Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Lori has published in both secular and Christian markets with popular series like The Western Sky series, Brides of the West, Men of the Saddle and Belles of Timber Creek. She’s been the recipient of the various industry awards including Romantic Times Career Achievement, Holt Medallion, Reader’s Choice Award, and she was a Christy finalist in 2006. Ms Copeland was inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame in 2000.
I'm pleased to feature one of my long-time favorite authors. Welcome, Lori. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I write what I like to read; I think most authors follow their hearts when they start a book. There was a time when I wrote in various genres, but the last few years I’m focusing on stories and settings that really touch my heart.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
There’s been so many; I have been so blessed. I could say, the day I married Lance, but then I didn’t realize what a blessing that would turn out to be. The day each of my children, grandchildren and last year, my great-granddaughter was born. Days and hours with friends—really close friends where we did nothing but share our feelings. The day I sold my first book; I had no idea how God would change my life that day, but it was a happy time. Everyday should be the happiest, but that isn’t always possible, but increasingly I’m trying to find something unique about each day and thank God that he’s allowed me to experience it.
How has being published changed your life?
It did change my life. Drastically! Before I was the mother of the three sons, worked for a bank, read but never thought about writing a book. That would have been the farthest thing from my mind. But when my last son was in high school, a friend suggested that I write a book. I had a good laugh about that and then—for my entertainment only, wrote Playing for Keeps for Dell Publishing Company. The book sold, and I have been writing since that day.
What are you reading right now?
Going Rogue, Sara Palin.
I bought that for my husband for Christmas. Now it's my turn to read it. What is your current work in progress?
What would be your dream vacation?
Cruising the Hawaiian Islands. Will some cruise line PLEASE fulfill my dream! LOL
I'd love to go with you? How do you choose your settings for each book?
I’ve fallen into a comfortable time period shortly after the Civil War where I set most of my westerns. The country was starting to rebuild, so much was going on yet for some reason my characters take over and very little is noted about historical facts. I write about people and emotions.
I like writing in the period between the Civil War and the turn of the century. If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
I was thinking about this the other night, and this is going to blow the readers away, but I would choose Glen Beck. He fascinates me, and he makes me laugh. And cry. I don’t agree with all he says, but he’s a man who lost everything to alcoholism and he pulled his life back together, through Jesus Christ, which he readily gives credit.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Knitting. I’m not good, and my friends are thoroughly sick of getting my dishcloths, but knitting loosens the knots in my brain.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
English skills. How I wish I had learned more in school. It would make my job so much easier. Young people, if you happened to read this, listen up in English! It will serve you well all of your life.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Patience, and write for the love of writing and not the incessant goal to publish. I can’t tell you how many good, wonderful, beautifully written stories go unpublished. The best advice that I could offer anyone is: writing chooses you. If you choose it, you may be disappointed. It isn’t an easy process ( in most cases). I had the right product at the right time. I started my career in a time when romance was a hungry market, and while genres are always a good market, it’s a tighter market today.
Tell us about the featured book?
A Kiss for Cade is another refreshed ABA title in my Western Sky series for Harvest House, coming out Jan 1. It’s a story about a bounty hunter, Cade Kolby who can never come home, but the love of his life, Zoe Bradshaw is there and not likely to go away. The story features pure Lori Copeland characters—fun, sobering and a tad bit whacky.
Please give us the first line of the book.
“Well, if that don’t beat all. Cade Kolby, showing’ up after fifteen years as if he hadn’t been gone a day.”
How can readers find you on the Internet?
http://www.loricopeland.com/ . I’m also on Twitter and Facebook.
Thank you, Lori, for spending this time with us.
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