Interview with Lori Covington

Describe your desk
My desk is my sofa, or possibly my bed, with four pillows behind me. Sometimes, my desk is a comfy chair at one of the many coffeehouses in Charlottetown--I'm especially fond of Timothy's. Once in awhile, my desk is a plastic chair in the backyard, where I can keep an eye on the cats, so the resident fox doesn't get any bright ideas.

I had a proper desk for a year or two, but I never used it. I usually carry some kind of notepad and a pen, and everything else is done on the Ipad, or, when the Ipad and the software are incompatible, a laptop.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a Navy family, and we relocated alot. I was always the new kid in school, very shy. As far back as I can recall, I read. I read through classes and got into trouble for not reading the assignments in class, but choosing my own reading. I didn't just read kids' literature--in fact, in my memory, I skipped from Dr. Suess straight to gothic romances. Maybe there was something in between, but I don't remember it!

I read my mother's books, too, including her textbooks. I think all the reading I did taught me about grammar and dialog and storytelling without my even knowing I was learning to be a writer. What I did know was that the books I spent all my time with provided me with entertainment, information and comfort. They protected me from unwanted conversations, accompanied me to restaurants and foreign countries and opened my imagination.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing song lyrics when I was 12, and poetry followed, then short stories.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a how-to for people who want to conquer loneliness and have a happier life. I was a lonely kid, and it took a long time for me to become comfortable and happy being alone. But learning the skills to be alone have helped me to be a happy person, and I want to share what I've learned. I think loneliness is a terrible dis-ease, and if I can help other people find their way out of that pain, I'd feel I'd done something truly important.

My ebook, "Leaving Loneliness" is short. I'm writing a series of short how-to books addressing human conditions that limit people's well-being and happiness. You don't need a 250-page book to learn ways to be happier. The ebook I published just a few weeks ago is called "Stop Being Poor Right Now". It contains a list, 6 things people can do right away to start limiting the effects of poverty in their lives.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I know the ebook revolution is here! But honestly, I first started publishing online because I got tired of writing publishers, then waiting a year or more for a rejection! I don't have endless amounts of resiliency and I want to use my energy writing, not trying to PROVE I can write--and then hoping I get lucky. Life's too short to wait around for someone else's approval.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I write, I enter a different space. It's a joyous act, completely absorbing, nearly effortless, but with enough challenge to make time flow. It's the thing I was made to do.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author is Patrick O'Brian, who wrote the most wonderful sea stories, marvellous dialog, wonderful and gentle humor. I loved Thorne Smith for his early take in fantasy. Seamus Heaney's poetry inspires me. I love the Canadian authors, Michael Crummy, Wayne Johnson, Ian McEwan.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I travel, visit museums and galleries. I swim, make wine and jam, bake bread. I work, of course. I make jewelry and paint and study drawing. I recently finished a graduate diploma in ceramics conservation and am doing a few freelance projects in that. It would be nice to get more experience, work with a private conservation firm...Charlottetown has a great music scene, so I often attend concerts. The coffeehouses here are great, so I spend time in them, and this being summer, the beaches are always calling.

Gee--I sound awfully busy! I'm not, really. I also watch lots of ancient movies and TV on Youtube, so I can't be all THAT busy!
What is your writing process?
It depends! If someone has hired me to write, I read over their expectations, sometimes make a list or an outline, do whatever research I need to do, making notes, and get right to it. I usually work in order to an outline. After a draft is done, I wait a bit, then read it carefully and edit it. Before I send it out, I check it over for typos or misspellings and give it a brief reading over to see if anything jumps out at me as being wrong.

When I write how-tos, work I do for myself, the process is pretty much the same. But in writing poetry or stories or other fiction, it's totally different. It's like being in an altered state...Everything else goes fuzzy, and I'm just in the words, translating the images in my mind into words, or picturing the flow of a story...
How do you approach cover design?
I avoid it! But Smashwords forces me to make covers! My covers are definitely weak, but I'm working on that. I use random images from my Ipad and am largely restricted by the fact that I can never remember to take Ipad pictures in portrait orientation , and then I can never the number of pixels I need. Plus, I have to do my photo editing on my laptop and it's a hassle...Maybe next time, I'll do the cover first, and THEN write the book!
Published 2015-08-17.
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Books by This Author

The Bear
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 8,990. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Yuri's job as a woodsman provides him with everything he needs--security, freedom, comradeship, and the pleasure of life in the wilderness. There is nothing better than the simplicity and directness of a life lived outdoors, in nature's service. He has all he needs--until he's told to dispatch a troublesome bear. Is Yuri a protector or executioner? And could there be a worse time to fall in love?
Beating Poverty--A How-to for Have-nots
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 22,130. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Medicine
"Beating Poverty" was written to help people find their way out of poverty using down-to-earth methods and starting with basics--food, shelter, close connection to others and education. For anyone who is struggling financially, seeking ideas that work, and the creation of hope.