Monday, February 3, 2020

#PreOrder and #AuthorInterview - "Deadly Homecoming" by Lorelei Confer

Let's welcome Lorelei to the hot seat. Thanks for coming.

What kind of research did you do for Deadly Homecoming? Did you travel, use the Internet, speak with experts on a topic, etc? 

I was born and raised in Pennsylvania and this location was my back yard, so I was already familiar with the area. But I’ve done extensive research on human sex trafficking using the internet as well as personal interviews. After I wrote the first book in the series, I had the opportunity to meet and interview the Lead Detective on the local Human Trafficking Task Force in 2006. As I’ve continued to expand my knowledge regarding this heinous crime, I’ve added a message to each book I write. In Deadly Homecoming, I introduce Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) and the necessity for community awareness.

Are your characters based on anyone you know? 

No, not at all.

Do any of your characters take over and write the book themselves sometimes? 

Who? Many times, the villain takes over when I write their point of view; I don’t think (or hope I don’t) think that I'm malicious in everyday life.

What do you prefer: ebook or print? Why? 

I’m in the middle of both right now and prefer print. The ebook seems hard to hold and not flexible. LOL

How long have you been writing? 

When did you decide to become an author? I’ve been writing since the fourth grade when I wrote a story about going to the doctor for a shot. My teacher made it into a play, inviting other classes and parents to attend. I continued writing in a diary every day and then progressed to a journal. When my husband was deployed, I wrote newsy love letters to him in Viet Nam. I continue to journal and even include some of my dreams; some have been embellished enough and have become my novels.

All writers suffer from writer’s block at least once in their career. 

What’s your go-to cure? I went through a really rough path when my mother passed in 2017 and couldn’t write anything of any worth until October 2018 when a friend asked me to write a minimal 15k words for an anthology. I had received the pat on the back I needed and have been back on track with four novels and one short for the anthology releasing in 2010.

Sometimes the romance genre gets a bad reputation for being cliché and full of Fabios. How do you respond to that? 

And I’ve heard them called “lust books” or “dirty books” which is such an insult when there are so many emotions and feelings shown or reflected on every page. Romance needs to love and sex, not necessarily in that order, but all are a real part of life.

Any advice for the aspiring authors out there? 

Particularly those who are feeling a little discouraged. Everyone needs a reason, a purpose to write. If it’s for the money you need to be tough skinned and persistent. If it’s your passion, you’re going to write and write and keep on writing to get the characters and their stories out of your head and the money, hopefully, will follow. Just keep writing.

How do you market your books? What do you find more effective? 

The industry changes every five seconds it seems, so I strive to stay up to date with the changes. Newsletters worked for a while and I still see a small uptake in sales when I swap or share with another author. Facebook groups are fun, especially author’s readers pages, with fun activities. I’ve seen a small uptake in sales after a fun take-over-Friday activity, but the page needs daily posts and motivation. Social media has it’s perks and changes daily so an author has to have multi graphic media available to vary posts to all of them.

What is your favorite book? Favorite author? 

My most favorite authors were the late Kathleen Woodiwiss and Johanna Lindsey. I grew up reading them and I don’t particularly care for historian romance now. Shannon by Kathleen Woodiwiss was the first book that attracted me to romance, and then I had to read every book she wrote. Then Johanna Lindsey was new to the scene; I don’t remember the name of the first book, but I’ve read them all. Now, there are so many good authors out there I can mix it up.


Madelyn (Maddy) returns home to arrange her mother’s funeral and has to face her biggest fear; her ex who broke her heart, but in oh so many more ways than one.
Garrett, her close childhood friend and FBI agent assigned to the human trafficking task force, gave his heart to her years ago and wants no other woman. 
Does he have a second chance, or will her ex steal her from him again?

Release Day - February 18, 2020
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Author Bio: 

     Lorelei Confer lives on a peninsula in the mid-west coast of Florida with her high school sweetheart, now husband, and AJ, her longhaired Chihuahua.
     In the fourth grade, she wrote her first story—something about getting a shot at the doctors—that was produced by the teacher for parents and students in an assembly. When she was older, she spilled her guts in a journal every night and wrote long newsy love letters to Viet Nam.
     She is a multi-published author of romantic suspense with two series: The Deadly series and the Saddle Creek series. She also has written numerous novellas and short stories.
     She loves to hear from her readers so if you want to stay “in the know” visit her website, sign up for her newsletters and contact her.

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