Interview with Irene Lawless, Author of Lumberjack John

19 Jun 2024

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Lumberjack John?

My husband and I visited a section of Northern Wisconsin and learned of a family whose legacy is to preserve land that had been restored from over-logging and wildfires. On a tour of the land, I spotted a beautiful cabin nestled in the tall pines, and the story came to life for me.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Lumberjack John, what would they be?

John’s music would be evening jazz – any song would do. In my mind, he always had it playing in the background. Frankie’s song would be “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen because it would remind her of London, and she’s the type of woman to never take no for an answer.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

It is the same genre I write – I love romance in general. When I started writing, I was determined to write love stories that I wanted to read. I think it’s what makes my books so genuine.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

Gin Fling by Lucy Score (love her!), usually anything by Megan Quinn and Tessa Bailey, Sterling Brick by LB Dunbar. I’ve recently discovered KF Breene – her Magical Midlife series is fantastic – and Zoey Draven. I’m eagerly awaiting Sherilee Gray’s next release, A Bond in Flames, next month.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

The scene where Frankie is FaceTiming her best friend/boss, Sharon, from John’s cabin and doing her best to hide any evidence of a relationship developing between her and John. Sharon was such a blast to write and I’ve already had several requests to write her story. It’s a definite possibility!

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I do! I usually write down the scenes I’ll write that day and meditate until the scene is playing out in my head. Then I’ll jump to the computer and get it down. It’s an amazing way to get the story rolling.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Treat people the way you wish to be treated. I want to receive respect and kindness, and that’s what I give back (and sometimes have to remind myself when situations get tense).

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

That life is meant to be enjoyed, no matter the difficulty. Stay positive no matter what and remember that the universe works for you, not against you. We can all have our happily ever after.


Irene Lawless is the author of the new book Lumberjack John

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