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An Interview with Edward Lorn

Published September 30, 2014 by MommaCat

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1) What’s your earliest memory about storytelling?

One morning, my mother was walking me to school. The route we took passed a construction site. Just beyond the chain link fence was a mound of dirt about twenty feet high, and another one around five feet. I pointed to the larger mound and said, “There’re bodies under there.”

Mom gave me an odd look. “How do you know that?”

Because I can see them. In my brain.”

Well, what’s under the smaller pile?”

I smiled. “The heads.”

Undeterred, my mother asked, “Do you think I should call the cops?”

I nodded. “I think that would be best.”

That was my first day of kindergarten. I was five years old.

2) If you could live during any era in any land, real or imaginary, where would it be and why?

I could say Oz, because I love the idea of talking scarecrows and flying monkeys, but witches scare the shit out of me. Good or bad. Wonderland might be a better choice, but I have a love/hate relationship with food. I love eating, and hate there’s no more of it. Living in Wonderland would mean existing in a constant state of flux. Big. Small. Gargantuan. Tiny. Don’t think I could handle that. So… let’s go with Mid-World, the land where Stephen King’s Dark Tower series occurs. I want a damn billybumbler, yo. Thankee, sai.

3) Do you write every day? Would you still write if you didn’t need to make money?

I write anywhere from eight to ten hours a day, every day. This isn’t all one sitting, though, as I’m usually bouncing around social media sites whenever I hit a lull in creativity.

To answer the second part of your question, I’ve been putting words down on paper since I was six, and nothing’s going to change that. To this day, I don’t write for the money, anyway, simply because I hate thinking of writing as a job. It’s a hobby I love that just so happens to pay the bills. I intend to keep it that way.

4) How much research do you do?

Research is the bane of my existence, but it’s also a necessary evil. While writing a new piece, I do zero fact checking. I do work, put the words down, and only once I’m done do I hit the books.

5) What’s your comfort food?

Chipotle, the restaurant, as in everything on their menu. Burritos, tacos, salads… hell, just dump their pans directly in my waiting maw, for all I care. I am down for a good twelve hours after eating there, though, so I try to abstain as much as possible. But if I had a method of unending currency and no social obligations, I’d eat there every meal. Except breakfast, of course, ‘cause, you know, they’re closed and whatnot. Selfish bastards.

6) What if you could trade bodies with one person for one day? Who would that be?

Probably one of my kids. I’d give anything to be a kid again, even if it was only for twenty-four hours. Plus, my kids are rad. It would be nice to be cool for once in my life.

7) Where is the last place you went on vacation?

Took the fam to Disney Land and Universal Orlando back in October of 2011, and we had a blast. Wouldn’t mind doing that again real soon. Wow… I just realized I haven’t been on vacation in three years. That’s kinda depressing. Let’s wrap this interview up so I can do something about that. ‘Kay? Thanks.

8) Who would you like to co-author a book with?

Hands down, James Newman. Dude can write some serious dark fiction, and I’d love to bounce some ideas off him. His novel, Animosity, is one of the best books I’ve ever read, and working with him would be a true honor.

I would like to add that, if he were still alive, my first choice would have been Richard Laymon. Sadly, he’s been dead since Valentine’s day, 2001, and I miss him and his work greatly.

9) What five people – living or dead- would you invite to a dinner party? (Universal translators will be provided)

Richard Laymon would be a given, and then I’d add Stephen King, James Newman, Joe Hill, and Kealan Patrick Burke to the guest list. I’d throw Marisha Pessl in there, but I think she’s a little too classy for the likes of us.

10) How do you want the world to remember you?

I’d like to be remembered as a friend. A good friend can make you laugh and cry, they can scare the pants off you or spike your punch with ghost pepper extract and Kraken rum and everyone involved can still laugh about it the following day. Someone you can sit and listen to, and who, given the chance, would listen back. Yeah, I like the idea of being remembered as a tried and true friend. Maybe we didn’t get along all the time, but those times when it worked, damn, weren’t those times the best?

Thanks for having me, Mommacat. It’s been a pleasure.

Thank you for visiting Cat After Dark, Ed. The pleasure was all mine. I hope that you’ll come back to visit again soon!

Ed Lorn can be found ruminating on his own blog at edwardlorn.wordpress.com

He also hangs out at booklikes.com

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BAYS END by Edward Lorn

Published September 30, 2014 by MommaCat

BAYS END is an emotionally compelling, pull no punches coming of age story from the relatively new author Edward Lorn.  Told from the point of view of Trey as he remembers that fateful summer when he was twelve, BAYS END is graphic in it’s language and true to life in it’s description of the evil that men can do.

The writing is smooth and polished pulling you down to read for hours instead of minutes.   As I later read Lorn’s other work I found that all roads lead back to Bays End making this an excellent book to start with. It’s not necessary, but it’s always fun to find a reference that the author has put into one his other books as he is passing through.

Bays End is always free. So why not pick it up at Amazon.com now?

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Life After Dane by Edward Lorn

Published September 30, 2014 by MommaCat

Dane Peters is the Rest Stop Dentist and the State of Arkansas is about to put him to death.  Have you ever thought about what causes a person to become a serial killer?  Ed Lorn thought about it. Nature or nurture, the experts have argued. Could be either one, could be both. Lorn paints a picture of abuse that many may not have considered.

Now Dane is dead. And he’s back.  How Ed Lorn handles this specter should not be missed.  His word flow freely and the pages speed by with his easy to read writing style.  And you just might find yourself rooting for the killer.

 

Buy LIFE AFTER DANE now at Amazon.com.

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Book Reviews vs.Book Reports

Published September 13, 2014 by MommaCat

I remember being in school and the teacher wanting a book report on some hated piece of classic literature. Teachers that were known for being hard would ask questions that had to be worked into the report. Answers could only be found if you actually read the book, the answers either had to be deduced or could only be found on a specific page and line.  The report was exactly that.  A report detailing what happened in the book, proof that you had read it cover to cover.  Liked it? Nobody cared if you liked it or not! A book report is full of spoilers – plain and simple.

A book review however is a bare bones description of the book in question. It should contain enough information to whet the reader’s appetite without giving away plot spoilers.  The reviewer should focus on what they liked about the book. Was the author successful in building tension, atmosphere and believable characters?  Were you, the reader, engaged by the language? Spoilers, if any, should be highlighted and boldly marked.

But why ramble on about what happens?  Talk about why the book is so good using your great language skills!  Save the telling of the story for the storytellers.

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