As we continue to celebrate the release of Freaky In Fresno, we are featuring part two of our “Author Spotlight” with Laurie Boyle Crompton!
Get your copy of Freaky In Fresno HERE.
How are you reflected in Freaky In Fresno (or, how much of you is reflected in the book)?
A large part of Freaky in Fresno takes place at the Starlight Drive-in Movie Theater and I cannot overstate how much I adoregoing to the drive-in. My car is a very impractical oversized conversion van that I struggle to maneuver and park all over Queens, just so we can take it to the drive-in movies during the summer. Ricki’s commitment to saving her local drive-in is totally me, except unfortunately, our local drive-in closed years ago. We have to load up kids and dogs and drive the conversion van two hours away to upstate New York to experience movies under the stars. Ricki’s saving the Starlight is total wish fulfillment on my part!
What is your favorite thing to do to promote your book?
I feel like I should respond that it is answering blog questions, ha! What I really love is throwing fun book release parties. Having friends, family members and book lovers gather to celebrate something that I’ve worked so hard on is a great way to commemorate a new book’s release. For Freaky in Fresno’s launch party we’re celebrating with cookies, a trivia contest, and lots of fun giveaways, including… tiaras! Of course, I happen to be an introvert so I my two anxieties are a) What if nobody shows up? And b) What if people actually show up? Ha-ha!
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned while being a writer?
I love picking topics that are fun to research. For Freaky in Fresno, I was able to do deep dives into subjects like horror movie cult classics, drive-in movie theater culture, and pink Skylark convertibles. Plus, I got to watch an endless stream of beauty guru videos. Over the years I’ve learned that writing about topics I find fun and interesting makes for the most fun and interesting books in the end! Add to that some more serious elements, such as Lana dealing with internet trolls, and it makes for a book that I’m really excited to share.
Any additional thoughts?
It’s time to get Freaky in Fresno! But maybe don’t google that exact phrase because everybody has a different idea of what ‘getting freaky’ involves, including people in Fresno. For me, getting ‘freaky’ happens to mean snuggling up with a good book, my three dogs, and a tall cinnamon dolce latte. Introverts unite! Separately. In your own homes. And happy reading!