Lauren Louise Hazel is a Cyber Security Manager by day and a writer of fantasy by night. She has one annoying brother and younger sister. As she was growing up, the only item her dad would buy her without demanding her pocket money was books. He’s hoping the writing is successful so he can get a Ferrari!
Some of Lauren’s favourite books and influences include the classics – like Lord of the Rings and The Hunger Games – and anything by Haruki Murakami and GRR Martin.
All books must be accessible to readers.
All books must be of good quality for readers.
20% of sales will be donated to charity.
1. In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
Personally, I relate most to the characters. If I really resonate with them, then I can forgive many faults in the book itself. Great characters really bring a book alive, and I will fight to the death defending characters I love.
2. What is your writing process like?
I try to make the writing process as chilled as possible. I prepare drinks and snacks when I have the time and put sports on in the background – I’m a fan of tennis and football. I can’t watch anything too intense, otherwise I can’t concentrate, and I end up watching TV.
3. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
The Reign of the Occult I did a lot of research, but it was while I was writing the book. I didn’t have a deadline, it was a hobby, so it took me years to finish it. The sequel, The Queen of the Underworld required no extra research as the world was already established. The story came to me on the day I started writing.
4. Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
When I wrote The Reign of the Occult, I did not have a schedule. It was a hobby, so I wrote when I felt like it! Sometimes I’d write a lot, then I wouldn’t write for months. For The Queen of the Underworld, I have a deadline and therefore I write daily. At lunchtime or after work if I can.
5. Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I do read a lot. I read a lot of different genres so it’s hard to give a favourite. I admire Tolkien, for the sheer scope and imagination of The Lord of the Rings and associated texts. Haruki Murakami is another favorite, for how unique his novels are. I would definitely recommend The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.