I’ve known Lori Soard for forever, so when she mentioned she had a new book out, I thought it would be a great opportunity to interview her. She owns this site and has spent untold hours interviewing other authors and featuring them so I jumped at the opportunity to interview her.
As long as I’ve known Lori, she’s always been writing stories, spinning tales. She is one of those natural born story
Jen: Lori, tell us about Cupid’s Quest.
Lori: This is the first in my new series called Cupid’s Crossing. It is a contemporary inspirational romance. I adore the characters in this book, particularly Libby Henderson, who is in her 80s. Libby is always getting into trouble and most of the time it is pretty funny.
Blurb from Cupid’s Quest
Here is the blurb from the back cover of Lori’s newest novel:
The only life Gracie has ever known has been the nursing home and the residents who are like family to her. Now, she risks losing it all and her friends scattering to different homes if she can’t come up with the money to save the business.
Between caring for his ailing mother and running the family farm, Brandt is stretched thin. Too thin. When his mother begs him to enter a local scavenger hunt, win the prize money, and convert the farm into an orchard, he knows he can’t refuse her anything, so he reluctantly agrees.
While seeking clues to the scavenger hunt, Gracie and Brandt keep bumping into each other. Gracie’s always had a crush on him that keeps her from stringing two coherent words together. Brandt doesn’t understand why she dislikes him so much she won’t even talk to him. If the nursing home residents would settle down and stop getting into crazy shenanigans long enough, the two might figure out that they have more than a little in common.
You can probably see why I was so excited to read this book and Lori didn’t disappoint me. I loved it!
Jen: I’ve asked you before what inspires you to write different books, but what specifically inspired you on this one?
Lori: Libby. I “met” her first. I was at the grocery store and I helped this sweet little old lady who couldn’t reach something on a top shelf. It got me to thinking about what would happen if a little old lady wasn’t so sweet in a grocery store. And, from that, Libby was born. You would think my main characters would be the heart of this series, but it is actually Libby Henderson. She will appear in future books, too.
Jen: What are you working on?
Lori: I am working on Book # 2 in the Cupid’s Crossing series. It is Sinclaire’s story. You’ll meet her in Book # 1. Sinclaire is broken and it is going to be tough for her to be healed enough to love again. Her book will be called Change of Heart. The theme of this book is all about redemption and second chances. It is about how much Christ can change a person, too.
Jen: I know you are a lover of animals. Tell readers about your pets.
Lori: I have a miniature dachshund named Maya. She is really my daughter’s dog, but when Caitlin went away to college she bonded with us very strongly. She is my baby. She lays by my side all day, sleeps with us, and even went on vacation with us recently.
Jen: What advice do you have for new writers?
Lori: Don’t give up. If you simply must write, just keep writing, keep sending your work out into the world, and keep telling your stories.
Jen: Any other thoughts?
Lori: My goal with each story is to reach some reader in some small way. I don’t write for the masses but for that one reader whose perspective can be changed. If God can use my writing ability to plant a seed, then I’ve fulfilled His purpose for me.
I want to thank Lori for agreeing to this interview. She was reluctant at first since she said she started this site to help feature other writers and get news to readers, but she has a lot of fans out there, so I know you’d all appreciate her perspective. She said to tell you all to connect with her on social media. She loves to chat with her readers.
Get your copy of Cupid’s Quest. I promise you’ll love it as much as I did.