Interviewing Author Carol Lach
Q1. Tell us about yourself. What are your favorite books to read?
A. As a kid, I was a slow reader and loved math and science (A geeky, clumsy girl). The first book I really loved was a biography of Marie Curie. Even now, my favorites are stories of people who follow their hearts and dreams instead of society’s expectations. “The Help”, “The Light Between Oceans” are a few.
Q2. Where did the inspiration to write come from?
A. I was 64 and almost retired from careers in science and education. Some stories I heard needed to be told. They were my grandmother’s, mother-in-law’s, and those of dear friends, all immigrants who had survived terrible times in Europe before and during World War II.
Q3. How did you come up with the titles of your books?
A. The first title, “Heroines of the Kitchen Table” was because I had heard the remarkable stories of four brave women at their kitchen tables. My most recent book was a comment from a beta reader, “Magnolias Don’t Bloom in September”
Q4. Anything you're currently working in 2019?
A. I’m starting a book about my cousin’s two sons and their wives, who were all adopted. Their searches for their bio families are intriguing stories of unanswered questions, missing pieces, and elusive identities.
Q5. How long have you been writing?
A. Through the years I wrote many articles for scientific journals, but my first novel was published only five years ago. I think of myself as a Grandma Moses, finding my creative self in my 60s.
Q6. What advice would you like to give to other authors?
A. Develop your own process; do what works for you, but do it. Write. When you feel stuck, get in front of a mirror and act out a character.
Q7. Where can we connect with you online?
A. My website is www.CarolLynnLuck.com, and I’m also on Amazon.
Q8. Do you plan on writing any more books in the future?
A. I have dozens of books in my head, from the full and exciting life I’ve led, and the amazing, everyday people I’ve come to know. (I’ve also been told that I have episodic memory.)
Q9.How many books have you written?
A. The three books I’ve published are based on true life experiences. “Gym Class Klutz” was the most fun to write.
Q10.Did you go to college to be a writer?
A. Heavens no! I took only two English classes in college, and never dreamed I’d write novels. I always got “B”s and comments like “be more descriptive”, and “too terse.” (My doctorate is in biochemistry.)