Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to welcome author Laura Thomas as a guest contributor with us today. Ms. Thomas is here to share her journey as a writer as well as information about her middle grade book, “The Candle Maker”.
My Journey as an Author
by Laura Thomas
I’m a late bloomer. I didn’t actually pick up my writing pen until I was in my late thirties, and even then it was my husband who gently encouraged/lovingly booted me into the writing world. I can give excuses for my procrastination like having to earn real money, emigrating, having babies, and home schooling, but at the end of the day I guess I wasn’t ready until I was… ready.
Being an author was a childhood secret dream I squished into such a tiny recess of my brain, I hardly knew it was there anymore. It merely took a conversation over coffee with my husband to unearth that hidden dream, and before I knew what was happening, he was cheering me on as I took Bambi-leg steps into becoming a writer. Correspondence courses with the Institute of Children’s Literature, short stories in magazines, online writing and blogging, many, MANY rejection letters, and eventually several published books—have all shaped me into becoming a multi genre author. Perhaps I may have benefited from starting on my journey as a youngster, but I believe there’s something to be said about writing with some life experience to draw from. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
I’ve recently realized (duh!) that all four of my books published by Dancing With Bear Publishing have a good chunk of “me” in them, even though most are fiction. Whether it’s faith, dancing, marriage, mission trips, singing, or English bulldogs—my passions all make an appearance somehow in my pages, which makes perfect sense when you think about it. No part of my life has been wasted—even the hard seasons and the painful lessons, they can all be used to encourage and teach and entertain in the form of writing. I shudder to think what I would have written about if I had pursued this career at the age of eighteen, but I’m pretty sure it would be lacking in the “school of life” department.
My latest book, The Candle Maker, is a story for ages 8-11 set in Victorian England at Christmastime, which links to my English-ness, my festive-ness, and the fact that I love that whole Dickensian era. I’m a girly girl to the core, so I had to really push myself into unknown territory with this male protagonist (much to the relief of my sons, who have been remarkably tolerant thus far of my other books: Tears to Dancing, Tears of a Princess, Pearls for the Bride, and Fairy Wings. Bless them!)
Writing is a constant journey of learning and living and loving what I do, and I’m proof that it’s never too late to follow your dream (whatever that might be), and it’s definitely better late than never!
Title: The Candle Maker * Author: Laura Thomas * Recommended ages: 8-12 * Publisher: Dancing With Bear Publishing * Publication date: July 2015
“Every village has a mysterious character—someone to tell tales about, someone to fear. Meet The Candle Maker. One Christmas Eve in Victorian England, ten-year-old Benjamin Walker is forced to face the fabled old candle maker and see for himself if the ghastly rumors are true. Challenged by neighborhood bullies, lessons and lies, and an English bulldog along the way, Benjamin confronts his fears on a quest to discover the truth. But will this ragamuffin lad find the courage he needs in time to save a life?”
About the Guest Contributor: Laura Thomas
Laura Thomas is a published Christian author with a heart for inspiring and encouraging readers of all ages. She is married to her high school sweetheart, has three wonderful children, and an adorable English bulldog. Born and raised in England and Wales, she immigrated to Canada in her mid-twenties, and now lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, where her authoring dreams have become a reality.
Laura has four books published by Dancing With Bear Publishing: Christian teen fiction novels Tears to Dancing (2012) and Tears of a Princess (2013), non-fiction marriage book, Pearls for the Bride (2014), and middle grade novel, The Candle Maker (2015). She also has numerous children’s short stories, articles, and devotionals published, and an interactive Kindle e-book for princesses aged 3-6, called Fairy Wings.