1) Could you tell us a bit about yourself.
Lori: I am a married mom of two grown men. I've been married for 27 years and have taught preschool for over 15 years. I'm an avid reader of the sci-fi/fantasy/romance genre.
2) What was the inspiration for writing Human Blend?
Lori: I've read so many books and have lost most all of them but I always found a scene or two that I would think, I would have written that differently. So out from that came the idea to write an original story all my own. The inspiration of the story itself came from the characters. Once they introduced themselves in the story, the rest just flowed.
3) Were there any personal experiences that went in to writing Human Blend?
Lori: I've been in and out of the hospital so I am very familiar with the setting so those scenes were quite easy. The location of the storyline was unfamiliar to me so a lot of research went into the area so I could accurately depict it.
4) Was Julie's character based on anyone or was she a purely made up character? What is she like?
Lori: Julie was a fictional character in my head that came out to tell her story. She is a stubborn but determined girl who has lived a very troubled life. She escapes from the hell she had been forced to live and tries very hard to be normal, something impossible for her because of her unique abilities. She struggles to be strong and does achieve it eventually.
5) What was your inspiration in the cover art for Human Blend?
Lori: A co-worker of mine and I actually designed the cover concept in work on the chalkboard. The actual design, it is slightly different. The cover consist of three different photos of trees taken near my home, blended together. Editing the numbers into the trees and adding rain was done using photo-shop and my techy son's expertise in cleaning up the image.
6) How many books do you plan on having in your Human Blend series?
Lori: It is a trilogy, so three. I am penning the second book now and hoping for an April release.
7) Who is your favorite character in the book? And why?
Lori: Oh wow, tough question. They are all important to me. I'm going to say Marcus because he is just so fun to write. He is sarcastic and humorous, yet at the same time, you can't help but want to smack him upside the head.
8) Do you write to music? If so, what is your favorite?
Lori: Music is playing when I type up the story after handwriting it, but usually when I write it is quiet, or just low volume noise in the background. I listen to a lot of R&B and pop/rock. Country and rap are fun to have playing depending on my mood or the mood of the scene I am typing. I've listened to everything from Taylor Swift to Eminem.
9) What do you plan on doing in the future?
10) What are you reading right now?
Lori: I am actually reading Nightwolves Coalition by Clarrissa Lee Moon. She is another Indy author with a cool kick-butt lead female character.
Lori: Anne Rice, Dean Koontz, Stephanie Meyer and P.C. Cast.