Friday, October 2, 2009

Laura Bingham Interview and Review of Alvor

Laura Bingham has a special gift of painting magical pictures with words in her new book, Alvor. This is the story about a brother and sister, Bain and Erin, who happen to be twins and have been selected by mystical forces to enter their world. I don't think I will ever look at a butterfly in the same way, for Laura opened my eyes to the possibility that there may be more to these fluttering beauties than first thought. She set the stage wonderfully on the opening page with this insightful line, "Butterflies always bring good luck, but if they sit by you they leave a blessing." Nice to know. We need more butterflies in this world!

Follow Erin and Bain as they train to enter a fantasy world usually forbidden to humans. And once the brother and sister cross the threshold to this neverland filled with elves, pegasi and dragons, they learn even more...they learn about themselves and how much they truly care for one another. A wonderful lesson for brothers and sisters! Actually a wonderful lesson for all of us!

There is adventure, tension and conflict in this new YA novel, though I would have liked a touch more conflict. What can I say? I like my stories...not my life. But this minor preference doesn't stop me from recommending this novel. Laura's fantasy world is well worth your time. Young adults who have cut their teeth on Alexander Lloyd and Madeleine Engle will be spellbound by Laura Bingham's Alvor.

Now for the interview I had with Laura.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?
No, I never considered writing until I started doing it.. It was a couple months into writing Alvor that I realized how much I loved doing it.

Tell us a little bit about your new book.
Alvor infuses impossible fantasy with the present world and the characters real enough to make it believable. In a most subtle way, it weaves a tale that helps youth recognize their self worth and inspires them to reach a new potential.
I wrote this story because I believe that we all have power inside of us. Power to change who we are, who we become and to influence the world around us. If I could reach out to readers and inspire them to see the infinite potential that lies there, I will have succeeded in the purpose of this story.

Tell us about your other books.
They aren’t published yet, but as of now, I have two more manuscripts written with more stories in my head waiting to fill pages of new novels.

What inspires you and motivates you to write the very most?
I love writing- it’s like reading a great book that you just can’t put down. I don’t want to leave my characters and when I’m not writing about them, I’m thinking about what is going to happen next in their story.

Is there an established writer you admire and emulate in your writing? Do you have a writing mentor?
James Dashner. I look at what he’s done and I know that I can build a career too. His style of doing things works well with my personality, and because he’s a genuinely nice guy, I’m not worried that writing will change who I really am. I wouldn’t say that our writing style is the same, though. I take things from a different angle- I think all writers do. As for mentor, there is a sea of people that have influenced me in writing.

Location and life experience can sprinkle their influence in your writing. Tell us about where you grew up and a little about where you live now - city? Suburb? Country? Farm? If you could live anywhere you want to live, where would that be? I’ve lived in Idaho since I was four. My childhood was divided between Boise and Twin Falls. I’ve lived in suburbs, farmland, and on an acre with horses. If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be right where I’m at. Of course, I wouldn’t mind having enough money and time to fix up the house- it’s nearly 100 years old and needs some attention. I live in Boise- close to stores but still on an acre of land with three miniature horses and a dance studio in my backyard.

Bring us into your home and set the scene for us when you are writing. What does it look like? On the couch, laptop, desk? Music? Lighting, handwriting?
Ha ha. Good thing you can’t see my messy house. I do my internet work in the office- which was originally supposed to be the walk-in closet, and my book writing on my laptop. When the weather’s nice, I write outside. Otherwise, I get a bunch of pillows and work sitting on my bed. No music. Window open for best natural light. Now you’re wishing you hadn’t asked, right?

Do you watch television or movies? If so, what are your favorites? Do they inspire your writing? No tv. I like to watch movies on the weekends. Favorites?
It depends on my mood. I don’t like violence- so Dark Knight is out for me. Romantic comedies are nice, but I like a little flavor with other kinds too.

How has being published changed your life?
It makes writing more purposeful. Instead of doing it as an un-credited hobby, I get to pretend it’s my job. I love talking to people about books and writing, too, and that opportunity has come up a lot more.

Do you have any book signings, tours or special events planned to promote your book that readers might be interested in attending? If so, when and where? Also tell about your blog and website.
October 3 from 6-8, Deseret Book in Meridian – Lady’s Night.
Here’s my blog address: and my website

Thanks, Laura!


  1. Thanks for your thoughts. I appreciate you taking the time to do this!

  2. Sounds like an interesting book. I loved the quote about butterflies.

    By the way, I'm not sure I told you, but I really like your header picture. Really cool!

  3. Cindy:
    I loved the quote, too. And thanks for the compliment about the header picture.



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