Today wraps up Lori's five day interview with the Blog Ring of Power.
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.
You can read the other parts of Lori's interview here:
Part 2 @ Teresa - Thurs. January 17th
Part 3 @ Emily - Fri. January 18th
Part 4 @ Sandra - Mon. January 21st
Part 5 @ Dean - Tues. January 22nd
So, today Lori will share some bits of writerly wisdom.
: Words of Wisdom
- Tell us about your route to success – where there any bumps and bruises along the way? How long did it take you to get an agent? To get a publisher? Bumps? Oh yeah, there were bumps. Almost a year passed before Kensington Publishing offered a contract. During that time I queried nearly sixty agents and editors. There were times—especially after receiving yet another rejection letter— when I was tempted to quit, but thankfully I have a lot of supportive friends and family who kept me from doing anything foolish.
- What tools are must-haves for writers? An overactive imagination, the desire to learn and succeed, tenacity, and the support of family and friends.
- Do you have any advice for other writers? Stick with it, folks, and never stop improving your craft. The more you write, the better you’ll become, and the closer you’ll get to publication.
- Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? THANK YOU! I hope you enjoy reading Grave Intentions as much as I enjoyed writing it!
- What are your current / future project(s)? I’m currently working on the sequel to Grave Intentions. Death on a cruise ship. Sounds like fun, eh?
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AuthorLoriSjoberg
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6574214.Lori_Sjoberg
Other: B&N http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/grave-intentions-lori-sjoberg/1113633560?ean=9781601830067
What format is your book(s) available in (print, e-book, audio book, etc.)? e-book