Interview with Lula Flann

What are you working on next?
As of January 2016, I'm working on the third in the Mata Morrow series, Bootstrapped. There is a whole plan for the series but one thing I love about writing is that the characters and plot take on a life of their own. So while I have a notion of how things will develop, sometimes even I'm surprised.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The arc of the story in process while I'm writing and the opportunity to interact with readers via social media.
Who are your favorite authors?
Always Henry James and George Eliot. Currently, Ann Patchett, Tana French, Sarah Waters.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In the summer; hiking, cycling, and camping. In the winter; skiing, game playing, and dancing. All year round - reading.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. It was hot.
What is your writing process?
I'm always on the lookout for good story ideas and I jot those down. I listen to snippets of conversations wherever I find myself throughout the day. I outline, write, and then edit. When I'm in the writing mode I have a daily word count target.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read my book group books which are limited to women authors. This brainy group votes in a diverse selection of reading material each and every year so I have new discoveries each month.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPad and Kindle.
Describe your desk
I have a lovely drop down secretary that I never use. And I have a makeshift stand-up desk, (constructed from an extra cabinet shelf, a camera tripod, and a bungee cord) that I use all the time. Wish I could post a picture. It is the envy of my friends.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in middle America and I can't stop myself from being nice. Except for when I'm not.
Published 2015-12-30.
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Books by This Author

Fringes
Series: Mata Morrow Mysteries. Pre-release—available August 30, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Fashion-forward and incidental sleuth Mata’s bootstrapping endeavors have brought in the bounty. As pressures from crowd-funding and espionage mount, Mata and friends crave some R&R so head to Fair for three days of love and getting back to the land. Instead, Mata is confronted with the less-than-grateful dead and the ghost of wrongs that refuse to be laid to rest.
Bootstrapped
Series: Mata Morrow Mysteries. Pre-release—available August 30, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Mata Morrow, is prepared to rip someone apart at the seams. She discovers that vandals have laid waste to her new MmPorium studio space on the very morning an investor is due to arrive. This is the least of her troubles once one of her beloved Remarkables bumps into a weedy corpse during a sunrise float at Willamette Falls and drifts straight into the crime scene.
Button Up
Series: Mata Morrow Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,680. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
Mata’s oldest ally, Bax, travels to Oregon for comfort and counsel. She believes her husband is unfaithful, although they are indisputably and uniquely suited to each other. Meanwhile, Mata’s book group parses literary themes of infidelity, diverging interests and betrayal. When inevitable change occurs in long term relationships, how do couples adapt? What if murder is the wedded wrong-doing?
Buckled Down
Series: Mata Morrow Mysteries. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,300. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Mata Morrow has made her move to Portland at a pivotal moment for her budding career as a clothing designer. Her entrepreneurial ambitions are threatened when old friend, Jo, appears on the scene with an urgent request for help finding a daughter she was forced to give up decades before. Mata's brainy new book group pitches in when unsettling details emerge surrounding the daughter’s birth.