Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
LB: I’m a New York Times bestselling author (and Agatha nominee) who dabbles in various genres: cozy mystery, psychological suspense, adventure-fantasy, women’s fiction.
How would you describe your books to readers?
LB: Character driven. Creating characters with emotional depth is the most important thing when it comes to my writing, and my readers tell me that’s what attracts them to my work..
What are you currently working on?
LB: Hopefully, by the time people read this, I’ll be finished with the three projects I’m juggling. The first is Shattered Spirits, my seventh Jeff Resnick novel. I’m also working on the third in my first Tales of Telenia adventure-fantasy trilogy, this one called Treachery. And I’m also working on a short story for the second Storytellers Unlimited Blythe Cove Manor trilogy (so far untitled, it it’s a tight deadline, so it will probably be available at least for pre-order by the time this is published). I guess you could say it’s women’s fiction.
Of the books you’ve written, which one is your favorite and why?
LB: That’s a tough question. But if I had to choose only one I could read again, it would be Bound By Suggestion, the fifth book in my Jeff Resnick mystery series. It was a difficult book to write, and there’s a lot of conflict that Jeff has to handle–but I’m probably most proud of that book.
What books have most influenced you as a writer?
LB: Probably novels by Dick Francis and Barbara Michaels. I go back and read them on a regular basis.
What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?
LB: The most challenging part of writing? Finishing a book or story. Every book is challenging. You have to think about how you want to present the threads of your story in an entertaining way. I often have to sit and think about the approach to a scene. Sometimes I write it and trash the whole thing because it isn’t conveying the material in the best way (sometimes the best point of view).
What’s the most rewarding part about being an author? Hearing my book being performed by a terrific narrator. I’ve had some really good narrators (Steven Barnett, Cassandra Campbell, and Heather Masters) and then others who weren’t so good. Those I never need to listen to again. <g>
What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?
LB: More books and short stories!
Have you ever regretted writing any of your books?
LB: No, I love them all; maybe not with the same intensity, but I do love them all. And I feel protective of my stories that don’t do as well as others–like the Tales of Telenia, with its strong central female character, Amanda Shelton (who’s a bit of a rabble-rouser on a planet where women and their abilities are often dismissed). During the years I had a day job, I often felt marginalized. Now that I write for a living (and I only write stories that I enjoy telling), I have a lot more freedom and job satisfaction. But Amanda sprang from those unhappy working days. She struggles to find meaning in her new life — and the books struggle to find readers. But obviously I’m not giving up on her and already have started a the second trilogy, although she isn’t the main focus of those books.
What’s coming out next?
LB: The paperback edition of A Fatal Chapter (Booktown #9) will debut on May 4th; the hardcover, ebook, and audio editions of Title Wave (Booktown #10) will be published on June 14th. Dead, Bath and Beyond (Victoria Square Mystery #4) will come out December 6th. In between, I will have several indie books; Shattered Spirits and Treachery.
The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorna Barrett’s name on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent — whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett — that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series, the Tales of Telenia adventure-fantasy saga, and now the Lotus Bay Mysteries, and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s). Check out the descriptions and links to all her works, and sign up for her emailed newsletter here: http://www.LornaBarrett.com/