Interview with Carrie Lowrance

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on along Highway Route 15 in Central Pennsylvania. My parents owned a restaurant and motel and our house was also on the property. Unlike living in town like some of my friends, I didn't have kids to pal around with or come visit often. If I wasn't hanging out at the restaurant, I was at home in my room writing and listening to music.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in elementary school. I was always having to cut my stories down to proper page count because I never wanted the story to end.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have wanted to be published my whole life and had done some research on print on demand several years back but the package pricing was always an issue. It wasn't until my Mom saw a clip about Smashwords author Jasinda Wilder, on the CBS Morning show three years ago, that I realized I HAVE to do this. Her story was such an inspiration and even though everyone's success level is different, I just knew I had to try. I also read an article in Writer's Digest about best-selling author Bella Andre/Lucy Kevin that was very inspiring.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My most current release, Boys Will Be Boys Series #2: Brock's Bad Temper (And The Time Machine) is about a boy who has a really bad temper. Each night after he is bad in school, the time machine in his room transports him to another time period to receive an 'old school' punishment. Will Brock learn to control his temper? Will he realize his modern day consequences to his actions are not that bad?

Follow Brock as he gets in trouble, goes back in time, and finally learns to get his temper under control.
What are you working on next?
My next book is going to be my first book of inspirational fiction.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh gosh, so many to list. Debbie Macomber, Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, A. Lee Martinez, Dave Ramsey, Jon Acuff, Terri Blackstock, James Patterson, John Grisham, Susan Wiggs, Lucy Kevin, Janice Thompson, Belinda G. Buchanan, Karen Kingsbury and the list goes on and on.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I'm not writing, I'm usually cooking or baking or hanging out with friends. I also enjoy spending quality time with my husband and our two furry children, our rabbit Abby and our one eyed cat, Colin. And of course I love to curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I either have something specific in mind by an author I love or I go to the free book section and browse for hours and download whatever strikes me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, actually I don't.
What is your writing process?
My writing process can be kind of messy. Sometimes the start of a chapter will just run wild in my head, so I will sit down at my computer, and just type it all out until there is nothing left. Once the initial chaos is over, I will sit down and outline either the first few chapters or sometimes a whole book to get the rest of my ideas organized. Then I will go back to the initial frenzy and start tweaking it and write the rest of the book as it comes.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read everything from romance to suspense to finance and career books. My tastes are all over the place and I will read just about anything.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Barnes & Noble NOOK HD. Hands down. I LOVE it.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a fondness for SelfPubBookCovers.com. I think the artists are highly talented and the price is right on the money. If you are looking for an amazing cover for a reasonable price, THIS is the place to go. For my first children's book I used the AMAZING Jeanine Henning to do my cover art and illustrations. She is a lot of fun to work with and is very, very talented. I plan on working with her a lot in the future.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
As a new author, I don't measure my success right now in how many books I have sold. Success in this business right now to me is having the courage to do it in the first place. You are never a failure if you try. However, I feel Smashwords has contributed to my success in that it has made my books available to outlets I have only dreamed of (Barnes&Noble) and those I had never heard of (Kobo). I could never have done that on my own.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is being able to be creative. When I write, all is right with the world and I know that this is EXACTLY what I am supposed to be doing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do not remember the first story I ever read. However, I do know that the first time my Mom ever showed me a book I went crazy, flailing my arms and legs as a baby because I was so excited and fascinated.
Published 2018-01-22.
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Books by This Author

Shadow Of Soul
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,510. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Shadows of soul. Everyone has them. Shadows of pain. Shadows of anger. Shadows of broken love. Those emotions and situations that follow us all through our lives. The memories we can’t forget. Take a walk through the shadows in this book of poetry and find out what you've been suppressing in your own soul.
The Safety Of Objects
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,340. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The Safety Of Objects is a book of poems about various objects. Some objects give us great comfort, like chocolate or coffee or candy. Others bring us great distress or discomfort, like being allergic to grass or vomiting or having a nosebleed. Take a walk on the abstract side
Lithium Dreams and Melancholy Sunrise
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