Today we’d like to introduce you to Laurie Fagen.
Laurie, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
A self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur,” I have operated at least seven different businesses in art, writing, newspaper publishing, video production, and music.
I have also been a writer for much of my adult life, including for commercial and cable television, commercial radio, corporate video, magazines, newspapers and I am now delving into the world of crime fiction.
My current project is book #3 in my series, “Behind the Mic Mysteries,” with a young radio reporter protagonist who covers the crime beat for her Chandler, AZ radio station; helps police solve cold cases; and for fun, writes and produces mystery theatre podcasts. Book #1 is “Fade Out,” book #2 is “Dead Air,” and book #3 will be “Bleeder.” All titles are actual radio terms…with a sinister feel.
I also have produced two audiobooks, which I narrated. I took actors into a studio to record the different voices for the “podcast” portion of the audiobooks, where we also did live sound effects.
I have also had short stories published in three mystery anthologies, and received an honorable mention in an Alfred Hitchcock Murder Mystery Magazine.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
In addition to writing crime fiction mysteries, I also design and create wall art and wearable art with textiles; I design and create polymer clay jewelry and functional items; and I sing classic jazz.
In my novels, I attempt to take a closer look at issues prevalent in our society. For instance, in “Fade Out,” the subjects of arson and infidelity were explored; in “Dead Air,” a sexual assault victim grapples with life knowing her rapist was never caught; and in “Bleeder,” domestic violence is one of the main themes of the book.
With my fiber art quilts, I enjoy working with a variety of surface design techniques, textiles, threads, yarns and more to create wall art.
As a polymer clay artist, creating items of beauty that I hope people will enjoy wearing or using is a great inspiration.
And to perform classic jazz songs for audiences brings great joy to my soul as well as hopefully to others.
The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
Many of us need to have better-paying jobs while we also do our art. Yet sometimes that actually allows us to be free in our artistic endeavors and creations, knowing we don’t have to rely totally on the art to make a living but can create whatever we want, rather than having to cater to what we think will sell.
Many artists I know are also happy in the simple process of designing and creating the work. Many of us don’t just “want” to make art, but we “need” to make art.
So even if it’s making our art for one hour a day or a week or a month, my suggestion is to keep creating and fulfilling that need within us, even while financially supporting ourselves elsewhere.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My books are available on Amazon.com, and more information on my writing is at www.ReadLaurieFagen.com.
I am also available for speaking engagements about my books.
My artwork can be seen at www.FagenDesigns.com, as well as various websites and shows, including Visions Art Museum at www.visionsartmuseum.org, and a wall quilt, “Glacier National Park” will be in the Art Intersection show June 12 – August 3. I also have a Handmade at Amazon store, accessible by searching for Fagen Designs.
- Website: ReadLaurieFagen.com; FagenDesigns.com; LaurieFagen.com; HonuProductions.com
- Phone: 602-463-2665
- Email: Laurie@ReadLaurieFagen.com; Laurie@FagenDesigns.com; Laurie@LaurieFagen.com
- Instagram: lauriefagen
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