Today we're speaking with a wonderful person who is not only a writer but a spiritual medium. I have to say this is a first for me, and my interest is piqued. How about you? Well then let's get to know her.
Hello, Lorraine! Tell us a bit more about yourself.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing in November 2009 in a very small way with one book called, A Guide’s Guide to Mediumship and Healing. I had only done three chapters when a literary agent asked for the whole MS on the suggestion of someone who had seen what I had written on a writing site and thought they’d like it. I didn’t tell them three chapters was all I had and instead, asked for two weeks to ‘tidy it up’. I spent the next two weeks writing madly. I duly finished it, sent it off to them and they signed me within a week or so of receiving it.
Since then, I have written three other completed books. My Life – My Mediumship is the second book my agents have and there is a self published one called A Sceptical Medium (ASM) as a ‘get to know me’ book. ASM book two is ready to be printed any time now. The last two were done as people kept asking when they could buy one of my books. The publishing world is notoriously slow, so rather than lose the interest I had, I self-published.
I presently have four more books on the go.
Tell us about A SCEPTICAL MEDIUM.
My first book, A Guide’s Guide, is actually inspired by the spirit world and talks of these things giving instruction into what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour. My aim with ASM, is to instruct, guide and explain to people what real mediums are like and how they practice. It teaches the difference between medium, psychics and clairvoyants helping people to know who is possible genuine and who isn’t. There is so much more to it than that and everyone will just have to buy it to see. ASM book one, also contains sample chapters from both my other books as a taster of what is to come.
What are you working on now?
One project is called Are you a Natural Medium – Your Questions Answered and there are three more I won’t be saying anything about just yet.
Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?
I am not lucky enough to have anyone living nearby who is unbiased enough in my writing to be able to do that so I self edit. Those who could be unbiased are uninterested. The problem is the content of my books. You see, I kept what I was quiet for most of my life and so those who know me have found it strange to think I am now a person they don’t recognise as their friend. They want to keep the new side of me apart from the person they’ve known for so long. I can understand that as I would find it difficult to hear someone I had known for 30 odd years had a side to them I knew nothing about – especially one like that!
That would be strange to come to terms with, yes. What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
I don’t find the writing part at all hard. I hate editing, but don’t we all? I suppose the worst part is finding the time to write without being disturbed. There’s always a meal to cook or shopping and housework to do which bites into a huge chunk of writing time. If I lived alone it would be easy, I could ignore all of that when inspiration strikes, but with a husband and a dog to see to, starvation and neglect can’t be considered. It is so frustrating having words tumbling around in one’s head and not being able to put them down. Often, by the time we get to writing them down, the words aren’t so clear or have even completely gone. When watching films and seeing writers going off to log cabins or French Retreats on their own for months on end in order to write, I thought it was a bit dramatic and pure fantasy made up for the big screen. I now see the beauty of being able to do that and understand the need for it completely. Sadly, we don’t live on the big screen and as mere mortals struggling to juggle home life, husbands, and money, we work the best way we can.
Any tips you’ve learned about writing you’d like to share?
The two best ones are, read your work aloud slowly and properly as though reading to another person. You hear so many mistakes by doing that and it is invaluable when editing your own work.
The second lesson I learned was we all use ‘pet words’. Two of mine are the words ‘that’ and ‘may’. I now go through all my work reading aloud and often have to cut two or three extra ‘that’s or ‘may’s’ out of every few sentences.
We all do it; the difficult thing sometimes is recognising which those words are.
Oh, and carry a small notebook and pen at all times. All of my bags now have one inside just in case inspiration strikes when I’m out. That way, I remember what it was I thought of when I get home to the laptop.
Let’s get to know you on a deeper level. What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
Quick writing test! Use the following words in a sentence: tea cozy, glitter, and inquisitive.
We discovered that grandmother’s strangely acquired habit of throwing glitter over her tea cozy was done in order to stop her inquisitive grandchildren, whom she had learned hated getting it all over their hands, from finding the stash of chocolate biscuits she had hidden underneath it.
That was pretty brilliant! Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you.
Let's hear your shout outs.
Catherine Condie who is author of The Whirl of the Wheel helped with typesetting A Sceptical Medium and uploaded it onto Lulu.com and Smashwords for me. Without her help, I wouldn’t have my book for sale. The other people I have to thank are some friends who are not authors, but who have known me for years and encouraged my mediumship. They gave me the courage to move forward and had faith in my ability when I doubted. They are Val, Christine, Bea and Laurene. Of these, Laurene is the one who pushed me, shouted at me, got frustrated with me and drove me to ‘get on with it’. Any success I enjoy is down to their encouragement and belief in me.
And finally, where can people find you online?
My blog, A Sceptical Medium http://askamedium.wordpress.com/
My author site, Authors on Show http://authorsonshow.com/
My book, A Sceptical Medium can be bought by visiting my blog of the same name and clicking on the links there or direct from Lulu.com
Lorraine, thank you so much for talking with us today. It was great getting to know you, and I wish you tons of success with your books.