Interview with Lorelei James, author of Spun Out
11 Nov 2019
What can you tell us about your new release, Spun Out?
It’s the 10th book in my Blacktop Cowboys series and it features a heroine I introduced way back in book 2. Twelve years have passed, Bailey is all grown up and home on leave from the Army. The hero Streeter, is a widowed single dad who has been dealt some big life blows. My readers have been waiting for him to get his happily ever after and I was excited to pair these two lost souls together.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
I’ve always loved to read. Always. I’d dabbled in writing over the years but it wasn’t until my youngest daughter was old enough to entertain herself for longer periods of time that I finally sat down and dealt with all the voices in my head 🙂
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
Only 5? Okay, in no particular order: Gone With the Wind–Margaret Mitchell. Naked In Death–JD Robb. A Court of Thorns and Roses–Sarah J Maas. The Stand–Stephen King. Nancy Drew, The Secret of the Old Clock–Carolyn Keene.
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
Nora Roberts/JD Robb. How she’s managed to stay at the top of her game writing-wise and on the top of the bestseller lists for so many years. She’s written across genres and has a long running series that seems fresh with every new installment and that is the ultimate inspiration for me as a writer.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
That moment when the pieces I laid out all come together. Sometimes I planned it, sometimes it’s serendipity.
What is a typical day like for you?
I’d love to claim I have a ritual to get those creative juices flowing, but alas…that’s not how I roll. So much of writing isn’t just about writing, there’s a million other business, social media things that take time away from the words. When I get to that moment when it’s just me and the laptop, I do need quiet to work, and with all my kids grown and off on their own, that’s not an issue anymore. I usually have a candle burning–insert your own joke about burning the candle at both ends.
What scene in Spun Out was your favorite to write?
The scene where all the kids are wreaking havoc and Bailey reverts to her army training to get them to straighten up…just when Streeter walks in.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
My philosophy has changed as I’ve gotten older. Today, I’d say my motto is to keep connected–with family, with friends, with things that make me happy, big and small.
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