Hello Writer Friends!
I'm back with another Author Interview! This time we're interviewing the lovely Coushatta LaRue. I hope you enjoy!
Coushatta LaRue was born and raised in Louisiana. When Hurricane Rita destroyed her hometown she moved to Texas with her beloved dogs. Despite having dyslexia, dysgraphia, and horrible anxiety, she taught herself how to read and write. Her goal is to write books that people can read and enjoy and to inspire others with disabilities. She is the author of two books, is working on her third, and loves anything horror, action, and Sci-Fi.
I asked Coushatta how old she was when she started writing and if she always wanted to be a writer. She explained that she knew she always wanted to create and loved making up stories. But, as a child she also wanted to act, sing, become an FBI agent, or join the military. None of those other things happened, but, she always knew she wanted to create. Coushatta goes on to explain that she doesn't remember how old she was when she first started writing. She says, "I have dyslexia and dysgraphia. I went to a poor school that never tried to help me. They tried to ignore my learning problems and since I was such a good kid my teachers would help me cheat or change my answers. As a kid I thought that was awesome, but, long-term no one was teaching me how to read or write. It was embarrassing, sad, and it made me feel as if no one truly cared to actually teach me the right way. I wanted to write as a child but didn't know how so I drew horrible stick figure stories. After a while, I started writing dialogue that was barely readable. I kept trying, and after awhile I got better. I am still learning how to write better." I asked Coushatta if she planned to make writing her full-time career and she said, "I would love to! Writing is my passion. Ever since I was young, creating other worlds brought me happiness. Growing up, I had a rough childhood, so I used writing, drawing crappy stories, and pictures as a way to escape. Nowadays, I just love to write and share my worlds with others. I also want to show others with learning disabilities that they can do anything."
The next novel Coushatta is releasing will be her third horror novel, and I asked her if she'd always written this genre. She said, "Yes, I have always loved writing horror, sci-fi, and action stories. I am trying to write other genres, but I always seem to go back to those." When asked to give a brief synopsis of her upcoming novel, A Way Home, she said, "Alice's world is dying. In an attempt to save it she must enter mysterious worlds - worlds where she hopes to find answers or a new home. Protecting her family is all she dreams of; but doubt and fears grow in her heart with each new, rotting world. Is there ever an end to the chaos? Will the secrets of a lost past bring clarity or only more pain? Will Alice ever find a new home and safety for those she loves, or will she fade away with the rest?"
When asked about her favorite character in this new novel, Coushatta went on to explain, "I can't say my favorite without giving out a spoiler. But, my second favorite has to be Sean. I love his bad-boy attitude. He is one of those you hate to love."
I asked Coushatta what her favorite part of the writing process was. She said, "That moment as I am writing, and I write out a plot twist without even trying, and I surprise myself. I get so excited that I have to stop writing for a few seconds to just gaze at my laptop." When asked what she considered the hardest part of the writing process she replied, "Everything else! Especially, when writer's block randomly hits you. Also, starting the novel is a bit hard. I never know if I should start at one point or another."
I asked Coushatta if she had any writing quirks and she said, "I like to drink hot chocolate while I write and listen to music. I also watch unsolved mysteries on YouTube!" As far as her favorite writing tools and programs she said, "I just use Wordpress and a few notebooks with random writings."
When asked if any other authors had inspired her she said, J.K Rowling and George R. R. Martin. In third grade, our teacher used to read Harry Potter to us, and I remember just being so amazed by the world Rowling created that it made me want to create one of my own. Martin has such a large mind! The worlds he creates are just awesome and wonderful. His writings make me want to write bigger and better worlds." Coushatta also has advice for writers just starting out on their writing journey stating, "Just write! Even when you have nothing inside of you, just write. Bad, awful, good, great... it doesn't matter. Just write and you will get better in time! Also, just because someone hates your work or has something bad to say about it, doesn't mean you're a bad writer. For every hater, you will have many fans. Most importantly... just keep going!"
Coushatta is also working on the third book in her Amour series. It focuses on a woman named Abby. Coushatta explains more, stating, "Without giving too much away Abby lives in a post-apocalyptic world where the dead roam. In the third book, she has joined a military group in hopes to find two of her friends who have disappeared. The story is about finding yourself, learning to love yourself, and being independent. I am working on a few other books too. One is connected to the Amour series but focused on a different character. Another book I am working on is not Sci-Fi, but more of a suspense drama. It follows a woman named Carissa whose life gets turned upside down after meeting a handsome man at a club. Let's just say she will not be going anywhere anytime soon with the chains around her ankle!" When asked how long it usually takes her to write a book, Coushatta replied, "My first two books took a few months. A Way Home took a few months also. The third book in my Amour series has taken me over a year. I finally overcame some bad writer' block for the novel so hopefully, I will be able to finish in a few months."
To wrap up our interview, I asked Coushatta what she was currently reading. She replied, "A few things. I am reading Alien Sea of Sorrows by James A. Moore and Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber. On Audible I am listening to The Well of Ascension- Book Two of the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. I am also listening to Uncivilized by Sawyer Bennett."
If you're interested in reading Coushatta's books or would like to find out more information about her, you can do so at the links below: