About Lori Goldson:
Born and raised in NJ, but currently residing outside of Philadelphia, I live with my husband. You can usually find me and my big hair in the gym or on the road, as I am a huge fan of a good sweat and road trips! Some of my favorite places to visit are Washington, DC and NYC. I’m also a fan of international travel, and recently visited the Dominican Republic. I love writing about everything, from the silliness of social media to the insanity of the human condition. I hope to continue to bring a plethora of topics to the literary world in the future.
What inspires you to write?
Writing great stories that people can read and go, “Yes!” or “That’s so my life!” are some of the things that inspire me to write. I know that growing up reading certain authors, that was always the feeling I had when a story touched me or felt particularly relatable, and I just hope to bring that same sensation to other readers. I hope to be a well versed writer, and be someone who can touch on every subject. So far, I have completed YALit, Chick Lit, Urban Lit, and Poetry. I hope to bring Humor/Parody and Non-fiction to the table in the future.
Tell us about your writing process.
Once upon a time, my process was in the wee hours of the night, but as time has gone on and my work life has changed so, I now write whenever I get time. Sometimes when I have a thought or idea, I stop what I’d doing to get it down (if I can) just to ensure that I can follow through on the idea later.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I think about my characters way more than I probably should, haha. As a child of the 90s, I am huge on realistic characters. It’s one of the things that made writing so attractive to me were shows with enticing scripts and characters that felt real. I loved Daria, Roseanne, A Different World, Family Matters and a host of other shows because of how well written the stories and the characters were. Thinking of my characters as people if how I develop them to (hopefully) memorable parts of the literature.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never stop writing. Write every thought, because you never know how it can develop. It is part of why I do it–I love seeing a story grow.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first book was with a publisher. The experience taught me a lot, and that mostly, I feel like I am better off self-publishing. I am always working on a story, and I think I move fairly quickly and love to be as hands-on as possible, so I just feel this method works better for me. I prefer to do my own cover art and as an English major, I have a good grip on mechanics, so I can find my own mistakes pretty easily. Besides, in this day and time, it is fairly easy to find resources to promote yourself. Even though it will always be an uphill battle finding your own niche/audience, it works well for people who have day jobs.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of it looks multifaceted to me. Because we have so many tools, it’s going to be easier to reach people. However, I think the saturation of media because we have so many tools will be the problem. After a while, it will be overwhelming to readers and writers alike to filter through all of the options out there in the literary world. I think that’s going to be where it gets hard.
What genres do you write?: YA, Chick Lit, Poetry, Urban fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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