Laura Strobel was born in New York City and grew up in Connecticut. She studied journalism at Hunter college in Manhattan and was a freelance writer in Colorado

Are you self-published or published?

Yes, I self-published my book Accountability with Amazon on October 25, 2020.

If you are not a full-time writer, do you/have you had a day job?

I am not a full-time writer. I write on a schedule coordinated with my other responsibilities.

What effect has your life had on what you write?

Writing fulfills me, compliments, and completes me. It enhances all the other aspects of my life.

Does writing energise you or wipe you out?

Although writing is an energizing and rewarding exercise in self-achievement, it is also quite enervating at times. Trying to fit the right word to use in a sentence can take a lot of exertion, but finding that right word, is exhilarating.

What’s the most challenging aspect of writing?

Finding the time. The uninterrupted time to get started, get going, and keep going.

What’s your writing process? Are you an early bird or a night owl?

I had to set boundaries when I was writing my book, otherwise I would find myself lost in the process, neglecting other obligations. Usually mornings are the best time for me to put in four hours and then close up shop. Sometimes later that night I would go in and revise.

Are you a punster or a planner?

I am a planner ! I need to have the day, the goals for that day, well panned out. Not having a plan makes me nervous.

What does success look like to you?

To circulate this book of mine, and reach many people around the globe; to have my message heard would be the greatest success for me. I’d also very much like to become rich and famous!

How do you market your books?

In the campaign for exposure of my book I have joined your wonderful group, put Ads in the Stars and Stripes military newspaper, Ads on Facebook, and have postings on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook as well. A quarter page Ad came out in the Stars and Stripes Health and Fitness magazine at the end of April.

Tell us about your latest book.

My book, Accountability, is the true story of perseverance through a terrible ordeal that leads to an enlightening experience.

When the incident first happened to me, it did not occur to me that writing a book about it would benefit anyone. After the ordeal was well behind me, I realized that many other women could learn something and be empowered by my experience.

It has taken me over twenty years to write this story—to write and rewrite—to polish it so that the presentation, the message, is just right.

Accountability