Interview with Author Laura Barnard

My guest today is author Laura Barnard. Hello! Welcome to Writing in the Modern Age! It’s such a pleasure to have you here.

Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book? When did it come out? Where can we get it?

It's a second chance romantic comedy about a couple that meets while on holiday when they're teenagers, and then bump into each other again in the present day. You can get it from Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.

Congrats on your new release! 

So, is there anything which prompted Excess Baggage? Something that inspired you? 

I actually had a pretty intense holiday romance when I was a teenager and often I've found myself wondering what he's up to these days. What we'd have been like if we'd met as adults.  
All right.

So, when did you know you wanted to write? Or has it always been a pastime of yours?  

I wanted to be an author for as long as I can remember. My Mum says I was always telling people I was going to write a book so when I finally got around to it, people weren't too shocked.
Awesome! I always love to hear about an author's journey...

So, do you have any favorite authors yourself, Laura?

How long do you have?! So many, but my favorite romantic comedy authors are Sophie Kinsella, Lindsay Kelk and Kat French.

Do you write in a specific place? Time of day?

Basically any spare moment that I have! I have an office but find I write all around the house, normally while my daughter is at school or late into the evening. When things are quiet!
Makes sense to me... ;)

Are there any words you'd like to impart to fellow writers? Any advice?

I would say only do it if it’s the first thing you think of when you wake up every morning.  It’s that kind of passion that will see you through in this business.  I see too many people who expect fame and fortune overnight.
Too right! That's great advice.
Thank you so much for stopping by to visit us here today at Writing in the Modern Age. It was wonderful having you!  :)
Readers, here is the blurb for Excess Baggage.
Stuck in a dead-end relationship, Erica Bennett finds herself daydreaming of her first holiday romance. She was fifteen, it was exciting, new and full of possibilities…and Jack Lawson was hot as hell. That kind of thing leaves a mark.

So when her friends suggest a girls holiday to Luna Island, it’s exactly what she needs to take her mind off things. What she doesn’t expect is to spot Jack – a much older, hotter version of him – across the hotel lobby.

Their attraction is still there and it isn’t long before sparks fly, but fifteen years is a long time. They aren’t the same people they were back then and besides, it’s only a week, right?

Is it a second chance at something real or will their excess baggage ruin their shot at love after they leave Luna Island?

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It certainly sounds like a fabulous book! We'll be sure to check out this romantic comedy!

Author Bio


Laura Barnard lives in Hertfordshire, UK and writes romantic comedy or ‘chick lit’ as it’s so often described. In her spare time she enjoys drinking her body weight in tea, indulging in cupcakes the size of her face and drooling over hunks like Jamie Dornan, Ryan Gosling and Leo Dicaprio. 

​She enjoys wearing yoga pants and reading fitness magazines while sitting on the sofa eating chocolate. She’s a real fan of the power nap, loves setting her friends up together and, of course, READING! 

​She writes not to get rich or famous, but because she LOVES writing. Even if one person tells her they enjoyed her book it makes the midnight typing worth it!

She’s an Amazon best seller and also the winner of Favorite British Author 2016 – Two Peas in a Pod Reader’s Choice Awards and Favorite Romantic Comedy Author 2016 – Obsessed with Books Indie World Awards.


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