Check out this author spotlight for Brendan & Lori O’Gara!
You can find all their links furthest down the page, and don’t forget to check out their books!
1. Hi! Welcome to my humble blog of all things bookish! I would like for us to start by getting to know you. Give us a short bio, please!
We are the O’Garas, Brendan and Lori O’Gara. We write in the fantasy, contemporary fiction and nonfiction genres. Between us, we have published a total of 11 books together and individually.
2. To get to know you just a little bit better, I’d like to ask you some this or that questions. Answer 5 of these and explain why you chose this or that, or maybe an entirely different alternative!
Morning or evening?
Brendan says morning because I am more creative in the morning.
Library or museums?
Lori says, library. I am a librarian and spend more time there than at home, however, at home we have 2000 plus books. I can argue home is a library.
Mountains or beaches?
Lori says, beaches. Brendan and I met when we were children and we grew up on Perdido Key, Florida. In the early 80s it was not the touristy place it is now. We spent a lot of time at the beach.
Hero or anti-hero?
Brendan says anti-hero, everyone is the hero in their own story.
3. When you look for books to read, what trope or type of story will always catch your attention?
Lori says, definitely gothic fantasy and southern family drama. Brendan says, any quest type adventure and Dad humor. We have six children so…
4. What do you write? Tell us about your current projects and the latest happenings!
Brendan is working on his part of Book 2 in the Necromancer’s Song trilogy titled The Music of The Bones. I am working on The Remnants of Eden which is a compendium book set in the same universe as Necromancer’s Song. Some of the same characters are in both books.
5. What is your most recent release? Give us a short presentation, cover, and a link for where to buy it!
Brendan has a cookbook that started us on the road of fantasy writing. It has recipes and in between the yumminess are stories about five adventurers. After the one hundredth time of a reader telling us, “Hey, the recipes are great, but what happens to the adventurers?” we decided to tell their story, thus The travelers’ Song was written. This project has grown to a trilogy and it encompasses three short novellas. Those books aren’t true prequels, they are about characters that are in the main trilogy and other interesting people set at different points on the main timeline of the trilogy. There is a constant theme in all our fantasy writings that life is the most powerful of all forces in the universe, but fragile and often taken for granted. Most of us only get one shot at life, but what if there was more?
6. What real-life inspiration do you draw from, and what are your primary fictional sources of inspiration (books, authors, films, music, etc.)? Name a few!
Real life inspiration comes from people we know and knew in the past. Yes we have said to our friends, “Careful, what you say it might go in a book.” Fictional inspiration comes from a few authors Gary Gygax, Rober Jordan, Terry Brooks and Neil Giaman.
- What is your writing routine? If you have one, give us the run-down!
Butt in chair, red wine in a glass….then we give each other a target word count..not just any words, they have to be good words.
8. If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice as you started out on the path to becoming an author, what would it be?
Do not stop writing. If you take a break it is difficult to get back to it.
9. Last but not least: where can we find you? Drop those links!