Interview With The Author: Carrie Lowrance

Today I thought I would write an interview with the author.  I’m going to ask some of my author friends if they would be willing to participate. For now I thought I would kick things off. I always like to know more about my favorite authors so I thought I would give you a little more insight on me.

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How long have you been writing?

I have been writing since I was nine years old. English composition was my favorite class in school. I didn’t  live near my friends growing up so I would sit in my room and write all the time.

What is your writing background?

As I said, I have been writing since a young age. While in junior high school I wrote for the local newspaper in Pennsylvania where I lived. After high school, I took a year off and then started college for a degree in Journalism. I had to drop out due to struggling in the math courses. I knew I would never get through it even though that was part of the degree program. While I was in college, I wrote for both the school and local newspapers. I have a Freelance Writing certificate from Penn Foster Career School and I have published three books, Lithium Dreams And Melancholy Sunrise, The Safety Of Objects, and Don’t Eat Your Boogers (You’ll Turn Green). I also have my Associate’s in Early Childhood Education.

 

Where do you get your ideas?

I get a lot of my ideas from things I have lived, situations I have been in and people I have known. Sometimes something just pops in my head and I have to go write it down.

 

What is your next book about?

My next book is about a country singer who loses it all and has to find his way back to the spot light. It is going really well and I am looking forward to publishing it.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

I love anything by Debbie Macomber or Nicholas Sparks. I also like John Grisham and James Patterson. I read all kinds of books so I have a lot of favorite authors. Other authors who come to mind include Dave Ramsey, Jon Acuff, Belinda G. Buchanan, Nora Roberts, Karen Kingsbury, Neta Jackson and the list goes on and on. 🙂

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading The Yada Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson. It is the first book in the series and I am absolutely loving it.

What are some of your favorite books?

The Blossom Street Series by Debbie Macomber

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

Quitter by Jon Acuff

Seasons Of Darkness and After All Is Said And Done by Belinda G. Buchannan

And the list goes on and on. 🙂

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

I love to cook and bake. I also enjoy going out with friends and connecting with long distance friends on Facebook. I love going to both Barnes & Noble and used bookstores, my other happy places when I’m not writing. I also like to hang out at home with my husband, cat and rabbit.

What else should we know about you?

I am a chocoholic, love all kinds of music (especially Christian metal), I hate horror movies but love romantic comedies and I have a serious crush on both Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Jay Leno. They come in second and third behind my husband. 🙂

What advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

Write because you love it.  Don’t focus on the money. We are all in the same boat as to whether things will take off or not. So do it because you love it and you couldn’t imagine doing anything else. If you self-publish, do your research. There are good and bad companies out there. Join a writing group of some kind online, it is wonderful when you need support or to just bounce things off of people. Writing can be a lonely profession and it doesn’t help when we are around people that just don’t get it. It’s not their fault, it’s just that they are not us, so they don’t understand our struggles. Research your writing community and join a group. In person feedback is always good too. Celebrate every sale. Don’t give up and have fun with it.

 

 

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Rear View Mirror

Rear View Mirror is a poem from my book Lithium Dreams And Melancholy Sunrise. You can buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/Lithium-Dreams-Melancholy-Sunrise-Lowrance/dp/1508690308/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1476739395&sr=1-4&keywords=Carrie+Lowrance

 

 

Rear View Mirror

I sit in anticipation

I sit in fear

Of the possibility of

My heart and soul and existence

Becoming a red smear

In the rear view mirror of your life

For someone else to clean up

In order to retain mine

I guess I don’t mind

As long as I don’t have to wait too long

 

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More New And Different Reads For Fall (Indie Author Day Edition)

Indie Author Day was Saturday, October 8th 2016. I spent the day at the library in the next town and had a great time. Although there were some glitches and I didn’t sell any books, it wasn’t a totally wasted day. I got to meet some amazingly talented authors in all kinds of genres. If you are looking for more new and  different reads this fall, check these out.

New Reads: Indie Author Edition

The Knight Of Cups by Kevin Wright-Love Jim Butcher and A. Lee Martinez? Then you will love The Knight Of Cups by Kevin Wright.  During the investigation of a gangland murder, police detective Tom Chapel discovers that the world is even darker than he ever imagined. Where vampires gather in alleyways and the most dangerous predator is not what you would think. Are his skills as a detective and a cop up to task or a liability? And who is Pieter Durant? Find out in the first book of this series.

Timeless(A Door County Love Story) by Sharon L. Clemens-Are you a fan of clean, Christian romances? Then meet author Sharon L. Clemens. Timeless  is about the love story between Dr. Richard Allmond and landscape designer Laurel Masterson. While Laurel is determined to keep him at arm’s length, their world’s start to collide when Richard finds a mystery in his attic. It is the locker that belonged to a great Uncle lost in World War II.  Will its contents reveal a past love lost and threaten their future?

The Healing Of My Wounded Inner Child by Jan Frazier-This is the true story of the author’s tumultuous childhood. Upon losing her nine year old brother to leukemia, her mother completely shut her out and had little interaction with her. Offering hope, encouragement and direction, Jan is hoping to help people get on a better path.

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More New And Different Reads For Fall.

Peoria Stories: Tales from the Illinois Heartland by Ken Zurski– Do you love history? Peoria Stories is a collection of stories about the events and people that shaped the city of Peoria. Some of these individuals include Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Lindbergh and Abraham Lincoln as well as other not so famous people.  Also including historic events like the  first flights, the rise of the automobile and the early days of radio, Ken weaves both local and national perspectives to create a captivating trip to the past.

Trolls-Monster Worm-Hidden People: Fond Memories of Iceland by Ieda Jonasdottir- Are you a fan of memoirs? Then take a trip to Iceland in this lighthearted and charming memoir of growing up in ‘The Land Of Fire And Ice’. Filled with the rich history of legends and folktales, woven together with the hopes, fears, and hardships of day-to-day life in this mysterious land.

The Legend Of The Icelandic Yule Lads by Heidi Herman-This is a modernized version of a very old Icelandic story. After accidentally being seen by a human, Stekkjastaur must rely on a shepherd boy to keep his secret. He gives the boy a gift to protect his troll reputation which makes the boy very happy. This makes Stekkjastaur happy as well. He learns that one of the greatest gifts you can receive is the joy of giving to someone else. It shows that even from an unlikely source, a selfish act wrapped up in Christmas spirit can grow into something wonderful.

The Reluctant Butterfly by Debra Collett– Debra has written an absolutely adorable story about a caterpillar who is afraid to turn into a butterfly. Little Lou is afraid and knows her life is about to change forever. With some advice from a Butterfly and her best friend Ladybug by her side, Lou explores the values of true friendship, embracing change and facing her fears. Not only a wonderful story, but this book also has absolutely stunning illustrations as well.

A Hunting She Did Go by Irene Sedeora– Are you a fan of mysteries? Davina Reed starts her day as any other, doing Chai Tai in her Illinois backyard when she receives a call from Keith Thorne, an unsavory acquaintance of her brothers. He tells her that her brother Jed won’t open the door and he is worried because Jed had gone out drinking the previous night. They were going to go fishing together today. He tells her she should bring her key so they can check on him. Keith doesn’t want to involve the police because he is on probation. Something sounds off to Davina, but she decides to go over anyway so they can check on Jed. However, when she arrives, Thorne is not on the scene. She looks up and notices there is an upstairs window without a screen and wide open. She goes upstairs and finds the body of her brother in the bathroom that adjoins off the bedroom with the shaft of an arrow sticking out of his chest.  Although he had some problems, Jed had been a successful man and, with two scientists, developed a doe birth control serum, which angered hunters. This has caused picketing and protests at the companies where the scientists work. Doubting the small town police will be able to find Jed’s killer, she launches her own investigation. Even if that means having to deal with chief Leo Donovan and his infatuation with her and her red hair.

Edwards Many Questions by Ruth H. Underhill– This book is based on a true story about a little girl name Kay and her constant companion, a little stuffed bunny named Edward.  Edward literally comes alive in the pages of this book for all ages to enjoy. Weather reading it to themselves or being read to by an adult, children will look forward to what is revealed as each page is turned.

Don’t Eat Your Boogers (You’ll Turn Green) by Carrie Lowrance– Goober McGee has a bad habit, he eats his boogers. His brother, Sludge, thinks he is pulling his leg. Then one day he wakes up and he’s green-everywhere! How does he get rid of it? Find out as Goober learns to try new foods, becomes a role model to his peers, and promises to never eat his boogers again.

As you can see, we had quite an eclectic group. So go check out the list, you may find the book you have been missing.

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Indie Author Day is October 8th!

Wow, I can’t believe it is almost here. Just a few weeks ago I was talking about Indie Author Day coming up. This Saturday is the official day.  If you haven’t heard about this yet, libraries across the country are hosting indie authors to bring their work, speak on panels and network with each other.

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My library has the following schedule in place:

10-2: Meet local authors

10:30: Author Panel

2-3: Write In; authors can network, share their work or just sit and write.

In fact, the library where I’m attending is offering a ‘Write In’ the second Saturday of every month through December. If you are an indie author, I highly encourage you to go check it out and make plans to participate next year. If you are an avid reader, go and support your local writing community. We would love to meet you and who knows, you may find your next favorite book. 🙂

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My Favorite Kids Books.

My Mom tells me that when I saw my first book, I went absolutely nuts, arms flailing and all. So today I decided to write about my favorite kids books, both as a child and as an adult. And yes, I still own many of them.

 My Favorite Books: Childhood Through Sixth Grade

The Thingamajig Book Of Manners– I always thought this book was hilarious. Thingamajigs are quite a motley group and have absolutely no manners. This book teaches your child about manners in a fun way.

BahKoo-This book is about BahKoo,  who is a hybrid of several animals. He wanders away from home and gets lost. Two children find him and welcome him into their home. Although he is different looking, he is very cute and cuddly. But he has a secret, he fights bad dreams. I still love this story and find it very unique.

The Babysitters Club-I was absolutely obsessed with these books and so were several of my friends.  I don’t remember if I ever read all of them but I did read a lot of them. I will say that I am disappointed that the print copies are ‘out of print’ and that they have revived them in graphix form. I don’t understand the point, when they are illustrated, they are meant to be read. However, I’m glad to see that you can download the classics via e-book.

The Nancy Drew Files-If I wasn’t reading the BSC,  I was reading The Nancy Drew Files. They were always full of suspense and kept you guessing.

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My Favorite Kids Books: Adult

Once I started teaching in day care, I came across all kinds of children’s books that I absolutely loved. Here are a few.

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie-I love everything about this book.  I love the story and the illustrations are just adorable. It is one of my favorites in my library.

The Tortoise And The Hare-This book is a favorite because it has a lesson for kids and adults alike. One of my favorite authors once talked to a billionaire who had this book in his office. It reminded him that as long as he worked slowly, steadily and diligently, in his business and every project he touched, he would win the race. I read this book from time to time when I feel like I’m not even close to my goals. It keeps my mindset in perspective.

Llama Llama Red Pajama-I fell in love with the story on the spot and I love how it rhymes. The illustrations are also just too cute. I still have to add this one to my library.

So those are some of my favorite  kids books, although there are many, many more. What are some of your favorite books from your childhood? I’m interested to know so please feel free to leave a message in the comments.

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