What is your first memory of writing for fun?
I remember in 6th grade I wanted to write a book about my class. After school ended that year I wrote the teacher a letter and asked her if I could have her planning book so I could remember all the things we did that school year. I guess I was always a researcher.
How many drafts = done?
Infinity. I’m not sure I ever feel like anything is really done.
What is your favorite book or favorite book-of-the-moment?
All-time favorite is hard to choose. I have different choices for different reasons, like Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates for the hard, bitter truth of suburban life. Atonement by Ian McEwan for the beautiful writing. Handmaids Tale for the disturbing plot so well-told. Currently I’m enjoying The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce.
What is it about your discipline that gets you the most excited?
First let me admit I have no discipline. I am not a writer who sits down every day and writes – even though I want to be that person. When I am disciplined and writing regularly my favorite part is reading my words the next day and finding myself surprised at some of the words, dialogue, phrases I wrote the night before – when I find a bit I really like I have to remind myself that I actually wrote it.
What’s your favorite word or words? What about it/them appeals to you?
Clompy. It’s a word my son made up when he was about five to describe the head of an adult sitting in front of him at a theatre. “I wish that lady would move her clompy head.” I’d never heard this word before but immediately understood what it meant. If Shakespeare can invent words than so can my kid.
Bonus question: if you were a month, which month would you be and why?
I’d be February, not because I’m cold but because I like the slow movement in the winter months. There’s no expectation to go someplace because the sun is shining. It’s a month to stay home and be cozy. I love being cozy.
Come out and see Laura read on Tuesday, March 12th – here’s the facebook event!
Laura Hazan is a librarian with the Enoch Pratt Free Library where she runs the bi-monthly Light Street Writers Exchange. She completed her first novel, Little Boxes, while attending the “Your Novel Year” program at Arizona State University’s Piper Writing Center where she was instructed and mentored by best-selling novelists Michael Stackpole and Jean Rabe, among others. She is still seeking representation for her novel. In addition, her work has been published in Natural Bridge, Sauce Magazine and Strongly Worded Women an anthology for the #yearofpublishingwomen. Laura is a resident of Baltimore and lives with her son, her husband and their one-eyed dog, Boh.