Lori R. Lopez is my Woman In Horror today! Lori writes in many genres, sub-genres, and genre-blends. She is a talented poet, writes children's and YA books, and has mainstream horror books. Her horror can be mild and funny or terrifying. Be on guard because anything can and does pop out of her head and onto the keyboard.
Lori is one of a very few authors I know who are are capable of doing their own edits. I can't do it for sure. I miss too much no matter how many times I go over things. While I do editing for others, it's easier to make suggestions to an author - the author's decision is always final - than to catch myself in a mistake.
She wears many hats. Physical and otherwise. Along with her sons Noel and Rafael, they have eclectic talents: artists, authors, poets, composers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, and techno wizards. Catch up with all of them at http://fairyflyentertainment.com/.
Lori is her own person, with a style of her own, one of no rules, blending of genres, and with a poet's touch. This stands to reason since even as a child, dolls were not for her. She chose other, more imaginative toys.
With her overactive imagination, there is virtually nothing that will escape her magic quill. She has monsters of every shape and size; some nice; some not; and a most interesting entourage of protagonists who might very well turn out to be antagonists in sheep's clothing. Her writing, as she says, is similar to painting with words, and that is very true, although once again there is the poetic side to add to the canvas. Impressionist art? In my opinion, yes. Every story is not deciphered the same for every reader because Lori writes stories within her stories and lessons to be extracted with deep meaning, albeit, usually with a humorous annotation. Therein lies the magic of her story-telling. Every reader is able to extract from her words a different meaning, although the story is the same for everyone. A paradox of absolutes and variables existing within the minds of readers. All who read Lori's tales will garner that special something waiting for them. I have always felt that a writer who over-describes leaves nothing for the reader to make her/his own. Lori gives them that choice. Yes, she paints the picture, but allows readers to take hold of the brush and paint themselves into the story. Lori writes with glorious description - you see , feel, smell, taste, and hear all the wonders within her stories - but there is mystery there at all times, a sixth sense she shares with us.
" Words are my strength, but they are also my weakness; my Achille’s Heel; my Kryptonite. I am vulnerable to their impact, their weight, their significance. To their points or edges or bluntness.” -- Lori R. Lopez
Lori does not believe in writing that which has been written before. No, no no. That is for lesser writers. Her novel An Ill Wind Blows is evidence of that. She wrote this in a month and took home a Crystal Trophy for being the best of the best in a group of accomplished authors. I was one of the writers she topped. I'm not afraid to say this. My story was good, but hers was better. No shame in that. She wrote a great book. :D
This young lady has many friends and fans in the horror industry and some in other genres because she writes of many things. There is no one tag for Lori. She is her own woman. One thing that I admire about her is the fact she has been able to rise above much adversity to accomplish what she has. She is to be admired for that. Very much so.
Here is a great interview done this month at Only Five Star Book Reviews, headed up by Malina Roos.
Go to Lori's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lorilopez and get a glimpse into how she supports other authors and causes. She has a great heart and is very outspoken about things she is concerned with. Children's rights, animal rights, the environment, and a lot more is on her agenda to be fought for.
Lori R. Lopez wears many hats, literally and otherwise. An author of Speculative Fiction, Horror, Fantasy and more . . . she writes dark, humorous and serious verse; short stories, novels, Young Adult and children's books, songs, plus a column called "Poetic Reflections" at Fairy Fly Entertainment, a website shared with two talented sons. She is an artist, musician, actress, filmmaker, tree-hugger, vegan, and animal-lover. Her work often contains themes of conservation, peace, animal rights, and the rights of children. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the Lewis Carroll Society Of North America. Lori unapologetically takes pride in creatively bending and reshaping the rules of writing when it suits her style.
A horror fan since small, she roamed graveyards as a kid and conducted funerals for dead birds, squirrels, insects and spiders. She was named on an Examiner.com list of "93 HORROR AUTHORS YOU NEED TO READ RIGHT NOW" for WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH 2014, and was featured on Horror Addicts and Promote Horror.com for WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH 2015. Her books include THE DARK MISTER SNARK, THE STRANGE TAIL OF ODDZILLA, LEERY LANE, ODDS AND ENDS: A DARK COLLECTION, CHOCOLATE-COVERED EYES, THE MACABRE MIND OF LORI R. LOPEZ, THE FAIRY FLY, AN ILL WIND BLOWS, OUT-OF-MIND EXPERIENCES, DANCE OF THE CHUPACABRAS, POETIC REFLECTIONS I and II: KEEP THE HEART OF A CHILD and THE QUEEN OF HATS. She is presently working on a number of new projects and sequels.
Stories and verse have appeared on Hellnotes, Servante Of Darkness, and Halloween Forevermore; in WEIRDBOOK, THE HORROR ZINE MAGAZINE, THE SIRENS CALL E-Zine, and anthologies such as JOURNALS OF HORROR: FOUND FICTION, DEAD HARVEST, HWA POETRY SHOWCASE VOLUMES II and III, TERROR TRAIN I and II, GREY MATTER MONSTERS: TAKERS OF SOULS, TOYS IN THE ATTIC: A COLLECTION OF EVIL PLAYTHINGS, CURSED CURIOSITIES, CELLAR DOOR III: ANIMALS (Editor's Choice Award winner), UNDEAD LEGACY, BONES II, GHOSTS: REVENGE, MIRAGES: TALES FROM AUTHORS OF THE MACABRE, MASTERS OF HORROR: DAMNED IF YOU DON'T, I BELIEVE IN WEREWOLVES, THIRSTY ARE THE DAMNED, and SCARE PACKAGE: 14 TALES OF TERROR. Fifteen of Lori's poems were published for an anthology titled IN DARKNESS WE PLAY.
You can find author readings and other videos at the Fairy Fly Entertainment YouTube channel and Trilllogic YouTube channel. Lori and her sons have formed a band called Fairyfly; music videos can be found at the Fairyfly YouTube channel. Look for their song releases online when available.
Check out the many links I have provided here and get to know Lori better. Her stories will make you laugh, cry, and everything in-between.