Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense Author, Laura Scott!

Laura Scott is new to the blog but not new to the writing world. She's a busy lady who has time management down to a science. (I need a few lessons:)  I hope you'll read a little more about her life and be sure to enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the page for your chance to WIN an autographed copy of one of her books!


When someone attempts to kidnap SWAT cop Jenna Reed, what saves her is her training and the impeccable timing of her boss, Lieutenant Griff Vaughn. Then they find the real target hiding in the bushes, a runaway teen who is Jenna's look-alike…and the sister she never knew she had. Teaming up to unravel her sister's past and find the human-trafficking thugs who intend to kill her, Jenna and Griff have no choice but to go on the run—outside the law. But with time running out—and their all-too-unprofessional attraction proving difficult to ignore—can Jenna and Griff protect Jenna's sister and take down the criminals without sacrificing their careers…or their lives?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: I'm often asked when I started writing and I have to be honest, I can't remember when I wasn't writing. I loved books as a kid and like many authors I ran out of stories that I liked to read so I began to make up my own. I wrote my first teen novel when I was thirteen and my first romance when I was seventeen. Of course neither manuscript was very good, but I never gave up and after I finished Graduate school I decided to take some time for myself and get back to my writing. I'm so glad I did!

I grew up reading faith based books by Grace Livingston Hill so writing for Love Inspired Suspense is a dream come true. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.

I’m a nurse by day and a writer by night. I currently live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with my husband of thirty years. I have two adult children but alas, no weddings or grandchildren yet, but hopefully soon!

Jan Schliesman: How often do you Get Lost In A Story?
Laura Scott: All the time! I have always loved reading and still do.  When a great story grabs me at the beginning and pulls me in will often result in me staying up way past my bedtime!

Jan: Nursing is your day job. Have you used any of that knowledge in previous characters?
Laura: I used much of my day job experience when I wrote Forgotten Memories, the heroine is a trauma surgeon and I worked in the Trauma ICU. I also use my medical background for when I allow my characters to get hurt, in fact I sometimes write final scenes in hospital rooms, lol. Working in a large level one trauma center we also see a lot of criminals get injured so I interact with a lot of cops. The cops I work with were the inspiration for my entire SWAT series.

Jan: What do you love most about Mirror Image?
Laura: I really love my tough sharpshooter heroine, Jenna. She’s had to make her way in a man’s world and I think many women can relate to that. I also love the idea of troubled teens turning their lives around, so I incorporated that into this book too. Finally, from the moment I introduced Lieutenant Griff Vaughn I knew he’d need his own story, and decided he’d be the one to wrap up the series.

Jan: What snacks always occupy your writing space?
Laura: I don’t have any snacks, but each night when I meet my goals I reward myself with a few small pieces of dark chocolate. My favorite!

Jan: Are you a plotter or pantser?  Do you have to have a detailed outline before you start writing or do you write until you get stuck?
Laura: I used to be more of a pantser, but now have to do more plotting to make my editor happy and to prevent several rewrites. I have to say, that as much as I fight being a plotter, it does make my life simpler in the long run.

Jan: Any writing rituals you follow? Celebrate a certain way when it’s completed?
Laura: Mirror Image is my 40th book for Harlequin and I still jump up and down and celebrate with a glass of wine when I finish a book. The thrill of typing The End never goes away. J

Jan: It was love at first sight when I met my hubby. How about you?
Laura: My hubby proposed to me on Valentine’s day 24 days after we met! I lived with my sister at the time and remember telling her that I knew that Scott was the guy I was going to marry, but that I didn’t want to go too fast and scare him off. Turned out, he was the one who went fast. We didn’t get married until a year later, but I still remember how upset his parents were. They love me now, but then? Whoa, they were not happy.

Jan Schliesman: Best vacation you’ve ever taken?
Laura: Last year in May we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary with a Mediterranean cruise! We had the best time, and saw so many wonderful things. I am not sure how we’ll top that for our 35th anniversary but I’m willing to try.

Laura’s GOTTA ANSWER: Mint chocolate chip! Love it!

UP NEXT:  I’m really excited about my next release, I’m doing another series called Callahan Confidential. The first book is Shielding His Christmas Witness. The hero is Marc Callahan the oldest of the six Callahan siblings and his key witness, Kari Danville is in danger. She’s also pregnant! Unfortunately I don’t have a cover yet. (Sob).

HUGE THANKS to Laura for sharing a bit of her writing world with us. She's giving away a copy of the first book in the series, Wrongly Accused, to a North American reader!  Please scroll down to the Rafflecopter for your chance to enter. 

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  1. Thanks for having me on your blog today, Jan!

  2. Great having you here, Laura! I think the best vacation we ever took was a trip to Vegas in the fall two years ago. My hubby won it for selling lots of Haagen Dazs:)

  3. I would eat way more Haagen Dazs than I'd sell, lol!

  4. My best vacations were the ones I was able to spend with my grandparents! I really miss those times! Enjoyed reading the Q&A! Thanks for sharing!

  5. With my hubby, Florida. Nothing like warmer weather and a beach.

  6. Sorry about my late response, of course I had internet troubles! Power outages due to snow in April. Sigh.

    I loved Hawaii too, and we always went up to visit my Grandparents and cousins in northern Wisconsin when I was a kid. Great Memories!

    After the snow we just had in Milwaukee, I'm thinking Florida near a beach sounds perfect! Thanks for commenting...

  7. My honeymoon to The Greystone Inn at Lake Toxaway, NC Mountain, waterfalls and a boat cruise on the lake each evening. Also, the best food I have ever eaten and the rooms were so nice.

  8. Sadly I've never really had a vacation