Interview with Lori Cox

Author of Haunted Words

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Quick description of the book for a new reader - what should they expect?
  • Poetry and story ghosts. Story ghosts are the stories I've started to write but sat untouched for years, so I put them out there to haunt the world. At least I won't be the only one haunted anymore.
What was your inspiration for this book?
  • Unfinished stories and words that haunt my mind until I write them out and attempt to make rhyming verse, or just get them in a form that looks like poetry.
Which authors do you admire? How have they influenced your writing style?
  • Edgar Allen Poe for his fascination with the dark edges of life. Jane Austen for her genteel sass.
Can you tell us a little about the locations in your book?
  • The mind. The imagination. The words are meant to invoke scenes in your own mind.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
  • Have a day job. Maybe you won't need it anymore eventually, but don't write to make money. Make money in a way that leaves you energy to write at least once a week.
Could you talk a little about your writing process?
  • Words spark in my mind and if I'm not at my computer I pull out a pen and paper and write it out. It could be seeing a random moment or image. A crow on a sign post. An old couple eating lunch. The candle by my computer.
Which character has had the greatest impact on readers?
  • Their own. The reader can put themselves in the scenes to feel and experience what the words bring to them.
If the words were made into lyrics, what genre of music do you hear them in?
  • Folk music for sure. I imagine a slow tempo with minimal instruments.
How have readers responded?
  • Well, they seem to like it. I tend to worry my family may think I'm depressed based on what they read, but hey, if there can be songs about killing people without really doing it, I can write about ghosts and haunts.
Where next? What are you working on now?
  • A third poetry book called Night Shadows because things can always get darker...
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In these pages are words that haunted, and still haunt, and may forever haunt.