Interview with Lori Sjoberg


The Blog Ring of Power Presents...
An Interview with Author Lori Sjoberg


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I am super thrilled and super excited that author Lori Sjoberg is here today. Lori is a fellow member of Agent Query Connect, a great online community for writers, and I was thrilled when she landed her deal with Kensington for her debut novel, Grave Intentions. I'm thrilled to be able to celebrate it's release with her, today! AND, extra special treat--Lori is offering a free copy of Grave Intentions to one lucky winner (see details below)!



This is part one of a five-part interview. Be sure to check out the other BRoP sites for the rest of the interview:
Part 2 @ Teresa's site - Thursday, January 17
Part 3 @ Emily's site - Friday, January 18

Part 4 @ Sandra's site - Monday, January 21
Part 5 @ Dean's site - Tuesday, January 22


BRoP: How long have you been writing?  
Lori: I started writing fiction around 2004.  Before that, I wrote mostly in a professional capacity:  Reports, business strategies, financial plans, stuff like that.  Exciting, eh?
BRoP: Tell us about your early works—what was the first thing you ever wrote?  
Lori: The first piece of fiction I ever wrote was a short work of Stephanie Plum fan fiction that will never see the light of day.  (I think I still have a copy saved somewhere on a 3 ½” data cartridge.)  It was horrible.  Trust me on this.

BRoP: When did you first consider yourself a professional writer?  
Lori: Wait, you mean I’m a professional writer now?  Sweet!

BRoP: What genre do you write?  
Lori: I write a mix of paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

BRoP: What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?  
Lori: I love writing stories about hope, and love, and couples struggling against impossible odds to achieve their happily ever afters.  They might be grim reapers, or vampires, or some other creature that goes bump in the night, but the central theme is one of triumph over adversity.

BRoP: What format is your book available in (print, e-book, audio book, etc.)?
Lori: E-Book

Where can readers can stalk you:

Website | Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter | Amazon | Barnes and Noble


LORI SJOBERG grew up the youngest of three girls, which meant that she never had control of the remote. (Not that she’s bitter about that. Really. Okay, maybe a little, but it’s not like she’s scarred for life or anything.) That meant a steady diet of science fiction and fantasy. Star Trek, Star Wars, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits – you name it, she watched it. It fed her imagination, and that came in handy when the hormones kicked in and she needed a creative excuse for being out past curfew.

After graduating from the University of Central Florida, Lori spent over a decade working in the fun-filled worlds of retail management, financial planning, and insurance. The writing bug bit a few years later. After completing her first manuscript, she joined the Romance Writers of America and Central Florida Romance Writers. Now she exercises the analytical half of her brain at work, and the creative half writing paranormal romance. When she’s not doing either one of those, she’s usually spending time with her husband and children of the four-legged variety.


grave intentions coverpicGRAVE INTENTIONS: He’s handsome, reliable, and punctual—the perfect gentleman when you want him to be. But this dream man is Death’s best agent—and now he’s got more than his soul to lose…

One act of mercy before dying was all it took to turn soldier David Anderson into a reaper—an immortal who guides souls-of-untimely-death into the afterlife. But the closer he gets to atoning for his mortal sin and finally escaping merciless Fate, the more he feels his own humanity slipping away for good. Until he encounters Sarah Griffith. This skeptical scientist can’t be influenced by his powers—even though she has an unsuspected talent for sensing the dead. And her honesty and irreverent sense of humor reignite his reason for living—and a passion he can’t afford to feel. Now Fate has summoned David to make a devastating last harvest. And he’ll break every hellishly-strict netherworld rule to save Sarah…and gamble on a choice even an immortal can’t win.

So, what do you think? Want to win a copy of this awesome sounding book (giveaway is international and is for an e-book, format of your choice)? Well, I will make it very easy for you - just leave a comment below by Wednesday, January 23rd (along with your email address), and I'll chose one lucky winner using Follow Lori on twitter (@lori_sjoberg) and I'll give you an extra entry. If you follow Lori on Twitter, just leave a comment below with your twitter handle (and your email address) to let me know you followed her. Good luck!

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