I found another vict … er, um … author to interview. Actually, Lori Libby is a dear friend who enjoys the craziness found at our Maine chapter monthly meetings. She lives in a quaint little town in Maine with her husband and her two wonderful children. A feisty Akita puppy completes the happy family. 

Lori has a BS degree in Elementary Education. For the past eight years she’s been a school teacher and loves molding the young minds of our future generations into independent and creative adults. (Read this as “angel on earth”  or “slightly touched” … she teaches middle school! *runs away screaming*)

She enjoys hiking and crocheting. But writing is Lori’s passion. The challenge and learning process have exhilarated her, inspiring her to reach for the moon. She loves romance with a happily ever after ending and hopes her stories portray the love she has for the English language. She loves words and the power they wield.

*rubs hands together* Now, let’s get into the nitty gritty with the personal questions…

Please tell us about your books.
Now and Forever
is a romantic suspense that throws Becca Maginty’s life into a tailspin.  She is a single mother, small business owner, and the object of an obsessed stalker.

Hunter’s Arrow is a paranormal suspense with shape shifters of many breeds living in our world in secret.  Hunter is a PI who has to find a killer targeting his pack, before Belen, a reporter, finds the truth about shifters.

Fiery Strength is the second in my shifter series centering on Keagan.  He must save the woman he loves, his mate, Andra from execution for the murder of her soon to be ex. 

I know you are writing a series, what made you decide to go in that direction?
I hear voices and no I’m not on medication! LOL! (Of course you’re not, hon! Is there an author alive who doesn’t hear voices? What? No, I can’t talk to you now Cole… can’t you see I have company? Sorry, Lori, you were saying…)  

As I was writing Hunter’s Arrow, some of the other characters began talking, asking for a story of their own.  Before I was finished with Hunter’s Arrow, I had three more stories starring each of the men from the Northern Pack.  There was a huge tussle among them about the order of the books, so I settled it. 

Your characters sound dreamy. How did you come up with them?
Dreamy?  You’re making me blush.  I like the kind of guy that makes you want to throw him on the bed and have your way with him!  (w00t! w00t! My kind of man!)

I’d have to say, I grew up in a neighborhood full of guys.  I climbed trees. I played football. I played army and I played cops and robbers with them.  I learned the way they talk and interact.  I learned that underneath the ego they have emotions and feel things as much as women, this hidden nature of men is what I hope to show in my writing.

If you came with a warning label what would it read?
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity. (Hey, that’s the same one I wear!)

I know you love writing “shifter” stories, what attracted you to that genre?
Growing up, I was a horror fanatic.  I read every scary book I got my hands on… (Started reading Stephen King at the age of eight.)  I watched every horror movie on TV that my parents allowed.  I used to beg my mom and dad to go visit my grandparents on Saturday afternoons because they had cable and the Creature Double Feature.   

Werewolves have always fascinated me.  I think it would be awesome to be able to change into a wolf and experience the forest as a living part instead of an observer.  I hope that makes sense.

Tell us about your writing process. Are you a plotter or pantzer? Do you have comfort drinks or snack foods. Any favorite music you play while writing?
I’m definitely a pantzer.  I know my characters, know the starting event and where I want to finish; the rest is making it up as I go along.  I drink soda… lots and lots of soda but don’t have a comfort food.

My daughter poked her head in and asked what action scene I was writing.  Amazed, I asked how she knew.  She laughed and said hard rock means action.  Intrigued, I asked what other types of music meant.  She said soft rock was relationship stuff and that the subject of the music told her what was going on in the story… sad songs, sad happenings.  I never paid much attention before, she’s right. (Lori’s got rap on as we sit here … hmmm, wonder what that means. Oh, pah-tay!)

If we asked your friends to name 3 personality traits about you, what do you think they would say?
Loud… I say I project.
Rude… I say I have a lot to talk about..
Obnoxious… I say I like to have fun.

If you could be one of your characters who would you choose and why?
Tough one.  I like different aspects of all of them.  They all have a bit of me mixed with what I want to be.  Not the villains of course, I’m not at all like any of them.

The editing process is an important aspect of writing. Do you have a routine you follow when going through it?
Of course I do, it’s called run away!  I struggle with editing.  I love finding the best way to say things, but because of my pantzer way of writing, I have to cut a lot out of fluff that I love, but does nothing to advance the story.  Fiery Strength was 150,000 words when I finished the rough draft and 116,000ish when I sent it to Wings for their perusal.  It’s still a long book, but it is far tighter than it was and although painful at times, it’s a better story for it.

After that, I over use some (lots) and must do a search and destroy for that, this, just, he, she etc. The list is long, varied and on file for the find in Word. Passive sentences are next on the list of editing then, repetitive actions of characters… heads hang a lot in my current WIP.  

You have a fulltime job. How do you fit writing into your busy schedule?
I get up at 3am, write for a couple of hours, and head out for my classroom by 6 am.  Most of my editing, the real work in writing, is done in the summer.  My husband got me a laptop so he could see me once in a while!

A hot soak in the tub or a smokin’ BBQ with friends?
BBQ with friends unless I need to recharge then I want to be by myself.  I know I shouldn’t admit this since it goes against the women’s code, but I’m not into soaking in tubs, hot or otherwise.  I can’t sit doing nothing for long. (Who wants to soak alone anyway … what if I offered a studly man to rub your back? I know you’re married. Still…)

Anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
I’m an avid reader.  My friends called me the “Bookeater” when I was growing up.  I still read a lot in many different genres.  I read all but the first Harry Potter book to my kids; it became a family summer activity even though my kids could read them on their own. If you can give your kids and grandkids one thing, turn them on to reading.  Through reading, anything is possible!

All of Lori’s books are available at Wings Epress. She would love to have you visit her website and blog. She would also enjoy your friendship at MySpace and FaceBook. She’s going to be around for a little bit. Feel free to ask her more questions or just show her some love by leaving a comment.

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