One night out of curiosity, she visited a writer's workshop near Dallas and instantly resonated with the idea of entertaining through stories.
Lorelei Buckley prefers writing paranormal romance novels, but she's penned works in almost every genre. Currently, she's a full-time writer living in Texas with her husband and a menagerie of rescue animals.
What genre(s) do you write? Paranormal, Mystery, Romance. Everyday people with extrasensory abilities, solving murder mysteries, and falling in love. Basically, ghost stories for grown-ups.
What was the hardest part of writing your book? Depends on which new release we’re discussing. Lighthouse started as a group project for a box set with a random text theme. For whatever reason, I drew a blank. I ended up calling a psychic and he planted the seeds for the overall concept. Medium Crossing, due out soon, was complicated. It’s intricately woven and different than anything I’d ever written. Piecing the puzzle together required a storyboard, a thick notebook, and comfortable pacing shoes.
Why do you think people should choose your books over another author? I’d reword this and simply ask readers to add my books to their reading list, because what I hear most often from readers, reviewers, and editors regarding my stories is they’re unique, sensual, and full of surprising twists. If this is true, sounds like good reading to me.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories? I’m kind of a genre-bender, so I hope my perspectives are conduits for readers to discover more of what the paranormal genre encompasses. I love when one of my books turns a paranormal-avoider into a paranormal fan.
What’s something fans would find fascinating about you? Many moons ago, I used to be a showgirl. I did a lot of traveling and experienced amazing adventures. I’m not minimizing my awesome seventeen year marriage, but honestly, I’ve got some great memories from my years in entertainment.
What else would you like readers to know about you or your work?
Where are you from? Sweet, home, Chicago! I miss Lou Malnati’s Pizza, the stunning architecture, beautiful Lake Michigan, shopping, and the incredible museums. I’m homesick at least twice a week. But then I recall the bitter Chi-Town winters and I’m glad to be in Texas.
When not writing, how do you relax? Lately I have two speeds, go and sleep. On the rare occasions when I’m able to just unwind, I enjoy reading or curling up on the couch with my husband, a dog and a cat, and watching a movie.
Here are some questions just for fun.
What is your favorite vacation spot? The Florida Keys and the Virgin Islands. I’ve spent several years in both places and dream of retiring in either location.
Which food could you not live without? I don’t think chocolate is considered a food, so, pasta.
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you travel? Closer to home, the Florida Keys. Farther away, Australia.
Please tell us 5 miscellaneous facts about yourself. 1) Sometimes for inspiration, I’ll stay overnight in a haunted hotel. 2) Every October I take an evening to myself, pour a glass of wine, and watch Bram Stoker’s Dracula. 3) My favorite color is purple. 4) I have a menagerie of rescue animals. 5) I’m a Ronda Rousey fan.
Please share with us your future projects and upcoming releases. Medium Crossing is due out soon, and I received a very nice note from the editor about it. Hopefully, readers will have similar opinions. Currently, I have two works in progress, Blue Moon is the second book in the Midnight Road series, and Second Strike is the sequel to Direct Strike, my novel with Kensington.
Where can readers find you?
Website: www.loreleibuckley.com / Blog: At Play in the Field of Unrest - www.author.loreleibuckley.com / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorelei.buckley
“Look, I’ve been thinking.” She paused to mentally formulate words. “I held on to Roland because I wanted to believe in undying love. But I realize now what I wanted was perfection, which meant, a functional marriage. I’ve always craved something meaningful. I tried to create something more than ‘How was your day’? I was willing to pretend until it became real. Fake it ‘til you make it.’ Then he died.”
Traces of burning cedar surfed the breeze. Probably frayed smoke from a neighbor’s chimney.
She continued. “I’m not sure if my severe depression was a symptom of his death or because the universe pulled back the rose-colored curtain and exposed our phony relationship. Either way, falling apart was the most liberating thing I’ve ever done. Once in a while we all need to self-examine. Our marriage wasn’t what I portrayed it to be. Crap. I’m a terrible person.”
He squeezed her hand. “I heard you say two things. A soul-crushing admission you’re not perfect.”
Drew playfully bumped his shoulder with hers.
“And a true confession implying you weren’t madly in love with your husband. I’m okay with each.”
“Now we’re both terrible people.”
“Selfish, maybe, but not terrible.”
Wrong, she thought. She’d considered herself a recovering over-criticizer, Roland fit in the selfish category. Dominic was the good guy. If this was a story, he’d be the hero.