What do you do when you are not writing?
Hmmm, when I am not writing I am baking, cooking, or cleaning something! I have four kids, two cats and a dog…But for fun I love to read. Workout. Travel. Shop. Or watch Ghost Adventures with my fiancé. We love to watch anything paranormal.. Go Zack, Nick and Aaron!
Where do you get your ideas?
Most of the time my ideas just come to me when I am not overly thinking about anything, for example while I am running at gym, from a dream, or even sometimes I’ll just getting talking with my fiancé, brother, or even my kids. Once a story and characters begin to come to life they won’t stop haunting me until I put them to paper.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
YES! I’ve read a ton of books over the years and I’d like to think that in some way or another they all have influenced me. However, Alice Hoffman, and Kate Morton are very favorites. Both have a magical quality I adore.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
Hmmm, there wasn’t really any since I didn’t even attempt to contact a publisher at all. I went straight into self publishing.. But I had no clue whatsoever how time consuming it would be to market myself and get discovered. Getting sales as a self published author is nothing like I thought it would be. The reality is once your family and friends buy your book, whose left? You! That’s who. I am very grateful for Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter. They have been great for networking. I am so very grateful for everyone I’ve come into contact with! Readers. Reviewers. Bloggers. But especially other authors! We’re all willing to help each other out any way we can. We’re like one big family.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
See the above question! I am always on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter. All the time. Even in my sleep! I dream of marketing and what my next FB post on my fan page will be!
If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your book or getting it published that you would change?
I’d reach out to a publisher FIRST a lot of them won’t even look at a self published author. Good thing I don’t need them, right? There’s such a powerful feeling when you do something for you, and from nothing. To bring it into existence and watch it grow feels amazing.
Do you buy a book by the cover?
Yes, don’t we all? But now that I’ve published a book, I try really hard not to. And I even go out of my way to notice and even pick up a book I normally would walk by. But the cover is what draws your eye to it in the first place. It’s always the very first thing you notice and a lot like a woman in a well put together outfit, perfectly styled hair, and well applied makeup. And I really hope this doesn’t sound shallow but I believe that like an appealing book cover, if someone took the time to look their best on the outside, they must be pretty great on the inside as well.
Do you write under a pen name?
No. But I wished I did! What fun that would be! Maybe in the future I’ll make it happen.
Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
Ha ha, yes! I am in them right now!
If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I don’t believe in living in the past but I would LOVE to visit! I love history. And I am drawn to a number of different eras. The Victorian era. The old west. And the forties and fifties. Don’t make me pick one!
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Will Ferrell. Zack Galifianakis Christopher Walken. John Candy. Kristin Wigg. It would be either a very hilarious evening or very awkward.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
I am not a morning person or a huge breakfast lover. And please don’t talk to me too much. Hug me. I love hugs in the morning it’s a great way to ease into your day. But if you really wanna know what I eat in the morning, I always have an English muffin with peanut butter and a couple of cups of coffee. I LOVE coffee!
Where is one place in the world that you would really love to visit someday?
I know its cliché but Europe and, oh! Especially Italy. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to visit Italy! I was like five years old, eating spaghetti and wishing I could go there and ride on a gondola while wearing a striped long sleeved shirt. And this may sound sillier still but at times I’ve even wondered if I used to live there in another life.
One of your favorite quotes –
It will cost nothing to believe but everything not to
Do you prefer coffee, tea, or hot cocoa?
As I mentioned earlier, I love coffee. Coffee with lots of cream.
Red, or white wine?
Whatever’s in the house? No really though, I like white in warmer months and red in the cooler.
What is your favorite place to travel?
Anywhere! Me and my fiancé love to take trips and love exploring new places. This summer we’ve been all over Idaho, California, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, and Wyoming. We really want to go to the South here in the next while, and hopefully we’ll be taking that trip Italy one day soon as well.
Do you prefer print books or ebooks?
Print books. I love to hold them. Smell them. Look at them. While I am reading, I have this thing I do where I run fingers through the corner of the thickness I’ve already read. It’s calming.
What is your favorite color?
I have a few I love equally. Purple. Dark green. Red.
What was your first date like?
Awkward! We saw Arachnophobia. With his parents.
Who is your favorite singer?
Neko Case. She has a beautiful Disney princess like voice.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
In third grade I broke a swing at recess… Luckily no one saw. But I landed hard on my bum. My face still gets hot and red just thinking about it.
Do you prefer snow or rain?
I love the rain. I really do. But the other day I was tested on how much I love the rain when I got caught in a rainstorm with my youngest daughter, Brooklynne. We were leaving the mall; we’d just finished up school shopping and went to leave only to find that it was pouring buckets and buckets of rain. Unknowing what to do, we were both in sandals, shorts, and tank tops; we paused for a moment and watched the beautiful sight. Gray skies. Pink lightning. Rain pelting the streets and cars. In seconds inches of rain turned to feet. With no sign of it stopping I decided to brave the rain. I instructed Brooklynne to wait for me and I’d go get our truck. Talk about regretting a decision! Yikes! Brooklynne peered out at me, smirking, from behind the glass doors as if I had finally lost the last bit of mind. Hurriedly I jumped over and into puddles to retrieve my champagne colored suburban only to find I had gone up to the wrong one! At this point, I was drenched. Super wet. What could I do but laugh? It actually felt really good. We’ve had a hot summer. And I wasn’t having the greatest hair day anyhow. Long answer short, I love the rain!
What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
Self published… Just kidding! Well, kind of kidding…
What is your favorite theme park?
Disneyland! I went with my parents and kids in the summer of 2012 and had a ball. It even inspired Chapter Seventeen in my novel, This Morning I Woke Up Dead.
Roller Coasters or Water Rides?
Roller coasters. No water slides. No roller coasters. For real though, I’d pick roller coasters. You get a thrill and you don’t have awkwardly parade around strangers in a swim suit.
Do you have a green thumb for plants?
Yes! This summer we have an enormous vegetable garden.. Forty feet by thirty. It’s a jungle of tomatoes, peppers, corn, zucchini, herbs, and sunflowers. Fresh salsa everyday, baby!
Do you like feather pillow or foam?
Feather. I have like five pillows. My fiancé sleeps with four. We basically sleep in a pillow fort every night.
What do you collect? Trinkets? Books? Gadgets?
Books. Shoes. I love them both. Especially shoes, I can never have enough shoes!
Coke or Pepsi?
Coke. When I grew up we were a Coke family. But as an adult, I actually prefer Diet Coke or Coke zero. If I am going to drink calories it better have alcohol in it!
Do you drive a manual or automatic vehicle?
I can drive both, but my Suburban is an automatic.
Tell us about the first story you ever wrote and how old you were
I was seven years old when I wrote my first story. It was a fairy tale that involved a princess with thick glasses, (I’ve worn glasses since I’ve been five) a wicked witch, and a prince who saved the princess. Oh and I should mention, it was a popup book!
Do you prefer to live in a big city or in the country?
I love where I live. It’s a little city near the country and about three hours from a couple of BIG cities. We can drive twenty minutes and we’re out in the middle of nowhere. Or drive three hours to Boise or Salt Lake City. Best of both worlds!
What was your first job?
I worked at a place called Super Grinders. It’s an amazing sub sandwich shop and is still open and operating today. I got to the point where I could predict what sandwich people would order when I saw them in line. Construction workers loved the pastrami or cheese steak. Women loved the turkey and avocado or veggie. Business men and women ordered ham and cheese.
What types of books do you write?
I love to write paranormal romance. I want you to question your beliefs, step outside the box, and wonder what if… I am a romantic at heart so my stories are wrapped around powerful love stories.
Who’s your main audience?
When it comes to writing- what are your strong points? What are your weaknesses?
My strong points are dialogue and descriptions. I love being able to paint pictures with words. Weaknesses would be grammar. Comma’s. Lack of them. Too many, not enough or, weird, places, you get the, idea.
What do you think of this term- Writer’s Block? How do you overcome it?
Never heard of it. Just kidding. Writers block means I must take a break from what I am working on and go for a run. Go explore something new. A hike in the mountains. Walk around the block. Shop at my favorite store. My best ideas come when I don’t expect them! I always have my notepad app on my phone ready to take notes. Ideas have a way of coming and going quickly. Luckily, like people, the good ones always stick around.
How many books have you written?
Five kids books. And two novels. I am working on a third novel. The sequel to my last novel, This Morning I Woke Up Dead. It’s called Wake Up, We’re No Longer Dead
How many are novels published?
Are you self published or traditionally published?
Self published. For now. I’d willing to work with a traditional publish, if I got the right offer!
Who’s your favorite Author?
What’s your all time favorite book?
The Secret Garden
How long does it take you to write a book?
My first novel took three years. The second eight months. And I am going on eight months for the third one.
What does your family think of your writing?
They’re very supportive and proud of me. Honestly, I couldn’t do it without them.
What does your writing schedule look like?
As much as I can and as often as I can.
Do you manage to write every day?
Most days I am able to write on my new novel, even if it’s just a couple of sentences. But even if don’t write on my novel, I’ll write a blog post. An email. A Facebook status update. A text. It all counts!
What’s the latest news you’d like to share?
There’s been talk of my book becoming a movie! I can’t say too much as of yet, but there has been some talk.. It’s so exciting and thrilling! And I am just so grateful for the opportunity.
Do you have any advice for new writers?
Read. And write. And read. And write. Keep writing no matter and never give up on your dreams!
What is your favorite part of a book?
The climax of course! Followed by a happy ending.
Do you use your OWN experiences?
All the time! I change things somewhat, add some flourish, and magic. And in the eight months it took me to write Hadley and Dominic’s story, I too fell in love. And not just with my characters, Hadley and Dominic, although I do adore them, I’m thrilled to report that I met my soul mate and found my happily ever after. We’ve been together just over a year and are excited to be planning a wedding in the near future. Certainly the book wouldn’t be what it is today if not for my new experience with love, hope, and my new found passion for living life. What I was feeling in my personal life inspired Hadley and Dominic and their intense passion for one another. Although their situation of existing on different realms of existence is far beyond anything I’ve gone through, I enjoyed exploring how they dealt with it. What kept them going, and what drove them to the brink. All along I knew I wanted to give them a happy ending too. The ending they deserve. The ending we all deserve.
Did you ever think you would ever become an author?
Yes. It is always what I’ve wanted to be. A dream come true. I am so lucky!
How do you conceive your plot ideas?
Well, I talk about my characters and books a lot and as if they’re real with my family, or anyone who’ll listen. Once I sit down and get writing everything comes to life. Things begin to happen without warning. Usually surprising even me, sometimes I have no idea what’s coming!
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Have you ever wondered what happens after you die? I have. My novel began as a personal exploration of ‘what if..’ It will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew about life, death, and true love. Is true love stronger than death?
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I talked a lot with my brother, Rory Boyer. He is an amazing person. We’re both into different possibilities than the norm. I also did a lot of online research about ghosts, after life, near death experiences, soul mates, twin flames, and mediums. But hands down, my favorite thing I did for research was when I actually went to a medium. One of my main characters, Dominic Morris, goes to one in Chapter Eight and I wanted to experience first had. I had a great experience.
What are you working on now?
Currently I am working on the sequel to This Morning I Woke Up Dead, entitled Wake up, We’re No Longer Dead. I am so thrilled to report I feel it’s even better than the last!
What do you hope readers will take away from your books?
Oh, nothing big, just a new approach to life, death, and true love.
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
Yes, I was lucky enough to have it given to me; my brother gave me the idea, and immediately I got chills and was super excited. I just knew I had to write something amazing to go with such an amazing title.
What was your vision for the book cover?
My brother, Nick Boyer, the same who gave me the title, is a talented photographer; he took the photo long before I knew I even wrote the book. When the time came to choose a cover for my book, Nick came to mind. I love his work. He was kind and generous and told me to pick from all of his collection. I love all of his prints but it was a no brainer really. My daughter’s hands. Purple ball. And Ashtyn gets to fulfill her dream job of being a hand model!
Where can readers find you?
Any last words?
Thank so much for the amazing opportunity to share my gift with you!
Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today [author name]. It’s been a pleasure having you and I wish you much success in the future.
Hadley Christensen realizes nothing is as it seems. When she takes her last breath, life as she knows is forever altered.
She isn’t about to die.
She is already dead.
From the next break out author, Mindy Larson, This Morning I Woke Up Dead takes you on a journey of discovery. Wrapped in a love story that questions everything you know about life, death, and true love. Readers will soon be sharing they read it first. The novel is sure to be the next big story everyone will be talking about.
Awake to new concepts on what life and death could be.
The book surely to spark controversy.
Mindy Rae Boyer Larson was born in 1977 in Provo, Utah. She is the eldest of four children and only daughter. The family moved to the salt lake county in the early eighties when her father got a job at the USPS.
With a very vivid imagination storytelling came only natural, often she entertained her younger brothers with evening story tales. Her strong passion for reading books as well as a desire to write her own fairy tales, led her write her first book at the tender age of seven. It remains locked up in a box for safe keeping.
At the age of fourteen she baffled her classmates when she looked forward to her honors English homework, rather than heading off to the movies or to canyons with the rest of them. Mindy often completed twenty page book reports on the day they were assigned and rarely got less than A’s on her writing assignments.
She has written handfuls of kids books, short stories, and many other works. This Morning I Woke Up Dead, is her first published novel. She has big plans to publish numerous more and to never stop writing.
When Mindy isn’t writing, she is looking after her four kids, cats, and dog. Being a passionate person, her other favorite pastimes include; working out, cooking, baking, traveling and exploring all across the land often looking for treasures at her various favorites shops.
After a long search, she has finally found her true love and lives happily ever after in South East Idaho with her four kids, two girls and two boys, and the love of her life.