Lonna Enox, cozy mystery author.
Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?
I grew up reading Nancy Drew mysteries, and I love Jonathan Kellerman, Robert Dugoni, Faye Kellerman, and Sue Grafton.
Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?
I think I have the most fun with Chris Reed, the local sheriff’s detective. I enjoy the banter between Reed and Sorrel. It was only during my most recent book, Striking Blind, that I realized much of his personality—not all of course—may emulate my own dad…or the cowboys around whom I grew up.
Are there any types of scenes you find more difficult to write? Which ones and why.
Crime scenes as well as those building up to them are difficult. I do hours of research, talk to professionals, and then my husband and I walk the area where I have set it. We take photos, and I jot notes about how tiring it is, how hot or cold, the traffic, the effects of the area, etc. I want the scenes to give enough information to keep my readers “hungry” without giving too much away.
What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?
The most rewarding part of being an author is when someone says, “I read your book and I couldn’t put it down!” or “I think Reed is so hot!” or “When’s the next one? Could you hurry?”
What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?
I would tell authors to never think they must write when they are ‘in the mood’. I just start, and it soon flows. Write routinely when you can. Research, talk to other writers, and get an editor. With a Master of Arts in English, I still need an editor—someone with fresh eyes who will see the “gaps”.
Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please, explain.
I am an early riser, so I go to the computer in the upstairs small living room when I awake. I reread the last part I have written, look over my outline, and write. Sometimes it is great…sometimes not. But the characters speak to me best in the early morning quiet times. I seldom write on the book after lunch. That is when I handle the other ‘author stuff’—emails, requests, etc.
Was being an author something you always wanted to do?
I think so, although I also wanted to be a teacher. My parents encouraged the second so I would “also eat regularly”.
If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
I would love to talk to Dickens. He had such fascinating characters. I’ve always been curious whether or not he patterned them after real people. I would also like to tell my mama, “I am finally following the dream. I’m sorry I couldn’t make it happen before you left me.”
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