Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Interview w/Lori M. Lee + A Giveaway!


I am quite excited to have Lori M. Lee on the blog today! She is the owner of the gorgeousness above. *SHINY! makes grabby hands* She graciously answered some of the very thought provoking and hard hitting questions I asked her. ;)

1. If you could pick one book that best represented your childhood to you, what would it be?

Wow, this is a tough one. Maybe The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. It's still one of my favorites, and I related quite a bit to the children. And of course, their adventures through Narnia was an escape from the ordinary that I craved for.

2. Favorite candy and cookie-- and then b/c we're equal opportunity on this blog-- fav healthy snack?

Ha! Fav healthy snack. Good one. *elbow/eyebrow wiggle* My favorite candy changes monthly. Right now, York Peppermints. YUM. Cookie: chunky chocolate chip. And I suppose if I must think of a healthy snack... fruit. I think that counts? Mangoes especially. Mmmm.

3. Writing can be hard, and I know more than once some of us have entertained the thought of quitting (and maybe doing something easy like hand-feeding Great Whites). What advice would you give to a writer who's feeling a bit down and out?

I know "Don't give up" is a cliche, but while it's still absolutely true, it isn't terribly helpful in a practical sense. So here's what *I* do when I'm on the edge. I find one of my favorite books and revisit everything I love about it. It could be the world building, or the way a character transforms from the first chapter to the last, or the author's talent for description, or just a particular evocative passage that strikes you. These are the books that drive me to be better--to not just write a book but to craft a story. As long as the spark is still there, you need only reignite it.

4. Your mc, Kai, has to pick between a denim jacket with rhinestone buttons or a fleece jacket with a hood. What would she go with?

Kai would admire the denim jacket, but she is practical at heart. Survival has always been her main concern. Seeing as Ninurta is pretty warm most months of the year, she wouldn't need the fleece jacket. So she would pick the denim jacket with rhinestone buttons and then sell it. That money could help her and her brother get out of the Labyrinth someday.

5. Could you share one of your favorite sentences from Gates of Thread and Stone?

Death smiled. “Time has ever been my ally.”

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Lori is an avid writer, reader, artist, and lover of unicorns. She should probably spend less time on the internet (but she won't). She has a borderline obsessive fascination with unicorns, is fond of talking in capslock, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, kids, and a friendly pitbull.

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Ya'll know I believe in helping everyone achieve more books for our TBR piles, so one lucky commenter will be the winner of a $5 Amazon gift card. Please make sure to follow Lori at one or more of her social media links. Winner will be announced in the comments and on Twitter on 8/9. Here's a little more about GATES OF THREAD AND STONE, which besides having an awesome title, just sounds well...awesome!!!



In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.

And lastly, a huge congrats to Lori on her debut!! 

19 comments:

  1. The only way to fail at writing is to give up, so "Don't give up" is a good motto! Great interview.

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  2. Yay for Lori! *waves* Here's to never giving up and...healthy snacks. Yes, that's it. As long as there's cheese involved. =)

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  3. Congrats, Lori!! I love the title - such a cool image - and I love the concept. And I, too, love a chunky chocolate chip cookie :)

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  4. The book sounds fantastic and this interview was lovely!

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  5. Lovely cover! I like fruit as a healthy snack, too, especially when I throw them in the blender to make a smoothie :)

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  6. I like that line about time not being an ally... I'm going to have to think about it some more.

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  7. That is a fantastic cover and the story sounds great! Grats Lori!

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  8. Great cover and great premise. Congrats Lori!

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  9. Another great interview. Sounds like a wonderful read!

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  10. I love your interviews! And the book sounds like a really great read - can't wait to check it out!

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  11. Great Interview Ladies! Congrats to Lori and I absolutely adore the cover!

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  12. Beautiful book. and I love the title! Thanks for another great interview, Leandra! = )

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  13. Leandra's interviews are always the most fun. And I love Peppermint Patties. Next to the Junior Mint, they are the best candy. Love the cover too!

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  14. Oh my goodness, that cover!! I do believe it's amazing :) And of course, I delightful interview too! Best wishes to Lori!

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  15. Great interview! This book sounds soooo good :)

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  16. this sounds fantastic! I'd have a tough time choosing between those two jackets lol

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  17. And the winner of the gift card is...Siouxtrett! 'Grats! =0)

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  18. Congratulations to Lori on her debut!

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