Book Bug: First question – you probably have enough of answering it, but you’re known under 3 aliases, we’ve got Lorraine Bartlett, Lorna Barret, L.L. Bartlett. Why so many?
Lorraine: Long story short: when I first was offered the Booktown series, they asked for a pseudonym because my Jeff Resnick stories (under the name L.L. Bartlett) are a lot darker. But I was determined to write without hiding behind initials (which is what my former agent recommended), so when I sold the Victoria Square books, I wanted to be known by my real name.
Book Bug: Which of the series is the closest to your heart? Can you choose?
Lorraine: The Jeff Resnick Mysteries. I love the connection he has with his brother Richard, and Richard’s wife Brenda.
Book Bug: The main character of the Booktown Mystery Series, Tricia, is she modelled on a real life person?
Lorraine: No. It’s rare that I model any of my characters on real people. Except if I feel like killing someone. Have killed off a few people in my books that deserved some kind of punishment. : )
Book Bug: In your books, to what extent do you describe real places, real people, real pets?
Lorraine: A lot of the places in the Jeff Resnick Mysteries are real. (Places I’ve been to in Buffalo.) I’ve used local places in the Victoria Square Mysteries, too. But since I don’t live in New Hampshire, most of the places mentioned in the Booktown Mysteries are fictional.
Book Bug: Do you plan/wish to start a new book series? If so – what would be the main theme/background story to it?Lorraine: I have several other unique mystery series percolating on the backburner. I don’t like to talk about them because someone might steal my idea.
Book Bug: What was you first story ever written (not necessarily published 🙂 )?
Lorraine: I got my start writing Star Trek fan fiction. The fanzine has an extremely small print run for which I am eternally grateful. (I don’t even have a copy of it anymore.) I hope no one ever finds it; it was dreadful.
Book Bug: How important are animals in your personal life?
Lorraine: I have three cats and love them dearly. I’d like to have a dog, but Mr. L doesn’t believe cats and dogs can live in harmony. (Having grown up with both, I know better.)
Book Bug: Do you attach to the characters from your books? How realistic are they for you?
Lorraine: They’re ALL real to me. I’m currently plotting the 3rd Tales of Telenia book (although when I’ll get to actually write it is anyone’s guess) and I’ve so missed Amanda, Dohmas, Brannan and Paxdon. It’s fun thinking about their futures.
Book Bug: I’ve come across a quote: “Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.” ― Lisa See. Do you think it really is THAT easy?
Lorraine: No. Write a couple million words, and … nah, they still don’t flow like a river. Writing is not the easiest thing in the world to do. The fact that other people can judge you so harshly makes it even harder.
Book Bug: One advice for a dream-a-be writer, who is too scared to start writing but has it all bottled in him…
Lorraine: Write! What can it hurt. Your first few stories will be bad. REALLY bad. But each one you write will be better than the last.
Book Bug: Thank you so much for your time!!!!
Lorraine: I’m happy to have been asked.
The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorraine Bartlett’s pen name Lorna Barrett on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent — whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett — that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series, the Tales of Telenia adventure-fantasy saga, and now the Lotus Bay Mysteries, and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s). Check out the descriptions and links to all her works, and sign up for her emailed newsletter here: http://www.lorrainebartlett.com