Interview with Lorna Gray

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was published in the Johannesburg newspaper ("The Star") for a short story I wrote called The City.
Describe your desk
My desk is not particularly tidy, although I am comfortable working there. I write myself post-it notes as reminders. These are everywhere. Desk. Fridge. Inside my purse.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Lord of the Rings by Tolkien - good triumphs over evil.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery - exquisite writing and such a romantic story (I am a hopeless romantic!).
100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - magic realism at its best. Yellow butterflies, a sad bag of bones and the smell of sulphur. I have lost count how many times I have re-read it.
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides - written so beautifully, this book has an unforgettable and dream-like quality that stays with you long after the final page.
The Magus by John Fowles - a complex plot that seduces the reader and makes you feel like the protagonist. Intoxicating.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tom Robbins, Charles Dickens, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, John Fowles, Virginia Woolf, PG Wodehouse, Martin Amis, Muriel Barbery, Jeffrey Eugenides, Tolkien, Enid Blyton, Dr Seuss, Isabel Allende, Gwen Cooper, Bram Stoker..
What are you working on next?
Drawing on eight years of living as a foreigner in Italy, I am working on a novel where I have to be careful to make sure the various personalities are not too recognizable! Irreverent, ironic, optimistic.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
All of Enid Blyton's books. They made me feel that anything is possible.
What do you read for pleasure?
Just about anything, as long as the author has taken the time to do a grammar and spelling check! See my bio for favourites.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Johannesburg, South Africa - during the 80s and apartheid years. Strong sense of needing to escape. Hence reading and writing. And daydreaming.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Have to say Kindle.
Published 2016-07-13.
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Books by This Author

Finding Daylight
Price: $1.99 $0.99 USD. (50% off until Aug. 31!) Words: 51,460. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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How far would you go to save your own life? Finding Daylight is the story of Alonso, a man whose seemingly perfect life is turned upside down after he dreams of his own death - and then meets his supposed assassin the next day! Set in New York and Madrid, the story follows Alonso on a journey of self-discovery as he sets out to expose his new colleague as a cold-blooded killer.