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Monday, February 15, 2016

Meet Author Lori Soard!

    “Hi everyone! I am a Christian romance writer. I live in a tiny town in southern Indiana called Henryville. We are famous as being the birth place of Colonel Sanders (KFC fame) and for the 2012 tornado that leveled our town.
     When I’m not writing, I am usually with my family. I have two college-age daughters, am married to my high school sweetheart, and we always have plenty of pets as we all love animals.
I love to read and discover new authors, so that keeps me pretty busy as well. I also write nonfiction, edit, and design websites.”

Update!  My review of Lori's book:

  • "Cupid's Quest" is a great kick-off to Lori Soard's new "Cupid's Crossing" series. This cleverly titled story is a Christian romance and God is a big part of the characters' relationships, yet Lori has woven humor and playfulness into the story. I enjoyed the secondary characters as well, they are developed into more than stereotypical figures. The hero and heroine have a lot to learn about each other, which they do with caring and gentle exploration of each others' personalities. I look forward to the next book in the series.

Lori's Latest Release

Lori’s latest story is Cupid’s Quest. It is the first book in her new series, Cupid’s Crossing, which is a contemporary inspirational romance line. Cupid’s Crossing is a fictional town that seems to get special attention from Cupid. You never know what’s going to happen there-----

The only life Gracie has ever known has been the nursing home and the residents who are like family to her. Now, she risks losing it all and her friends scattering to different homes if she can’t come up with the money to save the business. 

Between caring for his ailing mother and running the family farm, Brandt is stretched thin. Too thin. When his mother begs him to enter a local scavenger hunt, win the prize money, and convert the farm into an orchard, he knows he can’t refuse her anything, so he reluctantly agrees. 

While seeking clues to the scavenger hunt, Gracie and Brandt keep bumping into each other. Gracie’s always had a crush on him that keeps her from stringing two coherent words together. Brandt doesn’t understand why she dislikes him so much she won’t even talk to him. If the nursing home residents would settle down and stop getting into crazy shenanigans long enough, the two might figure out that they have more than a little in common.


Q & A with Lori

How long have you been writing?

I can’t remember a time I wasn’t telling stories. When I was very little, my dad would make up stories at bed time and would let me help him choose what direction to take them. My mom would buy me books, which I loved even before I could read. It seemed only natural when my first grade teacher taught me to string letters into words and words into sentences that I would start keeping a journal and writing little stories of my own.

I absorbed books and I always wrote stories. Even in high school, I would start a story, pass it to my best friend between classes, we’d add to each other’s stories, and pass them back. I now know this is a round robin style of writing, but back then it was just something fun to do.

It wasn’t until college when I took a journalism class that I realized you could actually get paid to write. My professor had us cover a local topic and submit it to our local newspaper. The editor published it and even put it on the front page. On top of that, I got paid $25! I know that is a really small amount but you have no idea how excited I was about that $25. I could get paid to write? It was a true light bulb moment for me.

Where is your favorite place to write?
I have a lovely little office all set up. It is ergonomic, painted a pretty color, etc. However, I tend to wind up on the family room couch with my laptop 99% of the time. My little dog will snooze by my side and sometimes our kitten will crawl up on my chest, which makes it hard to see the screen or type. I like noise when I’m working, so the television is often on as background noise, or I might be listening to music.

I’ve been known to write anywhere, though. I carry an iPad mini with me that has a keyboard case. It isn’t easy to type on, but if I’m really into a story, I will work on it in the car with hubby driving, in waiting rooms, or even at dinner.

What genre do you write and why?

I love romances. When I was about nine, I read my first romance novel and was hooked. My Aunt Jewel loved them, too, and she would bring me big grocery bags full of Harlequin romances, which I would devour.

To this day, I love a good romantic comedy, whether a movie or a book. So, it only seems natural to write romantic comedies. I have written a historical, which I enjoyed, but found exhausting with the fact checking. And, I dabbled in romantic suspense. I’m really proud of those books, too, as well as my YA novel. I hate to pigeon-hole myself into one genre, because I really believe it is just about telling a good story that you have to tell. That might not always be romantic comedy, but for me it usually is.

Tell us a little about Cupid's Quest...

This is my first contemporary Christian romance. My other books are PG but not strictly inspirational fiction, although my characters are typically believers. However, over the years, I’ve grown as a Christian and I felt the pull to share His love and mercy through fiction. My goal has never been to be a New York Times Bestselling author. It’s very hard to attain that and still  ill hold onto your standards. My goal instead is to reach one reader, to give that reader hope and share my faith with her. If I can do that, then I’ve succeeded at what I truly believe God put me here to do.

What are some of your favorite things?

Favorite book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (favorite movie, too)
Favorite food: Pizza – I could eat this for every single meal and never get tired of it.
Favorite Bible verse: Ephesians 6:12 – “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Favorite character: Libby Henderson. This is woman is in her 80s and features prominently in Cupid’s Quest. She is bold, brash, and hilarious. Yet, she has a heart of gold. My biggest challenge with her was keeping her from taking the book over completely. She will appear again in the next book, though. There were times when I was writing a scene with her in it and I had to stop and catch my breath because I’d be laughing so hard. I know writers are always saying their characters take over, and that was truly the case with this one. I had to really rein her in at times.

What are you working on now?

I am working on the second book in the Cupid’s Crossing series. It’s going to be called Change of Heart. It is Sinclaire’s story. She is Gracie’s friend and co-worker in Book # 1 and just screamed for her own story. Sinclaire is very damaged and does not start the story as a believer. It will be interesting to write her journey toward redemption.

Anything you'd like to add?

If there is one thing I’d like to encourage my readers to do, it is to memorize scripture. Even if you just choose one line verses, get them into your heart. As you’ll notice when you read Cupid’s Quest, having those words etched on your heart allows you to pull them out during the trials of your life.
This was reinforced to me recently when a family member told us she was ill. I was able to share a verse I knew would give her hope to hold onto. Even though she is a believer, sometimes you  just need someone to speak God’s word to you. There wasn’t time to look up a verse, but because Jeremiah 29:11 is etched into my heart from the many times we used it when teaching youth a few years back, I was able to speak those words to her from the heart.

I truly believe it is worth the effort to memorize scripture in this way. You may not remember it word for word, but it will help you or someone else when most needed.

Do you have a newsletter?

Yes! Readers can stay up-to-date by going to LoriSoard.com and clicking on newsletter to subscribe. I also offer regular contests for things like autographed books, Amazon gift cards, Starbucks gift cards, and other goodies.

Also, Cupid’s Quest is available for free from KDP and Unlimited for three months. It’s also available in paperback.

Thanks, everyone. I love questions from readers or even just a short note. Feel free to email me or contact me on social media.



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·      Excerpt of Cupid’s Quest here.

2 comments:

Sally Painter said...

Great interview! Lori is a wonderful writer and readers will never be disappointed with her books!

Robin Bayne said...

Thanks for stopping by, Sally!