Please welcome published LGBT Author Lourdes R. Florido, to the Clog Blog. Lourdes, how long have you been writing?
I wrote my first piece of fiction when I was in the 2nd grade. I remember it was a very short story about ants. But of course it all started with a love of words and reading. When I first learned to read I became immediately fascinated with words, driving my brother and sister crazy as we sat in the back of my parent’s car, when they were driving us somewhere, and I would read aloud every street or business sign we would pass. That fascination was soon funneled into the books my parents would buy me and eventually into my writing stories.
Q: What books have most influenced your life most?
I have five that I feel have influenced not only my writing but my interests in literature:
The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
A Separate Peace – John Knowles
Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte
Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
The Outsiders and A Separate Peace cemented my love of “bromances”(if you want to call them that) and my fascination with exploring friendships between two guys which of course is a major part of Nicolas’ and Henry’s story in a Whisper of Angels, except these two best friends happen to be soulmates who are secretly in love with each other. Wuthering Heights best exemplifies the type of historical romances I love. I’m a big fan of the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, E.M Forster, Edith Wharton, Thomas Hardy, and others. The last two novels, Treasure Island and The Lord of the Rings touch on two areas of fascination and reading interests for me: maritime history and fantasy literature, both of which are reflected in A Whisper of Angels which is a paranormal love story.
Q: Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t think I have one specific style, but with A Whisper of Angels, I tried in my writing to exude the tone that is found in so many of the 19th century classic romances I love.
Q: Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block and how do you move past it?
Yes, sometimes. I have to get up and away from the computer and take a walk (preferably with my dogs) to see if a breakthrough of ideas comes. I also try to skip forward to another scene that perhaps I’d thought about ,but not started writing yet, to see if that gets the words flowing.
Q: What do you think is the biggest misconception in LGBT fiction?
Some people think that LGBT fiction is written only by LGBT people for gay audiences. While obviously it is for gay audiences, it can extend to general audiences too. I’ve had many people tell me that they were surprised that I, a straight woman, had written a story about two gay young men, and then these same people having never read a gay story before mine, told me they were pleasantly surprised to discover they enjoyed the novel and the different genres it encompassed.
Q: Would you tell us your story of getting “the call?”
I’m not sure what “call” you mean, so I’ll just answer it in a couple of ways and hope that will suffice. I you mean the call to write I explained it in the first answer, and would just add that the call extended itself into my professional life. For a while I worked as a fulltime print journalist and now teach composition and literature. If you mean “the call” to write LGBT fiction, I would say that it was my main character Nicolas who drove that decision. That’s just who he turned out to be – a gay young man in love with his best friend, in a time period when that would never be acceptable. Another influence was probably the fact that I’ve always had gay friends and experiences with the LGBT community. It started during my middle school years with my best friend’s mother who was a lesbian who lived with her partner during a time when most people did not publically divulge their lifestyles.
Q: What are your current projects?
I’ve been working on a historical romance set in Key West for a while. But I’ve set it aside for now to work strictly on Book 2 of “A Whisper of Angels”. It’s written from Henry’s viewpoint, which is challenging because he has a very different voice. The book will wrap up a few loose ends that lingered from the first novel as well as introduces a few surprises from Henry’s past life.
Q: Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
Look for me and contact me on Goodreads and Facebook: