Lori is a paralegal by day, but by night, she is a writer. Her short stories have been published in The Storyteller Magazine and Bridges (an anthology). Her day job involves writing, too. She is the former President of the Mid-Missouri Paralegal Association and the former editor of The Gavel, their quarterly publication. She has also served on the Editorial Board for the Reporter, a national journal for paralegals.
She lives in rural Missouri with her husband and daughter. Two very spoiled Miniature Schnauzers allow Lori and her family to live in their house, and the outside is patrolled by BK (short for Barn Kitty) and Patches (a sweet tom cat stray that missed his calling as a lap cat). The pasture is decorated with three miniature horses.
Lori has been writing since she was a kid (Stephen King has been her hero since the librarian used to sneak her into the 18 & older section of the local library), but then life got in the way and her dream of writing the Great American Novel had to wait. After the death of her best friend at the age of 34 (cancer), Lori realized that today’s dreams can’t wait. Her husband bought her a laptop and encouraged her to start writing. She discovered National Novel Writing Month, an international writing competition that encourages writers to turn off the internal editor and write with abandon. The challenge is to write a 50,000 word novella in 30 days. That first year, in a caffeine-fueled frenzy, Lori wrote Denim & Diamonds. Since 2004, Lori has won National Novel Writing Month eight times and served as a Municipal Liaison for the Fulton group of NaNo’ers. During her leadership of the Fulton group, they consistently placed in the Top Ten producers (based on word count per member) in the world – and were number 1 in the United States in 2010! She is still active in National Novel Writing Month, but has turned the ML reins over to a younger member and has turned her attention to editing and revising those eight novels that sit in her desk drawer. Her novels cover everything from romance to thrillers, but mystery is the thread that binds them all together. Her favorite authors are James Patterson, Stuart Woods, Hugh Howey and HP Mallory.