Interview with Lolo Trimmer

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love writing because it gives me the power to explore. At any time I can travel to foreign lands, meet new characters, and explore different lifestyles. I like writing fiction and fantasy because in that genre, anything is possible.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing the moment I learned how to: in preschool. I really wanted to learn how to read, so my mom taught me.
I would write little two or three page stories, with magazine clippings and stick figures for the "pictures."
Now I have written books up to almost 90 pages long and counting.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean a lot to me, to say the least. If it weren't for my fans, and family, I would not be writing books today.
It is always encouraging to receive a good review, and they keep me going.
I keep every nice review that I receive from friends and fans in a special jar. Then whenever I feel bad about my work, I read through the positive comments.
What are you working on next?
Currently I am working on a book about a twelve year old girl who is engaged in an underground war against an evil army. I do not know what the title is yet (I am still working on draft one!) but I will let you know as soon as it is finished!
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Dandi Mackall, and Susan Cooper. I try to learn something from Cooper's style: her books have a thick plot and lots of surprises. I also admire the way Tolkien's Middle Earth has so much background, and the way it feels real. These authors have really inspired me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing. Definitely writing, the day's activities, and my family and friends.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing or reading, I enjoy playing volleyball, horseback riding, canoeing, baking, and doing research for my stories. I also like hanging out with friends, playing the piano (I am still a beginner), and doing stuff on the computer.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I read my favorite authors, and any books that friends recommend to me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was three pages long with stick figure illustrations. The story read:
Once there was a princess. Named Holly. The end.
I still have the original. It is great to see how far my writing has come.
What is your writing process?
First, I have to get a really good idea. I often have to work really hard to get the simple facts down. Then I write the main idea on an index card, brainstorm my characters, and go from there. Often I will take my friends' appearances, change their personalities, give them a new name, and there's a character.
Once I have done this (it usually takes about fifteen minutes) I start writing with the words "Chapter One."
I always stop when I know what will happen next, so in this way I have only gotten stuck a couple of times.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure, I read lots and lots of fantasy. I like fiction set in the real world too, but my first choice is always fantasy.
On a rainy day, or when I have nothing else to do, I will read a Nancy Drew mystery.
What are your absolute favorite books, and why?
My favorite books are the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I love them because they have a strong plot with lots of extra problems- the more problems there are, the better the book.
Tolkien also makes the readers feel for his characters, which are plentiful.
I am striving to reach this level, but it is really a lot more difficult than it looks! :)
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
My best marketing techniques are my blog and twitter. My twitter name is @MissLillyBird after my parakeet (feel free to follow me if you like). :P
I also encourage my readers to review my books, which is good marketing as well.
How do you approach cover design?
I leave the cover alone until I finish the final draft of my story. My covers are usually software-oriented.
Describe your writing space
I write anywhere, but my favorite spot to write is on my purple beanbag chair. It is in the corner of my bedroom, where I can easily reach the bookshelf and the CD player.
I will also write sitting in the living room in the armchair with my feet up on the couch. I like being comfortable while I write.
Describe your writing style in a few words for us.
Well... my writing style changes often, but currently I like using lots of verbs and writing from the first person view.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle or iPad. I have a kindle and I admire my friend's iPad. I would say I favor those two.
Published 2014-03-02.
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Books by This Author

Emergency!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,820. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Health & Daily Living / General, Fiction » Children’s books » Lifestyles / City & Town Life
The Baker twins, Elizabeth and David, travel from the American pioneer times to the 21st century, where they learn about handling emergencies. This is a childrens book, showing in a fiction story how to handle an emergency while also comparing other aspects of these different time periods in a fun yet subtly educational way, so kids will actually read it! This was written by Cassidy Trimmer.