Live on Facebook Friday, May 27, 2022, at 11AM EST.
“The Sexual Tyrannosaurus always gets his prey.”
It has been some time since my last blog but I’m back and over the moon about this piece. Today, I have the privilege of talking to a writer I have grown fond of over the years. Author L. Loren whom I became acquainted with when she participated in my SOUL series anthology for the first time in 2017 I believe. (I’ll confirm during the interview)
Since then, we’ve formed a friendship collaborating on countless writing projects including her anthology Love is Color in 2018 and a few writing challenges I created at different times over the years but I digress, simply put, I love this lady and her work. My personal favorite book is Hall Pass. There aren’t too many Indie authors I endorse the way I have L. Loren. (she knows this) LOL.
Anyway, she and I will be live via Facebook Friday, May 27, 2022, at 11 AM EST. to discuss her upcoming release T-REX as a part of the predators, MC series. If you are unfamiliar with this series, you might want to catch up. Before the release of the third book in the series T-REX on Saturday, May 28, 2022.
The other two books in the series include The Taming of Larue, and, Obsession I have yet to read either so I too have some catching up to do. Confidently speaking, I know L. Loren will be serving up sexy in T-REX! If you don’t believe it here’s the conversation.
Just in case you can’t catch us live tomorrow via FB at 11 AM EST. search Candis Johnson to watch. In the meantime, enjoy this read. and check L. Loren out via her FB group L’s Lovebirds for more on T-REX which will be available on amazon.
SOUL MAGAZINE: As an author, you manage to do a few things well, first stay true to yourself and secondly tell a scintillating sexy story that doesn’t mirror anything else you’ve previously written.
SOUL MAGAZINE: What’s your secret?
L. Loren: First of all, thank you! That means a lot. There is no secret. I simply developed a formula that works for me. Whenever I start a new project, I need a visual representation of the main characters. Then once I get that, my mind will create a backstory for each character. I have a template that I use to write a very detailed character bible and I go from there.
SOUL MAGAZINE: What was the inspiration for your latest novel T- REX?
L. Loren: Speaking of being visual, I am friends with the cover model, Jose L. Barreiro. I was going through his Instagram pictures one night and saw one I just had to have for a cover. I contacted him and the rest is history. Fun Fact: When I first developed this character, I was inspired by Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s sexy ass. Lawd!
SOUL MAGAZINE: Most writers write from their experiences. Are there any storylines or books that take from your personal experiences?
L. Loren: I try to use personal experiences in every one of my books. It could be something as simple as a favorite color or reacting to the way a co-worker acted. There will always be something that has happened to me or someone close to me in my stories.
SOUL MAGAZINE: How did you come up with the title for this book?
L. Loren: This is book three in my Predators MC Series. This character was developed way back with The Taming of LaRue. I wrote a prequel that explains how the MC came to be and T-Rex was one of the founding members.
SOUL MAGAZINE: With all of your creative successes including being a bestseller, do you feel pressure to outdo your previous books when you sit down to write?
L. Loren: I always say I don’t compete with anyone but myself. I always strive to make each of my books better than the last. I try not to put pressure on myself. When I sit down to write, I simply let the characters talk to me. What I get is the result. I am not purposely trying to one-up myself.
SOUL MAGAZINE: Can you share with us why you chose the names for your character Drucilla in T-Rex?
L. Loren: When I name a character, I try to see who my character inspiration looks like. To me, the model looked like a Druscilla. I have a list of cool character names that I keep on my phone, and I try to utilize those names first before looking elsewhere.
SOUL MAGAZINE: You’re a skilled series writer was that a calculated decision to tell your stories as a series as you have done with T-REX, or do you just let things flow organically?
L. Loren: My first story was a three-part series and a cliffhanger to boot. I found that I enjoyed writing stories that are related in some way. But I did not like the cliffhanger part. I enjoy creating a world for the characters to live in and continuing that world with other characters in the next story.
SOUL MAGAZINE: Your stories are always fun, flirty, and relatable. How important is it for you to make sure your readers feel like they too are living the experiences with the characters you create?
L. Loren: It is extremely important to me that the reader feels like they are a part of the story. I want them to see the story play out like a film in their heads. It is how I enjoy reading books and I want everyone to have that experience when reading my stories.
SOUL MAGAZINE: What expectations do you set for yourself when you start a new project?
L. Loren: I find that expectations are the enemy of progress. Of course, you want to hit certain sales goals, but I don’t expect it. You never know how readers will accept or reject your story. I simply want to tell the character’s authentic story and hope the readers like it.
SOUL MAGAZINE: Of all of the books you have released up to this point including T REX, Which is your favorite and why?
L. Loren: Oh, that is so not fair! I can’t choose between my babies. My first release, The Layover, will always have a special place in my heart, as will Tennessee’s Whiskey. I love all my Lunchtime Chronicle stories and the Predators are everything. Let’s not forget the Bohemian Outlaw. Too many choices, Candis. Don’t make me choose.
SOUL MAGAZINE: I had to try! Believe me, I completely understand. Thank you for your time! Congratulations on all of your success! Ya’ll please make sure to support this phenomenal author and purchase T-REX! It will be available tomorrow Saturday, May 28, 2022.
Be sure to join L. Loren for her TAKE OVER on FB in the IR Lounge at 1PM EST Saturday, May 28, 2022, as she promotes her new release T-REX!!! I promise you won’t regret it!
Signed, Soul Sistah CJ
images: From L. Loren
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