Name: Lorraine Nelson
Age: Old enough to be wiser than I was years ago. lol
Where are you from?
I was born and raised near Moncton, New Brunswick, on the east coast of Canada.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I’m the proud mother of three boys (now grown) and 6 grandchildren (2 girls and 4 boys ranging in age from 3 – 10 years). When not at the computer, I enjoy spending time with family, gardening, baking, and, of course, reading. J
Although my background is in accounting, I’ve always had a vivid imagination, writing poems and short stories from an early age.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
This year’s Christmas story, Her Christmas Wishes, was released in October and met with great success from my readers. I’m especially proud of my Hudson Ranch series, for which my sister drew the covers.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Although I’ve always written, I didn’t begin writing for adults until 2009. I’d had my thumb amputated due to a bone infection and needed to get the flexibility back in that hand to return to work. So I started typing, got bored with typing tests, got an idea for a story, and ran with it. Seven weeks later, Love on the Rocks was finished and edited.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
That’s a tough one, Fiona. I wrote and published children’s books in the ‘90’s and had great success locally. I suppose it became believable when I signed that first contract and then received my first cover. Zakia and the Cowboy became an Are bestseller within three days of release.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I’d always heard that you should write what you know. As I live on the east coast of Canada, I’ve been to The Rocks at Hopewell Cape many times. From there a vision of an abused woman, desperate to save her only child, came into play and I just kept writing.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Sporadic…eclectic? When the muse hits, I just write, no specific style in mind.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Zakia was the name of a woman who called in to place a claim where I worked. Immediately, I had her paired up with a cowboy and wrote her story.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Most of my novels center on family and the bonds that bind them together. Family is important to me and, from the feedback I’ve received, important with my fans as well.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I like to think all my stories are realistc and believable…even the armored wagon in Zakia. The Mannings are a wealthy family and have contacts everywhere.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I grew up in a dysfunctional family. The abuse from an alcoholic father is not something I’d want to relive. I write about families who love and respect each other. Families who’d do anything to keep their loved ones safe.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life? A mentor?
So many authors…not enough time. lol I loved Gone with the wind as a book and as a movie. I’ve read a lot of Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel, John Grisham, James Patterson, and Harlequin over the years. My editors have been great and I’ve learned a lot from them.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just finished an older Intrigue, Who’s Been Sleeping in my Bed? by Shawna Delacorte. I loved the action and romance throughout. Next up is A Baby Before Dawn by Linda Castillo.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Lots…London Saint James, Lisa Adams, Denise Ellyson, Dawn Torrens, Jude Ouvard, Michelle Holstein. I could go on and on.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m now editing my Nano project, Danger in Brennan Hollow, for a January release. After that, I want to finish up my Thunder creek Ranch series with Evernight Publishing. There are also a couple novels requested by Harlequin editors that I need to finish. 2015 is going to be a busy year. J
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My Pay it Forward group on Facebook. We’re like one big happy family. J
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
My current titles available number 24 with 7 others at different stages of completion, so yes, writing is my career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not a thing. J
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’ve always enjoyed the English language, reading, and writing. My teachers encouraged me to keep writing. I won an IODE award for an essay I wrote in grade school and the Royal Canadian Legion published one of my poems in their newsletter when I was in grade nine. A poem I wrote on peer pressure and made into a poster in the 90’s was accepted as guidance resource by the Dept. of Education, NB. I have had tremendous support from family and friends as well.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Yes, this is from Danger in Brennan Hollow, which is due for release in January, 2015.
The men walked around to the kitchen door and just as Noah opened it, he heard Vicki scream. “Stay here,” he said and without hesitation, ran up the stairs as quietly as he could and burst into her room, gun drawn in readiness to protect.
A quick glance around the room told him that she was the only occupant. Vicki thrashed about in her bed, the covers tangled around her slender body.
“No! Don’t touch me. Go away. Noooo!”
He perched on the edge of her bed. “Vicki, wake up. You’re having a bad dream. You’re safe now. It’s me, Noah.”
Vicki’s eyelids fluttered open. She took one look at him and screamed louder. Too late, he remembered he was still wearing the night vision goggles. He took them off and tried again. “Vicki, it’s me, Noah.”
“Noah?” she questioned softly, her eyes wet with unshed tears.
“Yes, love. It’s me. Those were my night vision goggles. I was outside. When I heard you scream, I never thought, just came running. Sorry if I scared you.”
He reached out a hand and turned on the bedside lamp. “Is that better?”
“Yes. No.” She fidgeted, pulling on the blankets.
“Here, let me help.” He stood, grabbed one side of the blanket, and flipped it in the air. Too late, he realized that she slept in the nude.
“Noah!” She tried desperately to cover herself.
“Ah, geez! I’m sorry, Vicki. I didn’t mean to embarrass you.” That small glimpse told him she’d been hurt worse than she let on. “He did that?”
She nodded, her lower lip pressed between her teeth as he tucked her in.
“Good God! What kind of person is he to get his kicks by doing that to a young woman?”
Vicki started crying, sobbing her heart out. He sat on the bed and gathered her into his arms sheet and all. “It’s all right now, Vicki. I won’t let him come near you again. When I catch up to him, I just might do some carving of my own.”
She shook her head. “No, you won’t. You’re not like him…nothing like him.”
“No, but someone needs to give him a taste of what he’s been dishing out. I hate that he did that to you.”
“The scars will fade in time, as will the nightmares. I just wish the memory would come back…not because I want to relive it, but to find out who did this—and why.”
He sat and held her until her tears subsided, rubbing her back until the sheet fell away. When his hand touched her bare skin, she flinched. “Sorry.” He pulled the sheet back up and secured it around her as best he could, then stood and lowered her to the bed. “There. Is that better?” he asked as he spread the top blanket over her.
“Yes, thank you. I’m sorry I alarmed you.”
“No problem. Go to sleep. I’ll be right downstairs if you need me.”
He turned back at the sound of her voice. “Yes?”
“Thank you for staying.”
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Writing in itself involves a steady learning curve. As I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of learning something new, this excites me and keeps me going.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have several favorite authors and enjoy books that immerse me in the story. I like to be able to picture the locations and feel the people, get a sense of their personalities, morals, likes/dislikes. Sometimes, I even feel that I am one of the characters. lol
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Just for supplies. I’d like to be in better health so I can do a book tour one day, but maybe a local signing will suffice.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My publishers have their own cover artists, of course, but my sister drew the pictures for my Hudson Ranch series, and I did the other self-published ones myself.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Research! LOL Good thing I enjoy learning new things. J
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
There is always something to learn with each book. I’ve researched locations, guns, horses, cattle, ranching, medical issues, flights, and so much more.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep writing. Keep learning your craft. You grow as an author with each book you finish writing.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love my readers! Without them, there wouldn’t be any reason to craft new stories.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
When I was eleven, I babysat for our neighbors and my babysitting money was spent on Hardy Boys books. The first one I read was The Secret Panel and I was hooked. J
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I tend to have a dry sense of humor. I laugh at a good joke and can laugh and/or cry when I’m happy about something. Sad movies make me cry. Loss of a loved one or pet makes me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would like to meet and why?
Patrick Swayze. I love his moves and would like to have danced with him. J
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
I want people to remember me as a loving and compassionate woman who gave her all for friends and family.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I love to bake, crochet, garden, and read.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Right now, I’m into The 100, but I enjoy action films and CSI.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Turkey pies and barbequed chicken; the colors pink and lilac, and country music.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I worked in accounting for several years but always wanted to teach.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so, what is it?
I have both, but you can access my blog through my website.
I also have an Author Page on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lorraine-Nelson/e/B005XMAYFQ/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1419972347&sr=8-1
And on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LorraineNelson.Author?ref=bookmarks
Follow me on Twitter: @LorraineNelson_
Thank you so much for having me here today, Fiona. You ask some tough questions. J