Up Close and Kind of Personal with…. Lorelei Bell

Interviewed by LG Surgeson &

Clara Euphemista Cropper & Bread and Butter Pudding with Custard The Goblin aka as ‘The Amazing Bazooka Sisters’ 

Lorelei bellGive us your name & any known aliases

Lorelei Bell—the aliases you’ll have to ask the FBI.

{Lorelei is a pretty awesome name anyway…. – LG}

Summarise your bio in no more than 100 characters

Began writing @17, was rejected through the 80’d &90’s. I self-pubbed
SBU in 2008.

Tell us about your current work?

~2 YA murder mysteries (#2 of the Lainey Quilholt series is written and in 2nd draft, third one is my WIP)
~the next two Sabrina Strong (urban fantasy) books are written, last one needs to have work done, these will be out in the next year or two.
~1 stand-alone vampire/horror book that I’ve been working on for thepast 2 decades, and actually is derived from something I began in 1980.
~sequel to the Zofia Trickenbod fantasy, “Spell of the Black Unicorn”,
Spell of Dark Castle” is with my publisher.

.Have you got anything else out at the moment?

1,2,3,4, 5 & #6 in Sabrina Strong has just come out.

We know you’re a writer, what else do you do?

In the warm months, I garden, have interests in nature and outdoors. But I write as the day gets warm/hot. I’m also an artist, I’ve been working in watercolors. I do have a day job.

Who’s your writing hero and why?

I think I’d have to say JK Rowling, because she never gave up, she loved and believed in what she was doing. 

{I would agree with you – LG}

If you could have been the author of any book in history which one do you wish you’d written and why?

I’ve never thought of it, actually. And if there were something, like, say “Dracula”, perhaps.
I would have written it differently.
Well, I think Dracula should have gotten the woman.

Tell us about your writing rituals – do you write in your Pjs, in your garden, in the pub or in the altogether?

Hey, I’m a comfort lover and sweats or comfy shorts are my preference. I do have an office, and sit at a desk. My computer is 10 years old.  I’d rather write in the early morning, but can’t because of my regular job. But I manage to squeeze in a few hours in the afternoon.

Do you ever get irritated with your own main characters?

Yes…when they go off on a tangent doing their own thing, and muggins here is simply being a reporter relaying what they’re doing instead of ordering them about.

What makes you feel like a real author?

Each time my new paperback comes out and I hold it in my hand.

Would you prefer to be a literary great or a cult hero?

A literary great. I know my writing isn’t great literature, and while my readers tell me I’m a half-passable entertaining storyteller, it would be good to be up there with the greats.

When it comes to language do you have a pet hate?

Too many, really. I don’t like lazy language, or the word “like” used every other word. Or for that matter someone using foul language (although I do an awful lot of it when I’m pissed off) too often, unless it’s a character trait.

When did you first realise you had a story to tell?

I used to do cartoons, and then realized words would tell the story faster/better. I think I might have been 16.

What makes you feel like a real author?

I had a couple of book signings at my local Borders, and it went great. I loved it!

What do your family think of your writing – be honest!

I know they have bought/read my books, come to my book signings, and my older sister, when she writes to me, puts “Author” behind my name on the envelope. They all were very accepting and excited about it.

Now take a deep breath! I’m going to hand you over to Clara and Pudding, who are going to take it from here – brace yourself, they’re easily amused.

castle on a cliff Lorelei BellAre you posh or wot?

Me? I don’t think so. Unless you count my palace in Transylvania.

What’s the longest word you can spell wiv out checkin’?

Transylvania. It usually surprises me that I can spell at all.

‘ave you ever been harrested?

Harrested for what?

What da’ya wan’ on ya grave-stone?

I won’t have one, dear. Just want my ashes spread somewhere beautiful and peaceful.

‘ave you ever used a gazunda?

Please, you’re embarrassing me.

{Sorry guv’nor – Clara,  Yeah, whatever – Pudding…… Shut up you two – LG}

What’s your favourite pie fillin’?

apple, cherry, blueberry, pumpkin, chocolate….

How do ya’ like it?

On a plate with a fork and napkin.

Can ya sing and what songs do ya know?

I can’t, and usually don’t

What about folk dancin’ ‘ave you ever tried it and did you get injurered?

At my age, it might injure my knees. I’m a wallflower.

‘Do you ‘ave a party piece & what is it?

?????  {Now I’m intrigued…. Clara}

Would you like some of these apples…. what aren’t stolen, honest?

I’ll buy my own. Thanks.

Do you have a fab’lous hat?

I actually have a number of hats. I’ll see if I can’t dig one picture out for you.

{Not completely sure if any of them are a fab’lous though…-Pudding}

What’d be worse one twelve foot mole, or twelve moles with only one foot?

I’d like to see either. The other day I had to clean up basement and found one dead mouse and a live baby mouse. How the baby got there I haven’t a clue.

{If she don’t know how that baby mouse got there, she needs to visit the Life Temple – Pudding… Shut up Pudding – LG}

If someone gives you an empty collander, what do you do wiv it?

Probably clean grapes or some broccoli crowns in it.

What’s your plan in the case of a zombie apocalypse?

Ah, a really good question. I’d set my stun gun on kill. Easy peasy.

The shameless plugs

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorelei.bell1?ref=profile

Twitter: https://twitter.com/loreleibell

Amazon author page: https://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/profile

Publisher’s author pagehttps://www.facebook.com/lorelei.bell1?ref=profile

Lorelei’s Muse: https://loreleismuse-lorelei.blogspot.com/

Buy links:

Spell of the Black Unicorn”

Ascension” Book #1:

“Party to a Murder” Lainey Quilholt Mystery book 1

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