I am very excited to share my interview with Lori R. Lopez. It was a real treat to talk with her, and if Lori R. Lopez isn’t an author you’re familiar with please go and check out her author page on Goodreads or Amazon. I recently had the pleasure of reading her dark collection ‘Odds and Ends’. This book covers a wide range of Lori’s writing, both in terms of when it was written and the range of stories. I really enjoyed it and you can find my review here on The Scary Reviews. Lori R. Lopez has dozens of books published and I’m confident she has written one you will enjoy.
The Scary Reviews: Thank you again for joining me today Lori. I’m always interested when a person decides what they want to do for a living. Looking back I know I had mine in mind around time I was in middle school. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Lori: Very young. Elementary School. I also wanted to be an artist, since Kindergarten. I’m realizing both of these lifelong goals.
TSR: What is your work schedule like when you’re writing. Do you have time carved out and set aside each day?
Lori: It’s kind of insane. I write (or do artwork) seven days a week, every chance I can get. That will often involve long hours. But I must find time to check messages online, do that sort of thing. Sometimes the online activities eat up my chance to work, which leads to frustration. I have a lot of projects underway, some from years ago, and I am very driven to complete them. New exciting ideas keep arising as well. It’s madness. Promotion gets pushed aside. Writing is a powerful need. It takes over. But I do try to relax. I love movies. They recharge me.
TSR: I totally understand, I always find new books to read. It feels like I never make any progress on my to be read list! What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Lori: I’ll spend time with family. I watch films and shows to unwind. I also love to read, but it tends to require more energy than I have left from writing, so that has been a problem in recent years. Boardgames and cards are another way to relax. Going somewhere can be fun. Though I have at times not felt that way. And I try to write poetry while riding as a passenger, if I’m not too drained from a day of prose.
TSR: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk.
Lori: My style, and my process. I do redundancy checks. It’s rather compulsive. I try not to use major words more than once in a short work, or too often for something longer. I’ve gone to elaborate lengths to avoid repeating words, and will make terms up or modify them for that purpose, or because there isn’t an existing word I like for a line. I apply Poetic License liberally in my prose and have my own set of rules, bending the conventional ones. I do my own editing. I’m very private about the whole thing, as opposed to others being involved. I have to be; it’s my work.
TSR: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Lori: I’ve been writing and creating a long time. I guess the biggest surprise is that I might never get popular. I’ve always believed in myself. I still do.
TSR: How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
Lori: I’ve grown a second head. Now if only I had more arms! But besides that, I’ve gained confidence in my wording. I can actually feel satisfied, without changing it. I mean, I could go over and over lines in the past, fifteen or twenty years ago. Now I generally read through a work three or four times and it’s done. Of course, I edit as I write too. So I am fussing with some of the lines then, along with checking for redundancies as I go. It’s a slow pace. I try to think of the right words. I don’t like to just rough it out. I’ll do that as notes if I have an idea to get down. But when I write, I really write. That’s it. Then I polish, but mostly I add. Some lines I don’t touch.
TSR: Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Lori: I do, on social media. Including some people I’ve met at events, conventions or fairs. It’s wonderful. Even though there is so much competition now and I wish I had started publishing sooner, people have read what I write and loved it. That’s amazing, especially since my style can be eccentric. I also do little to promote because there’s so much to write!
TSR: I’ll agree with you, your style is eccentric. I think it’s really great and sets you apart from much of what I read. Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers, if so why, if not why?
Lori: I did write a story for an anthology with Blaze McRob some years back called TIDES OF CHAOS. It was a tale of two people exchanging E-mails during an apocalyptic scenario, and we wrote it that way since we’ve only met online. Recently we published it as both an E-book and an illustrated print book. I wrote a poem before that with Aline S. Iniestra-Reider, “Down A Dark Road To Death”. Those were fun, but as I’ve said, I have a lot of ideas and prefer to do my own thing.
TSR: I love that idea and approach for Tides of Chaos. That’s one I’ll have to add to my list. Do you ever get writer’s Block? If so, any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Lori: No, it’s basically the opposite. So many projects. I’m like the White Rabbit from Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, muttering about time, about being late. I keep reshuffling my schedule like cards. Presently I’m trying to finish two projects I’ve been wanting to work on for years, after just finishing a novella of that sort, in addition to a few more books I was planning to release last year. It isn’t at all like the thing about the writer staring at a blank page, attempting to begin that next book. I just wish I could write faster.
TSR: What book/s are you reading at present?
Lori: Soon I’ll be reading one that I’ve been writing, three times. And illustrating it, drawing a cover. While trying to wrap up my next horror collection, UNHALLOWED, and read through its final stories, then illustrate the book and do the cover. That’s just this month and the next. I’m running behind schedule. There are two other books waiting to be wrapped up the last two months of the year. Read? Maybe in a parallel universe, another version of me is reading because she never started publishing. Ha. I hope I can catch up enough to read on a regular basis. All I can manage right now is poetry and the rare short story . . . sad but true.
I want to thank you for taking the time to talk with me today, it was a pleasure. I know you are feverishly working to complete your current work in progress, I won’t give the title away! Best of luck finding time to get to your ‘to be read list’ actually read. I always feel like I can’t make any progress myself. To follow Lori R. Lopez or check out her books click the links provided below.