Author Interview - Lohrainne Eckhart

Welcome!  Today's featured author is Lohrainne Eckhart, including a synopsis of her latest book,




1.  What kind of books do you write and how many have you written so far?
           
I write mainly write women’s fiction. Although I’ve written two contemporary romances, and a young adult christmas story, which will be published in early November.

2.  When is your next book being published?
           
The Forgotten Child will be released November 1, 2011, it is a contemporary romance.

3.  When did you start writing?

I started writing seven years ago, after my youngest was born.   

4.  How did you get into writing, and why did you pick the genre that you currently write in?
             
Writing was always in the back of mind. I have stories to tell, and a need to write. I enjoy writing women’s fiction, about relationships and problems between a man and a woman.

5.  What is your creative process like?
           
When I have an idea for a book, I’ll sit down and start writing. The characters come to life as does the story, which takes on all kinds of twists and turns. I don’t know how a novel will end when I first start writing. Once I have a rough draft, I research the details, make sure I have all my facts. Researching takes a lot of time. Editing is not a quick once over its a long process, and I do hire a professional editor.
           
6.  Who is your favorite author, past and present, and why?
           
I have a lot of favorite authors. There is a talented bunch at Orangeberry Book Collective. I encourage readers to check them out.

7.  What motivates you to continue writing?
           
I have a need write. A story will come to me, from a news article, social or moral issue in the community, or just an idea for a story. I love writing, its who I am. And I can’t imagine not being able to do it. It is a lonely isolated occupation, which is one I was made for.

8.  How do you get ideas for your stories?
           
I probably answered that question above. Stories come from anywhere. My first novel, The Captain’s Lady, the idea for it came to me in a dream. Other than that an idea for a story may come from a news article, social or moral issue in community. Or just out of the blue.

9.  If you didn’t become an author, what do you think you would be doing now?
           
Well I wouldn’t be happy doing anything else. I maybe would have considered being a lawyer.

10.  Tell me about your latest book.
           
The Forgotten Child –

He wasn’t looking to love again. But what he got was a woman who shook his lonely bitter world upside down, and touched him in a way no other woman could.
Emily Nelson, a courageous young mother, ends a loveless bitter marriage and strikes out on her own. She answers an ad as a cook and live in caregiver to a three-year-old boy on a local ranch. Ranch owner Brad Friesen hires and moves  in Emily and her daughter. But Emily soon discovers something’s seriously wrong with his boy. And the reclusive difficult man that hired her, can’t see the behavior and how delayed his son is. So Emily researches, until she stumbles across what she suspects is the soft signs of autism. Now she must tell him. Give him hope, and help him come to terms with this neurological disorder—to take the necessary steps to get his child the help he needs.

As their lives become intertwined, it’s unavoidable the attraction—the connection that sparks between them. And just as they’re getting close, Brad's estranged wife Crystal returns after abandoning them two years earlier. In amongst the shock and confusion there’s one disturbing fact Brad can’t shake. How does she know so much of his personal business, the inner working of the ranch and Emily's relationship with his son?

Crystal must’ve had a plan as she somehow gains the upper hand, driving a wedge in the emotional bond forged between Brad, Emily and the children. The primary focus for care and therapy of three-year-old Trevor is diverted. The lengths Crystal will go—the lies—the greed, just to keep what’s hers are nothing short of cold and calculating. Emily’s forced out of the house. Brad fights to save  his boy—to protect what’s his. And struggles over his greatest sacrifice—Emily, and the haunting question—has he ultimately lost her forever?

11.  Your movie has made it to the big screen!  Tell me, who would you want to play the key characters?
           
Sam – would be a younger Toby Keith I’m still looking for his look a like
Marcie -  Emmanuelle Chriqui or Felicity Jones
Dan – Justin Timberlake
Jesse – 50 Cent
Diane – Gaby Hoffman (with a few pounds added on)


12.  What’s the worst experience and best experience you ever had as a writer?
           
 I haven’t had a bad experience. Of course rejections from agents, and bad reviews can be bothersome, I  just shake it off and get back to work. The best experience as a writer was the day I was offered a publishing contract for my first novel.

13.  Where do you see yourself in five years with your writing and your life?

Five years from now, I see myself as a New York Times best selling author, with several novels published. And of course enjoying life with my family.
           

14.  Where can people find you and your books on the Internet? 

Go to my website at http://www.lorhainneeckhart.com/index.html. I also have two Blogs,  The Choice of Giving and Illusions.

Now, for a brief peek at The Forgotten Child:

He wasn't looking to love again.  But what he got was a woman who shook his lonely bitter world upside down, and touched him in a way no other woman could.


Emily Nelson, a courageous young mother, ends a loveless bitter marriage and strikes out on her own. She answers an ad as a cook and live in caregiver to a three-year-old boy on a local ranch. Ranch owner Brad Friesen hires and moves  in Emily and her daughter. But Emily soon discovers something’s seriously wrong with his boy. And the reclusive difficult man that hired her, can’t see the behavior and how delayed his son is. So Emily researches, until she stumbles across what she suspects is the soft signs of autism. Now she must tell him. Give him hope, and help him come to terms with this neurological disorder—to take the necessary steps to get his child the help he needs.

As their lives become intertwined, it’s unavoidable the attraction—the connection that sparks between them. And just as they’re getting close, Brad's estranged wife Crystal returns after abandoning them two years earlier. In amongst the shock and confusion there’s one disturbing fact Brad can’t shake. How does she know so much of his personal business, the inner working of the ranch and Emily's relationship with his son?

Crystal must’ve had a plan as she somehow gains the upper hand, driving a wedge in the emotional bond forged between Brad, Emily and the children. The primary focus for care and therapy of three-year-old Trevor is diverted. The lengths Crystal will go—the lies—the greed, just to keep what’s hers are nothing short of cold and calculating. Emily’s forced out of the house. Brad fights to save  his boy—to protect what’s his. And struggles over his greatest sacrifice—Emily, and the haunting question—
has he ultimately lost her forever?

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