Virginia Lauten has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe, living in several places. Her close and loving family is dispersed around the country but always gets together at least once a year. She’s a proud geek and fixes computers as her day job. Her love of science fiction led to a preference for science fiction with romance in it, which led to romance. She loves cats but has only one. His name is Connor, so there can be only one (Highlander reference). She gets her sense of humor and dirty mind from her parents. They taught her what love truly is. Her mother passed on her love of reading and was absolutely thrilled when her daughter started writing.
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Q: What is the funniest thing you ever did at your day job?
A: I heard this repetitive hissing noise from my left, so I looked at T. He was pressing a hand pump that hangs from the bottom of his chair. I asked, "What does that even do?"
T said, "It inflates a lumbar support."
I wanted some lumbar support. I reached under my chair, found my little pump, and started squeezing it.
Soon there were hisses coming from three chairs as N joined T and me in getting some support. A thought popped into my head as I kept squeezing, and I started laughing before I could even say this: "It's getting harder."
N said, "Oooh! Breathe Virginia. Look at her. She's turning purple."
They were laughing but not as much as me. I had really lost it. This was hysterically funny to me for some reason. I took some deep breaths and said, "I meant it's getting more difficult to squeeze."
T said, "Ahh, synonyms."
I stopped squeezing my pump, sat back in my chair, and said, "It feels good. I like it."
They busted out laughing again. They have such dirty minds!
Q: When did you start writing and why?
A: I started writing in March 2012, not that long ago. I was always a voracious reader, but more importantly, I’m a daydreamer. I have also suffered from insomnia most of my life. So I told myself stories as I lay in bed. It’s way better than checking the clock every two minutes and telling myself to go to sleep already. It helped a lot. I would drift off in the middle of a scene.
The next night, I picked up where I last remembered being. So maybe I was writing my whole life and just started typing up the stories in March of 2012.
Q: Where exactly have you traveled?
A: 17 countries: USA, Mexico, England, Scotland, Whales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, France, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands, and Belgium.
24 states: Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and Washington D.C., which I think should make it 25.
Q: When and where do you write?
A: Everywhere and anytime the mood strikes. I’m a night owl, so I wake up as late as I can and still get to my day job on time. There is actually a good amount of downtime there. I often read and write at work while others goof off watching funny YouTube videos. They send me the best ones anyway. I do most of my writing at home at night. Sometimes I’ll be telling myself my go to sleep story and have to get up and write it down. Writing has become addictive.
Q: What made you decide to write a ménage romance?
A: I stumbled into reading them because I loved other books by authors who also write ménage. I discovered they were really hot. Most of the time ménage relationships were the norm for the setting’s culture whether that be a special town, a pack of werewolves, a dystopian future, or a far off planet. I wondered how it might happen in real life America today.
What would it take to convince me to get into such a relationship? I also thought most of the ménage romances I read had men that were very similar, replicas of the perfect guy for the woman. I wanted to play around with men who were very different but together gave the woman everything she needed.
Q: Do you plot out a story before you start?
A: No. Like daydreaming, it starts with a basic idea. I just start writing and see what happens. I’m along for the ride just like a reader. Everything else comes along in revisions. I read my own stories again and again, adding or moving things around each time. Then I read it more for grammar and structure. Then I read it just because I miss it and start thinking about it. I figure if I love reading what I wrote the twentieth time, the readers will like it the first time.
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