About Lori
About Lori
Biographical Information

I was born in Portland, Oregon, and spent my early years with my parents and four sisters until my parents divorced. As a teenager, I lived with an aunt and uncle, and over time, both my parents remarried other people, adding two brothers. At 18, I went off to college (Lewis & Clark in Portland) where I double-majored in literature and political science.

In the middle of my tenure at college, I met Diane at a bank processing center where I worked part-time. We became partners in 1981. In 1983, we moved from Oregon to Minnesota because the job prospects were much better. Diane and I were partners for 27 years until we parted in November 2008.

After the breakup and until end of summer 2009, I lived in Minneapolis, writing, teaching at The Loft, and doing various other book- and writing-related jobs. I moved back to Oregon at summer's end, continued writing, and finally got back to writing and publishing in 2011 after a four year drought.

For a few years, I lived in NE Portland, very close to where Beverly Cleary's characters lived. I still feel an amusing attachment to Ramona Quimby, Ribsy, and Henry Huggins. When I moved in 2012, it was only because I found a house I liked a lot and bought it.

In 2014, I opened my own "boutique" independent press, Launch Point Press focusing on West Coast writers, many of whom are newbies to the business (hench the "launch" in the title). To find out more about LPP, click HERE.

I sold my house in 2016, and in early 2018, I bought a different house in SE Portland/Gresham, which I named The Fortress of Solitude (and Lee Lynch insists should be called The Sanctuary of Solace. <g>). I enjoy time alone, but I love my friends and family, and having a house with lots of space is great.

I started writing seriously in 1986, and spent a good deal of time trying to get published. You can read more about my Writing Quest HERE.

Lori at a Glance

Date of Birth/Sign: February 9th/Aquarius. Born in the Year of the Rat, so 2020 is going to be a FANTASTIC year for me!

My Motto since 1978:
What Goes Around Comes Around!

Best Thing That has Happened in the Recent Past:
Learning how to typeset and how to make book covers. I'm love-love-loving publishing!

Worst Thing That Happened in the Past:
Breaking up with my partner of 27 years - one of the toughest and worst things that's ever happened to me in my life.

Most Admired Person:
There are so many people I admire so much . . . but at the moment, I am SO happy to have the affection and encouragement of my Fairy Godmother, Lee Lynch. She helped get me through a very difficult 2019 that was fraught with ill health and worry.

Lewis & Clark College in Oregon: English & Political Science double major.

Master's Degree:
Hamline University, St. Paul: English/Liberal Studies.

Famous Relatives:
5th Cousins were Orville and Wilbur Wright - but hey! I hate to fly! The word in the family is that we have Blackfoot heritage, but I did a DNA thing, and funny thing----not one single drop of American blood. I'm European - mostly from Ireland, Scotland, England, and a smattering of Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Portugese, and Togan.

First Full-Time Professional Role:
Working at a Welfare agency in St Paul, Minnesota. Almost 20 years at the Hellhole.....thankfully it's over.

First Book Written:
Ricochet In Time (started in 1992, completed in 1995, and published in 2001).

First Book Published:
Gun Shy (completed 1999, published online in 1999 and in book form in early 2000. 20th Anniversary Edition came out in 2019!)

Number of Books Published So Far:
Eighteen: twelve novels (soon to be 13, I hope!), two short story collections, and edited four anthologies.

Number of Books Completed Now But Not Ready for Publication:

Number of Books at Least Half Done:
Four more.

Number of Books Rattling Around in Lori's Head but Unwritten:
Too many to count.

Favorite Song:
Still a 1970's oldie, "Dancing In The Moonlight" by King Harvest.

Favorite Bands of Late:
P!nk, Post Malone, The Chainsmokers, Aaron Meyer, America, Kelly Clarkson.

CDs I can't seem to stop listening to lately:
P!nk, Sara Bareilles, Patti LaBelle, Mika.

Favorite Vocalists:
Linda Eder, Cheryl Wheeler, Dar Williams, Christopher Cross, Whitney Houston, Carly Simon, Donna Summer, James Taylor, and Ben Folds.

Favorite Movies:
Leaving Normal, Flawless, Stranger Than Fiction, Truly Madly Deeply, Fearless, and Parenthood.

Favorite Book Series:
Still Charlaine Harris's Lily Bard series.

Favorite City:
Used to be Duluth, MN, but I think it's now changed to anywhere on the Oregon Coast, particularly Newport because that's where my Fairy Godmother lives!

Worst food on the planet:
Seafood - I'm allergic!

Best foods on the planet:
Chicken, Cheezits, and Chocolate - but ever since gallbladder surgery, I can't eat the latter two very often. :-(

Favorite TV Shows:
Gentleman Jack!, This Is Us, Criminal Intent, A Million Little Things, FBI, Madame Secretary, 9-11, pretty much any British crime show, and every few years I can't help but go back and re-watch Jericho!

Favorite sport to Play:

Favorite sport to Watch: In the category of Guilty Pleasures, I very much enjoy boxing. So glad women finally are in it - GO Claressa Shields!

Best thing about being a Publisher: Helping writers learn the business and improve their craft, and - there is no downside! It's also great because I am learning new stuff all the time. I need to keep the old Mind active so I don't get all demented.

Best thing about being a Published Author:
Getting to meet lots of wonderful people and sharing my vision of how the world works in the plots that come to me.

Worst thing about being a Published Author:
Mean reviews. I don't mind reviews that point out areas where I need to continue to make improvement. I just hate the ones where the reviewer slams me personally. Blah!

Happiest Moments in Life: Time spent with my best friends Jessie Chandler, Patty Schramm, and Lee & Lainie Lynch, with all my writing pals and friends (including the Polliwogs), and with my dad, sisters, nieces and nephews, and extended family.



Interviews & Other Stuff

AJ Adaire Interview
January 2014

Women & Words Interview
September 2011

Dark Diva Interview
March 2009

Mysterical-E Interview
Summer 2008

Queer Girl Talk Interview
September 2007

2007 June & Jessie Chandler Interview

The L Word Interview
November 2005

No Reason Not To Trust...
October 2004

Libertas Interview
May 2004

Josh Aterovis Interview
February 2004

August 2003 Interview

Taleweaver Interview
May 2003

Who's Who Interview by FanLaw
December 2002

August 2002 Interview

August 2001 Interview

October 2000 Interview

September 1999 Interview


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