Interview with Lorraine

Why do you write?
I write to ''nudge the world a little''. I believe the pen is the most powerful weapon in the world, and the most powerful tool for spreading love and happiness. Well used, it can drive social reform and personal change that can make the world a better place for all.
I write because something within me compels me to write. It is something I must do.
What do your readers mean to you?
My readers are my best friends, my harshest critics, my inspiration, my strength, and my persistence. Without readers, my writing has no purpose. When a reader walks a mile in the shoes of my character and laughs and cries with him or her, and feels his/her pain, I have achieved my goal and I can feel confident to write more.
Readers who find fault inspire me to work harder at my craft. They challenge me to research and rethink... to reach out for knowledge and understanding; to free myself of prejudices and presumptions; to be tolerant and respectful and to ''walk a mile'' in their shoes and understand their journey and what makes them think as they do.
Readers help me understand how others think and feel, so that I can better understand the world we live in and with greater understanding, I can be a better writer.
I love my readers, whether or not they love me and whether or not they love what I write. But I especially love readers who relate to what I write and respond positively. And I love best of all those who take the time to write an honest and thoughtful review.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on a novel called ''Mortgaged Goods'', about an abused child who is saved when her parents ''sell'' her to foster parents who adore and spoil her and help her grow to be a successful lawyer. When she marries the rich and successful Karl Albrecht, she believes has it all. But cupidity has its price. When tragedy strikes, Natalya's sordid past comes back to haunt her and she faces difficult challenges that compel her to rethink what really defines and woman's value and to decide what kind of woman she really wants to be.
With a hint of legal drama and a little sophisticated romance, this is a work of women's fiction that seeks to expose political corruption and the dangers of materialism and obsession with success; to reveal the challenges and heartaches of giving birth to a special child; and to define parental love.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are far too many to mention, but among my special favourites are Marj McCrae and Diana Hockley (both Australian women authors). I enjoy Steven King, Richard Flanagan, and Patrick White. I love Henry Lawson and Banjo Patterson. I found Marcus Clarke inspiring, and Darcy Niland entertaining. I like James Paterson's novels. One of my greatest pleasures in life is discovering new authors who can inspire, stimulate, and entertain - and I find them daily.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am blessed to be loved by a wonderful man who makes every day a joy. I have daughters and grandchildren who love and need me. And I have learned that in every day there is something to celebrate; a challenge to be met; and an opportunity to do a kindness for someone.
And then there's the opportunity to write... and by writing, to succeed in meeting a challenge and to ''nudge the world a little'', hopefully, in some small way, making it a better and a happier place.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love reading. I love to sew and to tend my vegetable garden. And I love nature. I walk often on the beach and through bushland, and my husband and I load up our campervan often and explore the outback of the beautiful country we live in. I also love overseas travel. And most of all, I love just spending time with friends and loved ones.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am a fan of Goodreads, and I am a member of several websites where authors promote or author interviews and book reviews are published. I am also a keen book reviewer, so authors and publishers often approach me directly to look at new releases.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was in primary school and I had been on a picnic with my family. I found a tree with a huge hole in its trunk, and in my wild imagination that hole was home to a family of fairies. I wrote a story about a fairy returning to their tree home to find humans had vandalised it, and her pet birds had fled. But a little girl who saw what most humans could not see found all the furniture and repaired the damage, and coaxed the birds back to their nests.
What is your writing process?
I seem to visualize stories, usually in a half-awake state very early in the morning. It's almost as if someone else wrote it and it appears in front of me as a book I'm reading. I have to type quickly to get the essence of it down before the image disappears. Then I just revise and add, revise, revise, and revise again until it finally all pleases me. Then I seek beta readers to help me ensure it will also please readers.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. I remember reading Noddy books when I was very small. I think the first book that had a real impact was Blinky Bill. I wanted to write like Norman Lindsay. I wanted to BE Norman Lindsay. I wanted to see the world as he saw it. To me, he was just the most brilliant and exciting person - so amazingly gifted, and with such incredible insight.
Later, I read Pilgrim's Progress, and I remember that having a strong impact also. It opened my eyes to the bigotry and intolerance that infests our world, and to the suffering people endure because of it.
How do you approach cover design?
That's my talented husband's domain. He designs my covers. I tell him about the essence of the story and what the protagonist looks like, and he takes it from there. He usually creates five or six concepts for me to choose from, and inevitably one of them will take my fancy.
What do you read for pleasure?
Legal drama, psychological thrillers, women's fiction, slice of life, historical novels... I like diversity. I'm particularly partial to books that take me into foreign worlds and let me walk a way in the shoes of people whose lives are very different from mine. I like to experience life from different points of view.
I'm not keen on fantasy or science fiction, and I hate cheap, trashy romances and westerns. I like books with literary merit, by authors who are not afraid to challenge popular beliefs.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Aldi e-reader. It's generic and it was inexpensive, but it works for me. It's convenient, comfortable to hold, quick to recharge, and has adequate capacity to ensure I can store everything on my ''want to read'' list and anything I've read but might want to read or refer to again.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I think direct marketing has been most effective for me - but Authonomy and LinkedIn have attracted quite a few readers. Author interviews have been useful. Selling isn't my strong point, sadly, but I've been fortunate to find some keen supporters who have helped greatly.
Describe your desk
It's large and it's untidy, but it is in the most beautiful room, with big windows that soak up all the winter sunshine and give me views over a koala sanctuary. And right next to my desk is a lovely comfy reading chair that my mother upholstered for me many years ago and that has remained a favorite piece of furniture. I sit there to proof-read, read, or just to think.
Published 2014-08-10.
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Books by This Author

Mortgaged Goods
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,850. Language: Australian English. Published: July 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Coming of age
Corporate lawyer, Natalie Dreyer, fought hard to prove herself a woman of worth. Married to the rich and charming Karl Albrecht, she believed her future was assured. But when life goes wrong, their past comes back to haunt them both, and the evil in their world threatens to destroy all that matters to them. Is redemption possible for Karl? Can Natalie love enough to save herself and her child?
The Pencil Case
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 123,950. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
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A hit on the head with a pencil case began Paul Wilson's lifelong battle against the system and the pencil-pushers who tormented him. Neither wrongful incarceration nor childhood abuse and deprivation could break Paul Wilson’s indomitable spirit, but survival meant an endless battle against the system that stole him from his family and denied him his freedom and his identity.