It’s Oscar day today! With movies being very prominent in my book series, you can imagine how excited I am to see all my favorite actors and actresses together under one roof.
For me, it’s not who wins the awards or what anyone is wearing. For me, it’s really about the craft. I love it when other actors you know and love are just as inspired by other actors there. You can see their minds being blown with inspiration, humility and awe.
As a former theater actress, I know how hard acting can be. Auditions can be downright humiliating, and when you finally land that role, well, there’s nothing quite like it.
I have loved movies ever since I was a kid. I had few restrictions on what I could or couldn’t watch. (Okay, I didn’t have any) Growing up as a sick child with breathing and asthma problems, I stayed in a lot with books and movies as my escape. Though I was free to watch anything, I was an innocent kid and watched the original Mary Poppins as much as I could. I also loved movies such as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves ( I was 11 ), A League of Their Own, and movies like The Goonies and Ferris Beuller’s Day Off. I could quote these films before I could fully understand them all. LOL.
I love movies, not for their action-packed earth shattering effects. I love them for their extension of humanity and life and love. And I love the actors, writers and directors for putting their hearts into it all.
Now, before I began, I must say what a pleasure it was reading Sunset Sanctuary. It was such a nice little escape into a town I could really see myself living in and enjoying.
I hope you love this Q&A as much as I do, everyone!
How would you describe your series to someone you didn’t know?
Grouper Cove is like a Hallmark Channel series with a little Nicholas Sparks thrown in. Each book is a standalone – there will be characters that carry over, but mostly the town is what ties them all together. I write them in such a way that there’s no requirement to read them in order.
What inspired Sunset Sanctuary?
I live in Florida, and I have always loved the Gulf of Mexico. I also love the closeness and charm of small-town living. I actually wrote Book 2 first, which is where I created Grouper Cove, but before it was released, I wanted to write one to explain the town’s origins, which is how Sunset Sanctuary became Book 1. Again, that was more for me because you don’t have to read them in order.
Can you tell us about some of the characters in your book?
Kate and Erik are both down-to-earth, everyday people. I like keeping my characters real and relatable. Kate had just lost her parents, and Erik had just lost his town to a hurricane. I wrote their story to help them heal together while rebuilding and helping each other find the inner strength they needed to get through.
I absolutely loved Curry, the pelican. What inspired you to use a pelican for this story?
I love pelicans. Every time we go out in the Gulf fishing, or over to the Atlantic Ocean side, there are always pelicans waiting for a handout. They are the sweetest things waiting for a treat, and I adore watching them fly by in formation. There’s something so majestic about them. Curry came about because I would love to have one that I could cuddle and love on.
If you were one of the characters in this book, who would you be?
I would be Kate. Strong, independent, ready to get things done, not afraid of an adventure. And I’d have Curry 😉
What surprised you about Sunset Sanctuary as you were writing it?
How easy it all came together. I am in love with this fictional town, and there are many days I have to remember that I can’t just get in the car and go there. One day, I’ll win the lottery and buy enough land to start the town of Grouper Cove.
What can we expect next from Lorah Jaiyn?
Grouper Cove is going strong. I keep each book separate and different enough so I don’t fall into the category of “they all sound the same”. There are four more planned for 2020. I also have the Nut House Series started, one book for each season this year. Winter Wonderful (Nut House 1) is out, and Notes of Spring (Nut House 2) will be out in April. These stories are all individual but center around four estranged siblings. A squirrel rescue ties them all together. Poetic Justice also comes out in April, and this story – definitely not Hallmark – revolves around a young woman who snaps at the injustices of animal abuse and goes vigilante to right the wrongs after the criminal justice system keeps failing. I will definitely be showing my multi-genre skills this year.
Give us a fun fact about yourself.
I am turning into the crazy squirrel lady. I volunteered at an animal rescue when Hurricane Irma came along – there was no fuel to be found in our area, so rather than take all the orphaned squirrels to the facility, each volunteer had their own area to foster the babies until we had the means to travel around (we’re talking hundreds of babies). I ended with several and fell in love with the little bushy tails. It was one thing to volunteer at the rescue; it was quite another to be a full-time squirrel mama. I still foster when needed, and I’ve made friends with many of the wild squirrels at my home.
And finally, because I am a huge lover of movies, what are some of your favorite movies?
My movies tastes are as varied as my writing. In no particular order:
Kate and Leopold
the Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Expendable, and RED movies