Lori Roy was born and raised in the Midwest where she attended and graduated from Kansas State University. Her work has appeared in the Chattahoochee Review. She currently lives with her family in west central Florida. Bent Road is her first novel.
June 2nd is fast approaching...the day LET ME DIE IN HIS FOOTSTEPS will hit shelves...so I thought I'd share some early praise the book has received.
"The scents of Lavender and regret are heavy in this suspenseful coming-of-age novel...This powerful story...should transfix readers right up to its stunning final twist." Publishers Weekly - Starred Review
"Reading Lori Roy is a sinuous, near-physical experience, her stories so rich and well-told they twine
So happy to share this beautiful cover for my upcoming novel. LET ME DIE IN HIS FOOTSTEPS will hit stores June 2, 2015.
On a dark Kentucky night in 1952 exactly halfway between her fifteenth and sixteenth birthdays, Annie Holleran crosses into forbidden territory. Everyone knows Hollerans don't go near Baines, not since Joseph Carl was buried two decades before, but, armed with a silver-handled flashlight, Annie runs through her family's lavender fields t
I'm thrilled to share that my second novel, UNTIL SHE COMES HOME (Dutton/Penguin), is among the six novels nominated for this year's BEST NOVEL award. It's all the more exciting as some of my favorite authors are among the other nominees.
I had a wonderful time when last I attended the Edgars, and I look forward to another terrific trip.
From the 2012 Edgar Awards Ceremony - pictured here with Agent Jenny Bent and Editor Denise Roy
For those of you in the Tampa Bay area, The Eckerd College Writers in Paradise Conference will be hosting several public readings in the near future. Here's a look at the line up...All events are free and open to the public. They are held at Miller Auditorium on the Eckerd College Campus at 8:00 each evening. A wine and cheese reception precedes each reading from 7:30-8:00.
2014 Eckerd College Writers' Conference Evening Reading Series:Saturday, January 18
Tim O'Brien wit
Very excited to be part of WRITE YOUR HEART OUT TAMPA BAY, coming to Tampa Sunday, October 27. The day-long event will be led by Poynter Institute senior scholar (and darn fine guitalele player) Roy Peter Clark. The rest of the lineup includes Pulitzer prize-winning writers Daniel Ruth and Tom French, and award-winning Tampa Bay Times Journalists Kelley Benham and Jeff Klinkenberg. And…me. The event will be held Sunday, October 27 9:30-4:30 in the The Straz Center (Maestro’s, 2nd
A few days ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with Mary Glenney on 88.5 out of Tampa. She hosts a weekly program called FROM A WOMAN'S POINT OF VIEW. We talked about my latest novel, UNTIL SHE COMES HOME, Detroit and why we write about the past.
You'll find a portion of that interview here. (Slide forward to the 45 minute mark)
I thought I'd accumlate some of the reviews the book bloggers and websites have been posting about UNTIL SHE COMES HOME, as well as a few interviews and guest blogs I have contributed. These folks obviously have a great love of books and a passion for what they do, and they're an important part what we writers are trying to accomplish. My thanks for the on-going support.
This is a work-in-progress and I'll be updating periodically. My apologies if I've missed anyone. I'll be
Roy signing a little Jimmy BuffettThe Banyan Cafe...
So, I and the other customers at my favorite coffee shop began our morning being serenaded by the great Roy Peter Clark (author of Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer). I've written about this coffee shop before--Banyan Cafe and Catering. It's home to the best scone in St. Pete.
Now, The Banyan Cafe is also home to a fine Guitalele player.
My new book, UNTIL SHE COMES HOME, will be published in a few short months, and as such, I have some events to share. (To learn more about the book, click here) As more events are scheduled, I'll continue to update you here and on my website.
Hope to see you this summer,
Saturday April 20 - Riverview Public Library
10509 Riverview Dr. Riverview, FL 33578-4367
2:00p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Discuss and Sign BENT ROA
I've been sitting in on some writing lectures this week. The topics are generally familiar, but it's always good to spend some time talking and thinking about the various elements of the craft.
One of the topics that was discussed during a lecture I attended yesterday was a goal each writer should have--daring to be brave. This might mean writing about a difficult or controversial subject, but more often it simply means daring to write with honesty.
While writing UNTIL SHE COMES HOME, I tried my hand at making pierogi as it was a staple for my characters in 1950s Detroit. Had I simply read about the process in a cookbook, I wouldn't have known how sticky the dough can be if not mixed just right. I wouldn't have poured the potato-water down the drain and had to boil another half-dozen potatoes. I wouldn't have experienced the pitfalls of rolling the dough too thin and too thick, and I wouldn't have
I'm happy to share that Cross Creek Pictures has optioned the film rights for BENT ROAD, with Benderspink to produce and Mark Mallouk to adapt the screenplay. The champagne corks will be flying at the Roy household tonight - after 5 o'clock, of course.
Check out the link below for additional information.
While I was in L.A. this past summer, I had the chance to meet and chat with Mark Mallouk, screenwriter to
Many, many months ago, I wrote about my hope that a person could judge a book by its cover. I was, at that time, unveiling the cover for BENT ROAD. Today, I'm happy to say that I continue to have this same hope. Once again, the folks at DUTTON have created a most perfect cover for my work. Even having written the book, the cover scares me a bit...which is precisely the point. (Coming June, 2013)
A few days ago, I had the pleasure of receiving the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author. I've included a few pictures of questionable quality that I hope might illustrate the marvelous night. I apologize for the glare of my contacts, which seems to have infiltrated every picture my husband took. I also apologize that I don't have a picture that includes Edward Conlon. I will post a new picture as soon as one is available.
My fellow nominees were as follows:
On our way to school this morning, Daughter snapped this picture. It was shaping up to be a good day.
Today is, among other things, the anniversary of Edgar Allen Poe's birth. It is also the day the Edgar Awards are generally announced. I am happy to share that BENT ROAD is among the five nominees for Best First Novel by an American Author.
Many people have worked to bring BENT ROAD to the shelf. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has read it, edited it, proofed it, b
What follows is a rerun of an earlier blog. I thought I'd dust if off after receiving a thank you note in the mail from the Southwest Louisiana Pulpwood Queens Book Club. Because there is nothing quite as special as ink on paper...I'll rerun this blog in honor of the Pulpwood Queens.
I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
It's 1995 and I am working as a financial analyst in the strategy and marketing division of a major greeting card company.