Sunday, March 9, 2014

Author Spotlight: Edward Lorn


Today I have the pleasure of featuring one of my favorite people on the Internet right now, Edward Lorn!

Call him Edward, call him E., whatever you call him he's definitely one of the coolest authors I've ever had the opportunity to work with. He's funny, honest, and interacts with his readers constantly. If you're looking for your next read, look no further. Edward Lorn's writing is perfection, and that's the truth.

Please read on to find more about this fantastic author, and check out the interview he was kind enough to do! In my opinion, those answers alone make the case as to why you should definitely find him online ;). Happy reading!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Edward Lorn is an American horror author presently residing in the southeast United States. He enjoys storytelling, reading, and writing biographies in the third person.

Once upon a time, during a session of show and tell, a seven-year-old Edward Lorn shared with his class that his baby brother had died over the weekend. His classmates, the teacher included, wept while he recounted the painful tragedy of having lost a sibling. Edward went home that day and found an irate mother waiting for him. Edward’s teacher had called to express her condolences. This was unfortunate, as Edward had never had a baby brother.

With advice given to her by a frustrated teacher, Edward’s mother made him start writing all of his lies down. The rest, as they say, is history.

Edward Lorn and his wife are raising two children, along with a handful of outside cats and a beagle named Dot. He remains a liar to this day. The only difference is, now he’s a useful one.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

1) Lightning round! Please fill in the blanks:

* If I had to choose one word to describe myself, it would be Rotund.

* My favorite color is My wife’s eyes.

* I'd describe my "currently reading" bookshelf as Mercurial.

* An idea is something I definitely need while writing.


2) Did you always know you wanted to be an author, or was it something that found you?

I’ve always been a storyteller, but, when I was a kid, my parents called it lying. My mother bought me a typewriter in the first grade (you can read the entire story on my Amazon.com author’s page) in an attempt to put my overactive imagination to good use, and I haven’t looked back since. In fifth or sixth grade (sorry, I can’t remember which) I entered a statewide writing contest and won a lovely blue ribbon in the fiction category. I made nationals, but didn’t even receive an honorable mention, as my competition was far more seasoned than I. And by seasoned I mean older. And by older I mean I was up against folks with hair the color of Q-Tips.

Funny side note: The story I entered concerned a group of clich├ęd fantasy characters (a barbarian, a dwarf, and an elf) journeying to slay an ornery Minotaur, but I titled the tale “The Matador”. Back then I didn’t know the difference. No one ever corrected me, either. It wasn’t until I dug the story out of a box two decades later that I came across the erroneous title. I still smile when I think about making it all the way to nationals with such a glaringly typo.


3) I know that you're both a writer, and a reader! What would you say is your favorite genre to read? Do you have any book recommendations for us?

My bookshelves are stuffed to the brim with literary fiction and horror. Although a great deal of what I read is a mixture of both—literary horror, like Stephen King, Robert McCammon, Peter Straub, Kealan Patrick Burke, and Joe Hill. I do enjoy genre fiction from time to time: Richard Laymon, Bentley Little, Jack Ketchum, and James Newman rarely disappoint me. 

In the literary fiction category, I enjoy Marissha Pessl, Donna Tartt, and Chuck Palahniuk, just to name a few. I’m currently reading Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, and am enjoying it immensely.

As far as recommendations are concerned, give Marisha Pessl’s Night Film or Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 a try. I doubt you’ll be disappointed, no matter what genres you lean toward.


4) If you could only choose one of your books to be made into a movie, which would you choose and why? What would the tagline on the movie poster say?

Last November, I sold the film option to my ongoing serial novel, Cruelty, but, if it had been up to me, I think I would have picked Bay’s End. That book means a great deal to me, both because it’s very loosely based on my childhood and the friends I had while growing up, along with the fact that it was my debut novel.

Hmmm… tagline, eh? How about: A tale of love, loss, and the depths of human evil. Welcome to Bay’s End.

That’s probably too long, but it’s my party and I’ll be verbose if I want to.


5) What would you say to readers who are looking at picking up your books?

As a reader myself, I know how valuable your time is. Though I cannot guarantee that you will love my work, I will say that I put a great deal of effort into them to make sure my books are, at the very least, well-edited and readable. And finally, although I’m primarily a horror author, I believe that horror should have a point. In my opinion, blood and gore for the sake of shock value is a waste of words. I get to know my characters on an intimate level in the hopes that you will too.


6) Let's round things out with a challenge question:
The zombie apocalypse has begun. You're on the run. You can only carry three items with you, and only have one other person with you. What/who do you choose?

Items:

#1. It, by Stephen King. After all, I’ll need something with which to entertain myself. I’ve read that book four times, and could read it again right now if I didn’t have a TBR full of first reads waiting in the wings; not to mention the novel is big enough so that, if ever the need arose, I could use it to crush a zom-zom’s head.

#2. A roll of duct tape. Not only could I make a highly-flexible, impervious suit of armor, but there’s over a thousand uses for Redneck Weld: tape up the windows and doors; combine a shotgun and an ax to form a dual-ended weapon of epicosity; create a sail for a row boat that I could then use to escape to an undead-free island; patch up a fallen comrade; hold together my bloodied, beaten-up copy of It; or just make a nifty bracelet. The list goes on…

#3. A case of Hormel Chili Hot with Beans. Not only is it my favorite late-night snack, but, if I’m going to be eaten alive, I’m going to give the unlucky shambling corpse that makes a buffet out of my insides a nasty bout of indigestion and a flaming case of the trots. Also, I can use my own flatulence to mask the fact that I’m one of the living. Nothing smells more like parading death than the gaseous expulsions of a chili fan’s exhaust pipe.

Companion: My wife, Chelle, is the strongest, most dedicated woman I know, and she’s also my best friend. She’s been there for me, no matter what, over the past 12 years. We’ve been through some situations that would make an end-of-the-world-brought-on-by-ravenous-cadavers scenario seem like a trip to Disneyland. She’s funny, intelligent, gorgeous, and excels at keeping me grounded. I’d be lost without her.

Thanks for having me, Jessica. We should do this again sometime.

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Abso-freaking-lutely E. You're welcome any time!

As I said readers, and I think this interview has proven ten-fold, E. is one cool guy! To find out more about him you can visit his website, or check out his author page on Amazon to find your next read.


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