Lorraine Beatty was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, but has been blessed to live in Germany, Connecticut, and Baton Rouge. She now calls Mississippi home. She and husband Joe have two sons and six grandchildren. Lorraine started writing in Junior High and has written for trade books, newspapers and company newsletters. She is a member of RWA, ACFW and is a charter member, and past president of Magnolia State Romance Writers. In her spare time she likes to work in her garden, travel, and spend time with her family.
Hi, Lorraine! Welcome to The Borrowed Book. Tell us a little about yourself. How did your writing journey begin?
Thank goodness for teachers who love to teach! I had a fifth grade teacher who influenced me the same way. So, how long did you write before you sold your first book?
I’d been writing fan fiction just for fun for nearly ten years. It was a good training ground.
Thanks for the plug! :-) Which fictional literary character most inspired/inspires you?
Sounds like an interesting premise! If you could only share one line from BEAUTIFUL DREAMER, which one would you choose and why?
I think it’s a reoccurring theme in most of our lives. The hardest thing in the world is to fully relinquish control of our lives over the Lord, but it’s the only way to find peace.
What inspired you to choose the setting for your novel?
Actually a friend who wrote for Heartsong discovered that the editor had honeymooned in St Augustine and really love the city. He thought setting a series there might be a good hook to get the book sold. He was right. LOL
Sounds like you may have stumbled onto something. LOL! What kind of research did you have to do for this book? Can you share some articles or website links you found particularly helpful?
I kept trying to get over to St Augustine to do some onsite research but never made it. I was there once when I was young so I had some recollection of the feel but basically I did all the research through Google street view. It was actually kind of fun. Having been to Florida many times there wasn’t anyone website that stands out as helpful, but I did use YouTube to take tours of the city and that was very helpful to get a feel for things.
Tell us what new projects you’re working on.
I just finished the revisions for Restoring His Heart, book 2 in the Dover, Mississippi series. It will be released next June. Book 1, Rekindled Romance will be out in April. Now I’m writing a novella for a Barbour Christmas collection. The theme is Plantation Christmas Weddings, set in four different Plantations in Natchez, Mississippi. The stories are contemporary romances.
What is the one question you were afraid I would ask…and how would you answer?
Wow. I actually hadn’t thought about that. I supposed asking why my first try at being published didn’t last. There were lots of family issues going on at the time, but probably the biggest culprit was lack of understanding about the reality of being published. I think many writer think that once you’re published it’s a cake walk from there on. All you have to do is write another book. I wasn’t prepared for the need to fit into a format, to write the books a certain way to suit the publishers genre. That’s one of the things I tried to learn well the second time around.
It's been so fun visiting with you, Lorraine. I know our readers are going to want to learn more about you. Where can they connect with you?