Interview with Laurel Slyck, Author of Did Anyone Tell You This Was Going to Be Easy?

12 May 2022

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Did Anyone Tell You This Was Going to Be Easy??

I started writing this as a legacy to leave behind; it was to be something that my kids and family could read to know my whole story. The more I got into writing it though, the more I realized that the message was broader and the more I began to think that others could benefit from reading about my resilience.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Did Anyone Tell You This Was Going to Be Easy?, what would they be?

The Rocky theme song!

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

I like to read good fiction set internationally and I like to read memoirs too. My favorite genre to write so far has been memoirs, but I also like writing other non-fiction.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

Bravey by Alexi Pappas and The Secret Keeper of Jaipur by Alka Joshi are at the top of my pile at the moment.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

There were a few top scenes. I’d have to say, the Scout Mountain scene at the end of the book felt the best to write.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I sometimes stop midway through a run to write a thought that I don’t want to miss. I use the Notes feature of my phone so I don’t have to carry paper around!

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

One foot in front of the other.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

We all have the power to change our own circumstances.


Laurel Slyck is the author of the new book Did Anyone Tell You This Was Going to Be Easy?

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