Exclusive Interview with Loree Lough, Author of 50 Hours

From Bestselling and Award Winning Author
Loree Lough
Based on a Screenplay by Kevin James O’Neill
“This is the kind of book that wins Pulitzer Prizes.”
– Catherine Lanigan, Author of Romancing the Stone


Today, we have Loree Lough with us, who has just published her newest book, 50 HOURS, an amazing and unforgettable novelization of the movie of the same title. If there’s one book that should be on your bedside table this July, this is it.

1. Please tell us something unique about you that we can’t learn from your bio.

I’m a bit of a tomboy, so much so that I have my own toolbox–and power tools. If it breaks fingernails and gets me dirty and/or sweaty, you can be sure I’ll enjoy the task!

2. What’s your favorite part of writing?

It’s cool watching characters come to life. I start out with these skeletal, vague shapes of a person: Height, weight, eye and hair color, noticeable scars… And end up with people that work hard, that have stellar character traits, hopes and dreams…and flaws. When they start moving through the story, and interacting with other characters, it’s sorta like watching a made-just-for-me movie. And with the price of theater tickets skyrocketing these days, who wouldn’t like a chance to watch, for free!

3. What’s the strangest thing you’ve learned while researching a book?

That I’m not equipped, physically or emotionally, to fight for my country. How do I know that? Because to write one of my books, I needed to research the Air Force’s F-16 fighter jets. Lucky me. I got a chance to fly with a pilot, who treated me to loops, rocket-speed drops in altitude, flying upside down, and more. You know, the everyday stuff our soldiers are trained to do in order to defend us, should the need arise. I have to admit, it was a thrilling experience. A once in a lifetime experience, if you get my drift!

4. If you could live in one of your stories, which one would you choose and why?

I’m kind of already living in 50 Hours. About halfway through the creation of the story, I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (incurable bone/marrow cancer). To that point, I was relying on interviews and research to help me identify with Aubrey, one of the two main characters, confined to a hospice center when doctors told her there was nothing more they could do for her inoperable brain tumor. While my situation isn’t quite that bleak, I was able to share some deep–sometimes dark–reactions to walking the cancer walk.

Thank you so much, Loree! 50 HOURS will surely resonate with readers all over the world. Take care.

50 Hours
Loree Lough
Genre: General Fiction
Publisher: Progressive Rising Phoenix Press
Publication Date: June 30, 2017
A broken man, a dying woman, and a friendship that changes them both.
Franco Allessi is a broken, lonely man who wants nothing more than to outrun the ghosts of his past. For years, he tries to numb the pain of his wife’s death with cheap beer and whiskey. When he’s convicted of drunk driving, the judge revokes his license for six months and orders him to serve fifty hours of community service. Franco chooses Savannah Falls Hospice for no reason other than it’s walking distance from his dilapidated house trailer.
On his first day on the job, he meets Aubrey Brewer, a woman whose time on earth is quickly ticking to a stop. Their unusual connection teaches powerful, life-changing lessons about friendship, acceptance, and the importance of appreciating that precious treasure called Life.
Loree Lough is an exceptional author, and that’s why I approached her about writing the novel for my Feature film, 50 Hours. But I had no idea how wonderful her novelization would be until I read it. Loree was able to dig so deep into my characters. She unearthed and richly developed the film’s skeletal characters and give them three dimensional lives. I am so happy with the book!
– Kevin O’Neill, writer/director/actor/producer

Praise for 50 Hours by Loree Lough

50 Hours is a moving story about love, loss, friendship, and last chances. It’s a reminder that our lives are precious stories, no matter how long or short. This is a must-read for all of us who have been touched by cancer – victims, caregivers, family, and friends. This poignant and touching tale will inspire hope in the midst of even the darkest hours.
– Cerella Sechrist, author of the popular Findlay Roads series from Harlequin
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You’ll laugh, you’ll cry… 50 Hours is an unforgettable tale of healing, redemption, and the cost of true love. With a delicate pen, author Loree Lough writes an honest and poignant view of what cancer patients face with commendable bravery. A must-read for readers of every kind!
– Rachel Muller, author of bestselling World War II series, Love & War, and the newly released, Phillip’s War
Loree Lough took a difficult subject and turned it into a compelling read with light humor to soften the inevitable sadness that comes with a depressing disease.
– Emma Gingerich – author of Runaway Amish Girl; the Great Escape
50 Hours is a book you won’t be able to put down, and its messages of love and compassion will linger with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
– Kate James, award-winning author of Sanctuary Cove, Silver Linings, and The Truth About Hope
The novel is a reminder that life is indeed short, but always worth living. And almost always… one life will touch many others. Great job Loree!
– Robin Bayne, author of Reunion At Crane Lake. http://www.robinbayne.com
Emerson said, “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.” Aubrey and Franco succeeded. Believe me when I say, THIS IS THE KIND OF BOOK THAT WINS PULITZER PRIZES.
– Catherine Lanigan, author of Romancing the Stone, The Jewel of the Nile, and over forty-five novels and non-fiction
To read the complete praises and accolades, visit the 50 Hours Book Page at Book Unleashed.

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About Loree Lough

Loree Lough

Bestselling author LOREE LOUGH once sang for her supper, performing across the U.S. and Canada. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two, but mostly, she writes novels that have earned hundreds of industry and “Readers’ Choice” awards, 4- and 5-star reviews, and 7 book-to-movie options. Her 115th book, 50 Hours, is her most personal to date. Recently released, The Man She Knew, book #1 in her “By Way of the Lighthouse” series from Harlequin Heartwarming.
Official website: http://www.loreelough.com/
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