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Lori Sizemore writes sexy and snarky romantic comedy. She adores all things story and geeks out about craft books, writing classes, and how-to blog posts daily.
When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with her family, playing video games, or crocheting. Sometimes all three at once, as she’s a master multi-tasker.
She loves to read a good book, in any genre, but her favorite is romance. Find her online blogging or on social media through her website, lorisizemore.com.
Email: lori (at) lorisizemore (dot) com
Available online: http://lorisizemore.com/author-pictures/
Infamous (The Wild Rose Press, 2016)
Exactly Like You (After Glows Publishing, 2017)
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
Both, I think. I go into a story with full character interviews and information sheets and a complete outline. That said, my characters often take me on detours. As long as I see the outline as a map, with certain road stops I need to make (turning points) then I can follow them when they decide to take a side road. Eventually, we’ll end up at our destination and the story is richer because the characters get to drive the plot.
Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents?
I have this horrible but handy talent of being able to insult someone without them realizing they’ve been insulted. It’s like a terrible superpower I don’t bring it out very often. I like to think people walk away thinking, “Did she just insult me or am I crazy?” The answer is, “Yes, to both.”
It comes down to my mantra of life, to stay above the drama and be true to myself: stay classy.
Do consider yourself to be a successful writer? If so, why?
Yes! I write every day, regardless of what I have going on or how I feel. I usually also edit, critique other’s work in exchange for critiques of my own work, and do marketing tasks. I treat writing as my full-time job. There’s a common saying in our field: writer’s write. That’s how I measure my success.
I can’t control how many books I sell or whether everyone will love what I write. I can show up to write every day, try to output quality writing, and stay true to who I am as a writer.