Lori Toland

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: November 17, 2010

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Home For The Holidays | A Replacement Guitarist Christmas | Gay Romance, Dreamspinner Press | December 22nd

Please tell us your latest news!

I'm hugely excited about the release of the sequel to The Replacement Guitarist. Blaze Shinozuka and Jason Stockton are coming Home For The Holidays in the sequel and during what should be a relaxing holiday with each other, it slowly turns to a nightmare when their families descend on their love nest.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I wouldn't change anything in Home For The Holidays but in The Replacement Guitarist, I probably would have written more from Jason Stockton's point of view. I think people really wanted to know more about him but he's still a mystery even in Home For The Holidays to Blaze.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Right now, I'm really loving Mary Calmes. Her works always have these really hot twinks but beyond that, her plot and... the twinks... yeah, it always comes back to the hot twinks. :)

Do you have a specific writing style?

I love writing from first person, even though as I grew up, I was always taught first person is a bad writing style. I feel like my inner snarkiness comes with my first person POV and my dark humor works better.

Do you see writing as a career?

I love it as a second career. My first job is as a CEO and I really can't let down the people I work with, not to mention I really enjoy my job. Maybe someday, with an early retirement :)

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I think my interest in writing started from when I first started reading. I read The Vampire Diaries back when I was thirteen and I wished I could write like that. I tried my hand at it over the years and kept getting better and better. It's always a journey.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Never stop writing. I made that mistake when I started my business. Sure, I became successful as a CEO but I really missed writing. I try to balance both lives but it is difficult.

How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?

I hate to say this, but other than my dad and a grandmother, I don't have any family I grew up with. They've all passed away. My husband's family knows, including my MIL. I think she's read it and my husband is forever horrified. My dad has a girlfriend and her family knows I write and some of them have read my books. My dad is waiting for when I write non-romance to read my books though.

Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer? Or Still do?

I try to write as much as I can but sometimes real life calls me away, like to approve an order for flyers and promotions. It's jarring to get a call for business at all hours, even when it's my time off and have to set aside my writing and concentrate on business matters. It's not sexy.

What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?

I definitely do both. I have a soft outline I work with and I know which direction I want to go with but sometimes I'm just writing and staring at the screen wondering where the words are coming from. I think both styles work for me.

Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it. (Pen, Coffee Cup, Pet, Blanket, Chair)

My iPod or iPhone. Preferably my iPod because then I can't hear when my phone goes off :D Ignoring the real world is good when you have a flow going .

Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place

I can write anywhere but I love having music. I actually write the naughtiest sex scenes when I'm in public and the dirtier the better! It's awesome.

What main genre do you write in?

Erotica / Spicy Romance

I really hope you enjoy all that I have planned for Blaze and Jason. The music never stops!

Thanks for being awesome and I love you guys!

Lori Toland