She's got mystery up her sleeve, I'm told. Come get a peek. Her name is Lorena McCourtney
SDC: Wow! I didn't know you lived in Southern Oregon like me! We might be neighbors and not even know it! How about telling us about your book. I haven’t read it yet.
Along with chasing down a killer, Andi is trying to figure out her relationship with God and testing the limits of her aging anatomy with a skateboard. Plus the complication of her relationship with Keegan “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, the guy who is living proof that some men really do age like fine wine.
This book is right now available only as a Kindle edition, but a hardcover, large-print edition will come out in May 2011.
SKC: And you are writing in this genre, why?
LM: I did some 24 mass-market romances, then turned to Christian fiction and did 7 more romances. But among those 7 was one that included murder and mystery, and I realized I really liked including those elements. So my books since then have been mysteries.
SDC: Everyone is so different. Let's see about you. After a long day of writing or doing revisions in a story what is the very first thing you do?
LM: If the weather is at all suitable, I take a long walk. It clears my head and wakes my body after being glued to a chair in front of my computer all day.
SDC: How long have you been writing, Lorena?
LM: I started way back in high school with an article about my dad that was published in what was then the Alaska Sportsman. I wrote a few agricultural articles in college. Then marriage and motherhood intervened, and it was several years before I got back to writing. But by then I knew fiction was what I wanted to write. My first book was published in 1979, and I’ve been writing ever since.
SDC: It's neat to see how old dreams come to fruition, isn't it. How do you encourage other authors you meet who are struggling with the craft?
LM: Mostly I point out that having talent is great, but it may take considerable persistence to put that talent to use. I’ve never used a critique group myself, but I hear such good things about many of them that I may encourage a newbie to get into one. I also mention some really helpful books and methods: Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method. Jim Scott Bell’s and Jeff Gerke’s books on writing.