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The Author Interview

with
Kristina Lorie
Latest Book Title
Broke But Not Broken
Available at
Amazon
Blog/website
 
Tell us about your latest effort, (Title, genre, etc.)
“Broke” is my first book.  I have been writing, mostly copywriting, for a while, some short stories.  It’s somewhat of an autobiography, how-to book, about some challenges I faced and how I dealt with them.
What draws you to your genre(s)? Why is this type of story compelling to you?

The story itself helped me work out some things as I wrote it.  It actually started as another story, but as it unfolded, I realized some underlying aspects that I had never dealt with.  This brought about a sort of aha! Moment, and the rest of the story wrote itself, so to speak.

What is your writing process like? Do you map the whole thing out, or do you just let it unfold?
I write from the hip. Sometimes, I take what I know I want to say, and write it down, and then stray thoughts, and then copy and paste it all together. Sometimes, it just flows naturally and comes out like I planned it. I never, ever write an outline. I did that once, and it took me days to write even one word.  When I got rid of the outline, it was like I was set free!
How much of YOU makes it into your characters?
Right now, I’d say most of my characters hold a little piece of me. This, I mean, in other short stories that are not yet published. This first book—it’s all me. 
How do you balance the need to have time to write with the needs of family, society, etc.?
I write when my kids are at school, or sleeping. It has to be quiet or I lose my thoughts very quickly (there’s four of them so gets nuts around here). 
What breaks you out of a creative slump?
Exercise, running. Sometimes just sitting quietly… It depends on what I’m writing.
Do you ever censor your writing to avoid offending or displeasing people?
No. You can’t please everyone, and if you try, you'll fail in one area or another.
Is there a story you want to tell but avoid because it would be too controversial?
No.
How can you write an honest autobiography without offending people who recognize themselves?
Well, this book about myself, I used a pen name. It wasn’t really about not offending anyone, more about saving the truth from my children, who have enough to worry about with school and friends.
How do YOU build or create an effective platform to reach your audience?

Right now, I have no platform, which is the biggest of my problems as an author.

What would be the top five, (or 3 or 1 or however many) things you would tell aspiring authors?
  1.  Don’t give up.
  2. Never compromise your message for someone else (like, your publisher.)
  3. If you have something to say, don’t sugarcoat it, just say it.  People know when you’re shoveling bullshit at them – own it or don’t say it at all.

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