How does music assist Lorraine in her writing? Why does she feel a person to person writing group is important?
Tell me a about yourself. What got you started in writing?
I am a veteran children’s reading specialist, teacher and author. I read and wrote stories with children for so long I knew what they craved to read. I also knew I would start writing for children once I retired.
How and where do you write? Do you prefer a lap top or do you prefer writing
I prefer to write at home with my small laptop listening to mood music. The music I choose is dependent upon the genre or scene in which I am writing. For my last novel I listened quite a bit to Enya and Adrian von Ziegler for deep spiritual inspiration.
What's your favorite part about writing? Your least favorite part about writing?
My favorite part of writing is creating the idea and in the research. I search for an odd historical event or an urban legend then build ideas for a fiction story. My least favorite is the revision phase.
How do you come up with your characters? Why would readers want to get to know them?
I usually create a character to fit the story. I have a little trick with using names. I use a real name of a person I know and then already have a personality to go with it. I feel it gives the character name energy and myself a connection.
Readers will hopefully be able to identify with my characters as most of my characters are tweens to young adults. I try to give that teenage angst and persona to them.
What types of marketing do you do to promote your writing?
Marketing for me has been a weak spot. I have to say I am not a marketing or social media person. I hired a high end internet marketing specialist and a SEO person to help. On my own I do tweet, have an author Facebook page along with pages for my novels, use several of of LinkedIn groups and special Facebook groups.
How do you schedule your writing time? When do you write?
I do not schedule a writing time. I usually write in the early afternoons after I have watched the news and have had my fourth cup of tea.
What are you currently working on? Do you have a new book out?
I am currently working on another novel for young adults called The Last Vestal Virgin. Here I have taken one of Rome’s Vestals and created a twisted paranormal story about a teen who was an original vestal and comes back to life only to discover she is destined to return to finish something she couldn't back in ancient Rome 83 AD. I will have a new novel that should be out by the beginning of April. It is called, Out of the Ashes and is a sequel to my first one, Mysteries of the Red Coyote Inn.
Do you have a project on the back burner? Tell me about it.
Yes, I do have a project on the back burner. I will be co-authoring with my hubby. It will be a fiction novel with a deep spiritual message.
What would you tell a beginning writer who wants to publish but doesn't believe
he/she has enough talent?
I would tell a beginner writer to start with short stories and join a writer’s group, such as Watpad. It is good to get feedback when first starting out. Also take some of the inexpensive writing courses offered online. I belong to a local author’s group, CayWriters, where I get to interact with other authors in the flesh and we all support each other. Nothing beats that real life interaction.
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