FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Author Layla Lawlor visited the Alaska's Writers Guild at the Bear gallery this Tuesday to speak to her experiences as a full time writer in the Interior.
Lawlor, has a variety of different novels published including a variety of different genres and mediums such as science fiction, paranormal romance, and self-designed graphic novels.
When talking about her journey to become a successful novelist, she explained that it began with art, then small comics, then graphic novels as she continued to express her love of writing.
"My degree is actually in art, I have an art degree from UAF. I came up here in the nineties, worked for the News-Miner as an artist for a while. I moved to Illinois where I got into doing comics. On the writing side of things I've been writing all my life. I think comics for me were combining the storytelling, I've always wanted to tell stories and I also really enjoy art,” said Lawlor.
'Free Bird'', her strip comic had a 2 year run with the News-Miner. She continues to update her graphic novels Sun-Cutter and Kismet online along with writing novels, and she makes appearances at Alaska comic cons.
When asked to give advice to other aspiring Alaskan writers, Lawlor commented that Alaskans shouldn't let their locations deter them, that writers can do their jobs anywhere with the help of technology:
"With the internet being available to us, you can have the New York networking experience right from your own home or your own cabin or wherever. I never thought when I was a kid growing up in Alaska that this would be my future, I mean I'm making my living as a writer now and I'm living where I want to live. You can totally do it, the future is out there for you."
Layla Lawlor continues to write under her pen names Lauren Esker, Laila Wier and Zooey Dechant and is planning to write more uniquely Alaskan science fiction titles under her own name.
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