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Saturday, November 28, 2009
Lorelei's Christmas Contest
CONTEST and INTERVIEW
Lorelei, thanks for spending the week with us. It’s been fun. But I’m interested in discovering why you write Christmas stories. Not everyone writes holiday tales, so can you share with us as to what inspires you to write them?
I write short stories when a topic interests me, usually a personal experience, without any research necessary and I can put a happy ever after ending on it.
Is Christmas your favorite holiday and why?
Yes, it is my favorite Holiday and I wish I could have it all year round. I love the sharing and kindness, the pay-it-forward acts of kindness, reaching out to the needy, etc. It should be something we think about and do everyday.
You’ve written, “No Where to Hide...My Heart”, “My Broken Heart” and “Ruby Red Heart” All Romantic Suspense books, what inspired your interest in suspense?
Nowhere to Hide is a book very close to my heart. It talks about a lucrative business that affects all women and children everywhere and they’re not aware of the harm that can come to them if abducted willingly or otherwise. We think ‘it’ can never happen to us or it only happens in third world countries but it happens more in the United States than you have any idea. I’ve done considerable research for this book, and have even worked with a local Detective that is on the Task Force for Human Trafficking. To hear some of the stories and possibilities or probabilities is sometimes overwhelming. I’m still working on finding a publishing house for all three books as a trilogy.
Are you a CSI fan?
Of course! Who isn’t?
Lorelei, you’ve written over sixteen short stories do you prefer writing short stories over single title?
Not necessarily. It’s just worked out that way. I write a short story when I can complete the happy ending in a short period of time but I can also take that same short story and expound on it into a 75k book with lots of twists and turns to get to the happy ending.
I’m a writer who doesn’t write anything under 350 pages, (I’m naturally long winded) so that’s about as short a story as I can tell, and would much prefer 1000 page books. So, it amazes me how authors like you are able to tell such wonderful and inspiring stories in so few pages. It takes quite a talent to write short story in my opinion. You definitely have to know the rule of ‘writing tight’ - well. Very well. How have you been able to condense your tales to fit so few pages without losing the story?
We do it every day, hopefully around the dinner table. When someone tells a funny story about something that happened or could have happened to someone during the day or while on vacation, I can imagine something with more suspense, add a few ideas of my own, a happy ending and a short story has been born.
How does writing a longer story compare to writing a short story?
Lots more research goes into the longer story, for me anyway. I make thousands of notes and outlines to make sure everything is in the right sequence whereas with a short its all there in front of you at a glance.
Which do you find easier to write, long tales or short stories?
Shorts come natural to me whereas longs, again, take some research but end up being a series of shorts woven into the main plot of the story for the suspense and page turning effects.
Besides, Romantic Suspense what else do you enjoy writing?
Down home everyday women’s fiction.
For any of you who want to know more about Lorelei and her books go to her website at Lorelei Confer
You just have to think a wee bit and dah dah - you'll have it!
Unscramble the words to get the titles of the Christmas songs listed below. All correct guesser's will have their names dropped into a hat and picked for first and second place winners! Good luck girls! I MADE IT EASY!
Here’s the deal on the win – Anthology is an ebook (only) so Lorelei can’t give out any signed copies BUT she is offering to give the winner of her contest a coupon (for the full amount of the book) to download and she’s offering a FREE MOUSE PAD for the second place winner! So enjoy the contest and let’s see who the lucky ones are! I’ll tell you next week! ;-) COME ON, It's easy!
Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, did something not to be forgotten.
On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom. When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.
Ms. Cothren, where're our desks?'
She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.'
They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.'
'No,' she said.
'Maybe it's our behavior.'
She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior.'
And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom.
By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms. Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room. The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom.
Martha Cothren said, 'Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he or she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to show you.'
At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it. Twenty-seven U.S. Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.
Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it.'
By the way, this is a true story. And this teacher was awarded Teacher of the Year for the state of Arkansas in 2006.
Please consider telling others about this message...tell them to come here to read and ponder then pass along, so none of us will ever forget that the freedoms we have in this great country were earned by U. S. Veterans.
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