What’s your name, and where are you from?
Lori Parker, and I've lived in Seattle for 15 years, minus a two-year stint in Arizona, which I miss!
How long have you been writing?
Since my early 20s. I've been reading since the alphabet first made sense. But I equated authors with movie stars and astronauts, not something a small town Oregon girl could achieve. A random copy of Writer's Digest Magazine changed my thinking. I signed up for a correspondence course (which I didn't finish), but then I was hooked.
What genre(s) do you write?
Adult mainstream fiction.
What’s your current WIP? Can you tell us about it?
After a decade of trying, a family finally has a baby. But 17 years later, he's dropping out of school, sneaking out to paint graffiti, and fathering a baby. His parents, however, refuse to let their grandchild and the 16-year-old mother fade out of their lives. It's tough love, a Dutch apple tart, and family before and after.
What’s your current day job? How does it help or hinder your writing?
I'm a medical transcriptionist. So I type all day, making sitting at the computer not my favorite place to be when I'm done. But I work at home, so my schedule is flexible. That's a benefit for sure! Also, my main character has multiple sclerosis, about which my job has made me an armchair expert.
Who is your favorite author?
Ann Patchett, Kathryn Stockett, Michelle Richmond, Barbara Kingsolver, Sarah McCoy, and Alexander McCall Smith, to name a few. You didn't really mean just one, did you?
"Bel Canto," by Ann Patchett. Hands down!
But you could make a strong case for "The Help" and "The Baker's Daughter" as well.
What other hobbies or activities do you do outside of writing?
I read a lot. And I go to the gym, but that's only to offset sampling every bakery in town. Ahem, the bakeries are winning.
What is something unique about yourself?
I bet I can roller skate backwards faster than anyone who reads this.
Do you have a blog, Twitter, and/or Web site we can link to?