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.