Lori R. Lopez wears many hats as an award-winning author and poet of Horror, Speculative and Literary Fiction, Fantasy and more. She is also an artist, musician, songwriter, actress, filmmaker, tree-hugger, vegan, and animal-lover. A member of the Horror Writers Association, Lori roamed graveyards as a kid and conducted funerals for dead birds, squirrels, insects and spiders. She is as kind as she is talented and that is saying something. My first book I read was Leery Lane and boy does it not let you down in any way! You really want to read this! if you haven’t read anything by Lori R. Lopez you are missing out. From her amazing poems to the gruesome stories this lady can tell a tale like no other I know! Don’t miss out!
Please help me welcome Lori R. Lopez to Roadie Notes…………
1. How old were you when you wrote your first story?
I wish I knew. There had been a lot of drawing since Kindergarten, First and Second Grades. In Grade Three, at age nine, I was writing verse. I may have written stories around then; at least by Fourth Grade. I wrote a lot in my spare time, growing up. Stories and plays and poems, along with reading library books and drawing. In Grade Six I recall writing a number of short stories on my own, not for school. There were undoubtedly assignments as well. And in Grade Seven I received an award in the preliminary round of a national contest sponsored by READ MAGAZINE for a werewolf play called TERROR IN THE WOODS. By age fifteen, in Ninth Grade, I wanted to be a novelist.
2. How many books have you written?
At the end of 2017 I had three novels published, two novellas, a story collection, two horror collections, a reprint horror sampler, three poetry collections, two children’s storybooks written and illustrated, a few pieces of long fiction published as E-books, several short stories illustrated and published in print along with E-book versions of twenty-six short stories. In total, there are forty-one E-books and sixteen books in print. It might sound like a lot, but I have more than that. Collections awaiting illustrations, formatting, final stories. Novels I need to revise. Other poems and tales that have appeared in anthologies or magazines, on websites, but I haven’t released in my own collection. Twenty Eighteen marks a decade since I published the first one. I haven’t quite mastered the art of marketing yet.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
Yes, I do have limits. For writing, reading, viewing, listening. I don’t care for explicit material, crudeness, graphic violence. Unnecessary content that to me lessens quality, distracts from story. It’s a matter of personal preference.
4. Tell me about you. Married, kids, do you have another job, etc…
I’m divorced with two adult sons. They’re multi-talented like me, so we formed a creative company to support each other, put our skills together: Fairy Fly Entertainment. We have individual and combined projects in literature, film, music. We’re all artists. Currently we are redesigning the website. It takes a lot of time and dedication, a lot of sacrifice. There have been delays on plans, but we’re determined.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
That is a difficult question! They have their own personalities. How can I choose? I do feel proudest of some, between you and me. Like the dark poetry collection I released in December 2017, DARKVERSE: THE SHADOW HOURS. It has poems I consider classics, whether new or old. The Illustrated Print Edition, out in January 2018, has artwork I feel the same about. It’s special, and I feel that way about my novels AN ILL WIND BLOWS and THE FAIRY FLY, also a rhyming tale, THE DARK MISTER SNARK; my novella THE STRANGE TAIL OF ODDZILLA. I don’t know which if any I’ll be remembered for, but these are among my favorites.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
Reading and film. Maurice Sendak, Doctor Seuss, Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Allan Poe, Victor Hugo, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Ray Bradbury. So many. As an adult, Stephen King, Peter Straub, and Dean Koontz . . . Also, classic horror films. T.V. shows like Rod Serling’s TWILIGHT ZONE and NIGHT GALLERY, THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR, THE OUTER LIMITS. Eventually THE X-FILES. Richard Matheson! From DUEL and DIE! DIE! MY DARLING, TRILOGY OF TERROR, I AM LEGEND, to THE NIGHT STALKER movies and series. His work always stood out, always left an impact. These were tremendous inspirations.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Write. It’s true. I love it. And reading, if I’m not too tired mentally from writing or editing. Often the case. Movies. A variety of shows. NOT Reality or News or Sports or Cooking or Medical Dramas . . . There are more I don’t like. I’m a STRANGER THINGS fan. Other interests include bike-riding, Badminton, playing cards and boardgames, crossword puzzles, shopping, spending time with animals. Nature. Walks in the forest. There are things I would like to do. See the world. I’m a bit of an introvert. These days I’m focused on writing and art. Hoping to find time for music, filmmaking.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
I take a day or two, once it’s published, to putter. Do small things. Relax. Unwind. Go out for a special meal. Do something gleeful if possible. I make a point of celebrating, marking the occasion.
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
I listen to music, sharing an office with my sons. We take turns on whose day it is to play the music. But if I’m writing prose, I prefer Classical, movie soundtracks, that sort of thing. Nothing too jarring. The same if I’m reading through a piece, whether prose or poetry. I need less distraction so I can focus.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
No. I have to write the way I write. Not everyone is going to like it. But I’ve been told I have a distinct voice. I will often tell a story, even in my poems. I think I’m good at creating vivid unusual characters. I plan to continue doing what I do. Whatever it is.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
That is the dream. I’ve had it since I was pretty young, convinced I would be famous. There were friends who believed it too. I was more outgoing as a child, a class clown, and the world was my stage. Some of my dreams ran into detours, but I still dream big. I still believe in myself. And through years of hard work at verse, prose, art . . . I believe I have come closer to reaching that goal, being a recognized author.
12. Where do you live?
In Southern California, near San Diego. I’ve been learning to appreciate beaches, the sea after a few decades, but I prefer the woods.
A feral cat named Cloudy who lives outside, and her four kittens: Cinder, Shadow, Jeepers and Fluffybear, who live in a Catio.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Similar to reading, that I can step into other lives. That I can be lost in a foggy, shadowy, far-off setting and encounter strange creatures, intriguing characters . . . In my heart I will always be Alice, wandering off on some adventure. Books give me that. Movies too. I love to be caught up in stories, whatever form they take.
15. What is coming next for you?
I have a lot of projects to get done. The most immediate, unless another demands my attention, will be to illustrate the print edition for my poetry collection DARKVERSE: THE SHADOW HOURS, which was released in digital format near the end of 2017. At the same time, I will be doing illustrations for my third POETIC REFLECTIONS volume: BLOOD ON THE MOON. I also need to illustrate the print edition of a ghost novella, LEERY LANE, originally published in 2016 as an E-book. After releasing those, I have a third horror collection to wrap up and illustrate along with my first art collection to complete, featuring covers and illustrations. There are three novellas to write this year, five more series of illustrations. I have sequels and other new ideas I’m eager to work on. I’ll see how much I can finish in 2018. I have many interests, many aspirations. The days are too short.
16. Where do you get your ideas?
From my cellar and my attic, mostly. Upstairs or down. That’s where they collect, in the darkest places. I know that I can always reach in and pull something out. Something squirmy or slimy or pleasantly peculiar. Waiting for attention.
Thank you so much for taking this time, Becky! I’ll share some books your readers might enjoy. Expect weirdos and oddballs, humor, depth, nocturnal entities, poetry that sounds like prose and prose that sounds like poetry. Not the usual, from my covers to my tales. I tend to be unruly and rather macabre.
If you’d care to peek at my latest release, it is brimming with speculative atmosphere and ooze, phantoms and darklings, written between 2009 and 2017. Even if you don’t normally read poems, this book holds a rich bounty of horror not to be missed.
“Prepare to confront a motley array of ghouls and menaces that might just move under your bed. Look for an Illustrated Print Edition with quirky art by the author.”
DARKVERSE: THE SHADOW HOURS by Lori R. Lopez
LEERY LANE by Lori R. Lopez
“It is All Hallows again, twenty years after Frieda went down that fateful gauntlet of haunted houses as a Trick-Or-Treater. She’s finally back, perhaps to stay this time as she attempts to unearth the secret that caused decades of silence between two sisters. A witty blend of Gothic Horror, Humor, Supernatural and Mystery, LEERY LANE is a ghost story to curl up with and savor.”
ODDS AND ENDS: A DARK COLLECTION
“An assortment of the weird and wonderfully grim are displayed for your fear and amusement. Whether you like quiet horror, humorous horror, stark horror, monstrous in-your-face horror, you’ll find what scares you here. Twenty-six diverse tales and clusters of flash stories or drabbles fit together between dark poems and brief witfully pithy essays on women writing Horror like pieces of a macabre jigsaw puzzle devised by a single madwoman, Lori R. Lopez.”
ILLUSTRATED PRINT EDITION
Some of Lori R. Lopez’s books: