Good morning! I’m so excited to bring you my interview with Lori Otto, author of the new series Lost & Found!
Have a peek at this super fun read:
This is the beginning of an atypical romance.
When artist Nate Wilson falls in love, he falls hard. The problem is, he’s only been in love once, and the girl of his affections is his best friend, Emi Hennigan. In high school, the two bonded over painful breakups, and swore off a relationship to save their friendship. Thirteen years later, Nate has had more than his share of emotionally-unfulfilling relationships with beautiful women to distract himself from his true romantic feelings.
When a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity takes Nate away from his friend and his comfortable lifestyle, he is forced to reflect on the distinct void that Emi’s absence leaves in his life. To Nate’s surprise, Emi has a similar experience; but as friends embark upon their journey toward happiness together, destiny reveals other plans for Emi.
After graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Lori Otto worked in the billboard industry for ten years. Frustrated with trying to communicate entire messages in “seven seconds or less,” she decided to leave outdoor advertising and return to her love of creative writing.
Huge thanks to Lori for sitting down with me to answer a few questions!!!
Hey there Lori! It was such a fresh perspective to have a romance written from mostly a male perspective. What inspired you to write the first chapter in Emi’s POV and then switch to solely Nate’s?
Hi there, Rebecca! Thank you for letting me visit your blog! The three book series was initially supposed to be one book with three separate narrators. The story just kept growing, though, and the book became three books. The series is actually “bookended” with chapters from Emi’s point of view. She is also the narrator of the second book.
Initially, Lost and Found was solely narrated by Nate, but after the first few read-throughs, I realized I wanted people to have a sense of where Emi’s head was during this time in her life. Because they hid their feelings from one another so much in this first book, I wanted the reader to know that she did have romantic curiosities about her best friend. I added the first chapter, and was very pleased with the result.
What was the hardest part about writing from a male perspective?
Honestly, it doesn’t feel any different than writing from a woman’s perspective. I liken it to acting… it’s just a role you play, and when it’s just human nature and human feelings that are involved, I really feel that we all feel the same sorts of things. Men just don’t typically express them quite like women do. And I’ll say, I think I write men the way women want them to be – and not so much the way they are.
I did have to ask some of my guy friends some uncomfortable questions a few times, but they were very helpful in helping me better understand the male physiology.
I know when I’m writing, songs will stick a chord with me, and I find myself hitting “repeat” while writing a scene. With Nate’s love of the indie music scene, were there any songs you fell into while writing?
I listened to a lot of Sia, Zero 7, and Jose Gonzalez when I wrote Lost and Found. There were so many songs that I hadn’t paid much attention to, but while I was listening and writing, I really began to understand the songs more… and so many of them really fit in with the book. For this book, the one song that really stands out though, is Sting’s “I burn for you.” IN my head, I can hear the music playing throughout the time Nate and Emi spent together on New Years Eve at the end of the book.
Writing brings some late nights and early mornings. What’s your pick-me-up beverage of choice?
I drink Diet Coke if I’m at home. I do like chai tea lattes, too… and hey, so do Nate and Emi! 😉
The cliffhanger! My poor heart! When can we expect to see book 2?
Your poor heart doesn’t have to wait! That would be torturous! All three books are already out. I really had to finish the series before I felt okay with releasing the first book into the wild. There were too many pivotal points woven into the three books that they all needed to be locked down before publishing. Time Stands Still is next in the series and it’s narrated by Emi. The third book is called Never Look Back (There’s also a free prequel called Not Today, But Someday. It follows Emi and Nate through their first week of friendship in high school. You get a little more insight into their characters. Since it was actually written after the series, it’s not imperative that you read it first.)
Thank you so much for letting me stop by your blog! Happy Reading!
It was my pleasure to have you!!!
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