Hello, dear readers and welcome to today’s author interview with Laura Bailo!

Laura Bailo is a veterinarian and a teacher in training who can do surgical sutures but can’t sew on a button to save her life.

She lives in Spain with far too many books and boxes full of notebooks. She loves exploring the narrow streets of Pamplona and she’s known to have gotten lost in her own city.

She loves reading, singing and trying out new cooking recipes, and if she’s feeling adventurous she may try to do all of these at the same time.

Her most recent story is No Rulebook for Flirting.

When Gabriel goes to the annual gaming convention, planning to play as many games as he can during the next three days, he doesn’t expect to be glared to death in the parking lot by a really cute guy. So when the same guy joins the game Gabriel is playing, Gabriel is determined to make him smile, even if it takes some awkward flirting.

When Aitor makes it inside the convention center after someone steals his parking spot, he doesn’t expect to be so attracted to the man he decided to hate just a few minutes earlier. But as he gets to know Gabriel through gaming and flirting, he just can’t look away.

The game of flirting has no rulebook, but for Gabriel and Aitor, it may just have two winners after all.  (via Amazon)

Hello, Laura! Welcome to the blog! Tell us a little bit about yourself!

You go for the difficult ones first, don’t you? Let’s see if I can say something interesting about myself. I’m Spanish, and I’ve been writing since I was a teenager, although it’s only been a few years since I decided to try and write in English (it seems I can do it!) I’m a veterinarian – I have a degree at least, but I’ve never practiced – and I’ve finished my studies for becoming a teacher.

 

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?

This is going to sounds like a giant cliché, but I think the best piece of advice I’ve been given is to trust in myself and what I write. And to keep writing, even when I think what I’m writing is not as good as it should be. That’s what editing is for, but you need the words to be *there* to actually edit them.

 

What’s your favorite emoji?

The one that’s an upside down smiley face. I don’t know why, but I love it.

 

What are your top 3 book recommendations for people?

I always recommend The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, it the book that taught me to love reading, and I think it got me through a lot while I was a very young teenager. I’m also trying to get everyone to read Matthew J. Metzger, and my to go recommendation when it comes to him is the first book of his I read: Spy Stuff – it’s a gorgeous YA with a trans MC. As for the last one, I think it probably varies from day to day, but today it would be Jane Austen’s Persuasion. I’ll probably reread it soon myself.

 

What are your favorite writing tools?

I mostly use Word, but I *love* my Alphasmart. It helps me stay focused on what I’m actually writing instead of second guessing myself every sentence. One of the best purchases I’ve made.

 

What is your favorite description of your books?

I’ve never thought about this one. They’ve been described as cute, and I’m okay with that.

 

What is one of your biggest strengths in writing?

I’ve been told I give the reader a strong sense of setting, so I’m going with that because otherwise I have no idea. I am really bad when it comes to talking about myself, have you noticed?

 

What other projects are you working on?

Right now, I’m working on a fantasy story in which the MC gets lost in a forest that won’t let him leave. I’ve also got some WIPs I would love to go back to, including a contemporary retelling of Beauty and the Beast where Belle is a trans woman and an asexual BDSM romance.

 

What’s one thing that would surprise people to know about you?

Probably the fact that I’m a Slytherin *grins* Or that I’ve been told I only write sad things. Granted, the people telling me that have only read the stories I’ve written in Spanish, and I seem to write mostly fluff in English, so…

 

What do you to break out of writing slumps?

Talk with my friends. I’m really glad I’ve got a really good support system when it comes to talking everything through. They mostly end up kicking my arse so I get back to writing, and it seem to work.

 

If you had a burger named after you, what kind of burger would it be, and what would you want to be on it?

It would be a delicious burger! It would have chicken meat, cheese, mayonnaise, black pepper, pickles, and a fried egg!

 

What parts of yourself do you share with your characters? Why did you choose to write your characters with those?

I think I put a bit of myself in all my characters. Some share my anxiety, some my asexuality and some my love for board games. As for why I chose to write them with those… I mostly didn’t. They’re usually the ones that tell me things like “hey! I didn’t take my meds yesterday so I’m going to have a panic attack, okay?” They’re stubborn, which is something else we have in common.

 

What should readers know about you before reading your work?

They should know most of it is set in Spain, and I’m working on having Spanish characters in most of my future projects too. They should probably also know that a lot of it is short – short story short or even novelettes – but I’m working on hopefully writing something longer. And… I think that’s it.

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