Interview Roulette: Laura Bailo

It’s Laura Bailo’s turn at the wheel!

  1. Describe one especially fond childhood memory—for yourself or for one of your characters. There was this one time, when my dad brought home a kitten he’d rescued from the place he was working at. I fed him milk and took care of it, but we couldn’t keep him in the flat we were living in. At that time, we used to go spend a lot of my summer vacation in a small village in the Pyrenees, where we had – and still have – a house, so we took the kitten with us. And since then, every time we went back, the cat would plaster himself to me, follow me everywhere and even sleep in my bed. I loved that cat.
  2. Which would be your preferred vacation choice: a luxury hotel, an apartment in a historic building, or a tent? Anything by a tent! Seriously, I’m not made for sleeping outside a building. An apartment in a historic building would be my preferred choice, since I like setting my won hours and routines. And this way I could cook – or not – whatever I wanted to eat.
  3. Are you a nerd and/or a geek? Provide evidence to support your answer. I am! My last book is set in a board games convention; do you really need more evidence? 😀 If you need more, I carry a d20 with me everywhere and sometimes use it to make my choices for me. And I meet friends almost every week for some tabletop roleplaying, which usually ends with us throwing dice at the game master.
  4. Describe a hobby one of your characters likes to engage in. Aitor likes playing board games – of course – but he also loves knitting. He saw one of the ladies he works with knitting once to pass the time and he was fascinated. He asked her to teach him and well… Let’s just say he now needs an entire cupboard just to keep his scarves.
  5. Which modern invention could you absolutely not survive without? My Nespresso. It gives me the perfect shot of coffee I need to start the day. I would probably bite someone’s head off without it.
  6. You’re on a ship with Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, Catherine the Great, David Bowie, Billie Holiday, and Gengis Khan. But oh no! The ship is sinking and the lifeboat only holds four people. You get to decide—who gets on that lifeboat? I do! And for company I’d love David Bowie, Albert Einstein and Billie Holiday. It would never be boring.
  7. What is your favorite mythological creature? I’m going to go with something local, since I’ve been researching Basque mythology for the story I’m working on, and say it’s Basajaun. He’s the guardian of the forest. He protects the forest, and the people and animals that share space with it. He could sense storms coming and would warn shepherds so they could protect their flocks of sheep. I think he’s a really interesting creature.
  8. If you could create a phone app, what would it be? I honestly have no idea. Nothing. Nada.
  9. One of your characters comes to you for advice. Who is it, what does he ask, and what do you tell him? It’s Gabriel. He’s drank too much coffee and he’s freaking out about what to give Aitor for his birthday. I make him think about what Aitor loves, but especially about what he loves doing with Gabriel – and I hit his shoulder before he can make any kind of sexual innuendo. In the end we talk it through and he settles for making a reservation for both of them in one of those hotels that are also a roleplaying game. I think he’d going for one where they have to help solve a murder – Aitor has read too many Agatha Christie novels.
  10. What is your favorite insect? The one that’s as far away from me as possible. Seriously, I hate insects, and most of them I find actually terrifying.


Book blurb: When Gabriel goes to the annual gaming convention, planning to play as many games as he can during the next three days, he doesn’t expect to be glared to death in the parking lot by a really cute guy. So when the same guy joins the game Gabriel is playing, Gabriel is determined to make him smile, even if it takes some awkward flirting.

When Aitor makes it inside the convention center after someone steals his parking spot, he doesn’t expect to be so attracted to the man he decided to hate just a few minutes earlier. But as he gets to know Gabriel through gaming and flirting, he just can’t look away.

The game of flirting has no rulebook, but for Gabriel and Aitor, it may just have two winners after all.

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Author bio: Laura Bailo is a veterinarian and a teacher in training who can do surgical sutures but can’t sew on a button to save her life.

She lives in Spain with far too many books and boxes full of notebooks. She loves exploring the narrow streets of Pamplona and she’s known to have gotten lost in her own city.

She loves reading, singing and trying out new cooking recipes, and if she’s feeling adventurous she may try to do all of these at the same time.

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