Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Q&A: LORENA MCCOURTNEY, PT 3


Today, we wrap our discussion with award-winning mystery novelist Lorena McCourtney, author of On The Run (Revell). Lorena started writing in the fifth grade ("all my stories were about horses")—and began her adult writing career doing short stories for children and teens, mostly for Sunday School publications. After a detour into women's fiction (during which she published 24 romance novels), she returned to Christian fiction, where she wrote a few more romances before she turned to writing mysteries.

Now, without further ado, the conclusion of our conversation ...

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PART 3.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR ASPIRING WRITERS?
Write a book that interests you, something you’d like to read, not just something to hit a market. (A market that may be gone by the time you get you the finished book to an editor.) Which doesn’t mean you should ignore the market, of course. But don’t turn yourself into a pretzel trying to write something to fit some particular niche. Find another niche.

WHAT ONE ASPECT OF GOD DO YOU MOST HOPE READERS TAKE AWAY AFTER READING ONE OF YOUR BOOKS?
Basically, that you can depend on God. He isn’t going to forsake or abandon you. Hebrews 13:5 “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you,” is down underneath much of what I write.

WHAT ONE THING ABOUT WRITING DO YOU WISH NON-WRITERS UNDERSTOOD?
That writing is a job, and just because you’re not going off to an office every day doesn’t mean you’re available at any time for chatting, shopping, baby-sitting, etc.

WHAT ONE THING ABOUT WRITING DO YOU WISH OTHER WRITERS UNDERSTOOD?
That getting one book published doesn’t mean you’ve “made it,” and there may well be many disappointments ahead.

FOR THE WRITER WITH A NEW BOOK, WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE BEST THING HE OR SHE CAN DO TO PROMOTE IT?
Hmmm. If I had a really good answer for this question, I’d probably be better known than I am. But I think a good first move is to get to know your publisher’s publicity department, so you will know what they’re doing and how you can work with them on promotion.

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Many thanks to novelist Lorena McCourtney. Find her online at LorenaMcCourtney.com (where you can read an excerpt of On The Run). Find more about her novels at her publisher's site, Revell Books.

Related links:
Q&A: LORENA MCCOURTNEY, PT 1
Q&A: LORENA MCCOURTNEY, PT 2

More mystery and suspense author Q&As:
Q&A: MINDY STARNS CLARK (Blind Dates Can Be Murder)
Q&A: GINNY AIKEN (Decorating Schemes)
Q&A: CRESTON MAPES (Full Tilt)
Q&A: BRANDILYN COLLINS (Web of Lies)
Q&A: TASHA ALEXANDER (And Only to Deceive)
Q&A: LONNIE CRUSE (Murder In Metropolis)

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