Tuesday, August 18, 2009

My interview with Lorhainne Eckhart

Lorhainne Eckhart took to the time to stop by my blog during her blog tour for her latest book, The Captain's Lady. I was able to interview her and you can read her answers below. Leave her a comment or a question, she loves to hear from her readers.

1.Did you always want to become an author or did you just fall into it?
I had a love for books since was young enough to read. I would lose myself in the stories that were written. When I was in grade two I wrote my first ghost story, as inspired by a series I was reading. I remember submitting it to my teacher in hopes of some honorable mention, but received no comment, I suspect it needed much editing.
The dream of being an author I did not pursue seriously until five years ago, until then it was always a dream in the back of mind, that maybe one day, I would write a book.

2.Did it take you a while to become published? If so, what made you keep going?
It took me two years to be published once I started submitting my query. I pursued literary agents to represent me and even had several requests to read my manuscript, but each time was declined.
I received some good advice from a friend. If how you’re pursuing something is not working, then you need to come at it in another direction. So, I changed my tactics. I decided to forego an agent and submit directly to the publishing houses. It happened almost immediately I received two offers for publication.

3.When you sit down to write, is there a ritual you have to do before you start?
I start writing quite early in the morning. For me it’s a quiet peaceful time. My mind is fresh and clear first thing in the morning and the words generally flow quite easy. I get up around four or five a.m. I clear my head, in the peace and quiet of the countryside, listen to the roosters crowing, birds chirping and distant farm animals begin their day. I put on a pot of coffee and in the warm months of spring, summer and fall, I take my laptop outside and start writing as soon as the sun is coming up.

4.Do you plan the story out or just let it flow?
No actually, I do not plan my story. What happens is an idea for the premise of a story comes to me. When I sit down to start writing it, create the characters, their lives, their conflicts, their personality quirks, the story takes on a life of it’s own.

5.How did you come up with the idea for The Captain's Lady?
It was during the invasion of Iraq. The controversy of sending the troops over and the news stories around the war. The premise for the story came to me in a dream. The scene appeared as a scripted movie. Abby rescued lying on the deck of a US Military Ship. Captain Eric Hamilton kneeled down to watch over her. The crew stood surrounding the Captain and Abby as the ship’s Doctor pushed his way through. When Abby opened her eyes and looked up, she saw the Captain as an Angel. From there my desire to write the story became a need to put it down on paper and allow the story to unfold.

6.Is The Captain's Lady a series or a stand alone?
The Captain’s Lady is a single title. I have no plans for a series, although, I have left the door open. I may at a future date write a sequel to the story, featuring some of the other essential characters.

7.When you have a moment to sit down and breathe, what do you do to unwind?
I try to schedule me time daily even if it’s just an hour to unwind and quite often, that is when you will find me in my gardens. I have a passion for the outdoors, gardening, landscaping, preserving nature, or I may decide to take a walk in the woods, or go horseback riding. Nevertheless, it is always something close to nature and outdoors.

8.Do you have a current list of releases and where they can be found?
My website is updated frequently. It lists my current novel, with links to where it can be purchased. There is also a page on my website that lists my upcoming projects.
Please refer to my website at http://www.lorhainneeckhart.com/

9.Do you have any WIP that you might want to share with us?
I have just completed my third novel. I have outlined the details of my second and third on my website at http://www.lorhainneeckhart.com/My second novel, The Forgotten Child, is a contemporary romance, set on a ranch. It is a story of a single father of an autistic boy and the woman who helps him come to terms with this neurological disorder.
My third novel, Walk the Right Road – Jerome’s Story, is a work of Women’s Fiction, with romantic and paranormal elements that delve into the world of BC Bud.

10.Considering all of your books that you have written, do you have one that stands out or is your favorite?
I love each one of them equally. They are all quite different, the topic and theme. Each one of them has a special place in my heart.

11.What authors are in your TBR pile?
I have so many. Right now Lee McKenzie, Karen Robards, Beth Trissel, Mimi Barbour, Suzanne Brockmann, James Patterson, Vladimir Megre
I read a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction

12.Do you have any tips for those aspiring authors out there?
Yes, make time to write everyday. Don’t take rejections personally, use them to hone your craft and don’t give up.


Judy said...

This was a great interview. Found out alot about Lorhainne, who is a new author to me. Captain's Lady sounds like a very good read, will have to try it out.

Lorhainne Eckhart said...
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Lorhainne Eckhart said...

Thanks Judy for the nice comments, I hope you will enjoy reading my novel, The Captain's Lady

Katie Bug said...

This is on my list of books that I just have to have.

Thank you for stopping by Lorhainne!

Mona Risk said...

Lorhainne, Captain's Lady is on my TBR list.

Mary Ricksen said...

Sounds wonderful Lorhainne, I wish you the best of luck. And I am looking forward to reading it.