall attraction to the cover.  Yep, I'm that simple and that shallow. 

How about you?  Let's discuss!


Gale Laure said...

Good morning, everyone.
I will be here all day to participate in this lively discussion. Please blog in.

Lori, I totally understand the stories in your head. I think of it as a gift or great talent. Isn't it wonderful when you give your stories and characters life by putting it down on paper?

I love that feeling.


Lori Johnston said...

Hi Gale! So happy you could return today.

I absolutely think it's one of the greatest feelings in the world to give stories and characters life by putting them to paper.

I imagine seeing your completed work, and holding it in book format in your hand, is indescribable!

Gale Laure said...

You said that very well, Lori.

I wholeheartedly agree.


Tales of Whimsy said...

What a cool thing to say, "Life is funny. We are taken to places in our lives. Sometimes we participate. Sometimes we do not. This is all our choice."

I couldn't agree more.

Tales of Whimsy said...

As for your question: I don't write. I think I'm one of the few book bloggers who doesn't.

Gale Laure said...

Thanks, Juju.

I am glad you enjoyed it. I truly believe it.

Thanks for blogging in.


Gale Laure said...


I know you must read. How do you choose a book to read? What intrigues you about the book?


Sheila Deeth said...

Hi Lori. I shared the feeling of stories having always been in my head - I'm pretty sure I was telling stories before I learned to talk, when only my brother understood. And if lived for the chance to write at school.

I share Gale's feeling of characters and story pouring out into the computer too. Just dreaming that maybe one day they'll pour into some hapless reader's eyes as well.

Enjoyed this post.

Libby said...

Hi Gale! It's Libby from Author Exposure. How are you? I'm sorry I missed the discussion yesterday. Thank you for sharing the story behind your book cover. I didn't care for the cover when I first saw it, but figured there was a story behind it :) Now that I know the story, I appreciate all that went into the cover design.
To answer today's question, sometimes I do sit down and brainstorm. But some of my best writing has come from momentary inspiration--I have to stop everything I'm doing and write.

Gale Laure said...

Oh, Sheila,
I could just imagine in my mind's eye you telling stories to your brother. Two beautiful children sharing the most wonderful thing.

Don't give up! Perseverance is key.

Gale Laure said...

Hellllloooo, Libby,
It is so good to hear from you.

I think the best writing is when it just pours forth. At least, that is how it is with me. Now don't get me wrong. You do have to go back over your work and edit yourself. I edit myself twice when I work. Once, I cover the storyline looking for holes. Next, I do typos, spelling, grammar and sentence structure.

Thanks so much for blogging in, Libby. I love hearing from you. Y'all were so nice to me on Author Exposure. I frequently blog back over to check AE out.


Lori Johnston said...

Hi Juju,
As always, thanks so much for checking in. As Gale asked, I'd love to hear how you choose your books . . .

Hi Sheila,
This HAS been a great post. I always enjoy hearing how authors work, what habits they have and what inspires them.
(Perhaps hoping that inspiration and good habits will rub off on me!)

Hi Libby,
Thank you for posting. I will admit that hearing the story behind the book cover makes me appreciate its appearance. And I am very much like you - - I have moments where I just HAVE to stop everything (or desperately wish I could) and write. If I plan to write, or schedule time, nothing. I guess I'm a better "by the seat of my pants" gal.

Gale, I am the worst at editing myself. Not grammatical errors or typos but I tend to start nitpicking and shifting and second-guessing.

Gale Laure said...

Somehow, I know what I need to say. Someone or something guides me to to eliminate the bad and keep the good. I am always happy with what I have on the page. If I am not, I work on it until I am.

I know not everyone will think my work is great. And that is okay with me. The world is full of versatile people and different ideas. I know someone - somewhere out there - will find something very special in my written work. That one person is who I am trying to reach.

As long as I am at peace with what I have written, I know I have done the best that I can do. I am happy.


Fiction Mystery Author said...

I am a fiction mystery author who does not have a story pop into my head. Writing a mystery story is the easy part for most authors. The difficult part is the advertising and marketing that we are now required to do by the publishers. Do you have any ideas besides virtual book tours?

Gale Laure said...

Fiction Mystery Author,

I have so many ideas for you.

You need a website with a high ranking. I have an advertising agency (SEO) to do this for me. This agency does marketing of my book courtesy of the Google and Yahoo search engines.

Of course you need an agent.

Also plan book signings of your book at stores, trade shows, anywhere and everywhere.

Always have business cards with information about your book with you. Hand them out to everyone.

Please do not forget the virtual blog book tour. If not for that tour, I would not be here today.


Gale Laure said...

It is 9 pm in Texas. Time for me to go. Before I leave I want to thank Psychotic State for hosting me on your blog. It has been a fun two days.

Thank you, Lori, for the review.

Thank you, to all you bloggers, readers and authors who blogged in today.

Good night to all.


Lori Johnston said...

Many thanks, again, to Gale Laure for spending the day here yesterday and participating in such a lively discussion.

Best of luck, Gale, with your writing!