Author Interview: Lori L. Clark

SRNA: What gave you the inspiration to write I BREATHE YOU?
LLC: I don't know if it was so much an inspiration as it was a seed of an idea. I had read the YA book, Speechless by Hannah Harrington, where a girl's mouth gets her into trouble, so she takes a vow of silence and learns a lot about herself in the process. I thought, what if a person's livelihood depended on being about to speak (sing) and it was taken away, permanently. Things just evolved from there.

SRNA: Do you have any writing rituals?
LLC: Not typically. Right now, I have more of a schedule. In order for my book to be ready for the editor by October, I'm "making" myself right at least 1k words a day, and if I don't, I have to write more the next day. So far, 1k words a day hasn't been that hard. I tend to be a little "wordy." :)

SRNA: Which character are you most similar to and why?
LLC: I think, honestly, there's a little bit of my personality in each of the four major characters. But mostly, I think I'd be most like Rhane, with her sarcastic, spur-of-the-moment wit.

SRNA: What do you love most about the story?
LLC: Two broken characters coming together in a slow burn that builds. They're not in it to fix one another. I don't care for stories with insta-love, but I do enjoy reading (and writing) about insta-attraction.

SRNA: What was your biggest challenge when writing it?
LLC: Staying true to the storyline of Rhane not being able to speak above a whisper was sometimes challenging. When she wanted to yell or even just carry on a conversation in a situation where it would be difficult for her to be heard. I had to remember that she wasn't able to communicate by normal means.

SRNA: Who are some of your favorite New Adult authors/stories?
LLC: Many. :) Katja Millay wrote one of the most touching books I've read in a long time, "The Sea of Tranquility." Of course, I admire Colleen Hoover, Jessica Sorenson, KA Tucker, Summer Walden, and there are more that are just coming onto the scene: Elizabeth Famous and Leah Raeder come to mind. The list is endless, really!

SRNA: Do you have any advice for new authors?
LLC: Read a lot. Venture out of your comfort zone while reading new books and authors. Write a book that you'd want to read. And last, but most importantly, find yourself and editor. You might think you can't afford an editor...but truly, you can't afford not to have one. Hiring an editor was the best thing I could have done to better myself.

SRNA: Tell us something about yourself that most people wouldn’t know.
LLC: I grew up in a small town in Iowa and graduated from school in a town where Herbert Hoover's birth place and presidential museum is.

SRNA: What is your favorite quote?
LLC: I have several favorite quotes in general...but there's one from a Motley Crue song that I have tattoo'd on my leg. "My heart's like an open book, for the whole world to read."

SRNA: Any exciting or upcoming news that you would like to share?
LLC: I'm busy working on book #2 in the Breathe series which is being told from Ian's POV. And I've got another idea on scraps of paper for the next book right after that! Busy, busy! In a good way. Oh! And I'm always stalking gingers -- looking for THE "Ian" to be on my next book cover.

Lori L. Clark

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