Interview with Laurie Alice Eakes & GIVEAWAY

Interview with Laurie Alice Eakes & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordAward-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes wanted to be a writer since knowing what one was. Her first book won the National Readers Choice Award in 2007, and her third book was a Carol Award finalist in 2010. Between December of 2008 and January of 2010, she sold thirteen books to Barbour Publishing, Avalon Books, and Baker/Revell, making her total sales fifteen. Recently, she added two novella sales to that collection, as well as having her first book with Baker/Revell, Lady in the Mist, picked up by Crossings Book Club, and six of her books chosen for large print editions by Thorndike Press. She has been a public speaker for as long as she can remember; thus, only suffers enough stage fright to keep her sharp. In 2002, while in graduate school for writing fiction, she began to teach fiction in person and online. She lives in Texas with her husband, two dogs, and probably too many cats.


Savanna:  Welcome to the blog, Laurie Alice. I’m so happy to have you here today. Congratulations on your recent release, The Mountain Midwife. Such a beautiful cover!

Interview with Laurie Alice Eakes & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordWhat part of this story did you enjoy researching the most?

Laurie Alice:  Reading all the memoirs of midwives utterly engrossed me. Some of the stories were sad, and most were joyous and sometimes exciting, tales of birth, of new life.

Savanna:  When did you first get the initial idea for The Mountain Midwife and how long did it take you to write it?

Laurie Alice:  The initial idea came to me two years ago. I wrote a chapter and did some brainstorming with friends, then my mother fell very ill and passed away and I had contractual obligations for other books, so did not get around to writing this until a year ago. I think altogether I took about two months to write this, since I had to move in the middle of the writing and refresh myself on the research.

Savanna:  I’m sorry to hear about your mother. Sounds like it has been quite a journey for you. How many books are you typically working on at once? (From first story spark to publication and beyond)

Interview with Laurie Alice Eakes & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordLaurie Alice:  At least two. I often research one while writing another. Doing this gives me a mental break and helps clear my head. Right now, I am writing one while brainstorming another one and editing another. That gets a little confusing, especially when I am skipping time periods and locations.

Savanna:  Oh I bet! I don’t know how you keep it straight! 🙂

Do you remember the first time meeting one of your favorite authors? Who was it and can you tell us a bit about it?

Laurie Alice:  Yes, I do remember. In the early stages of deciding to take my writing seriously, I attended a Romance Writers of America conference in Chicago, as I was living in Iowa at the time. I hardly knew anyone and was just kind of wandering around hoping to meet someone I knew or have someone talk to me, when I heard two women discussing one of my favorite genres–the Regency. One of the authors had a British accent, so I subtly inserted myself into the conversation. The authors introduced themselves, and one was Jo Beverley. I nearly swooned. She was so nice and gracious. About three years ago, I met Lisa Wingate for the first time and felt just as giddy. Yes, though I have joined the ranks of the published authors, I can so be a silly gushing fan girl.

Interview with Laurie Alice Eakes & GIVEAWAY  | The Engrafted WordSavanna:  How fun is that! I read on your website that you also mentor and teach other writers. What’s your favorite part about this line of work?

Laurie Alice:  Seeing the success of my students gives me such a thrill. A couple of authors I have mentored have done well, and I am so happy, feeling my contribution helped just a little.

Savanna:  That is really cool. We’re so glad you could join us today, Laurie Alice, on your BIRTHDAY of all days! 🙂 Hope you’re having a GREAT day!

Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can share with us?

Laurie Alice:  I love to hear from my fans. Please feel free to contact me by email through my web site
By Twitter:
Or Facebook
I answer every contact personally because I love to hear from my readers.


Laurie Alice has graciously offered to give away a copy of The Mountain Midwife to one lucky winner. Enter below and the book could be yours! ;)

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Thanks for entering! Unless winner lives in the contiguous 48 United States, she can only give away an electronic copy. Within the lower 48, the winner gets a choice between paper and electronic versions. Contest ends December 29, 2015.  The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!

53 comments on “Interview with Laurie Alice Eakes & GIVEAWAY
  1. Sonnetta Jones says:

    Happy Birthday Ms. Laurie! It depends on the book. It can take a couple of hours to days. Mysteries and suspense will keep me up late or I will get up early to find out what happened. Sometimes I catch myself preferring to read instead of hanging with friends.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Haha, Sonnetta, I know the feeling. Sometimes it can be hard to pull away from a great story! Thanks for sharing with us. And good luck in the drawing! 🙂

  2. Annie JC says:

    Happy Birthday Laurie! I’m like you, I get giddy seeing or meeting my fave authors!
    Great interview, Savanna! As to how long it takes me to read, it depends on the book. I usually finish a book in one day or evening on average. At most 3 days if it’s a heavy non-fiction that requires some deep contemplation or actions.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thanks, Annie. I appreciate you visiting us! You sound like me. My reading speed varies on the book, but I hate to draw it out too long usually. I’m anxious to reach the end! 😉 Good luck in the giveaway!

  3. Melanie Backus says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Laurie, and many, many more!!!! Sometimes I read a book quickly and sometimes I take weeks to finish but if I am reading a really good book, I start slowing up toward the end of the book because I don’ t want the close of the book to happen.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Ah, Melanie, don’t you LOVE that feeling? When you slow down to savor the last pages. 🙂 I’ve even mourned the end of a few when I wasn’t quite ready to part with the characters. 😉

  4. Bonnie Roof says:

    I am a slow reader, preferring to savor every word as I read!!

    “Happy Birthday”, Laurie – enjoyed the interview, and would love to read “The Mountain Midwife”. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.


  5. Linda Moffitt says:

    Disregarding my life being in upheaval since we moved it normally took me 1-2 days at the most to read a book
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy looks really good

  6. Heather Olsen says:

    Usually takes a day or two. It should probably take longer so that I got more done that I needed to, but once I start, I just can’t seem to put them down.

  7. Joanne Keith says:

    I would so love this…Mountain life and midwifery! The interview was fabulous as always. Thank you for the chance!

  8. Joanne Keith says:

    Oops…Happy Birthday Laurie!

  9. It usually takes me 1-3 days depending on the size of the book. I love Laurie’s books.

  10. Ellen Gray says:

    I typically read a book in a couple days, depending on what else I have going on at the time.

  11. MS Barb says:

    I CAN read a book in a day, IF I don’t have any other obligations, like work, sewing, laundry, etc, etc! (grin!) I will stay up late if I can’t put a book down! THANKS for a nice Giveaway!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Yep! There’s only been a couple times I can recall where I read a book in one day and that was when I was younger and not married, with a house to tend to. 😉 Still enjoy reading to this day, just at a slower pace. 😉 Thanks for joining us, Barb!

  12. Raechel says:

    Happy Birthday indeed!
    Thank you for this giveaway 🙂

    A book usually takes me about 5-7 days to read, unless it’s so astonishingly good that I read it in 1-2 days 😀

  13. Abby Breuklander says:

    Happy Birthday!!! It depends on the book, but it usually only takes me a couple days to finish a book!

  14. Deanna Stevens says:

    One day if I really like it, otherwise usually 4-6 hours..
    Thanks for the chance to read this one 🙂

  15. Connie Saunders says:

    I usually read a book per week. Happy birthday to Laurie and Merry Christmas to both of you!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Connie! Lately, that’s been about my routine too. I often will read at night for awhile after supper. 😉 It’s a very calming way to end my day. Thanks for visiting!

  16. Thank you all for stopping by for the interview and for the birthday wishes. I probably read three books a week, but almost always on audio. I sit at my computer writing so much I don’t want to sit and read, so read while getting other tasks accomplished.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Thanks so much for commenting here with us, Laurie Alice! 😉 I really want to try an audio book sometime. I’ve heard a lot of people recommend them. Happy New Year to you too!

  17. Oh what a question, lol. I’m not a fast reader anyway, so in saying that, anywhere from 2-3 days to 2-3 weeks! I know, I know, quite a variance there but when I’m doing good,not tired,and my eyes aren’t bothering me I can read much quicker. I HATE it when I sit down to read, read a couple of paragraphs and I fall asleep, don’t you? LOL

    wfnren at aol dot com

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Oh, Wendy, I hate it when that happens. I’ve had a case of that this week, actually. It’s not the book, it’s just tired old me. 😉 I’m soooo anxious to pick it back up and actually get some decent time to read more. Thanks for stopping by! Good luck in the giveaway.

  18. Joan Arning says:

    I usually read a book in a couple of days but if I’m really involved with the story, I may stay up all night finishing! Guess that’s still 2 days!

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Joan! Books that keep you up late are extra special. 😉 You surviving all this rain we’ve had in Missouri this past weekend? Boy, am I ready to see some sunshine!

  19. kim amundsen says:

    Anywhere from a day to 3days to read a book. It depends on how it catches my attention.

  20. Laurie Bergh says:

    It usually takes me from 1 to 4 days to read a book it depends on how much time I have.

  21. Bonnie says:

    Happy Birthday, Laurie! I read a book in about a week. Sometimes I’m involved in 2 at the same time! The cover of your new book looks very peaceful.

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      They are peaceful, aren’t they? Hi Bonnie! I’ve tried reading 2 books at once, but I tend to get confused with all the little details too easily. 😉 Have a great week!

  22. Linda Romer says:

    It varies, but typically about 3 days. ♡ Thank you
    Merry Christmas

  23. Beth says:

    Usually 1-3 days but I try to read more than one at a time and stretch it out to about a week 🙂

  24. Deanne Patterson says:

    Congratulations on your recent release, The Mountain Midwife.Happy Birthday, Laurie. I have a daughter born in December. Her 13th birthday is December 27th. If I am really into a book I’ll read it in a day or two at a galloping pace. I usually am reading 2 books at once. I can’t wait to read this one. Books about midwives are one of my favorites because I have a lot of children and the subject fascinates me.

  25. Patty says:

    Happy Birthday Laurie Alice!

    Since I got married earlier this year, I am finding much less time to read. I might read two or three books a month.

  26. Caryl Kane says:

    I usually read a novel in two days. Congratulations on the release of The Mountain Midwife! 🙂

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      I figured you were a pretty fast reader, Caryl. 😉 That’s awesome. Do you know how many books you’ve read this year? I love looking back over the year and remembering my favorites. There were a lot of them! 😉

  27. Rachel Robinson says:

    Happy Birthday!

    I love the idea of this book since my mom is a nurse who works closely with midwives.

    Usually I finish books in a matter of days, but lately I’ve been trying to savor them since you only get to read a book for the first time once! Although when a spread a book longer than a week, my sister who is waiting to read it gets impatient. 🙂

    • Savanna Savanna says:

      Hi Rachel! That is so neat your mom works with midwives a lot. I hope you get to enjoy this book soon. 🙂 You’re exactly right… the first time reading through is special. For me, it’s my mom waiting patiently for my book once I’ve finished it. It’s fun to have reading pals! 😉 Good luck and Happy New Year!

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