As you can see, Lorhainne not only writes touching romance stories with meaning but she is also one busy lady in her everyday life. So again I am happy that she was able to make some time to answer a few questions!Lorhainne Eckhart began her writing career in 2008, when she published her first novel, The Captain’s Lady, a Contemporary Military Romance through The Wild Rose Press. You can find Lorhainne most days on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, contributing posts to her two blogs The Choice of Giving and Illusions while actively promoting her books, The Forgotten Child, The Captain’s Lady, her supernatural romantic suspense series, The Choice, and a children’s illustrated adventure, A Father’s Love.Lorhainne Eckhart is a member of the RWA, Sisters in Crime and Victoria RWA. She lives on a small Island in the Northern Gulf. And somewhere in her busy schedule she finds time to write and be a full-time Mom to her three children. She is the mother of a special needs child, her greatest gift having to learn organization and how to stay focused on what’s really important in life. She lives by simple rules the same she teaches her children, stay honest, keep your word always, never take advantage of anyone and treat everyone with respect. She’s an advocate for children with special needs. Passionate about preserving our environment and much of what Lorhainne advocates finds a way into each of her stories.
Adria: What inspired you to write "The Forgotten Child?"
Lorhainne: As with all my novels, the story for “The Forgotten Child”started as an idea. The Forgotten Child is not based on anyone I know. I am involved deeply with the special needs community so I see the effects Autism, FAS and other Special Needs on families, and relationships in particular. It takes a strong individual to advocate, care for and seek help for their child. So the very idea of a situation like Brad and Emily’s could be real, but isn’t based on anyone or situation I know.
Adria: Are any of the incidents in the book based on you or someone you know?
Lorhainne: No incidents in this novel are based on anyone I know. The characters are fictitious and so are the incidents.
Adria: What challenges, if any, did you face while bringing "The Forgotten Child" to life?
Lorhainne: When I sat down to write The Forgotten Child, the story unfolded as I wrote. I didn’t face any challenges, although with Brad my editor had me go back and revamp his character adding more depth, inner conflict--essentiallycreating Brad in an image of a difficult man with unlikeable qualities. Similar to Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.
Adria: If you had to do it over again, are there any changes you would make in the book?
Lorhainne: Absolutely not. I won’t put my final novel to the publishing stage until I am completely satisfied.
Adria: What authors/books have influenced your writing?
Lorhainne: Stephen King wrote a book “On Writing” which I highly recommend every author to read. And I have to say Debbie Macomber, an outstanding Author, and how she got her start in the industry.
Adria: What was the last book you read and loved?
Lorhainne: I’ve read a lot of great books, but only a few stick with me. “Ride the Wind” by Lucia St. Clair Robson was a book I read several times and a story that still touches me today.
Adria: Who would be your "Dream Cast" if The Forgotten Child was being made into a movie?
Lorhainne: That’s a hard one. As I envision my characters as individuals that resemble no one. But here’s a close idea of an ideal cast.
Emily – Natalie Portman
Brad – Hugh Jackman or Christian Bale
Crystal – Naomi Watts
Adria: What advice would you give an aspiring author?
Lorhainne: If you want to write, you have to read. Stephen King said this, and he’s right. As well don’t let anyone stop you. If you believe in your novel then you will succeed. But write it first then go back and edit. Hire a professional editor after you’ve worked your novel to the best it can be. And find an editor who fits with you and your writing. There are lots available. Make sure you follow your editor’s advice, and grow a thicker skin if critiquing upsets you. You need to learn to step away from your baby you’ve created and look objectively at it from the outside advice you receive. If your editor tells you its “crap” and you need to cut a scene or rewrite something to make it stronger, listen. But remember even though you write an outstanding novel, some won’t like it. And that’s okay. Not everyone is your target market.
Adria: What do you do when you're not writing heart-wrenching, romantic stories like "The Forgotten Child?"
Lorhainne: My day is so jammed pack with things to do that I’ve had to become highly structured in order to write. When I’m not writing I’m promoting my novels on all social media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Triberr, writing posts to my two blogs, Illusions and The Choice of Giving. And on top of that I’m a full time mother who advocates for the environment, and special needs community.
Adria: What are you working on now?
Lorhainne: Lost and Found, Book 2, of the Walk the Right Road Series is currently with my editor and will be released soon. As well I’ve started writing a Native American romantic suspense. Suspicious incidents surrounding a medicine wheel.
Adria: Is there anything else you'd like to tell readers?
Lorhainne: I would like to thank my readers, because they are responsible for the success of “The Forgotten Child”, now an Amazon Bestselling Western Romance. I’ve reached a milestone in my career, in April The Forgotten Child held the #1 spot for Western Romance for several weeks. And since has remained in the top 10.
Thank you Lorhainne for allowing me the chance to read and review your book as well as interview you!
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Emily Nelson, a courageous young mother, ends a loveless bitter marriage and strikes out on her own. She answers an ad as a cook and live in caregiver to a three-year-old boy on a local ranch. Ranch owner Brad Friessen hires and moves in Emily and her daughter. But Emily soon discovers something's seriously wrong with his boy. And the reclusive difficult man that hired her, can't see the behavior and how delayed his son is. So Emily researches, until she stumbles across what she suspects is the soft signs of autism. Now she must tell him. Give him hope, and help him come to terms with this neurological disorder--to take the necessary steps to get his child the help he needs.
As their lives become intertwined, it's unavoidable the attraction--the connection that sparks between them. And just as they're getting close, Brad's estranged wife Crystal returns after abandoning them two years earlier. In amongst the shock and confusion there's one disturbing fact Brad can't shake. How does she know so much of his personal business, the inner working of the ranch and Emily's relationship with his son?
Crystal must've had a plan as she somehow gains the upper hand, driving a wedge in the emotional bond forged between Brad, Emily and the children. The primary focus for care and therapy of three-year-old Trevor is diverted. The lengths Crystal will go--the lies--the greed, just to keep what's hers are nothing short of cold and calculating. Emily's forced out of the house. Brad fights to save his boy--to protect what's his. And struggles over his greatest sacrifice--Emily, and the haunting question--has he ultimately lost her forever?
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