Saturday, June 30, 2012

Interview with Lori L. Clark

Deirdra: What was the pathway like for you to get your first book published?
Lori L. Clark: Very hilly. You finish your manuscript and believe it's amazing. You put together a query letter and get some feedback on that. Then you send the query letter off to selected agents and wait for responses. Rejections hurt. Requests for partials and/or fulls stoke your pride. I decided after several (hundreds) rejections of BEAUTY'S BEHOLDER that I'd epublish it instead of going the traditional route. My second book, BETWEEN THE MOON AND SHINE, is signed to be published by a small local publishing house and my third book, TYLER FALLS, has recently been published on KDP/Amazon.

Deirdra: Were you ever discouraged along the way? If so, how did you deal with it?
Lori L. Clark: Oh my goodness yes. It's downright depressing! No matter how down I got about things, I kept on writing. That's the important thing. Don't ever give up.

Deirdra:  What is your writing schedule like?
Lori L. Clark: I work outside the home at a full time job in addition to writing, so I squeeze my writing time in when I can. Usually on the weekends. If I'm feeling really inspired, I will write a chapter or so before heading off to work.

Deirdra: What do you do to relax and unwind?
Lori L. Clark: I read or I run. I jog for a hobby and ran my first marathon last fall. It's very meditative for me.

Deirdra:  Can you tell us a little about your book, TYLER FALLS?
Lori L. Clark: TYLER FALLS is an edgy YA contemporary told from alternating points of view. The main character, Tyler,  has suffered from manic depression for as long as he can remember. Through medication and therapy, he manages to keep his life together. But when his parents are murdered, he decides he's had enough of living as a broken person with a broken life. So, in thirty days, he plans to stick the barrel of his Ruger SP101 into his mouth and pull the trigger.

Emma Perez's brother, Ethan Giovanni, sits in a mental institution for the murder of Dr. and Mrs. Falls. Deemed mentally incompetent and unfit to stand trial, Ethan has one weekly visitor -- Emma. She doesn't deny his guilt, he's her brother and she loves him spite of the fact he's paranoid schizophrenic.

They say when you cross paths with someone more than once, it's fate -- you're destined to meet. Tyler doesn't know Emma is Ethan's sister, and Emma doesn't know Tyler's story either. When Tyler learns who Emma's brother is, the world he's rebuilt around her begins to crumble all over again and it leaves both of them wondering why fate has such a cruel sense of humor.

Deirdra:  What are you working on now?
Lori L. Clark: Another YA contemporary with a working title of BREAKER. It's about an overweight singer who struggles with her self-esteem and trying to get people to take her music seriously instead of dismissing her because of her appearance.

Deirdra:  Are you planning on self-publishing, finding and agent, going with a small press or other? And why?
Lori L. Clark: I haven't decided yet. I will probably try to find an agent first and see what type of response I receive that way.

Deirdra: Where can readers go to find your books and order them?
Lori L. Clark: BEAUTY'S BEHOLDER and TYLER FALLS are both available electronically through BETWEEN THE MOON AND SHINE is not out yet.


  1. Congrats Lori. You've achieved a lot and it sound like your set to accomplish even more. Those books sound great, and I'll definitely recommend them to my youth group kids.


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