Author Laura Thompson

Today, Write and Author is interviewing Laura Thompson, author of The Burden of Destiny: Elven Quest Book 1.

Laura Thompson grew up in a small town on an island that sits in the middle of Lake Champlain in Vermont. She has been writing short stories since the young age of seven and has been an avid reader for longer than that. Although Laura is an adult she admits her imagination is still as active as it was as a child only now, instead of using it to create make believe games she harnesses it through writing.

Her first novel was written and completed at the age of sixteen while taking a creative writing class and although not published Laura still feels it was the first step on her path of becoming an author. Laura started writing the Elven Quest Series in 2007, “I had not written for pleasure in a long time and one day the characters from The Burden of Destiny entered my mind and wouldn’t leave. I had no choice but to sit down and write their story. Two years and over 800 pages later both stories are finished and I’m so excited to share them with the world.”

Laura holds her Masters in Higher Education Counseling, has a BA in Sociology and co-wrote the published ethical theory model entitled Key Factors in Making Ethical Decisions Model, a chapter in the textbook: Ethical Decision Making for the 21st Century Counselor (Counseling and Professional Identity) by Donna S. Sheperis and Stacy L. Henning. Laura currently resides in Massachusetts with her husband Daniel, wonderful son William and cat Luna.

How are you publishing this book and why did you decide to go that route?
(*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)

My novel is published through Brighton Publishing LLC. I thought about self publishing but also tried going for a contract through publishers. After some rejections, Brighton Publishing sent a response saying they would like to read the entire manuscript. After reading it I received a phone call from their agent saying that she wanted to discuss some details with me. After our discussion she said she was rejecting it for the time being, but felt that it had a lot of promise and that if I made some changes I could resubmit it when I was through. I did this, and after her second read through she offered me a contract. I feel you could be successful with any type of publishing, however, self publishing can be risky and you are often viewed by the industry as "not a legitimate author." Having a contract with a small publisher still allows me to have rights and say over things like the cover, the content, etc. And I have a professional in the industry who I can call and discuss things like marketing with. It works for me, and I am very proud to work with Brighton.

Why do you write?

I have always loved to write. For me it is a cleansing thing to do. I put my ideas down on a page and that allows me to have more room in my head for even more ideas. The characters in the Elven Quest series have become like my family. I think of them often, even when I am not writing. When I write their stories, I feel like they are speaking through me and I feel their emotions. This may sound a little crazy but it is true. I feel that their stories are positive ones that can help the younger generation find their voice and learn to believe in themselves. There is so much negativity in the world today. My hope for my novels and my blog is that it will encourage others to follow their dreams. I also want to encourage people to work together with others despite any differences they may have, especially to protect our Earth, which we all share.

Which writers inspire you?

There are many, but here are a few: JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Alison Croggon, Philip Pullman, Dr. Seuss, LM Montgomery, Robert Jordan, George RR Martin, Laura Ingalls Wilder, William Shakespeare.

What is your favorite book and why?

That is a tough one, I have had a lot of favorites over the years and they have all meant a great deal to me. I would say that for a while, I had forgotten how much I enjoyed fantasy stories. I loved them when I was a child but as an adult I completely blocked that magic out. Until I read the Harry Potter novels. When my former boss talked about how much she loved them I said, "aren't those kids books?" She was horrified and told me I absolutely had to give them a chance. I did and was so glad that I did because they brought the love of fantasy back to me and helped inspire me to write my own fantasy series.

How often do you write and what is your process?

I try to write something every day or every other day. I type on a laptop sitting in my living room. If I do not have a long period of time to work on a chapter I write a blog instead or write notes for future novels or go back and re-read and edit my previous work. Anything to try to make sure you are using your craft everyday is good. My process is fairly simple, I work 40 hours a week and have a family so at night I usually write for a 1/2 hour or hour depending on the time. I also try to take several hours on the weekends to write or edit. I try not to put too much pressure on myself or force the writing to happen, because that takes the fun out of it. I don't want to take out the fun or else I would lose the magic.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

A little of both, usually I write some general notes, details of things so that I do not forget them, but then I like to simply type and let the story come to me. When writing the Elven Quest series, I had an idea of what would happen in the afterwards, where the characters would be years later, but I did not necessarily know how to get there or what the ending of the story was, so I had to just trust that it would come to me during the process and it did.

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Just keep believing in your own talent, yes there is a lot of competition out there but that does not make your work any less special.

What advice or tips would you give other writers?

If you are not just writing for fun and thinking about wanting to publish your work, go online and research, do your homework. There are many different styles of publishing now and each type has positives and negatives. You need to know what is important to you, what you are willing to do, and what your goals or ideas of success are. No one should make decisions for you, you need to do what is best for you.

Try to read others work. We gain inspiration all the time from life, music, shows, movies and books. It is okay to have the same ideas as someone else as long as you change it to make it your own.

Lastly, if you are on any social media sites, make sure you watch what you post. In any business, including publishing, people have the ability to look up your profile online and scan through your posts to make an opinion as to whether or not they want to have a business relationship with you. If they see a lot of negative things on your profile, they may pass you by. What you post says something about you and remember, first impressions are important.

Can you create a short writing prompt for us?

A hooded figure stood on the peak of a snowy mountain he held a falcon with a note tied to his talon. The figure whispered to the bird and stroked its head and then threw it high into the air, the falcon flew toward the south with a screech. Now the man simply had to wait......finish the story.

The Burden of Destiny: Elven Quest Book 1
by Laura Thompson

Humans are “primitive, unintelligent, and highly emotional.” Luckily that's only half of Isobel's problem...

Dark beasts and terror are coming. Fourteen year old Isobel is warned that only her special instincts and abilities can save her villagers from extinction caused by evil creatures called the Carachi, possibly sent by her mother’s killer. To save her people and preserve her safe world, Isobel must cross the bridge from her childish mind to reality and accept that she cannot escape her destiny.

Legends are steeped in truth and there is much to learn about the secrets of the world in which Isobel lives. After learning of her family’s secret past and her own magic abilities and with the help of her friends and a wise mentor she will leave her childhood home in Greenhill to forge new bonds with an ancient race that has been hidden for centuries, and try to persuade them to emerge once again and fight for her people. Their existence and the elements that provide her world with harmony depend on it. If successful, Isobel will have the chance to confront her mother’s killer. But, if she fails, the world could fall into darkness forever.

Full of adventure, The Burden of Destiny follows a young heroine’s quest to find her place and save her people. This young adult fantasy novel will inspire the younger generation by addressing the meaning of trust, duty, loss, love, and the importance of preserving the world in which we all belong.

Laura Thompson


Where Laura's book is sold
Barnes and Noble