I just want to say how amazing that it is for me to be able to do an interview with L. Duarte. She is an amazing writer and if and when you read her books you will 100% agree with me. L. Duarte blew my mind when she wrote Chasing Stars. I have never read a book like this one. Then she did it again to me in To Catch a Falling Star. WOW!!!!! I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.
1. What is your goal for 2014?
Well, I want to be able to balance my life a little better. I have an OCDish personality. I tend to obsess over a project and often neglect other areas. I want to learn to juggle all these balls without dropping any of it.
2. What is your next project?
Oh, wow. I was certain f my path as a writer. Chasing Stars came to me followed by To Catch a Falling Star and Fading Stars (the story of Nillie and Lucas). However, before I had the chance to put Fading Stars on paper, other characters took residence in my mind I tried convincing these characters to wait, but they won't. They keep me up at night. So I might have to put Fading Stars on the back burner.
3. What do you do when you are not writing?
I do some really exciting stuff as tackling laundry, cleaning, and cooking. Plus I do my day job to pay my bills. And of course, I do my very favorite which is being a mom.
4. How did you come up with Will and Portia's story?
Portia came to me one day. She was wild, broken, but full of life. Then, came Will and I noticed he was just what she needed. The chemistry between them was instant, but boy were they different. In all honestly, I kind of followed their lead and observed where their path would take them. Each of them surprised me a few times. Portia with her erratic behavior and Will with the secrets from his past.
5. Out of Chasing Stars and To Catch a Falling Star, which character has your heart?
It's hard to respond to this question. It's like choosing a favorite child. All this characters have my heart equally. However, I have great admiration to Dan. Parents are often portrayed as the villains (including in my own stories), so I was pleasantly surprised to see a parent that is not the bad guy. Dan is honest, smart, wise, caring, and a supportive father.
6. How nervous were you when these two books went live and what was going through your mind?
(cause your books are not like most)
Other than have my stomach in knots and insomnia, I was fine. LOL. You never know how readers will receive a book. Awe, disappointment, indifference? My books are hard for marketing. They most definitely belong to the romance genre. However, on one hand, I address God and spiritually and on the other, I pen some very descriptive sex. One aspect or the other bothers some people. I put some thought into it. Marketing is a bitch. At the end I decided to go with what I wanted to write, the way that satisfied me as a writer and as a reader. Surprisingly it is being well received. And that's one of the beauties of being a write.
7. What is your favorite book?
Can I pick one? Bible, Twilight Saga, Les Miserables, The fault in our stars, Wuthering Heights, The Tale of Two Cites...
8. Who is your favorite author?
Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens.
9. What do you see your self doing five years from now?
Writing. There is nothing else I rather do.
10. What is your favorite quote and why?
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as thought nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." By Albert Einstein.
Our very own breath is a miracle. However, during our existence we take so many breaths that we no longer recognize the wonder within each individual breath. The fact that I am alive is a miracle, and I try never to take it for granted. This quote summons the way I want to live my life. And I work every day toward honoring this principle.
About the author
I have found that there is only one thing better than reading, and that is writing. I am always torn between the two. I am also frequently torn between chocolate and coffee. However, I emphatically do not like the month of February, lies, and flies. For me, bravery is defined by the courage to do what we fear the most. This conviction is reflected in my debut work of romantic fiction, Chasing Stars. I live in Connecticut with my husband and two children.