Guest Post (+Giveaway): Laura M. Kolar

by - Thursday, September 05, 2013

Let's all welcome Laura M. Kolar, author of the newly released young adult fantasy novel, Canvas Bound. Check out her guest post for today and don't forget to enter the giveaway after. :) 

Hi Ara, I love the pink! It kind of reminds me of the time I went to see LEGALLY BLOND the musical and 90% of the patrons were wearing pink. That was an awesome show, by the way, and if you ever get a chance, you should definitely go see it.

I love live theatre because it was a play that first got me thinking I could be a writer. I never did finish writing the play I was working on, but it led me to writing other things which eventually led me to this new career as an author.

Another reason I love live theatre is that you get to experience the performance with, or at least at the same time as the performers, rather than watching them on a screen. In CANVAS BOUND, my main character, Libby, has a few moments where she’s watching a performance and you get to see her emotions fluctuate the more she’s pulled into what’s happening on stage. This range of emotions then carries over into the following scenes and affects her as the story progresses.

It’s that type of draw, or pull, I’m trying to capture with every line I write. I want my reader’s emotions to mirror the main character’s in such a way that they carry my story with them long after they’ve read the final page. I want to leave them eager for more and left longing when the final curtain falls.

I’m pretty sure this is what all writers strive for, but being a newbie to this whole thing, I feel the need to prove myself in some way. I’m not saying I need to compare myself to the likes of Stephen King or J.K. Rowling, but every writer should have goals (read, dreams). So I work every day at perfecting my craft, trying to be the best at the thing I love to do most and hoping my readers enjoy the journey right along with me.

If you’d like to share this adventure with me, you can find me on Twitter, Facebook and the web. Thanks so much to Ara for hosting me today!


Laura is on blog tour today for her newly released YA fantasy book, Canvas Bound. 

Canvas Bound by Laura M. Kolar

Book Description: 
Sixteen-year-old Libby Tanner’s art comes to life. Her painted skies turn from day to night, leaves rustle on trees, and sometimes, a mystery boy appears.

While attending England’s Aldridge Art Academy, Libby meets charming Brent Henderson, a performing arts student who showers her with attention. But his rival, gorgeous Dean James, is the one who occupies her mind, even though he’s very much attached to his current girlfriend.

Libby soon learns there’s more to both Brent and Dean than she ever imagined. In order to save her future and the boy who’s captured her heart, she must unlock the secrets behind her art by entering the most dangerous place of all… the world within her paintings.

But once she steps into the canvas, she risks being trapped forever.
About the Author: 

Photo courtesy of Red Adept Publishing /
Photograph by Ashley Smigelski
Laura M. Kolar lives with her husband and daughter in a one-stop-light town in northern-lower Michigan. Though she didn’t discover her love of books until she turned thirty, as a self-declared hopeless romantic, she has spent the past few years reading and writing stories with mostly happy endings.

If she’s not at her day-job or with her family, you will find her sipping a cup of chai latte while sitting in her favorite rocking chair, hunched over her laptop writing or spending entirely too much time on Twitter. 

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3 Dazzling Comments

  1. Thanks again for letting me crash your blog today :)

    1. Hello Laura :) Anytime. You know where to find me :D Thanks for your time as well. :)

  2. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway. I love finding new authors.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo