Lorin Oberwerger is an Author/Independent Book Editor/Director of the acclaimed Writing the Breakout Novel Intensive, Story Masters, and Your Best Book Workshops. In love with the written word and in the business of making writers great. Tampa, Florida. Single. Two cats. Gemini.
She is currently working on an amazing and ambitious work-for-hire project about which I’m not really permitted to say much. Let’s just say that outside of the work I do with other authors, this is my favorite paid project to date! She is also the co-author of BOOMERANG with Veronica Rossi, which is forthcoming from William/Morrow.
Keep up with Lorin on her website.
Let’s see how Lorin answers the Proust Questionnaire!
What is your idea of happiness?
For my loved ones to be happy, healthy, and secure, and I’ll take some of that myself.
More microcosmically, I also love the dark middle of the night when I’m traveling alone, listening to music full blast, and feeling as though I have complete ownership of the road and the moments of my life.
What is your favorite song? When do you first remember hearing it?
Love Reign O’er Me – The Who. I first remember hearing it after I snuck down to my sister’s bedroom and stole her copy of QUADROPHENIA, which was so big, deep, and ambitious that my tween self hardly knew what to make of it. Proceeded to listen to it in the dark of my room every single night for about two years.
Which talent would you most like to have?
ANY sort of physical prowess would be awesome, though I’d also love to play the guitar.
On what occasion do you lie?
I really try not to do much of it, but I guess I’m as guilty as anyone of the occasional socially smoothing white lie.
What is your present state of mind?
Post-workshop brain fog coupled with a bit of deadline induced overwhelm.
What is your motto?
Well, it’s really Oscar Wilde’s: “We are all of us in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
What character trait do you most value in your friends?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Probably “LOL.” And my clients would likely add the word “visceral.”
Your favorite painting?
Oh, so many! But let’s say Chagall’s La Mariée for now.
What is your favorite journey?
Physical = The drive between Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico.
Spiritual/Creative = the journey between adequacy and mastery.
What is your favorite time of day?
Late evening, when the world slips away a little bit and I connect with friends and clients all over the place.
With which literary hero or heroine would you most like to share a coffee?
What do you need to achieve before you can die happy?
Honestly, I could die happy right now, though I’m sure not looking to do so. But a published novel of my own would ice the cake.
Who or what is your first love?
Though it seems saccharine to say so, books are truly my first love. On the human spectrum, that would have been Dan Doyle, high school boyfriend. (And thanks to the magic of Facebook, I know he’s still a mensch.)
What’s the last dream you remember?
I was attempting to give a lecture on some topic related to science (which should have tipped me off that it was a dream). My notes kept disintegrating in my hands or the letters would slide off the page. At some point, I just lost my voice completely. Classic anxiety dream!
What’s your madeleine?
A roasting chicken. Takes me back to the weekends of my childhood, and to pretty much every Jewish holiday.
Without thinking, in one word: what is life?