Please welcome Lala Corriere, author of Evil Cries and other novels of suspense.
What’s your idea of a perfect day?
Waking up to an over-crowded bed. My husband, Chuck, will be at my side, the two teacup Yorkies, Finnigan and Phoebe are squeezed in between us, and our American Curl, Charlotte, is in her favorite spot…on my head. With that, it’s Carpe Diem!
Do you have a signature accessory, color, fragrance, phrase, or meal?
I am totally unpredictable. One day I will wear White Diamonds, and the next day the fragrance is too heavy for me so I go with a juvenile violet scent that comes from the Caribbean. My husband may arrive home to my fabulous Osso Bucco, or he may get a frozen pizza. I do have a phrase I include in every one of my books. Lala Land. Which I guess explains everything. Except for when Chuck came home to find a newborn deer in our dining room.
Excluding family, name three people who either inspired you or influenced your creativity.
Miss Macy. My fourth grade teacher that encouraged me to write. Sidney Sheldon, who read for me, endorsed my writing, and went on to mentor me before his passing. And my soul mate-husband, Chuck Corriere. He is my rock.
Do you listen to music when you write?
I’m very picky about what I listen to depending on what I’m writing, editing, or revising. It might be Yanni or Rachmaninoff, Bolero for steamy sex scenes, and maybe Carmina Burana: O Fortuna for the dark scenes.
If your latest book were chocolate, what kind would it be and why?
Pierre Marcolini bittersweet. My stories are filled with evil persons, but I also try to offer the sweet. I love to show my antagonist’s softer side.
What made you interested in writing this particular story? The ‘meat’ for my latest, Evil Cries, was gifted to me by a retired Philadelphia detective. What seems ludicrous did happen, for truth is stranger than fiction.
What themes do you regularly (re)visit in your writing?
The nefarious. Twists. Not all is what you think it is.
Tell us about your main character’s psyche or personality. What led her (or him) to be the person s/he is today?
Sterling Falls has lost her mother, father, and best friend. So she thinks. She doesn’t dwell on the hurt coiled up in the pit of her stomach. She’s much too busy as the heir to the family business in retail jewelry and gems. While appreciative, she is driven to make her own mark on the company.
Describe your protagonist as a mash-up of three famous people or characters.
Elizabeth Taylor for the elegant style, confidence, and of course, opulent jewels.
Goldie Hawn. Funny. Flirty. Seems naïve but there’s a super smart girl in there.
Mia Farrow. Unresolved pain. Anger. Complexities. Trust issues.
If you could host a mystery-author dinner party, who are the six writers (living or otherwise) you’d include?
Mary Higgins Clark… she is INCREDIBLY FUN!
Edgar Allen Poe
What’s next for you?
Kiss & Kill will be released this spring. It seems romance writers are being knocked-off.
Bye Bye Bones is in its infancy, but the title says it all! Release date, Winter-2014.
Lala Corriere is the author of three titles in suspense, with the fourth one scheduled for release this spring. Her credits include the endorsement and long-term mentorship from the late Sidney Sheldon, with blurbs from Andrew Neiderman [author of The Devil’s Advocate], Paris Afton Bonds, KT Bryan, and CJ West. Lala’s a desert rat. She nestles there with her husband of 25 years, 2 dogs and a cat.