This week’s treat is the incomparable Kay Lawson, writing as Sorchia DuBois!
Name: Kay Lawson—but I write as Sorchia DuBois
Just Like Gravity – A story of past lives, murder, tarot cards, and passion. Tragedy follows Anna through three lifetimes. In Scotland, she finds betrayal and never-ending love. Can she survive it this time?
What are you working on now? Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones. Book one of a three-part series of Gothic thrillers about magic, witches, and haunted Scottish castles. Just plotting the second book in the series, which will be titled Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo King.
And about halfway finished with a Middle Grade book named (at the moment) Seraphina Cincinnati.
It is about coping with death—and witches.
Favorite quote: Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana. Groucho Marx
Who is the author/artist who inspires you the most, and why? P.G. Wodehouse and Douglas Adams—they both write with such joy. They taught me to pull out all the stops and go for it—whatever “it” happens to be at the moment. Write for shits and giggles and give the reader something to smile about on a dismal day.
If stranded on an island, what one book would you keep with you? My big fat Hitchhiker’s Guide compendium, which includes all five parts of the trilogy.
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading a variety of books about marketing—too many to mention by name—as I try to figure out the best way to sell books without doing too much work and without becoming staggeringly famous. All I want is the money.
When I get my fill of this stuff, I am thinking about revisiting my childhood and reading all the Captain Blood books again.
I also like to read contemporary bestsellers and the next one on the list is The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.
Reveal one thing about yourself that few people know:
I am an open book. What I’m thinking is emblazoned across my face before I can stop it. Plus, I am absolutely certain this life is someone’s idea of a practical joke so I think everything is funny. I laugh inappropriately often.
Describe your ideal work space…and then tell us about your actual one:
Ideal: Outside under a tree with a bottle of Scotch and a cat beside me.
Actual: In reality, I work in an upstairs office where I can look out at the trees. The Scotch is tucked away in a closet where I can’t see it, but where it is within easy reach should circumstances require it. Cats are often walking across/lying on/dangling paws over my keyboard and, thus, are directly responsible for some of the most bloodthirsty scenes.
What advice do you have for other writers/artists?
Write or art every day. Get on with it. Don’t let anything or anyone stop you from writing or arting. Stop making excuses. Give in to the desire to write or art because that desire is the real you trying to get out.
Where can readers find you online?
www.SorchiaDuBois.com for my bookstore and blog for readers
www.charmingwordsbysorchia.wordpress.com for my blog about writing
@SorchiaDubois on Twitter