Interview with Lori Robbins, Author of Lesson Plan for Murder

23 Jun 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Lesson Plan for Murder?

I love puzzles, and the protagonist of this mystery solves crimes using clues from the books she teaches. Also, as a former English teacher, I’m well aware of the homicidal tendencies a school setting can inspire!

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

I do love reading mysteries, in addition to writing them. There’s something so satisfying about solving a crime as an armchair detective.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

I’m a former dancer, and so I’ve got Alice Robb’s memoir Don’t Think, Dear queued up. I’m also delving into some Golden Age detective fiction like Charlotte Armstrong’s The Unsuspected.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

I loved writing the scene where Liz confronts the killer. It’s dramatic, yes, but it also ties together elements of her past and present in a way that felt very personal to me.

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

I am capable of drinking an enormous amount of coffee when the writing is going well. The same condition applies when things aren’t going according to plan.

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

I’m a fan of every quotation, motto, or philosophy that includes the word persistence.

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

I’d like readers to reflect upon the ways in which unrealistic expectations, both the ones other people place upon us and the ones we’ve internalized without realizing it, define who we are. We don’t have to let that happen.


Lori Robbins is the author of the new book Lesson Plan for Murder

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