She started writing her first book, Happy Beginnings: How I Became My Own Fairy Godmother when her world fell apart and she needed to process changes in her life. Lorena found characters Marissa, Andrea, Lily, Deidre and Beatrice were visiting her and wouldn’t leave and her first novel, Beatrice Munson, came to life.
After finishing that book she was inspired to write more novels and she knew that pursuing her passion was the best way to live her life. So a writer she became.
Today Lorena has written several novels, Beatrice Munson, House on Plunkett Street, The X, Coaster, and Meeting Ms. Monroe. She is beginning research on two historical novels.
Find her at www.LorenaBBooks.com
What inspires you to write?
When I decided to write it seemed like the floodgates opened and ideas came streaming in. So I’ve been writing those ideas one at a time. I am lucky because I can usually write a book quite quickly, especially if the characters want to be written. And when I travel I seem to find even more inspiration and ideas for my books. My last two vacations brought me two new novel ideas. One is my most current book, Coaster.
Tell us about your writing process.
I work my writing like a business, therefore I try to write everyday. I make Starbucks and coffee houses my office as it’s almost impossible to write and stay focused at home. Then I write from about 10-1. Then I head to our other business, www.ManDrums.com (we make handcrafted, custom professional drums) to work on social media and formatting work. I try to make my process very structured which helps me write faster.
I am not an outliner per se, however, I usually know the character and write them out and the basic idea of the book and where I want it to go. Then I make a separate document that is my facts page so I can keep everyone’s name, spouses, kids, and foibles straight.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes. My characters become real and in fact I see them and the story play out like a movie in my head. I just write what I see and hear. Some characters are very easy to write and I relate very quickly. However, for my new novel which is a male police officer I have to find inspiration. I was lucky enough to find the perfect person and my character came alive.
What advice would you give other writers?
It’s really simple. You need to write. Freestyle write. Don’t worry about the imperfections, just get things down on paper. Everything else can be worked out in the final stages. But when you just write it allows your characters and story line to flow organically and not feel forced.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to publish my first book, a memoir called Happy Beginnings: How I Became My Own Fairy Godmother because I knew there was no books out there telling the true story of what it’s like to go through loss and divorce and that women were rather stuck and needed a push to allow themselves to be happy. I self-published because I didn’t want to wait for approval from an agent and publisher and I wanted the story out there. That being said I made sure that the book had a very sellable look and feel to it. But that was in 2005, when I decided to just write novels I began a new company called, Lorena B Books and it promotes my novels, which I self-publish because I believe the authors should have creative control and monetary rewards from their hard work.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that Traditional publishing is going to die hard. It’s going to hold on with it’s nails embedded. And I’m not foolish enough to not understand that there is a lot of power, prestige, and possibility with traditional publishing. However, I think self-publishing has grown up a lot and I believe for the authors it is the best way to write. It is a lot of work and so it helps if you love it, but I think it’s absolutely possible to make a living writing. I’m banking on it.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Suspense, Chick Lit, Thriller, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Character Studies, Memior
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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