Laura Resau Interview

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Local author Laura Resau is a very inspiring person and incredible author. Ever since she was a little girl, she's been in love with books.

Local author Laura Resau is a very inspiring person and incredible author. Ever since she was a little girl, she's been in love with books. "I had never thought that being an author was a practical job because I didn't know any authors. My mom is a teacher and my dad is a scientist, so I thought I would just go that route."

 

While in college, Resau traveled the world. She wanted to go beyond her hometown of Baltimore City, and she definitely did."While I was traveling," Resau told me,"I kept several little notebooks and recorded observations and peoples's stories in them, just like Zeeta in The Indigo Notebook." Many of her story ideas come from those little notebooks, from the culture of a country, to some of the characters in her books. Although many of Resau's stories come from her travels, some of them come from her current hometown, Fort Collins.

 

For example, Mrs. Resau used to teach at Front Range Community College teaching ESL (English as a Second Language). One of her friends there told her about a lady named Maria Virginia. She suggested that Resau talk to her. "I remember it was a snowy day, almost like a blizzard, and all Front Range classes were canceled," Resau recalls."I decided to go to a little Andean Craft shop in an empty strip mall where Maria worked. She was very sweet. She fed me some Ecuadorian food, and we talked for hours. She told me her life story. It was very entertaining."During her conversation with Ms. Virginia, Maria told Resau that one of her dreams was to write a book about her life story, but she wanted to do it with an experienced author. "Even though I wasn't an experienced author at the time, we wanted to write the book together. It took 6 or 7 years!" During this time, Maria and Resau got to know each other like sisters. Resau said that it was a very rare experience but was wonderful because she made Virginia's dream a reality.

 

When asked what advice she has to give to aspiring authors, Resau said, "Have self-confidence. When I first started writing, I wondered if it was weird to write stories all the time. I learned to understand why I wrote and embraced it. Don't pay attention to anyone else; keep writing because you want to. The important thing is to get your thoughts on paper and just write!"