Former Hollywood finance exec Lorraine Evanoff uses classic mystery storytelling to spin complex tales of international finance with a sexy female heroine. Lorraine’s best-selling Louise Moscow Novels, FOLIAGE and the newly released PINOT NOIR, are high concept noir thrillers inspired by real-life banking scandals.
Originally from Chicago, Lorraine received a degree in French from DePaul then studied and worked for seven years in Paris and is currently living in Los Angeles with her husband. Lorraine held CFO positions in high tech companies during the dot-com era, and more recently in the film industry, notably as CFO of National Lampoon. She already has multiple IMDB credits to her name and now has a screenplay in development.
PINOT NOIR: An International Banking Spy Thriller (A Louise Moscow Novel Book 2)
2020 BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNER, MYSTERY CATEGORY
2020 indigBRAG B.R.A.G. MEDALLION WINNER, HISTORICAL FICTION CATEGORY
FOLIAGE: An International Banking Spy Thriller (A Louise Moscow Novel Book 1)
2016 BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD FINALIST, HISTORICAL FICTION CATEGORY
2016 NEW APPLE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
2016 SHELF UNBOUND BEST INDIE BOOK, NOTABLE INDIE AWARD
2016 READER’S FAVORITE BOOK AWARD FINALIST
What inspires you to write?
Making connections! I'm obsessed with connecting the dots, which is why Historical Fiction and Mysteries are my favorite genres. But, I also enjoy connecting with readers and other authors. It's one of the most rewarding parts of being an author. The feedback from my readers and writers expands my horizons and inspires me to dig deeper into the next mystery.
Tell us about your writing process.
In the months before I'm ready to sit down to write a novel, I jot down any thought or concept that comes to mind, copy links to news stories and read a lot of books in my genre. Next, when I'm ready to write, I do a lot of research and take notes, from which I prepare an outline. Once I'm ready to start writing, I follow the mantra "just write." That means a daily routine which includes meditation in the morning, then writing 2,000-5,000 words per day. Sometimes in the evenings I'll sit out in my Zen space (my atrium with a water fountain) and will write and edit. Once the first draft is finished then I do many rewrites and edits. Only when I feel it's fully developed will I send the galleys to my beta readers whom I trust. This is invaluable as they also proofread and send me typos. One of my friends has a wonderful sense of story and will make amazing suggestions so he's kind of an unofficial editor.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Absolutely, my characters definitely take on lives of their own. Often times I'll find myself wondering what my main character is up to now. If an actual activity or other idea pops up, I'll immediately write it down and meditate on it to see how it moves the story forward.
Who are your favorite authors?
For fiction, it's hard to pick specific authors because I love reading new indy authors. In that vein, Dominic Piper's Daniel Beckett Series and all of Brian O'Sullivan's books are great, especially The Puppeteer and The Bartender.
Of the classics, mysteries and thrillers, I love Kathy Reichs Temperance Brennan series, Lamb by Christopher Moore, Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series, and Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne. Recently I read A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway and pleasantly surprised by the simple beauty and also by the parallels to my books!
For historical fiction I enjoyed Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol.
For spiritual, Thomas Moore, Dark Nights of the Soul.
For non-fiction, most recently Bill Browder's Red Notice and David Enrich's Dark Towers blew my mind!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I decided to write my first novel it was a massive undertaking that took four years to finish. So, when I finally was ready to publish, the prospect of waiting another few years to find a publisher, if ever, just convinced me that it made the most sense to self-publish. The timing was right because self-publishing has practically become the norm. It's a lot of work but I have no regrets.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s an exciting time! It seems people are reading more than ever. Also, the literary world is fascinating, and authors are so supportive. Learning how to release a book and then put it out there to get sales, awards and make best-seller lists is challenging. Plus, the indy outlets continue to move the goal posts and make it even more difficult to figure out what works. But it's a really interesting process and indy publishing doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. The traditional publishers seem to be doing very well and have a solid grasp of how to make a best seller, so I'm not worried about them.
What genres do you write?
Mystery, Thriller, Financial Thriller, Historical Fiction, Romance
What formats are your books in?
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