July 6th, 2018
Laura Mae: What inspired you to enter the world of writing?
Yvonne Lozano: Daydreaming. When I was younger, I’d play with rocks outside and create a whole adventure for them. The main story I remember was a main character, his love interest, and their dog fighting against the villain who wanted something they had. It was usually for their food. Haha. Eventually that found its way onto ‘Notepad’ on my old computer. That story is still out there somewhere, on a floppy disk. (Not the floppy disks!)
L: How long have you been writing for?
Y: I don’t know when I started writing, exactly. But I have definitely been writing for over 15 years though. (And still going strong!)
L: What are you currently working on?
Y: I’m currently working on revamping my first novel. I self-published it a long time ago to get the jitters out of my system. I always got great feedback on it, but now that I’m more educated, I know I can go back and make it better. And I’m excited to do just that. (We’ll be waiting when you do 🙂 )
L: What has been the most challenging for you so far?
Y: Putting myself out there as a writer. I was always told growing up that being a writer wasn’t something to be proud of, so I often keep it to myself because I would feel ashamed. Now that I know better, I try to encourage and support other writers where I can. We’re all doing amazing things. (This world would be very dull without writers, lets be honest.)
L: Besides writing, what is it you like to do?
Y: Draw, run, read, knit, take care of my annoying cats and my wonderful dogs. Oh, and I guess spend time with my husband. He’s cool. (I like how the hubby is last! haha, Just kidding.)
L: What would you say is your favorite book or series of all time? Why?
Y: All Dr. Seuss. Those are the most legit rhymes of all time, change my mind. (Agreed! He is a wizard!)
L: What does a typical day of writing look like for you? Any rituals or ‘must-haves’?
Y: No rituals here. I have a schedule I do my best to keep. Mondays – Fridays I write SOMETHING. A minimum of 50 words (1 paragraph). If I am in my editing phase, the minimum changes to 500 words. I like doing this because, if I am ever feeling writer’s block, a small goal like that is usually met really quickly, and by the time I achieve it, I’ve most often found my groove to write way more. But if I don’t then i still got work done. (Achievable goals! Love it.)
L: Any songs or type of music you need to listen to when you write?
Y: Something playing in the background always helps. Sometimes I do try to find specific songs to fit a certain scene to help me “set the mood.” But now I find listening to Jenna Moreci in the background really gets the job done. lol (I know exactly what you mean!)
L: Describe how your WIP is going with a meme or gif.
L: Whats a word or phrase that people say that always irritates you?
Y: Honestly? “Talent.” Talent is a word used to take away all the years of hard work someone put in to get good at something, no matter what it is. “You’re so talented.” No. This did not come naturally to me; I practice, I study, and I still got a lot to learn. (Good point.)
L: Who is your favorite literary character and why?
Y: Disney’s Cinderella. One of the few early princesses that saved herself. I appreciate her inner strength to remain kind, caring and optimistic despite all the abuse. (I love her, too.)
L: Where would you say you get most of your inspiration?
Y: Daydreaming, Jenna Moreci, Youtube. My Animals. My husband–whose enthusiasm for my writing career outmatches mine. It’s actually a little unnerving–because now “I gotta do it.” (We all need someone to give us that kick in the pants, sometimes.)
Y: I am self-published. My experience with that is the vast freedom it offers, but sometimes all the little details can be overwhelming. You’re a business manager now. Finding beta readers. Hiring people to edit/proofread your novel. Hiring someone to create your novel’s cover art. Developing a marketing plan to advertise your book properly on all channels. Managing your social presence and all your websites. The list goes on! (Luckily, it gets easier the more you do it!)
L: For aspiring writers out there, what would be the best advice you want them to know?
Y: Read whenever you can, and always be learning. No one knows better than a writer that there is more than one way to skin a cat. (True that.)
Yvonne Lozano grew up in Lockhart Texas with her father who raised her on his own. She Joined the Army in 2012 when she was 19 and remained in for 6 years before going IRR. Outside the Army she worked as an Executive Manager for Chipio Windshield before moving on to freelance proofreading and editing. In 2013, she married her highschool sweetheart and the two are happily married with dogs. In 2016, she published her first book. Today she continues to proofread/edit while writing two more upcoming novels, including a sequel to her first novel, The Catalyst: a prelude to corruption.
The Catalyst. When an unexplainable phenomenon results in children with supernatural powers, the government is quick to hide them away in a compound hidden in the mountains. When the kids become teenagers, the government isn’t sure what to do with them anymore. Keep them locked away and ignorant… or use them for something more?
Nathan, his best friends, Vivian, Jason, Tyler and all the other teenagers who’ve been locked away in the compound blissfully unaware of anything else, find themselves taking a test with some deadly consequences. Nathan is going to lose more than a test in this suspense thriller.
Buy her book, here!