Lolah Lace is a best selling author of Interracial and Multicultural Romantic Fiction. She writes in many romance sub-genres that include Paranormal, New Adult, Contemporary, Erotic, Crime, Suspense, and Sports. She was born in Chicago Illinois and currently resides in the Chicagoland area. She started her writing career as a screenwriter before switching gears and tackling a novel. She spends most of her spare time reading and watching ridiculous amounts of TV. Lolah has written over forty romance novels. She is passionate about writing and has a wealth of unfinished books she plans to publish. She recently returned to her screenwriting roots. Her screenplay Single & Ready was made into a movie that is currently available on Amazon Prime. She is best known for her Balls To The Walls Series. Her latest romance novel is Sweet Love a younger man, older woman romance.
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1) First, I want to thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me! When did you know that writing is what you were called to do? What is it about being a writer that you love the most? What about being a writer frustrates you the most?
You’re welcome, thanks for giving me the opportunity to speak on your platform. I wrote my first book at seven years old. I like the feeling of putting the thoughts in my head on paper to relive. That’s when I knew writing would be an integral part of my life. One of the best things about being a writer is being able to freely express your creativity and be able to share it with the readers. One of the most frustrating things for me is having so many ideas for books and not having enough time to write them all.
2) Can you tell us a little about your book(s) and where our readers can find out more about them and you?
I write interracial romance in many sub genres. My ebooks are available on my website www.lolahlace.com. My ebooks are available at Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, Apple books, Google Play, Snashwords and Kobo. You can also find my paperbacks at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and a few libraries and bookstores on the Chicago area.
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3) What projects are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on two romance novels and a screenplay. The first novel to do released in 2021 will be Dear Mr. Vampire. It doesn’t have a release date but I’m hoping it will be completed at the beginning of June. The second novel is The Boss Lady 2. Since The Boss Lady was one of my more successful books. I decided to write a sequel. The screenplay is about a group of Black women friends, something in the vain of Waiting To Exhale.
4) What has been your most significant achievement as a writer thus far? Where do you see yourself within your career in the next five years?
I really value the relationship I have with my readers. They have given me the strength needed to write over forty books in the last few years. My goals for my future as a writer will be to expand my brand, write more books and venture into other genres. I also plan to produce and possibly direct one of my screenplays.
5) How have you dealt with rejection within your writing career?
Because I am a self-published independent author I haven’t faced any rejection. I gravitate toward authors and organizations that are for interracial romance authors so I haven’t faced any rejection from my peers.
6) Do you have a schedule for when you write? Do you outline your novels? How long does it generally take you to finish a novel?
I personally don’t have a set schedule to write because life sometimes gets in the way. But I try to make the time to write without distractions. The amount of time it takes me to write a novel varies depending on how much I’m invested in the story and what is going on in my life and the country as a whole. Writing a book also depends on page length and come take me anywhere from two weeks to three months.
7) Do you believe that there is ever a point in life where it’s too late for an aspiring writer to become successful in this industry? Do you feel a late start would hinder their chances?
I believe the inspiration to write can hit someone at any age. Mine just happened at a younger age. Since success is measured differently from person to person I definitely believe it’s never too late to become success in the publishing industry.
8) Are you an avid reader and have you always been? What’s the first book you ever read that really touched you emotionally and moved you? Who is your favorite author? What book are you currently reading?
Yes, I am an avid reader. I mostly read outside the romance genre. Oddly the one book that touched me the most creatively was Pet Sematary by Stephen King. Although it was a horror novel, I went through a host of emotions while reading it, fear, grief, understanding and ultimately dread. This novel played vividly in my mind while I was reading it. My favorite author is Charlaine Harris the author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels. Her vampire murder mysteries I found to be very well written and intriguing. I’m currently reading Peep Show by Isabella Starling.
9) How has the current state of the world affected your writing? Because writing is an isolated practice, do you find it easier to deal with quarantine? Has it stifled your creativity or has it made you even more driven to get things done?
The current state of the world has made my writing more fiction. I read to escape so I made sure my stories would take the reader away from the state of the world. I personally didn’t find it easier to write during a pandemic but I can’t say it stifled my creativity.
10) What are your thoughts about how the publishing industry as it is being represented today? Do you lean more towards traditional publishing or self-publishing as a preference? Does being a hybrid author interest you?
Since I am independently self-published I don’t have any strong positive or negative opinions about the state of publishing. If the right opportunity comes along being a hybrid is definitely an option.
11) I feel like writing is a remarkable tool to help people not only express themselves, but also to cope emotionally and mentally. I know for me I write to be and feel more authentic. What unique quality is there about you, about your art, that you feel represents your authenticity? How does writing help you to be more empowered in your purpose?
Writing is cathartic and helps me to share my craft and creativity with romance readers.