It is my honor to introduce to you a fellow writer, Lori Robinett. We first met at the Ozark Romance Authors Writing Conference several years ago. After running into each other at several other conferences we decided to keep in touch.
Denim & Diamonds is Lori Robinett's first novel and will be published by Cary Press July 1. You can preorder today. It combines her love of writing with her real world experience as a paralegal. She lives on a small hobby farm in Callaway County, Missouri with her husband of twenty years, along with a menagerie of miniature horses, dogs and cats.
Though she dreamed of being a writer since she was ten, it wasn't until she discovered National Novel Writing Month in 2004 that she learned the joys of writing those two magical words: The End. She is an eight time winner of NaNoWriMo and has served as Municipal Liaison for the Fulton, Missouri region. She has been interviewed for newspaper articles and television news features for her accomplishments with NaNo, including leading her region to multiple Top 10 finishes.
Lori is a member of Book-In-A-Week, the Callaway County Writers Group and the Columbia Chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild. Lori has had articles published in Secrets and Strategies, Writing for Dollars!, WordBeats, and the Heritage Writer. She's also short stories appear in The Storyteller Magazine, Bridges (Callaway County Writers Group anthology), and Well Versed 2014.
Thank you, Lori for joining me today. I'm excited to ask you a few questions so I'll just jump right in.
How long have you been in the business of writing?
Though I've written all my life, I didn't start taking it seriously until my best friend died in 2003 at the age of 34. I suddenly realized that tomorrow isn't a promise and today is a present. I've been really serious for the past several years, after finding my critique group.
What kind of books do you write?
Mystery/suspense and some women's fiction. Most include some sort of legal issue, and draw upon my decades of experience as a paralegal.
Tell the readers about books.
My first book is coming out in July. Denim & Diamonds is about a young woman who is given the opportunity to start over. Attorney Beth Jameson might know her way around the courtroom, but doesn’t know a cutting horse from a carousel horse. That doesn’t slow her down when her estranged father dies and leaves her his horse ranch just south of Kansas City. True to form, the gift comes with strings attached – she has to be successful in her first year, or she loses her inheritance. All of it. Beau, the handsome ranch foreman, was her father’s right hand man, but she must convince him that she’s in it for the long haul – that she isn’t just some city girl that doesn’t respect her father’s legacy. She has to learn the business from the ground up, and must learn to trust others - not an easy thing for a woman who was abandoned by her father and then by her ex-fiancé. Beth can’t believe how quickly the ranch becomes home, and how hard she is willing to work to make it hers . . . and learns that everyone deserves a second chance at happiness.
I'm also working on a mystery novel entitled Widow's Web that is being considered for the new Lobster Cove series with The Wild Rose Press.
What has been your most rewarding experience in your writing career?
Writing those magical words THE END on my very first novel. I wrote the last 31 pages in a one day frenzy and had tears streaming down my face as I watched the words flow onto the page.
I understand you have branched out into more creative endeavors. Can you tell us about that?
I also love scrapbooking, and was selected to serve on a design team for The Paper Trail (which is now defunct, unfortunately). I also create jewelry and have an Etsy shop that features jewelry that incorporates print from vintage books. The store is JewelsNJournals - feel free to stop in and browse!
What does the future hold for you?
Hopefully more writing. With two projects currently nearing publication, I hope to be able to get back to Diamond in the Rough, the second story in the Diamond Ranch series.
What advice would you give to new writers actively seeking publishing help?
Find a quality critique group. Meet regularly. Submit regularly. Critique regularly. And don't get your feelings hurt - the group is there to help you grow. And continue to study your craft. If you want to write but haven't actually finished a rough draft yet, do National Novel Writing Month. Lots of people SAY they want to write a novel. NaNoWriMo helps you DO it.
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