Inside the Author’s Mind – Lorna Suzuki

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’.


Find all of Lorna’s excellent books on Smashwords and Amazon.

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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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14 responses to “Inside the Author’s Mind – Lorna Suzuki

  1. Great Interview, Lorna and Eden 🙂

    Lorna, you speak for me when you mentioned about memory loss with age – you must be about my age 🙂

    Don’t change a thing about you – you’re an inspiration as you are :)!

    Best of luck with the movies!


  2. Besides being a great writer and inspiration, Lorna is also one generous lady. She gives of her time and self to help and encourage other writers. (Kinda like Eden Baylee, now that I think of it.)


  3. Two of my favorite ladies – together! This is officially now a good day 😉 It’s fascinating to take a peek inside Lorna’s mind – it seems we have more in common than I thought! Another excellent interview.


  4. What a wonderful interview..Lorna it is so nice to meet you.. I will checking out more of your work…


  5. I’ve been waiting for you ladies to get together! Two people I can honestly say are my favorite writers.

    I alway enjoy learning more about you, Lorna. Your work ethic is something to admire: your heart is something to emulate: your fighting ability is something to avoid!

    You know you are headed for the big time– I know it– and that doesn’t hold you back from helping, teaching and just being a good friend. Your help and support for other writers can only be rivaled by Eden Baylee.

    Lorna, I have honestly enjoyed your books and can’t wait for the movies. I’ll be shouting out in the theater that I know you!


  6. Junying, Alex, Sessha, Savannah, and Dannie -thanks very much for leaving comments for Lorna. Happy you enjoyed the interview, and it was great learning more about this fiercely talented author and woman.



  7. Thank you all for daring to take a peek inside my mind, you brave souls! 😉 And thank you to lovely Eden for this invite! It was great fun answering these questions!


  8. Lorna is awesome – thanks for doing this great interview with her.


  9. awesome lorna interview. Way to go.. Lorna is truly someone special and we are proud to have her along side us. She is a miracle and a blessing all in one. Whoever said heavenly things don’t come in small packages.. never met Lorna.. congratulations Eden keep us up to date on this great writer/ inspirer. 🙂


  10. Two of my favorite Twitter friends in one post? This totally rocks. And Lorna you are in good company with both the memory thing and the vertically challenged thing. It hasn’t stopped me and I’m SURE it won’t ever stop you. Cheers, ladies!


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  12. I got a great laugh out of this, Lorna:

    I’d say it would have to be finding out I’m as vertically challenged as people claim I am.


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