Friday, November 23, 2012

Welcome, Lorena McCourtney!

What fun to welcome Lorena to our blog this week! I've been an admirer of her books for a long time.  Read on to learn more about her in her interview!

Is there a story behind DYING TO READ?
I wanted to start a new series, and I looked around and saw so many educated and experienced people who'd lost jobs and simply couldn't find another one. So my heroine takes whatever she can find, which has included being Santa Claus's elf at the mall, stuffing flyers under windshield wipers, and now she's an assistant private investigator – just temporarily, of course, until one of those résumés she has out gets her a "real" job.

What started you on your writing journey?
Although my main goal earlier in life wasn't to be a writer, it seems as if I've always been a writer. My "professional" career started with sale of an article while I was still in high school. It was about my father's desire to move to Alaska, which was published in an Alaskan magazine. But since then it's been a journey through various types of writing, and various re-inventions of myself as a writer, until I found I've really found my niche now in faith-based mysteries, usually with some humor and romance included.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Husband standing at my office door saying, "I hate to bother you, but—"

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I'll give almost any kind of book a try, which doesn't necessarily mean I finish it. I find, since I've been writing mysteries, that I also read more of them. (Though I'm turned off pretty quickly by mysteries that are too violent or gory.)

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
The heroine, Cate Kinkaid, of course, but I also enjoyed the Willow character. Why? Because her life was an even bigger mess than Cate's, and she'd made many wrong choices in her life, but she was basically a good-hearted person.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Oh, country and western, definitely!

What is your strangest habit?
I don't believe in superstitions or jinxes, but I won't talk about a book I'm working on until it's done. Otherwise, something drastic will surely go wrong!

What is your favorite season of the year?

Fall. I like the "gathering in" feeling of fall. For me, it's a time of finishing up projects, getting things done, a feeling of accomplishment. A time of getting ready to settle in for winter.
What is a favorite memory from your childhood?

Getting a horse of my very own. "Dolly" was my first horse. Sadly, she had a short life, but she gave me a filly, "Terry Dawn," that I owned her entire life, and she lived to be almost thirty.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?

Housework! Especially vacuuming. I hate vacuuming! I usually do it in steps, with the reward of stopping to read for a few minutes between rooms.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?

Well, this is kind of embarrassing, because it isn't a meal with some fabulous recipe I cook up. My favorite is to go out to Red Lobster and have a great shrimp or lobster dinner!

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about? 

One that I seem to come back to time and again is that God may not take care of you in the style to which you'd like to become accustomed, but if you look to him and trust and depend on him, he will take care of you.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.

Going along with the above theme is Hebrews 13:5 – "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

"Dying to Read," Book #1 in my new Cate Kinkaid Files mystery series from Revell, came out in August. My next book will be the second book in the series, "Dolled Up to Die," which will be out in the spring of 2013.

To buy her books, go here:Amazon
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I grew up in various small towns in eastern Washington, and I started trying to write when I was in the fifth grade, usually horse stories. I sent them to magazines, but they were not impressed with my "talent," and sent them right back. My interest in horses continued on through a university degree in agriculture. (Which I can assure you is not a particularly useful education for a fiction writer – but, of course, I didn't know I wanted to be a writer then.)

When I did realize I really did want to be a writer, I began with children's short stories. This seemed logical, since I had a small son at the time. It was quite a long time before I moved on to write romances for publishers such as Silhouette and Harlequin. Eventually I turned to Christian romances and now feel I've found my "real home" in Christian mysteries.

Some of my most popular books have been the lighthearted Ivy Malone Mysteries, about an older woman who finds she seems to have aged into invisibility. And invisibility can be a rather handy asset for a sleuth. The first book "Invisible" is currently a free download on Kindle, Nook, etc.

Lorena is giving away a copy of Dying to Read. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Holiday Reading!
Caroline Brown


cjajsmommy said...

A mystery without gore and with some light-heartedness is right up my alley! Please enter my name in the giveaway for this book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Hi Lorena -- I sure would like to enter your drawing for your book. I have read 2 other series of your light-hearted mystery series and they are so good and so entertaining. I feel like I am right there with your main character. They are witty and exciting at the same time. God bless your writing ministery. Pat Hines

Merry said...

I love the humor in Lorena's stories, the Ivy Malone series is a favorite for my daughters and me. I've enjoyed the interview and getting to know more about Lorena.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Lorena, I found it interesting that you sent stories in to magizines. Did you save your stories? Seems I would want to keep them, tho, I have none of my stuff that I wrote in high school. A lot of my stuff got stolen one time that were stored. And thought I'd saved some in a trunk at my parents, but guess there were too many grandkids of mom's played in that room through the years seemed to disappear also. I've always liked to write poems in Birthday and baby cards. Would like to read one of your mysteries. Maxie ( )

KayM said...

I just downloaded "Invisible". It sounds like a fun book to read. I enjoyed the interview.

Pam K. said...

I'm glad Lorena found her niche in writing Christian mysteries. I enjoy reading cozy mysteries but do not like books that are too violent, gory, or use vulgar language. I like Lorena's books because of the mystery, romance, and humor. I'd love to win a copy of "Dying to Read."
Thanks for the chance!


ann said...

I enjoy reading cozy mysteries. I used to write poems and send them into the newspapers. I did save some of them but have no idea where they are now since Im older. cant wait to read Dying to Read

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win/read this book. It sounds terrific.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

karenk said...

would love to read this mystery...thanks for the chance :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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