Exclusive Interview with Loree Lough, Author of 50 Hours

NEW BOOK RELEASE
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

INTERVIEW

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.

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Exclusive Interview: Stormy Weather by Glen Ebisch

From Multi-Published Mystery Author
Glen Ebisch
A mysterious death involving a meteorologist…
Can she weather the storm brewing in the horizon?
Interview
  1. Along with being a writer, you’ve long worked as a professor of philosophy. Do you find philosophy working its way into your stories often?  Or are they two entirely different passions?

I never begin a story with an explicitly philosophical theme or intend to teach anything in the course of the book.  But often when I am done and going over the first draft, I find that broadly philosophical ideas have worked their way into the story as they probably wouldn’t for someone with different training.  I like to think this gives the book greater depth than it otherwise would have had.

  1. Your novel Stormy Weather is one of over twenty you’ve had published in the past two decades. Where do you get all your inspiration?

I think that’s a challenging question for any writer.  It’s something of a mystery to all of us where exactly our inspiration comes from.  For me, I will frequently think of a particular character with a fully realized voice and go on to find a suitable plot. It’s like being introduced to someone and then imagining where you’d like to go with him or her.  Over time, a lot of characters differing in age and gender have appealed to me and generated ideas for stories.  The best I can say is that it’s something that just happens.

  1. What was your inspiration for writing Stormy Weather?

There were several inspirations.  I wanted to write a story about a woman in a very public profession, and since so many television meteorologists are women, I thought that would be a good choice of profession.  I also wanted to write a story where one character was particularly religious and the other was not.  I thought that would be an interesting tension to explore as their relationship deepened.

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Exclusive Interview with Roberta Franklin, Author of The Professor and the Bird (w Giveaway)

Love between two different worlds, two different generations
INTERVIEW

1. Please tell us something unique about you that we can’t learn from your bio.
The Professor and the Bird
I ‘commute’ between Athens, where I live with my daughter, and London, where my boyfriend lives.

2. What’s your favorite part of writing?

When I get a new idea into my head and plot it out, and then ‘divide’ it into chapters.

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

Well, so far I’ve only published one story…

4. What’s your inspiration for writing The Professor and the Bird?

Ancient history and exotic places combined, where people of all nationalities work together. A chance encounter that develops into everlasting love.

5. From the title, I assume “the Professor” is your hero, Professor Nikos Angelopoulos, and “the Bird” is your heroine, Sally. Why do you use the bird to symbolize her?

“Bird” is a bit of a rough term men use for an attractive girl. Sally is a biker, so it is the sort of term her former boyfriends would have called her, and the young men at the camp do the same. In connection with the Professor in the title, though, people will wonder at first if it is about a biologist…

6. What is one characteristic of your hero that would endear him to the readers?

He is a bit muddle-headed, a sort of absent-minded professor who is totally absorbed in his world of history and archaeology; many women love a man like that.

7. What about your heroine? Why would readers sympathize with her?

Sally is fresh, self-confident and modern, but she is still quite innocent for her age in many ways. She is always optimistic, and she loves without any reservations.

8. What’s up next for you?

I’m currently writing the sequel to “The Professor and the Bird”: during their first holiday together in Crete, Nikos and Sally find the wreck of an ancient ship and get mixed up in a local vendetta…

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Character Profile of IAN SYLVESTRY from The Man She Knew by Loree Lough

RELEASING TODAY!
From Bestselling and Award Winning Author
Loree Lough
Don’t they both deserve a second chance?
CHARACTER PROFILE

I was kinda intrigued by this hero. What happened 14 years ago? What was that one reckless act that cost him everything? How did that act change him in the intervening years hence?

So, here’s the author, Loree Lough, to tell us all about Ian Sylvestry:

On the night of his sixteenth birthday, Chicago born and bred Ian Sylvestry’s parents made an announcement that threw his well-planned life into chaos: They intended to divorce; his mom introduced him to her fiancé, and when his dad’s job transfer was finalized, Ian would go with him to Baltimore. During the next eighteen months, Ian’s resentment simmered, and the boy whose academic and athletic prowess earned the attentions of Ivy League recruiters began making bad choices and keeping bad company, disappointing his parents and Maleah Turner, the one constant in his now-troubled world. On the eve of his mother’s wedding (which he refused to attend), Ian borrowed his dad’s car and took his pals on a joyride; while the guys were in the neighborhood convenience store buying snacks, he called Maleah, who yet again warned him about associating with the older, troubled teens. Hurt, angry, and tired of other people trying to control him, Ian hung up on her…moments before his wide-eyed frenzied pals piled into the car and demanded that he put the pedal to the metal, fast! Continue reading

Character Interview of Cailean Ross from Edge of Yesterday by Sue-Ellen Welfonder and Tarah Scott

From USA Today & Internationally Bestselling Authors
Sue-Ellen Welfonder and Tarah Scott

In a place beyond rules,
daring is power,
and love is the greatest threat of all…

CHARACTER INTERVIEW of CAILEAN ROSS (hero)

  1. CoverPlease tell us a little bit about yourself.CR:  Sure. (he smiles) I’m a regular Scottish guy. Modern-born, from Scotland’s Central Belt, but I have family ties to the Isle of Skye. For that reason, I’m proud to call myself a Highlander and have always felt drawn to the Highlands. I’m also a medieval reenactor and tournament circuit champion, having earned the title in sword fighting and jousting matches. Now, much to my amazement, I’ve landed in real medieval Scotland. Heatheredge in the far north, to be precise. I’ve fallen for a lass there. We’ll see if I can keep her. I sure hope so.

 

2. How did you feel when you suddenly find yourself in medieval Scotland? What was the first thing you did?

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