Pantser or Plotter
1. Are you a pantser or
a plotter or perhaps a bit of both?
Both, actually. I begin
as a pantser—starting with whatever “what if” has caught my attention. For this
book, SECOND CHANCES, it was “what if an associate in a law office gets kicked
out at 42 with no prospects?” I knew she’d meet her future office mate—and
more—but not the details, after that. About halfway through, when I see the
character arc coming together, then I put together a chapter by chapter map of
what has to happen as we’re moving forward.
2. Which comes first -
characters or plot for you?
In my opinion, people and their wants and choices and emotions drive any story
forward, real or fictional, for better or worse.
3. What are you working
on now? Is this a book in a current series or something totally new?
I’m editing a manuscript
that’s totally different for me. It’s a straight thriller, not a romance, and
it jumps around in time (the way THIS IS US has been) building in the backstory
in alternating chapters. Of course, in beginning the story with Bet, our
protagonist, stumbling out of a burnt out car in the Everglades, with no
recollection of how she got there, there’s a lot of mystery about to be
4. Do you have some kind
of object or place that figures in most of your books? I use gems a lot,
hospitals and caves.
I don’t, actually. 😊
5. Do you write everyday
or just when the spirit hits?\
I do SOMETHING every
day. Many days, it’s working on the current new work in progress. Otherwise,
it’s editing manuscripts that have yet to be submitted, or doing press for the
book about to be released, or writing blog posts for myself or someone else, or
hanging with my critique groups, or updating social media or… seems like the
writer’s life is never a dull moment!
6. Where can we find
Alana Lorens has been a
published writer for more than forty years, after working as a pizza maker, a
floral designer, a journalist and a family law attorney. Currently
a resident of Asheville, North Carolina, the aging hippie loves her time
in the smoky blue mountains. She writes romance and suspense as Alana Lorens,
and sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal mystery as Lyndi Alexander. She is the
author of the Pittsburgh Lady Lawyers series, which draws on her years as a
family law attorney in the state of Pennsylvania. One of the causes close to
her heart came from those years as well–the fight against domestic violence.
She volunteered for many years at women’s shelters and provided free legal
services to women and children in need. She lives with her daughter, who is the
youngest of her seven children, three crotchety old cats and six others who are
in various degrees of insanity.
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Alana-Lorens/e/B005GE0WBC/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
7. Who are your favorite
authors? What about a book you’ve enjoyed?
I grew up on the gothic
romance circuit, so Victoria Holt, Dorothy Eden, Barbara Michaels, Mary
Stewart, et al. But the other half of me is sci-fi oriented, so I also love
Anne McCaffery’s books as well as Stephen King. The Stand is probably one of my
all time faves—love the characters in that one.