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Monday, May 11, 2015

LoRee Peery - Paisley's Pattern

Good Monday Morning Readers!

Today, LoRee Peery visits Lagniappe to discuss her latest release, Paisley's Pattern.

Welcome Back, LoRee!

Tell us a little about Paisley’s Pattern
Paisley took root in my mind when I saw an invitation to write a short-short story as part of a White Rose authors’ appearance on Long and Short Reviews in April 2011.

Author Tanya Stowe sent an invitation to other authors to choose one heroine to write about. The premise:

A delivery boy has four gifts, a bouquet of roses, two teal-colored love birds, a box of chocolates and an invitation. But there's been a glitch. He has four addresses, no names and five women! Where do the gifts belong?

I was intrigued, thinking it the perfect opportunity to use transposed names for a hero and heroine. Paisley Robbins and Robin Paisley were born, and they kept bugging me to tell their full story.

LoRee--This is a fascinating idea. I love it!

Give readers your brand/tagline and share how you came up with it.
Redeeming Grace with a Sense of Place

As a new author, I knew I had to come up with something for an e-mail signature. I prayed, noted other authors’ signatures, and searched author web sites for brands and taglines. I ran various phrases by my critique and writers’ groups. We always came back to this one. I heard no negative comments. Christians know all about God’s redeeming grace through Jesus. My characters grow in grace. And I have a strong sense of Nebraska as my earthly place, where my stories are set.

What is your hope for the readers of your books?
I wish for readers to connect with the characters, to identify with their situations, and to grow with them as my hero and heroine discern the Lord’s will for their lives. Since I write romance, I also hope readers sigh over the happily-ever-after endings.

If you could have one of your senses (Touch, sight, taste, smell, hear) be a superpower which would you choose and why?
The word healer came to mind when I read this question, so I’m going to say the sense of touch. This world would be so much more joyful if one person’s touch relieved another’s pain.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing come from?
My mother. She read to me until I could read for myself, which was age four. I wish she was still alive so I could ask how long I listened to her read to my younger siblings. But if I were to guess, I probably took over that pleasure when she went to work outside the home and I took on care-giving responsibilities. I borrowed Mom’s copy of Gone With the Wind when I was thirteen. I’ve been a lover of romance ever since.

Where do you write? Can you describe your favorite writing place? (If you’d like to send pictures that would be great! Attached to the email please don’t embed in the Interview word doc.)
My study is upstairs in the room that once belonged to my son. Shortly, we’ll be painting the walls. There are eight bookcases (my husband built the first two) full of books. I have a Gone With the Wind collection of plates, a Scarlett doll with various outfits, figurines, and many writing-related treasures.
I prefer to revise and edit on paper, which I do away from my desk. I sit on a porch bench or outside in one of my rock gardens.

LoRee, I love your writing spot and that gorgeous Tiffany Lamp!

What can we expect from you in the future?
Another novella releases in July. 
You’ll hear more about Where Hearts Meet right here with Marian.
I have a Christmas novella with my editor now, a story in the works, and two to polish and submit.


Plotter, Pantser, or Planser?  Planser
Laptop or Desktop? Desktop
Sweet Tea or Unsweetened Tea? Unsweetened
More important: Plot or Characters? Characters

LoRee Peery has written for many years. She tried to quit more than once, seriously in the middle of 2009. Then after several months the words, the voices, started resonating in her head. She found herself jotting notes in the middle of the night, trailing toothpaste across the floor on her way to pen and paper, or noticing character and conversation while out and about. 

She received her first book contract on her birthday in 2010. LoRee attempts to see God’s presence every day. Often that gift comes from nature, and she is most relaxed in the outdoors. The call of a cardinal draws her to look for the distinctive flash of crimson. A meadowlark’s melody always transports her to the farm where she grew up. A rainbow holds special significance, since one appeared the arced over her father’s grave the day of his funeral. Nature is great, but the people God creates are the miracles. What could be better than a grandchild’s smile and a young voice greeting, “Grandma!” Well, maybe the hug that follows.



Thank you, Marian. It’s always a pleasure to appear on Lagniappe.

LoRee, thanks so much for sharing! It's always a pleasure to have you here!

Readers, thanks for visiting Lagniappe.

LoRee's Question for You:

Is there a life situation you’ve never read about in the form of story, and would like an author to tackle?

Readers, let us hear from you!

I pray you find 
"a little something extra"
in each of your days.



LoRee Peery said...

Thank you, Marian, for our Lagniappe chat. All writers need other eyes, did any readers catch what either Marian or I should have omitted here?

LoRee Peery said...

Marian, you commented on my Tiffany Lamp. I hadn't realized my desk needed one, until I received it as a wonderful retirement gift from co-workers.

Marian Pellegrin Merritt said...
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Marian Pellegrin Merritt said...

Oh LoRee! I see it. So sorry I missed that. Yes, every author needs good editors! I'm not changing it--the first person to comment on the error will get a FREE digital copy of THE VIGIL!