Our chat with Lorraine…
I started writing at the age of eleven but had a couple of false starts and lacked confidence. It was only in my early thirties, after a marriage and three children that I decided to try again and something just clicked. I’ve got so much determination, and even though I’ve had a lot of setbacks and near misses (I feel like I’m part of the ‘nearly there’ brigade) – the one thing that holds true is that I love writing. It feels like such an inherent part of who I am that when I don’t have a story on the go, I start to lose a bit of colour in my life.
Well, I’m an indie author now. But for around eight years, I tried to secure an agent/traditional publishing deal. I almost secured a contract for Hollow but it failed to make it through acquisitions. So, the most daunting part about my journey was deciding to make the leap to indie author. I had a lot of fear and doubt about self-publishing Hollow, but I needn’t have worried – I’ve had some great reviews so far, and Hollow was also long-listed as part of the Bath Novel Award 2017. I’m also really enjoying the self-publishing process and this is why I’m re-launching Hollow with a new cover and hoping to achieve a wider audience. I’m also planning on releasing a new book in 2019, so watch this space.
If you’ve been holding out for a traditional publishing deal, particularly in the Young Adult market which is tough at the moment, I’d say – don’t discount the idea of self-publishing. There is something liberating about releasing your baby into the world. And if you think it’s going to be as painful as giving birth – it really isn’t.
Life is busy with a husband, three children and two golden retrievers. I’m also self-employed and do a lot of contract work which can at times be all-consuming. My aim is to always do something every day even if it’s just musing over a storyline. Somehow, I find the time to do something. It’s rare that I don’t.
That’s a difficult one. When I started righting Hollow, I had Emma Watson in mind. But I really like Emily Browning too - she has the most amazing eyes. I’d probably beg.