5 Minutes Alone… With Laura Caldwell

If there could be a pill-form extract of the energy Laura Caldwell generates in her work as a novelist, as an attorney, and as an advocate for the wrongly imprisoned, well, let’s just say the stocks would run quite pricey. Known most widely for her well-received Izzy McNeil novels, Ms. Caldwell is the also author of the riveting LONG WAY HOME, which profiles her involvement in the exoneration of Jovan Mosley in 2005.

But today, it’s all fun with fiction, as Izzy McNeil returns to the New Releases shelf.

We’d like to thank Laura for taking the time to be part of our “5 Minutes Alone” interview series.

AuthorScoop: What was your very first publication credit?

Laura: BURNING THE MAP, about a trip to Rome and Greece that changes a woman’s life.

AuthorScoop: Tell us about your latest release.

Laura: QUESTION OF TRUST is the 5th Izzy McNeil novel. Izzy is a sassy, redhead Chicago lawyer who moonlights as a private detective. In this case, her hot boyfriend is accused of being a young Madoff, arrested for white collar crime, leading her to wonder if she’s sleeping with the enemy. The best thing about the Izzy McNeil books, both to write and I hope to read, is the zipping around Chicago that Izzy does. This city is limitless in its character potential.

AuthorScoop: Aside from your own hard work, who (or what) else do you feel has contributed to your success?

Laura: I’m the director of Life After Innocence, an organization that works with innocent people who were wrongfully convicted in order to start their lives over. The emotional tenacity and grace that the exonerees possess has inspired me to work harder.

AuthorScoop: At what time of day or night do you do your best writing?

Laura: Morning, morning, morning. Now that I have a new puppy, Shafer, (pic attached, I can’t resist), I like having her on my lap or at my feet.

AuthorScoop: Finally, what advice would you give to new or unpublished writers?

Laura: Set short term goals. Don’t think about writing a whole book, except to know, generally where you’re going. In the short term, look at your week and ask yourself honestly, ‘What can I legitimately get done this week if I try?’ The answer might be writing one page, writing for a half an hour, doing research on a particular issue. Tell a friend who will check in with you and then get it done. If you don’t, no shame. Just look at your next week and make your next goal.


Hit a bookstore while you’re out today for QUESTION OF TRUST, or you can always tap and click to get your copy underway right now. Laura Caldwell is on the web at her own site and, of course, on Facebook and Twitter. So, stay sharp and find your next favorite writer at one or all of her links. You’ll be glad you did.

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