This week I am hosting fellow author Connie Lowery, who has been daring enough to answer my twelve (dirty dozen) questions:
1. What influenced you to become a writer?
In first grade, I wanted to be an author and it kind of stuck. I have to give credit to my family and teachers throughout the years for encouragement. I fell in love with the descriptive writings of Anne Rice as a teenager (what teen in the 90’s didn’t?), and in my 20’s Christine Feehan and later, Jaid Black and Sherri L. King of Ellora’s Cave Publishing after meeting them at Book Expo years ago.
2. What do you write?
I’m currently working on fiction of different genres: contemporary romance, fantasy, paranormal, all unpublished. Practice, practice, practice!
3. What type of hero is your favorite?
I tend to agree with Nancy, I adore the brooding, dark-eyed, dark-haired, hero with the dark past…perhaps because I read too much of Christine Feehan’s Dark Series years ago? I just know that I’ve been smitten with that alpha type for a long time.
4. What’s your favorite country?
I’m not sure yet. One of my goals is to visit France next year. I’ve wanted to know why African-American women entertainers like Eartha Kitt, Josephine Baker and Tina Turner either called it home, or were received enthusiastically there.
5. What’s your favorite city?
I haven’t found one yet but I am looking. My relationship with my hometown is on shaky ground, and I’m looking for a place that could make me leave it like a jilted lover.
6. What’s your favorite color?
To wear: Red. I think of it as a grown-up color for women of passion. In general: French Blue. It reminds me of the ocean and a cloudless sky.
7. What is your favorite hobby?
Sewing. My projects become obsessions until the products are finished. I’d love to transfer that into writing.
8. Where do you like to hang out for relaxation?
To stir the soul: one of the jazz clubs in the city; to sooth the soul: 31st Street Harbor in Chicago.
9. Do you have a favorite beverage?
It’s either a good cold ginger ale, or a decent champagne on rare occasions.
10. What is the most unique thing about you?
My personality type is one of, if not the rarest ones in the Myers-Briggs test: INFJ – only 1%-2% of the world’s people have this. I think that’s pretty unique and accurate.
11. Is there a secret that only your inner circle knows that you’re finally willing to share?
My admission of being an artist. I’m a late bloomer due to suppressing that part of me for years. I was lead to believe that artists had to starve, and that it’s better to be safe with a conventional job. It wasn’t until last year, that I realized that I was the one really starving deep within. I finally admitted that I was an artist and that I intend to hone and express my skills in writing and eventually in music, and to one day pursue them full-time. It felt like I was “coming out” to my family, and I’ve felt liberated ever since.
12. What would you like to promote?
Just me, since my hands are in a lot of projects in progress. Feel free to add me on Facebook! For fun on Facebook, check out #ReasonstoleaveChicago and #ReasonstoloveChicago. I’m still weighing out the pros and cons of remaining in Chicago. Will I leave? Will I stay? Can anyone suggest a new city or town to love? We’ll see! 🙂
Thank you, Connie! Connie is a multitalented lady whose novels you will soon be able to read.