Today I have an interview with Meredith Lorimar, author of Mirror Face, a book unlike most others.
What inspired you to become a writer?
The culmination of complex experience derived from the books I have read, primarily. All through my reading life, I have been thrilled and awakened so profoundly that nothing else could really touch that connection. Becoming a writer seemed like the perfect way to join a tradition I had such deep and lasting respect for.
What’s the hardest part of writing a book?
Actually doing it. Sitting down, each and every day if you’re being good and getting it knocked-out in words. There is so much enthusiasm when the story is still milling about in a conceptual stage. The transition to being slavishly disciplined is formidable.
Do you write your book from page 1 to the end or did you jump around?
Mirror Face was written out, all in long hand inside the white pages of a blank art book from start to finish. I had planned the narrative action in minute detail and stuck to that script religiously. Now I am curious about letting go of such a specific structure and wading into the waters of imagination, trying to receive what surfaces and amplify upon that more spontaneous material.
Do you have a writing routine?
Ideally. I really have to be strict and sustain the daily ritual or I can be all too easily distracted. I love to read first thing in the morning and often get quite inspired. I still record things down in long hand, as this was how I first began writing but then bring it all back to the magical computer and craft those notes into what I hope is stunning prose. I try not to push the routine too far. Self-publishing is a long term commitment.
Is there any specific message you hope readers take away from your story?
I would hope my readers felt that whatever expression their experience takes, love is a transferable blessing. Loyalty and the depth of suffering people meet when relationships strain can be transmuted into hope and understanding.
Mirror Face by Meredith Lorimar
Published by Wicked Mt. Laurel Press on Oct 9, 2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
In Mirror Face, we meet a young woman of means named Ursula Baker. As she struggles to secure the balance between life experience and sensibility, we descend into her curiosity for a world she is so fascinated by. The novel is told through a series of inter-woven reveries, which explore what it means to love and live with purpose in a challenging, complex society. Will Ursula be able to secure her niche in life, when her closest friends are threatened by the consequences of their dangerous and out-of-control lifestyles? One friend has lost all ambition to become a singer/songwriter and has descended into a world of amphetamine and an obsession with Lady Gaga; another lies in hospital, battling the effects of HIV/AIDS. It will take conviction to be of assistance to those in crisis but will this strength be at the expense of something Ursula needs to maintain her own sanity?