Please introduce yourself/books:
Hi, I’m Laura Pavlov, and I write both new adult and contemporary romance. Beautifully Damaged released on July 24th, and is a second chance/contemporary romance. It is the first book in The Shine Design series, and debuted on the Amazon top 100 New Releases in sports romance. I’m married to my college sweetheart, Greg and we have two kids, Chase and Hannah, and I’m living my own happily ever after in Las Vegas, Nevada!!
Here is a sneak peek of Beautifully Damaged:
Peyton Kroft was his forever, until the unthinkable happened. Walking away all those years ago had been the right thing to do, but he’s ready to put the past behind him. Moving to San Francisco and hiring his first love, the city’s top designer, is a good place to start. Yet it stirs up feelings he thought he’d long buried. Jackson Vance broke her heart. He took half of it with him on his way out of town. Picking up the pieces hadn’t been easy, but more than nine years later, Peyton is living her best life. Coming face to face with her first love is not on the agenda. He is beautiful, broken, and everything she’s ever wanted. The past still hovers like a dark cloud. But every dark cloud has a silver-lining.
What inspires/inspired your creativity?
EVERYTHING inspires me! Life, people, music, movies, books, vacations…you can get ideas everywhere! My husband and I recently went to a Paul McCartney concert and I left with an idea for a new series!!
What are the biggest mistakes you can make in a book?
For me, it would be making sure your work is properly edited. I think it’s easy to want to get your book out there, and the process is not fast. Having patience, making sure you go through several rounds of editing and have a couple sets of eyes on your work before you submit for publication is important.
How do bad reviews and negative feedback affect you and how do you deal with them?
I know that you have to have a thick skin to be in this industry, but honestly, you don’t develop that over night. Negative reviews are painful. I don’t think I will ever get to a point where it doesn’t hurt to read them. But the reality is that you will never please everyone. So, my advice would be to try to avoid reading them if you can, and if you can’t avoid it, look for constructive aspects in those reviews or something you can use to improve your writing.
How has your creation process improved over time?
I wish I could say that I even have a process. Every single book I’ve written is different. Some are more complicated, some require notes and outlines, while others just flow with ease. I think that time has allowed me to feel more confident in my own process and not question it. I set expectations now, which is new for me. When I first started out I worked full time and wrote whenever I was able to. Now that I’m writing full time I set a daily word count goal, and it keeps me on track.
Do you tend towards personal satisfaction or aim to serve your readers? Do you balance the two and how?
I think it’s a combo of both. I definitely write what I’m drawn to. But, I think about the audience that will be reading the book throughout the process. I am an avid reader myself, so I know how I feel when I’m reading another authors work, and that motivates me when I’m writing my own.
What are your plans for future books?
I just finished book two in The Shine Design series (Beautifully Flawed) and it is currently being edited. I have book three outlined (Beautifully Broken) and ready to write. I am currently working on a young adult saga that I couldn’t get out of my head, so I decided to allow myself to take the time to write it now. I’m very excited about it, and can’t wait to get this story out there.
Tell us some quirky facts about yourself
Hmmm…my favorite color is pink. I am obsessed with the Rocky movies (referenced in Beautifully Damaged). I loved Game of Thrones and call myself the Mother or Yorkies (because Louie and Ollie are little dragons most of the time!). I love interior design and enjoy refurbishing furniture. I only take baths and hate showers. My favorite treat is a unicorn donut from pinkbox. I was a teacher for seventeen years before I started writing full time.