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
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
College: 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
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: One.
Number of Books at Least Half Done:
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
Favorite Movies: Leaving Normal,
Flawless, Stranger Than Fiction, Truly
Madly Deeply, Fearless, and
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
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
Favorite sport to Play: Basketball.
sport to Watch: In the category
of Guilty Pleasures, I very much enjoy
boxing. So glad women finally are
in it - GO Claressa Shields!
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!
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.