Life, Writing, and the Pursuit of Fabulous
by Laina Turner
Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the universe and giving me the chance to tell you a little about myself and what I feel my purpose is.
I’m Laina. Author, businesswoman, college professor, instructional designer, lifelong learner (I have an MBA, PhD. in Business and an MFA in Creative Writing), wine and coffee drinker, and wanna be housewife (I just don’t have the cleaning skills).
I love to write, and I love to help others reach their dreams. Especially in writing endeavors but I love helping all entrepreneurs. There is nothing more satisfying than watching someone achieve their dreams and making a living doing what they love.
The mission of “Life, Writing, and the Pursuit of Fabulous” is to provide education, encouragement, and inspiration to women on their writing journey and in life in general becasue none of us are one dimensional.
Since the explosion of the ebook, there are more opportunities than ever for those of us with the dream of being a novelist to achieve success. It takes a lot of hard work and perseverance but if you have the right mindset and aren’t afraid of hard work you CAN DO IT.
I just released my 17th fiction novel and boy have I learned a lot on my journey over the last 10 years. I could spend an afternoon with you telling you all the mistakes I made you should avoid and cut your losses by 75%. Yeah. It’s been that bad. Like once maxing out my credit card because I was sure the book signings I set up at the local Starbucks were going to make me a millionaire.
Finally, after moving cases of books 3 times, I chucked them in the trash. And 2 years later made the last payment on my credit card. #lessonlearned
But I’m not a quitter and fast forward 8 more years, and I’ve made it. Not millionaire status made it but feeding my family a little better than white bread, and mayonnaise sandwiches made it. Though believe it or not those things are tasty.
Now I want to help all you aspiring authors out there to make it too. To follow your dream and do what you love and actually make money at it. Life is too short not to do what you love.
This blog contains informative blog posts on all things writing; there are also ebooks and courses that offer more in-depth assistance. Plus there’s me. I’m only an email away.
Whether you’re just starting out or in the middle of your journey you’ve come to the right place.
I also love fashion, baking, yoga, and the power of positive thinking. All topics, which you can find here on the blog plus more. I can sometimes be random.
That’s ok. I own it.
My family: Son Caden 15, step daughter Neave 13, daughter Sydney 10, husband Matt, hamster Gigi, and four one fish.
Love To Shop: White House / Black Market, Ann Taylor (regular and loft) Banana Republic, Target (what’s better than getting an outfit while grocery shopping), any second-hand store, and Goodwill.
Starbucks Order: Café Americano with sugar-free hazelnut or hot passion tea.
Passions: My family, writing, fashion, books, yoga
What’s on my Playlist: Eminem, Elvis Presley, Brittany Spears
Likes: Coffee, Diet Coke, Netflix, Swedish Fish, Moscato
Dislikes: Ordering pizza (it’s a weird hang-up), fake people, pickled beets
Where I grew up: Just outside Flint, Michigan (my son thinks I have street cred because of this and nothing could be farther from the truth).
Where I live now: Carmel, Indiana (just north of Indianapolis)
Where I’d love to live: Any place that always over 70 degrees and sunny.
Thanks for visiting. I hope you’ll stick around.