Lorna Suzuki has written so many books I can’t fit them all on one blog page. Aside from being an accomplished writer, she’s also a 5th-dan practitioner and instructor of the martial art Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu—in other words, she’s deadly!
In early 2011, the first three novels of the Imago Chronicles series were optioned for a major motion picture trilogy. Book One A Warrior’s Tale is now in development and pre-production is underway! It’s what many writers dream of, so you’ll definitely want to know more about this talented lady.
Please welcome the exceptional Lorna Suzuki.
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When Lorna is not writing the next instalment of the Imago series or her new Young Adult Fantasy Series, The Dream Merchant Saga, she is a scriptwriter specializing in biographic documentaries for TV. She is also currently a consultant/scriptwriter on the PBS TV series ‘West Coast Adventures’.
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Inside Lorna Suzuki’s Mind
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Doing what I love to do with the people I love.
What turns you on creatively? Good music to fit my writing mood.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? I think I tend to say ‘bloody hell’ as in ‘what the bloody hell was that?’ too much.
What quality do you most admire in a man? Compassion
What quality do you most admire in a woman? Integrity
What is your greatest regret? I’ve made a few mistakes in my life, but I can’t say I really regret anything… I think of them as learning opportunities! Yeah, that’s it…
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? At this point in my life, I wish I wasn’t so forgetful. I have to read and re-read my own novels when I’m working on the next installment because I keep forgetting what I wrote. I understand there are some natural remedies for this, but I can’t remember what it’s called. (Gingko Bilbo or something like that.)
What is your greatest fear? I’d say it would have to be finding out I’m as vertically challenged as people claim I am.
Which living person do you most admire? I do admire the past Governor General Michaelle Jean, but I also admire author J.K. Rowling. There are some parallels in our lives, having both lost our mothers too early, knowing what it’s like to struggle with poverty, being able to rise above depression to name a few. But mostly I admire how Rowling had been able to take control of her life on so many levels, creatively and from a business aspect!
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I’ve worked as a researcher/writer for TV shows, but I’d love to produce nature documentaries so I can educate the masses on how our actions are sending this world, our one planet, to hell in a hand basket and what we can do to change it. Failing that, maybe a hula dancer…
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? Fictional character? Yoda, so I can put my lack of height & martial arts knowledge to good use (plus, we can pass as twins). Real person? I can’t think of anyone I’d rather be than me, and with that said, I want to do things right in this life so I don’t have to come back for a do-over. Now, if you’re talking about coming back as an animal, then definitely not a salmon. They run the gauntlet to survive in the wild, and when they do their grueling migration as adults, they struggle to return to their home stream where they have one big orgasm, and then they die.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? I’ve been fortunate in my life that I’ve accomplished most of what I had set out to do. Whether it was breaking into the field of law enforcement when women were just getting into the field, becoming a martial arts instructor in an all-male dojo, having my novels optioned for a major motion picture trilogy, and more, there is one thing that stands out the most for me. This will sound hokey, but in all honesty, when my daughter tells me I’m such a good mom to her, it tops all of my achievements. This to me is a great achievement when you consider I lost my role model when I was only 9-years-old. I think in this day and age, the fact that I brought up a wonderful, talented, caring and compassionate child is my greatest achievement to date! Call me biased, but she’s the best, and now, she even writes YA fantasy with me!
What is the trait you most deplore in others? I like people who are confident, but when confidence becomes arrogance? Arrrgh!
What is your greatest extravagance? When I received the option fee for my book to movie deal, I splurged on a white gold, diamond & smoky topaz necklace and earring set because I didn’t want all the money going toward the mortgage, bills, etc. I wanted something just for me to mark this special occasion, other than that I rarely splurge on anything for me.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? I’d like to get the first in the movie trilogy on the big screen so I know my family will be taken care of before I take a dirt nap. With my heart condition, it’s important because you just never know…
What is your present state of mind? Contentment
What are some of your favorite curse words? I really don’t swear, unless you consider “bloody hell’ curse words.
What is your motto? Illegitimi noncarborundum (Don’t let the bastards grind you down!)
Thank you so much for inviting me to your blogsite, Eden! This interview was so much fun!
Thanks Lorna! I’m happy to have you here, and you’re welcome to come back anytime! Readers, I invite you to leave a comment for Lorna. She’s a lovely and gracious author to know.
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