18 May, 2015

#Interview with Lorena Glass, #Author of Echo

About the Author:
I was born Lori Michelle Gasser in Nashville, Tennessee; and have lived there most of my life.  Ever since I was in the first grade, I've been obsessed with writing, reading, and watching TV.  They weren't just obsessions, they were havens---a classic introvert.  I'm now a 42-year-old childless Aspie bachelorette, and my interests have changed very little.  Aspie is the nickname of someone with Asperger's Syndrome---a form of autism.  In spite of the fact that I've written all my life, and everyone assured me that I had talent, it's taken me a long time to publish a novel; because I had to mature in a lot of way as a writer, and they were a lot of bad habits I had to get rid of.  That's not discouragement---no, far from it.  It's an appeal never to give up on a dream, no matter how long it takes. 

An Interview with the Author:

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/ a storyteller?
I started writing stories when I was in the first grade.

How did you come up with the idea for your current story?
For many years I've had a fascination with reincarnation and lovers being reunited after death. My first novel was a novel that had that theme, but it was mostly a novel about vampires (another fascination of mine).  Then I got the idea: what if it happened over and over again, they kept being born and reborn into different times and places and lives, and they kept having to find each other? I found the idea intriguing.  I actually got this idea and started this novel almost twenty years ago, but then I quit it and set it aside for some years.  Maybe that was a blessing in disguise, because when I started it again, I think I'd matured as a writer in a lot of ways.

What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
I'd be hard pressed to pick one.  I liked the first scene when Karissa first appears in her new time, and steels herself for her search.  I also really liked the scene when her search ends. And so, I also really liked the scenes where the two same things happen to Adregin.  I liked those scenes because in my opinion they provide a pleasant amount of suspense. 

Do you read? Who are your favourite authors and how have they influenced your writing style?
Do I ever read!!  I've always had a passion for books, both the reading and the writing. There are a lot of authors I like; and there are lot of book that I really like how they're written, though I'm not necessarily a fan of the author. Interview with a Vampire is one example. I really like how that book's written, though I'm not an Anne Rice fan. That book influences me to be descriptive about seemingly inconsequential things, which actually lends a poetic feel to the book---if it's not overdone.  And I really like Clive Barker.  He writes very glibly, and about the most horrific things.
Those are two extreme writing styles that I admire.  I'm always trying to find the equilibrium between the two.

What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, till date?
The best piece of writing advice I've ever received is to start out small, writing short stories, and
work up to novels.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Start out small, writing short stories, and work up to novels.

Tell us three fun facts about yourself.
- I've never followed that advice myself.  It's not that I didn't want to, I just couldn't.  Every time I tried to write a short story, I would make it longer and longer, and then mostly not be able to finish it. But I still think the best thing aspiring writers can do is follow the advice I stated above.  It's the way I should've done it.
- I've been madly in love with Gerard Butler for the past nine years---ever since I saw Phantom of the Opera on DVD.  I dedicated Echo to him for a very good reason: he was the direct inspiration for the male protagonist: all four incarnations.  I have four pictures of Gerard Butler from four of his movies, and those pictures were the exact way I pictured each of the male protagonist's lives.
- I'm a klutz.

What do you have in store next for your readers?
The second book in the Echo trilogy is: Echo: Tears in a Hurricane.  I'm also trying to get out a reprint of my first novel, Fiery Roses.

About the Book:

Echo is the first book of a trilogy that is an epic story of two cursed lovers that are constantly driven apart by time, fate, and death; while they are determined to defy all three and remain together.  When one of them dies, the other time travels to the lost lover's next (or last) incarnation.  This story spans over a millennium---to several different times, places, and lives of two extraordinary human beings whose endless devotion to each other transcends time and death, and an extraordinary passion that will never, ever die.

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