Lori Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs, when she’s not playing games with a cat named Chives. She’s fond of activities from the past, including canning and preserving, crochet and cooking. She’s learning how to make her own wines and cheeses.
Her lifelong fascination with the Victorian era dovetails nicely with articles she has written for The Primgraph, a magazine focusing on historical eras in virtual worlds, as well as movie and book reviews for Steampunk Magazine. The Flight to Brassbright is her first novel, and is set in a quasi-Victorian era. She also serves as Editor-In-Chief for Penny Gaff Publications, a small independent publishing house which produces serial adventures in the old penny novel style.
What are you working on next?
The second book in The Brassbright Chronicles, "Down The Tubes" is being edited. It's a challenging task as it's a tricky plot involving four different pairs of main characters, plus a few other troublemakers. My job is to make sure the reader can understand and enjoy the four interweaving plotlines without becoming confused. Time (and the readers!) will tell if I've done my job well.
I hope to have everything untangled in time to write the third book, "The Hidden Doors" during the annual Nanowrimo challenge in November, 2014. I love Nanowrimo! I can't wait to dive into the madness! If you aren't sure what that is, visit http://nanowrimo.org/
What is your writing process?
Not sure I'd recommend my process, but it goes a little like this: A concept occurs to me, and before I can talk myself out of it, I dash off a few thousand words, starting directly at the beginning. At that point sanity takes over and I pause to see what I've done, and where it might go. That's when I outline what I think will be the scenes needed to take the story through an ending. Then I start writing again and my headstrong characters do whatever they like, sheesh. When I'm done, I take the story through multiple re-writes to tame the loose ends and smooth the flow.