Monday, June 26, 2017

The Finder by J.E. Lorin Excerpt & Interview

The Finder
J.E. Lorin

Genre: LGBT Sci Fi Romance

Date of Publication: March 15, 2017

ISBN: 978-1520967554

Number of pages: 284
Word Count: 99,630

Cover Artist: Everpage Designs

Book Description:

At the age of sixteen, August Goodson developed a strange and mysterious power overnight: he can find people. Victims of murder, suicide, kidnapping, accidents, and rape; August can find them all, usually dead, but sometimes still alive.

Nine years later finds August volunteering his services to the police. He's still smarting from the loss of his long-time love Dante, who cheated on him with his best friend, and harbors a deep crush on the incredibly handsome, and oh-so-straight, Detective Luke Williams. But there are bigger concerns on August's mind: a serial killer is loose in the city, one whose victims are a little too much like him for comfort.

When August finds a living victim who may be one of the serial killer's, he's drawn even deeper into the case. Will he make it out alive, or will he soon be the one in need of finding?

Help me.
My eyes popped open to a pitch black room. For a few seconds, I lay where I was, sprawled on my back in my own bed. I wasn’t sure yet whether the voice I’d heard was real or whether I’d dreamed it. The room was unusually silent. My tiny studio apartment was normally filled with the sounds of the downtown street below. Not now, though, so I figured it must be late. Even the drunks had gone to sleep. Everything was still, quiet; I convinced myself I must have been dreaming. Just as I closed my eyes, I heard it again.
Help me.

About the Author:

J.E. Lorin was born and raised in Michigan. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Germanic Studies from Indiana University, she lived in six different states before landing in the San Diego area, where she resides with her husband and their cat and dog. Her mission is to write interesting stories that just so happen to have a little sex in them.

Where are you from?
I grew up in a small town in southwestern Michigan. I currently live in the San Diego area.

Tell us your latest news?
I released my third book, the one featured here, in March 2017. I’m happy to report that it’s been doing really well, much better than my previous two books. Other than that, I’m hard at work on my fourth book, which I’m hoping to release in the first quarter of 2018.

When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing poetry as a preteen and jumped to novel writing at the age of 15 after reading The Seven Citadel series by Geraldine Harris.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
As an adult, people constantly ask you, “What do you do?” I don’t think I started answering, “I’m a writer” until after I published my first book.

What inspired you to write your first book?
My first published book started as a project for National Novel Writing Month. After completing the challenge, I went on to write nearly 50K more words! The idea evolved out of my desire to write something Indiana Jones-like. Since I’m lazy, however, and didn’t want to do any archeological research, I set it in the future.

Do you have a specific writing style?
My writing style is pretty straightforward. I don’t like to use a lot of description. Personally, I like to use my imagination when I’m reading, so I treat my readers as though they feel the same way. Also, I strive to write natural conversations & realistic interpersonal interactions.

How did you come up with the title?
My main character, August, uses his psychic power to find people. Therefore, he is The Finder.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I very intentionally wrote August to be a flawed person. I wanted to play with the idea of an unreliable narrator. I also wanted my readers to see August grow & become a better person. So if there’s any deeper message to the novel, I would say it’s this: that we can all learn to recognize our own flaws & overcome them.

How much of the book is realistic?
The thing I strive my hardest to make realistic in my books is the way that my characters interact & converse with one another.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No, I don’t like to base my stories on my own experiences or on the experiences of people I know.

What books have most influenced your life most?
The aforementioned Seven Citadel series by Geraldine Harris, which moved me deeply and inspired me to begin writing novels.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I would say fantasy author Lynn Flewelling. Since I began writing as a teenager, many of my male characters have ended up together. It’s simply always what’s been inside of me. However, it wasn’t until I read Flewelling’s Nightrunner series that I saw such a relationship portrayed in fantasy fiction. That was the first time I thought to myself, “I really can do this.”

What book are you reading now?
I’m reading Water to the Angels by Les Standiford. It’s a nonfiction book about how water was diverted nearly 250 miles to the city of Los Angeles in the early 20th century.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
A few months ago, I read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli & absolutely loved it! I’m excited to read more of her work.

What are your current projects?
I’m currently working on a new idea that involves broken hearts, inter dimensional travel, and a planet where the things we lose accumulate. I think it’s going to be a bit different from my other work & I can’t wait to get into the meat of it.

What would you like my readers to know?

What’s most important to me is writing an interesting story that engages my readers. I enjoy writing about people falling in love in the midst of danger. While I try to make the sexy scenes good, to me they’re secondary. So if you’re looking for a good story that happens to have a little sex in it, I think you’ll like my work!