Princess of Conjurers – Laurie L. Bolanos

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Laurie L. Bolanos was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She worked as an LPN for twelve years before returning to Delgado/Charity School of Nursing, graduating as an R.N. in January of 2006. She continues her nursing career while writing in her spare time. Prince of Conjurers is her award-winning first novel published in 2015 and set in the city of New Orleans. 


  1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

LLB: I first realized I wanted to be a writer around the age of twelve. I remember I asked for and received a Sears typewriter for Christmas that year. I would spend hours in my room typing little stories.

     2. How long does it take to write your book(s)?

LLB: It took me about five 1/2 years to write Prince of Conjurers, but about another year to proofread, edit, copy-edit, and get it published.

    3. What is your work schedule like when writing a book?

LLB: I wish I could say there was a method to my madness, but there isn’t. When I had time available, I wrote.

  4. Where do you get your ideas or information for your book?

LLB: For Prince of Conjurers, I pulled my ideas from Phantom of the Opera. I felt drawn to the Phantom (Erik) and always believed there had to be more to his story.

5. When did you write your first book?

LLB: I started writing Prince of Conjurers in late 2008 and published it in spring of 2015

6. What do you do when you’re not writing?

LLB: When I’m not writing, I’m working as a Registered Nurse. I’m also a wife, mother, and a pet lover with one dog and six cats, two of which I am fostering for the next year.

7. What does your family think of your writing?

LLB: My family has encouraged and supported me from day one. I am so lucky!

8. What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating your books?

LLB: One of the most surprising things I learned while writing my books is how deep my imagination and creativity can run. Sometimes, I would write a particular scene or even just a sentence that made me feel as though I were truly an amazing writer. Those little moments really get you through the tougher parts of writing a book.

9. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

LLB: I have written two books. Prince of Conjurers and Things Can Grow Between Your Toes. Luckily for me, one was written for adults and the other was written for children, so I don’t think I have to choose a favorite. I love them both. 😊

10. Any tips/suggestions on getting started?

LLB: I think joining a writer’s group would be beneficial for networking and meeting people that may be interesting in forming a Critique group.  Having a Critique group or at the very least Beta readers is so important for feedback.

11. What do you think makes a good story?

LLB: I like a story that has surprises and keeps me wondering or guessing what will happen next.

12. As a child, What did you want to do when you grew up?

LLB: As a child, I wanted to be a surgeon. Now, I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up, but until I do, I will keep writing.


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Prince of Conjurers.


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Prince of Conjurers by Laurie L. Bolanos


Prince of Conjurers


First and foremost, let me just say I have never read a book that made me cry. With that being said, this book has definitely put me through an emotional roller coaster but it was well worth the ride! It had me on the edge of my nerves as I flipped page after page trying to get closer to the ending. As soon as something came together, or was figured out, that’s when it got more complicated. More pieces of the puzzle were missing than resolved. I was transported into another world in which I felt every emotion the characters were going through. I felt their pain. I felt their passion. I felt their anger.Understanding how someone can captivate your mind, body and soul and what you would do to preserve it. Even if it meant doing something unspeakable! A beautiful masterpiece to be read again and again.