It’s a beautiful day here at the Master Koda Blog because we have Laurie Boris with us to share a few little known facts about her life.
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We are always interested in how a writer began their journey. Can you tell us how it all began?
My journey to writing began with an English teacher who encouraged me to kick the inner critic off my shoulder and write for the high school literary magazine. I ended up pursuing a career in graphic arts, but I wrote journal entries, essays, and short stories on the side. I also did some editing and proofreading for friends and family. I didn’t start seriously working on a novel until my husband dared me to. Nine novels later, I’m still at it and he now has total faith in me.
Thank goodness he gave you that dare or your readers might have missed out on your great books!
I’m curious, what was your biggest dream as a child?
My biggest dream as a child, after my desire to wreak revenge on the bullies, was to play second base with the New York Mets. That’s before I knew girls couldn’t do that. Girls weren’t even allowed in Little League back then.
I remember those days as well. I suppose the world has taken a few steps in the right direction – at least females can play little league now.
If you could have one wish, what would it be?
I would like for people to realize that we’re more alike than we’re different. Then we can get on that world peace thing.
Yeah, although the world will now let females play Little League we are still working on the whole equal rights thing on a broader scale. I hope your wish will come true Laurie and that the people of the world will realize it’s not the color of our skin, our belief system, or how we wear our hair that matters.
What superpower would you choose to have?
I’d like the power to clean my house just by pointing at things. Like Samantha on “Bewitched.” Make dinner appear, do the laundry…anything that will give me more time to write and edit. If I’m up in my room and feel like having a grilled cheese sandwich with bacon…poof!
I feel ya on that one Laurie. Think of the millions of things we could do if we could just point and *poof*. I mean think of the many books we could read on a rainy day!
Tell us, what is your favorite genre on a rainy day.
I’ll most likely reach for a good laugh. Romantic comedies, humorous women’s fiction. Something fun. Or a big, fat novel I can sink into and forget the world.
What was your favorite book when you were ten?
I read voraciously, but Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy series was my favorite. I really identified with Harriet – always on the outside, watching everyone for clues. I’m sure she’d be a writer as an adult.
I got a laugh out of that last answer as I was a huge fan of Harriet myself. In fact for a time my friends called me Harriet because I never went anywhere without my trusty notebook.
Thank you so much for being with us today Laurie. Can you share the synopsis of your newest release, Sliding Past Vertical.
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Sliding Past Vertical is the story of Sarah Cohen, a young woman who rarely looks before she leaps, and Emerson McCann, her old college boyfriend, always a phone call away with a metaphorical mop to help her clean up the mess. To Sarah, now living in Boston, it’s a comfortable, long-distance relationship. Unless she thinks about it too long and starts feeling guilty again for breaking his heart all those years ago. But Emerson’s relationship with her is a little different. He’d stayed behind in Syracuse and never stopped loving her, even when he could only watch and offer comfort as she dated loser after loser, even when he wanted her set upon by the Seven Plagues of Egypt—especially the boils. When the latest boyfriend du jour puts Sarah in deep trouble, Emerson rushes to her aid, again, this time with the assistance of his housemate, a graduate student destined for an arranged marriage. Cleaning up this mess puts Sarah a little too close for everyone’s comfort when she decides that to correct the crooked trajectory of her life, she needs to return to Syracuse, where it all started going wrong. But with Sarah the walking disaster in town, is anyone really safe?
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Thanks to all our readers for being with us today. If you would like to connect with Laurie, here is how to get that done!
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Laurie’s Website/Blog: http://laurieboris.com
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Laurie Boris is a freelance writer, editor, proofreader, and former graphic designer. She has been writing fiction for over twenty-five years and is the award-winning author of The Joke’s on Me, Drawing Breath, Don’t Tell Anyone, and Sliding Past Vertical. When not playing with the universe of imaginary people in her head, she enjoys baseball, cooking, reading, and helping aspiring novelists as a contributing writer and editor for IndiesUnlimited.com. She lives in New York’s lovely Hudson Valley.