Growing up the youngest of three girls, Lori never had control of the remote. (Not that she’s bitter about that. Really. Okay, maybe a little, but it’s not like she’s scarred for life or anything.) That meant a steady diet of science fiction and fantasy. Star Trek, Star Wars, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits – you name it, she watched it. It fed her imagination, and that came in handy when the hormones kicked in and she needed a creative excuse for being out past curfew.
After graduating from the University of Central Florida, Lori spent over a decade working in the fun-filled worlds of retail management, financial planning, and insurance. The writing bug bit a few years later. After completing her first manuscript, she joined the Romance Writers of America and Central Florida Romance Writers. Now she exercises the analytical half of her brain at work, and the creative half writing paranormal romance. When she’s not doing either one of those, she’s usually spending time with her husband and children of the four-legged variety.
Don’t miss the rest of her five-part interview at:
Part 1 @ Terri– Wed. January 16
Part 3 @ Emily– Fri. January 18
Part 4 @ Sandra– Mon. January 21
Part 5 @ Dean– Tues. January 22
PART 2: THE WRITING LIFE
What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? Do you use pen and paper or computer? Work at home or at the library/Starbucks, etc. I’m a creature of habit, so I tend to follow a regular routine. When I’m at home, I’m working on my laptop. Unfortunately, the hinge on my laptop broke which makes it impossible to close, so if I work away from home I have to use pen and paper (which is what I do during lunchtime at the office).
When do you write? During the week, I usually write in the evenings after work. That changes on the weekends, when my writing time flips to daytime, leaving the evenings free to spend some quality time with hubby.
How much time per day do you spend on your writing? During the week, I dedicate at least an hour or two each evening to writing. On the weekends, that increases to 4-6 hours, depending on what’s going on
Other than your family, what has been your greatest source of support? I’ve been fortunate to have an amazing support network. The wonderful ladies of the Central Florida Romance Writers provide community, encouragement, and education. Agent Query Connect is a wealth of industry information, networking, and support. And I wouldn’t be where I’m at today without the guidance and insight of my critique partners.
How do you deal with rejection and/or negative reviews? I curl up in a ball in the shower. Seriously, I try to shake it off, but it isn’t always easy. I queried Grave Intentions for almost a year before receiving an offer, and during that time I dealt with a lot of rejection. When it gets to me, I usually console myself with a girly drink, copious amounts of chocolate, and quality time with my husband.
What format is your book(s) available in (print, e-book, audio book, etc.)? e-book
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Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AuthorLoriSjoberg
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6574214.Lori_Sjoberg
One act of mercy before dying was all it took to turn soldier David Anderson into a reaper—an immortal who guides souls-of-untimely-death into the afterlife. But the closer he gets to atoning for his mortal sin and finally escaping merciless Fate, the more he feels his own humanity slipping away for good. Until he encounters Sarah Griffith. This skeptical scientist can’t be influenced by his powers—even though she has an unsuspected talent for sensing the dead. And her honesty and irreverent sense of humor reignite his reason for living—and a passion he can’t afford to feel. Now Fate has summoned David to make a devastating last harvest. And he’ll break every hellishly-strict netherworld rule to save Sarah…and gamble on a choice even an immortal can’t win.