Welcome to Writing for Christ Lori Benton, it is great to have you here! So you’re a writer? What made you decide to start creating characters and story world?
Thanks, it’s my pleasure!
When I was in third grade, my friend Leah announced she’d written a story. It had never occurred to me that a nine-year-old could write her own story. I loved to read, and made up stories and story worlds using my plush toys or animal figurines, but for some reason hadn’t considered trying to write my own story. It sounded like the coolest idea ever, so I gave it a go. Then I did it again. Every few years I’d write a story, or start one, until my early twenties when I finally got serious about trying to make it a career.
What is the one title that has significantly impacted your life?
Fiction: A Voice in the Wind, by Francine Rivers. It taught me that Christian fiction could be gritty and real, and it showed me how to write unflinchingly. I’m still trying to master that. The heroine of that book, Hadassah, had a huge impact on me spiritually. For years after I would think, “What would Hadassah do?” in any trying situation. I still think that, sometimes.
Nonfiction: Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young. This little devotional was a significant factor in my maintaining peace and the awareness of God’s sovereignty through one of the most challenging years of my life. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
If you could get a do-over when it came to learning this whole thing called writing, what would you go back and tell yourself?
“Lori, honey, learn to tighten your writing now, rather than waiting nearly twenty years to get the hang of self-editing.”
5 preference questions:
Homemade or take-out? Homemade
Email or snailmail? Email, though getting a letter is so rare that it’s a treat
Online shopping or Black Friday deals? Online shopping. I’m that atypical female who doesn’t like to shop in stores
Books or movies? I could live without movies, not books!
Note-taker or memorization? Note-taker. The older I get the more porous grows the memory.
Yes, I’m asking you to play favorites…which of your books is your favorite, published or unpublished? And if this is your debut novel, has your favorite been published yet?
My favorite book has not been published yet. It was my first 18th century set novel, the one I began in 2004 as my brain was healing from the lingering effects of chemo fog. It’s set in North Carolina, on a piedmont plantation, in 1793. The hero is a prodigal. The heroine is a slave. I hope one day it will be published.
Places for readers to learn more about you?
My website: http://loribenton.blogspot.com/
My Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLoriBenton#
Thank you for being with us today!
Thanks for having me, Casey. Always a pleasure to chat with you about writing!
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