Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Today I am excited to welcome Lorna Collins to Twelve Question Tuesday.
1. Please tell me the three most important things people should know about you.
I am a control freak and perfectionist, which may make me a better editor and writer. I’ve been married to the same man for 48 years and plan to spend as long as I can with him. I love people, which may also contribute to the reality of my characters. (Larry says I collect friends like others collect stamps!)
2. Are you a dog person or a cat person?
I must confess, I’m a cat person although we are currently petless by choice.
3. Tea or coffee?
Coffee, decaf, black.
4. Boxers, briefs, boxer-briefs, or commando? (Either what you prefer or what you prefer on others.)
Briefs (on Larry, of course).
5. What was the first thing you ever wrote?
A poem in about third grade.
6. When did you finally decide to call yourself a writer?
Not until after our first book was published, although I’d done technical writing for years.
7. Which of your works are you most proud to have written?
It’s a little like asking which child you love most. My current answer would be The Memory Keeper, our current WIP. We’ve spent about two years doing the research. Oh and of course our memoir, 31 Months in Japan: The Building of a Theme Park.
8. What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you?
We were in the old city of Jerusalem being shoved along in a crush of humanity. I was terrified I’d trip and be trampled.
9. How did you end up getting published?
After having a couple of agents express interest and then tell us they weren’t, after holding the manuscript for months, we decided to subsidy publish in order to expedite publishing. Our subsequent books were published by independent, royalty-paying publishers.
10. Would you be food or fighter if the zombie apocalypse were to happen?
I’m such a wuss, I’d probably end up being food.
11. What is the most daring thing you have ever done?
Giving up the best job I’d ever had to join my husband in Japan to help build the Universal Studios Japan theme park. At least we got our first book out of the adventure!
12. Would you rather be rich or famous--and you could only have one-- and why? The fame would be based on something good, not something like being the best serial killer or anything like that.
Probably rich just because of all the good I could do for others.
Ghost Writer by Lorna Collins
When unemployed computer programmer Nan Burton inherits a California beach cottage from her great-great-aunt, she’s delighted. But she’s in for a huge surprise: The house is haunted by the ghost of famous romance writer Max Murdoch (pen name Maxine DuBois) who insists Nan complete his last novel, threatening to keep her from sleeping until she agrees. The ensuing clash pits youth against the long-dead but still egotistical author with humorous and moving results.
All our books can be published from the publishers as well as on Amazon, Kindle, Nook, etc.
Links and trailers are all on our website http://www.lornalarry.com.
You can find Lorna's blog at: http://lornacollins-author.blogspot.com/