Featured Interview With Lorraine Reguly
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, I have always loved reading and writing. I can remember reading shampoo bottles in the bathroom, as a child, as well as cereal boxes during breakfast, simply because they had words on them!
When I was raped as a teenager, it devastated me, and I knew that, one day, I’d write about my experiences. Although I only touch upon this issue in my first book, I plan on publishing more so that others know they’re not alone in their feelings.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
My mom was an elementary school teacher who quit teaching when she had me. I was her firstborn, and she spent a lot of time with me during the first three years of my life… until my brother and then sister came along. As a result, I learned to read and write before most people do, and I’m very grateful to my mother for that — even though I got into trouble in Grade One for writing within one line (I was writing cursive already) when my classmates were learning to print within two!
As I grew, I read so many books that I couldn’t keep track of them all. I enjoyed writing, too, and always kept diaries or journals, knowing that, one day, I’d write a book about my life.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I particularly like mysteries, thrillers, and true crime. I also like courtroom dramas and any books about forensic science. My own writings, however, are quite varied. I like writing poetry, short stories, and blog posts. Essay-writing comes easy to me, too.
I’m in the process of writing an autobiography/memoir as well as a memoir-ish type book, Letters to Julian.
I’ve already published a book of short stories, for teens and tweens: Risky Issues.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
The stories in Risky Issues bring to light many issues faced by children, teenagers, and even adults.
The first story, The Secrets of the Study, is about a girl who enters her father’s study to get some blank printer paper but instead finds papers that reveal she is adopted. To compound things, her father catches her…
The second story, Pamela in the Park, is about a teenage girl who is out past curfew and is supposed to meet a temperamental drug dealer in the park to give him back some drugs she was holding for him. He doesn’t show up, but a policeman does…
The third story, The Day Adam Saw Red, is about sexual abuse. Adam, a victim, gives a speech to his class about this topic, and then goes outside to sit under an oak tree to ponder his dire situation, as his speech was a masked cry for help. He is befriended by the school custodian, who is thought to be “creepy” but who takes the time to speak to him to help solve his problem…
In the final story, My Best Friend, a young girl finds out that her Grandma’s dog died. She thinks of Snoopy as her own, and is devastated…
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