Author Interview: Lori Morrison

How did you come up with the title for your book?

Being a private investigator, I have learned the value of waiting for people to prove that they deserve my trust rather than assuming they do until I find out otherwise. Checking into a person’s background can teach you all kinds of important things about them – good and bad!

Do you prefer ebooks, printed books, or audiobooks most of the time?

I think there’s a place for all of them. I do love the feel of a new book in my hands, turning pages and dogearring their corners. Ebooks are awesome for when I’m on the go or need a new book right now. Audiobooks are the best for when I’ve got a long drive ahead of me. If I had to pick a favorite…it’s old fashioned printed books for the win!

How do you use social media as an author?

Not as well as I should! I try to be sure I’m serving the audience, not just promoting my own content. It’s a tough balance but it’s an incredible way to get out in front of people and build an audience that really resonates with your content.

How important was professional editing to your book’s development?

It was crucial. I think there are always areas that don’t flow the way you think they do or thoughts that need more explanation than you realize. Editing helps you address things you didn’t see by yourself.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I’ve written two, and it’s so hard to pick a favorite. It’s like they are my children! I do think that I did a better job with the second book simply because I had experience that I learned from writing the first one.

How much research did you need to do for your book?

I did quite a bit of research. Because I was writing a non-fiction book, I really wanted to be sure that I was giving accurate information. I did include several personal stories so from a purely factual standpoint, those were easy to write.

What books did you grow up reading?

I would read anything I could get my hands on! Maybe everyone should have known that I would become a private investigator when I read every Encyclopedia Brown, Agatha Christie, and Erle Stanley Gardner book in the local library.

What books have you read more than once in your life?

So many! Wuthering Heights, Where The Lilies Grow, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre, and more true crime stories than I have time to list.

What do you think is the best way to improve writing skills?

Just like repetition improves physical skills, it improves writing. Think about teaching a child to throw a ball. You have them watch you as you throw a ball. Find an author whose work you admire and watch how they lay out a story.

What’s your favorite writing snack or drink?

A chai tea latte, hot in the winter and cold in the summer.