Today I am interviewing author Lo-Arna Green from Perth, Australia. She is the author of All The Colours and the newly released All The Darkness. She lives with her husband, two boys and a playful cat named Evie—she's also my little sister.
What were you like at school?
Of course you would ask that! Naughty. For a little while and then I pulled my socks up. Apart from the one class I had with my best friend, we didn’t really do well in maths. I was pretty thrilled to receive an award as a senior in high school—it was for the most improved student in our year level. That was probably my proudest moment in my whole high school career. I loved acting, so drama was my favourite class.
When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
I started writing poems when I was eight and then moved on to short stories and even a series at one point—spanning 12 notebooks. I actually wanted to be an actor and was going to apply for Victorian College of The Arts in Melbourne. Writing was always my first love though. I’ve only recently started calling myself a writer, I always felt too shy to say that’s what I am.
What genre are your books?
New Adult romance. I do like to shake the romance up with a different element though. All The Colours had a mystery in the background, All The Darkness is a darker romance with the violence and the inner turmoils of the MC’S.
What, if any research did you do for your novels?
Google is my friend. I relied on my memory for places in my books where I’ve lived before as well.
Do you have a plan when writing?
Not usually. I tend to rebel against plans.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Life. Mundane things in life, news articles, observations, air.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Writer’s block! I try to get around that by writing in segments and then stringing it all together at the end. I also try not to beat myself up if I don’t write a single word for the day. It’s ok to not write sometimes.
What is the best thing about writing?
Everything. Emptying my mind. The rush.
Do you prefer to read ebooks or traditional paperback books?
I was always a paperback girl. I used to borrow 10+ books weekly from the library. I love the smell. Then I realised how many ebooks you can store on your device and sort of converted. Now though I am swinging between both. I like the light on my phone, I don’t need the lamp on and it doesn’t smack me in the face as much as paperbacks do when I am laying in bed. But then, you can’t beat the feel of a book can you?
How important do you think covers are?
As a reader, I don’t care… but as a writer trying to market your book? Very.
How has having children changed your life?
In every way. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
If you could meet anyone who would it be?
Male? Angus Stone because, yum.
Female? Sarah Michelle Gellar because, awesome role model.
Share something embarrassing with us.
I once shoved my licence into the ATM machine at the pub mistaking it for my keycard. Clearly I was too drunk to be getting out money to buy more booze.
Have you ever had an animal that changed your life?
Yes my girl Evie. She is a lilac burmese and she’s our little fur daughter. My husband was anti-cat before we got her and he is in love too.
Do you believe in true love?
I can’t really stomach romance but true love I do believe in. I believe in a form of true love with friends too. Love to me, is souls connecting. I remarried last year and I have experienced the extreme differences through both my marriages. My husband doesn't believe in soul mates and all that stuff, but yet, we work because he believes in me and I believe in him.
What are your fears?
Spiders and the snake that is most likely still chilling out in my roof.
What is your favourite TV show?
The Walking Dead. Buffy The Vampire Slayer still holds a place in my heart too.
How has your relationship with your family influenced your writing?
My family is supportive. When I met my husband I told him I like to write—at the time I was studying a bachelor of arts and majoring in creative writing and journalism. He asked if I would ever write a book, I said I hoped to and he never let up until I did. If it wasn’t for him I still wouldn’t have published a book. My kids love it and want to write their own books. We have writing sessions together. Mum encouraged me from a young age, always joking I would send her broke with all the pens and notebooks she had to keep buying for me. My sister is an author too so it’s pretty cool to go through it together. ;-)
What character of yours do you identify with the most?
Some parts of Jazz and some parts of Edie. Sheri reminds me of my best friend, she’s pretty much my inspiration for her.
What’s next for you in your writing career?
I am currently working on All The Games and a standalone, they will both be out this year. I have others in the pipeline which I will update the progress on those on my blog.
Where you can get in touch with Lo-arna online
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