Interview: Laura M. Kolar, YA Author

Laura Headshot1Though she didn’t discover her love of books until she turned thirty, as a self-declared hopeless romantic, Laura M. Kolar has spent the past few years reading and writing stories with mostly happy endings. If not at her day-job or with her family, you will find her hunched over her laptop writing or spending entirely too much time on Twitter.

CANVAS BOUND, Book 1 of the Captive Art Series, out 9/3/13 from Red Adept Publishing, is about a girl whose paintings come to life and the boy who is trapped inside them.

Check out Laura’s website.

Let’s see how Laura answers the Proust Questionnaire!

What is your idea of happiness?
A Chai Latte and a few hours of writing in the morning, then an afternoon at the beach with my daughter, followed by dinner and a movie with my husband and a little Twitter/reading time at night.

What is your favorite song? When do you first remember hearing it?
This is a tough question because I love music. We always have it playing at our house which is one of the reasons I think my 6yo wants to be a rock star. I listen to a pretty eclectic mix. In fact, the other day my playlist went from LOW by Flo Rida to NEVER FORGET YOU by Mariah Carey. (Hubby thought that was pretty funny.) My favorite group is probably OneRepublic and lately I’ve been listening to SO CLOSE by Natalie Duque a lot.

Which talent would you most like to have?
I’ve always wanted to be able to play the piano.

On what occasion do you lie?
If Hubby asks me when I got a new shirt, I usually tell him I’ve had it for awhile, though I think he knows it’s new anyway.

What is your present state of mind?
Nervous! I want people to love CANVAS BOUND and I’m anxious to see where my writing career will take me.

Canvas Bound Cover 1What is your motto?
If you haven’t felt like quitting, your dreams aren’t big enough.

What character trait do you most value in your friends?
Respect.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
I say ‘essentially’ a lot.

Your favorite painting?
Libby’s orchard painting I describe in the book. I have an artist friend, Jessica Krcmarik, who is doing a rendition of this and I can’t wait to see the final piece.

What is your favorite journey?
The one I’m on right now :)

What is your favorite time of day?
Any time I’m not at my day job! While I like the people I work with, writing is my passion and I’d love to do it full time.

With which literary hero or heroine would you most like to share a coffee?
Frank McCourt. I was very sad when he passed away. ANGELA’S ASHES is my all time (non-YA) favorite book.

What do you need to achieve before you can die happy?
I’d like to see my daughter grow up into a happy, healthy adult.

Who or what is your first love?
It’s a different kind of love, but I’d have to say my best friend, Meghan. We’ve been through a lot together in the twenty-plus years we’ve been friends. Although we don’t see each other as often as we’d like, I know she’s always there for me if I need her, and vise versa.

What’s the last dream you remember?
It was about a fashion designer and her boyfriend. They were at a pier with a carnival and lots of boutiques. At the end of the dream they broke up. It was kind of sad.

What’s your madeleine?
Pounded steak. When I was little, we’d go to my grandparents’ house and my grandpa would stand at their kitchen counter, pounding on a sirloin with this mallet thing until the meat was as flat as a pancake. We ate that a lot and I haven’t had it since my grandpa passed away fourteen years ago.

Without thinking, in one word: what is life?
Love.

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