Saturday, April 2, 2011

Author Interview: LoRee Peery, Author of Rainn on My Parade

Joining us today is LoRee Peery, author of the inspirational romance, Rainn on My Parade. A lifelong Nebraskan, LoRee grew up on a Nebraska farm near Neligh. She feels grounded in her sense of place and considers it a blessing to have lived most of her life in the country. We'll talk to her today about her writing, this latest release, and what's up next.

Welcome to The Book Connection, LoRee. It's wonderful to have you here. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I grew up on a farm near Neligh. I learned to read when I was four and have devoured books since. I long to get back to sewing crafts and quilting. I enjoy creating rock and flower gardens, bird watching, and country walks.

I love the word overcomer and know how the Lord has carried me through life. When I consider being set apart as a child of God, I am humbled. I feel closest to the Lord when I worship through singing. And one thing I'm sure of: “Jesus loves me, this I know. And He will never let me go.”

Spending one-on-one time with my grandchildren is one of my favorite ways to pass the time.

When did you begin writing?

In the mid eighties. Then I quit for about 10 years because of pain. I’m so thankful I couldn’t give it up for all time.

What is this book about?

A mid-life woman who has found purpose in her new business, only to be drawn to a younger man who has custody of his special-needs niece. The attraction metes internal havoc as she attempts to balance responsibility and personal fulfillment.

What inspired you to write it?

When Eric, the hero in Moselle’s Insurance, introduced his buddy Rainn to the heroine’s mother Geneva, Rainn said, “If the daughter looks anything like the mother, you’ve got a good thing going here.” The idea of a Christian older woman/younger man story wouldn’t leave me alone, so I continued with the Frivolities series.

Are you a member of a critique group? If no, who provides feedback on your work?

I have two wonderful, smart, savvy friends whom I critique with. Over the years different people have asked to read my manuscripts. It’s always interesting to hear others’ opinions on what works and what needs to be cut, and what could be made so much tighter and better. It’s a challenge to hear, “go deeper,” or “I want to know how he/she is feeling here;” but the end result is much better for the effort.

If you knew then, what you know now, is there anything you would have done differently?

Not a thing. Writing is an ever-growing process. I remind myself all things happen according to God’s time.

Where can readers purchase a copy of your book? and White Rose Publishing.

Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?
What is up next for you?

My editor at White Rose Publishing has the third story in the series under consideration. My critique partners are giving input on the fourth story. And my WIP is a fictional memoir.

Is there anything you would like to add?

Only a big thank-you to Cheryl for the opportunity to be here at The Book Connection.

Thanks for spending time with us today, LoRee. We wish you continued success.


Nicole weaver said...

Hi Cheryl,

Enjoyed reading this interview. Very inspiring!

Nicole Weaver

Raquel Byrnes said...

What an interesting idea. I love the idea of this story.
Edge of Your Seat Romance

Anonymous said...

Loved the interview. This looks like a great book!

Michelle V

Ellen said...

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing!

Lori Quisley Graham said...

I am so glad to see another book coming out by you Loree. When we talked a couple of years ago, your talent came through and it is thrilling to see it taking off! God bless you!!


Dora Hiers said...

Rainn on My Parade sounds fabulous, LoRee! Can't wait to get my hands on it.

Dora Hiers
Journey's End ~ coming soon ~ White Rose Publishing
Journey's Edge ~ 2nd Place Unpublished Beacon Contest 2010

Mayra Calvani said...

Thanks for the interesting interview, ladies!

LoRee Peery said...

First, thank you so much, Cheryl, for hosting me today.
Hello, all you early birds. My day started with picking up grandchildren.
Nicole, Raquel, Michelle, Ellen,
glad you were inspired, that you like the idea, and that you enjoyed the interview.

LoRee Peery said...

Lori, it all began with you. I can't thank you enough. I appreciate your kind words.
Congratulations on your advancement.

LoRee Peery said...

Dora, thanks for stopping by.
Mayra, glad you found the interview interesting, thanks to Cheryl.
And great looking dog!

JoAnn said...

Hi, LoRee. It was interesting to learn a bit more about this book-- and you too. :)

Best wishes!

Marianne Evans said...

Great interview!! LoRee. Fun getting to know you better. I can't wait to read Rainn on my Parade. :-)

Mary Manners said...

LoRee...I'm so happy for you!!! I can't wait to read Rainn on My Parade (very cool title, too).

LoRee Peery said...

Thanks much, Mary. One of the characters gave me the title. You probably know how that works.

Cheryl said...

Thanks to everyone for checking in today and leaving comments. I had a very busy day painting the nursery at church, so I apologize for not chiming in soon.

Always great to have you as a guest, LoRee. Hope this book does well.


Anonymous said...

great interview, must read.