Since I only have around five weeks until graduation, I’m going to do something a little bit different for RIM. Instead of adding five new books to my already crazy workload, I’ll be doing a series of author interviews. Once I graduate, this feature will move to Tuesdays. So, without further adieu, let’s welcome our very first guest, Lori Michelle!
E: Hi, Lori! Welcome to Erindipity. You’re the first guest I’ve had. I’m not much of an entertainer, I guess.
L: I am so honored to be the first person. Hey you brought cookies, so we’re good.
E: First off, let’s talk about your book, Dual Harvest. What can you tell me about it?
L: It is an erotic thriller, with a serial killer and a police detective. Of course it has a twist, but I can’t tell you what it is. I actually wrote it for the National Novel Writing Month in 2009. It’s doing really well and has gotten high ratings on Amazon. Now if only I could sell a million copies.
E: What gave you the idea for the book?
L: Without going into too much detail, I was going through a rough period in my life. It just happened.
E: What was your process like? Did you outline and plan before you started writing, or did you jump in and see where it took you?
L: Typically, I think of the way I want a book or story to end before I start writing, but I am not much of an outliner. I normally have a vague idea of where I want to go and jump in with two feet. And since this was a NANO novel, there isn’t time to plan on where you are going, you just have 30 days to go!
E: Do you have any other books in the works?
L: I do, two of them. One of them is about a woman being haunted by ghosts and the other about aliens (yes I know cliche, but it’s more than that). I can’t seem to find my alien file though, so I guess I should concentrate more on the ghost one. It’s been a long time since I have had the time to sit and write, so I need to revisit what I have done and perhaps get my rear in gear about finishing.
E: What authors are you influenced by?
L: VC Andrews. Her mind was so psychologically twisted and her characters were so horrific.
E: What drew you to horror?
L: Funny enough, I never realized I liked horror until a few years ago. Yes, I always loved reading VC Andrews and Stephen King, but I was never one for the Nightmare on Elm Street Movies or any of that. The horror I adore isn’t your standard vampire/zombie/slasher horror though. I tend to like the things that are more psychological and twisted. The more realistic it can be, the more I like it.
E: You’re more than just an author. What else do you have going on?
L: A whole lot! First off, I am the managing editor of Dark Moon Digest and Dark Eclipse. So, once a month I put together an e-magazine and once a quarter, I put together a print magazine. Then I am also in partnership with Max Booth III over at Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. I take care of all the layout design and all the bookkeeping. Recently, PMMP has joined together with Revolt Daily Magazine, so I will be in charge of layout there too. It’s all very exciting. Coming in September, I am going to be putting together a horror anthology called Bleed where the proceeds will go to the Children’s Cancer Fund. My own son has leukemia and children’s cancer is a subject that really hits me hard. The CCF has been really great to my son and I want to do something to show my gratitude and to help other kids who are afflicted. Top that with being the single mom of two kids. Yes, I am insane, thank you for noticing.