Lori Crane

Biography

Lori Crane is a native Mississippi belle currently residing in the Nashville, Tennessee. She is a professional musician by night, an indie author by day. She is a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Revolution, United States Daughters of 1812, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the Historical Novel Society.

Smashwords Interview

Tell us about yourself.
I am an author of Southern historical fiction and the occasional thriller. I started writing novels professionally in 2012, although before that, I wrote songs and television/radio commercials for a living. Writing a story is the same, but I have the freedom to use more words and make it longer than thirty seconds. Since 2012, I’ve released five novels and have two more slated for release in 2014. When I’m not writing, I work on Norwegian Cruise Lines as a dueling piano player. If you’ve never seen a dueling show, it’s an adult experience. I sing bawdy songs and tell off-color jokes and get paid for it—think twenty-first century Mae West. When I’m not on a ship, I reside in Nashville, Tennessee with my trophy husband and a menagerie of critters. I’m an indie author and self-published, and my newest release is "Savannah’s Bluebird."
What's the story behind your latest release?
I dreamt "Savannah’s Bluebird" a couple years ago and woke at 4:00 a.m. in a cold sweat with my heart pounding. I had to write it down immediately and did so until the sun rose. The outline has been collecting dust in my computer ever since, and I recently felt the need to finish it. Since I write Southern historical fiction, I placed my characters in the 1930’s in Biloxi and New Orleans. It’s the most current era I’ve worked in to date, and it was a pleasure for my cast to have telephones and automobiles.
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Videos

Okatibbee Creek book trailer
Video book trailer for "Okatibbee Creek" by Lori Crane.

An Orphan's Heart
An Orphan’s Heart is the real-life story of Ellen Rodgers, who with the broken spirit of an orphan and the soul of a gypsy, leaves her home in Mississippi to start a new life in Alabama. Eventually, she ventures to the great plains of Texas and finds what her heart yearns for, only to have everything ripped from her in a shattering turn of events.

The Legend of Stuckey's Bridge
In 1901, the Virginia Bridge & Iron Company began re-building a fifty-year-old Mississippi bridge and began discovering bodies buried on the banks of the river. On foggy nights, boatmen witnessed him pacing across the bridge, waving his lantern, offering travelers a hot meal and a soft bed. Those unfortunate enough to take him up on the hospitality were often never seen again. Not much else is known about the man locals refer to as Old Man Stuckey…until now.

Elly Hays
As the War of 1812 approached, Elly found herself taunted by a band of Indians. When one of their own was killed, her only goal was to protect her family against a warrior who vowed revenge. Elly Hays is based on a real-life story and is the epic clash between a fearless warrior with nothing to lose and a young mother on the verge of losing everything.

Books

Stuckey's Legacy: The Legend Continues
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Series: Stuckey's Bridge Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,010. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
Thrown into a world of murder, treachery, and an intense game of cat and mouse, Levi would find his time on Jekyll Island ending differently than it had begun. Was she only after his money? Occasionally, it seemed to him she only wanted him dead. Or maybe it was the other way around.
Savannah's Bluebird
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 26,720. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
A tragic love story that transcends the boundaries of this world. Savannah and August have been star-crossed since they were children. After decades of longing to be together and overcoming every obstacle thrown in their path, their wedding day has finally arrived. Will anything else stop them from meeting at the altar? Only the hand of fate.
Elly Hays
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Series: Okatibbee Creek. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,150. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
As the War of 1812 approached, Elly found herself taunted by a band of Indians. When one of their own was killed, her only goal was to protect her family against a warrior who had vowed revenge. Elly Hays is based on the real-life story of Elizabeth Hays Rodgers and is the epic clash between a fearless warrior with nothing to lose and a young mother on the verge of losing everything.
The Legend of Stuckey's Bridge
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Series: Stuckey's Bridge Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,330. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
In 1901, the Virginia Bridge & Iron Company began re-building a fifty-year-old Mississippi bridge and discovered bodies buried on the banks of the river. In earlier days, flatboats witnessed him on the bridge at night, waving a lantern, offering travelers a hot meal and a soft bed. Not much else is known about the man locals refer to as Old Man Stuckey...until now.
An Orphan's Heart
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Series: Okatibbee Creek. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,470. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
An Orphan’s Heart is the real-life story of Ellen Rodgers, who with the broken spirit of an orphan and the soul of a gypsy travels the rugged South to find the only thing important to her...love.
Okatibbee Creek
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Series: Okatibbee Creek. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,190. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
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In the bloodiest years of our nation’s history, a young mother was left alone to endure the ravages of the Civil War and a typhoid epidemic that threatened the lives of everyone left behind. Okatibbee Creek is based on the true story of Mary Ann Rodgers, who not only survived the war, but with the help of an unexpected champion, emerged a heroic woman with an amazing story.

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