Monday, May 16, 2022


Laura Drake’s first novel, The Sweet Spot, was a double-finalist and then won the 2014 Romance Writers of America® RITA® award. She’s since published 11 more novels. She is a founding member of Women’s Fiction Writers Assn, Writers in the Storm blog, as well as a member of Western Writers of America and Women Writing the West.

Laura is a city girl who never grew out of her tomboy ways or serious cowboy crush. She gave up a corporate CFO gig to write full-time. She realized a lifelong dream of becoming a Texan and is currently working on her accent. She’s a wife, grandmother, and motorcycle chick in the remaining waking hours.

Her latest book is the literary fiction, The Road to Me.

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Can you tell us what your new book is about? 

Jacqueline Oliver is an indie perfumer, trying to bury her ravaged childhood by shoveling ground under her own feet. Then she gets a call she dreads—the hippie grandmother she bitterly resents was

apprehended when police busted a charlatan shaman’s sweat lodge. Others scattered, but Nellie was slowed by her walker, and the fact that she was wearing nothing but a few Mardi-Gras beads. Jacqueline is her only kin, so like it or not, she’s responsible.

Despite being late developing next year’s scent, she drops everything to travel to Arizona and pick up her free-range grandma. But the Universe conspires to set them on a Route 66 road trip together. What Jacqueline discovers out there could not only heal the scars of her childhood but open her to a brighter future.


Your book is set in Arizona, on Route 66.  Can you tell us why you chose this location in particular?


I’ve spent a lot of miles on that road, riding my motorcycle, and even once, my bicycle (on the abandoned part-I don’t recommend it – potholes!)


How long did it take you to write your book?


About 8 months. Edits and revision? Longer than that!

What has been the most pivotal point of your writing life?


When my first book won a RITA Award. For those who don’t know, that’s the Oscar for the romance genre.


What kind of advice would you give other authors of any genre?

Don’t be afraid to dig into the deep, dark parts. To me, it’s what makes Women’s Fiction so rich.

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