“This is going to be a little quirky and childish compared to other interviews you might have given. No out of the world question but things which will let others know you with a better understanding and advises and suggestions which will help me, my readers and others out there, dreaming to be one like you.”
These were the exact words I sent her along with a request to Interview Lorraine Carey for a mutual “one to one” interaction and a selfish approach to know one of the “most awesome lady” I have ever had a chance to know, talk and chat with. An International Award-Winning Author and a dynamic personality is what makes her the best among the rest.
This Interview was more on a personal level than a professional front and I am thankful for having given a chance to do so!
Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I was born and raised in Ohio in the states. I attended college there and earned a degree in Elementary Education. After marriage I moved to Arizona and had my two beautiful daughters and began my teaching career along with taking classes at Arizona State University for a degree in
children’s literacy. Later I moved to New Mexico, the high desert in California and then to southern California. I taught in all of those states and mostly as a children’s reading specialist. As of current I am retired and living on Grand Cayman with my husband.
What were you like at school?
I was not what you would call you’re A+ student. I liked taking art classes and of course literature. I was really into fashion during those years and was more concerned about what I was going to wear to school than my studies. I will admit I was very spoiled and had a new look for everyday. My mother worked at the high school so I had big privileges with working in her office along a few other girls. She’s often sneak us out to a fast food place for lunch.
What genre are your books? What draws you to this genre?
I mostly enjoy writing paranormal with a mix of historical fiction and places I have lived or visited that have held much mystery to me. I love urban legends and folklore also.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book if it was to be adapted into a screenplay?
For the novel Beloved Sacrifice I would love to see Mena Suvari as the lead of Faith Bennett and Freddie Stoma as Connor, her husband.
How much research do you do before writing a book?
Actually I do quite a bit. For most of my books I have had knowledge of the history and local legends of the area. For Mysteries of the Red Coyote Inn and Out of the Ashes I consulted a Native American Shaman also. For Beloved Sacrifice I actually went to the town Pacentro in Italy. My ancestors came from there and it was a pleasure trip along with local research. For The Last Vestal Virgin I had gone to Rome and Pompeii where I was inspired and later did further research upon returning home.
When did you decide to become a writer?
It was in 2009 when my parents were passing being terminally ill. They were both in a Hospice Ranch facility in Arizona. I was grieving terribly and my only release was to sit outside in the garden area where I wrote poems to the nurses at the facility. This was a Segway into a short memoir called Losing Ground, which was my first book.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
Yes, I try to be organized but it doesn’t always happen. Since I am at my best in the mornings, I try to write during those hours. I am worthless in the evening.
I spend an hour in the morning on social media and at night.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
I think for me it is getting in the mood. I am one of those people who get ‘Writer’s Block’ and have to find ways to motivate myself either by listening to music or reading.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
It can vary. Usually for me it can range from five months to a year.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors.
Yes, I am an avid reader. I love paranormal romance and thrillers. Some of my favorite authors are, J.F. Penn, Christine Feehan, Karen Marie Moning and a new paranormal romance author out of Australia, Tima Maria Lacoba.
For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I’m all about my Kindle so eBooks for me. I also don’t like clutter.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Readers can visit my website at www.lorrainecarey.com
They can find all of my social media connections there also.
“Every person has a writer inside him” Do you agree?
To a certain extent I think. I know some people who try and just give up because it is not for them. I think you have to have a passion for it.
What is it like to be an author and have a book of your own?
It’s a good feeling. I think when you have made a reader happy that feeling is priceless. A good book review is such a perk for me. Every time I get a new review on a book, I do a little ‘Happy Dance’.
Which project are you currently working on?
At the current time I am writing a thriller called, The Good Teacher. It is about a vigilante teacher who is also a very gifted intuitive and is called on to protect abused children.
Among the books, which you have written, which one is your favorite?
It will always be Beloved Sacrifice because it takes place in the land of my ancestors and there is a surprise ending for readers in the back of the book about a very real paranormal experience I had there during the visit with my husband.
Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
I think you covered it, Nikhil. I’d like to say a huge Thank You for the opportunity to be interviewed. I hope those reading will check out my books.
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