About Me

Contact me at writer at loriotto dot com.

Lori’s passion for writing began in elementary school. She received the highest score at Toler Elementary School on the creative writing essay portion of the state’s standardized test, which was centered around a Peanuts cartoon. Not only did she excel at writing, she enjoyed the freedom that it afforded her. She could create entire worlds based solely on her over-active imagination.

Lori’s high school English teacher supported her endeavors in poetry and essay writing. At the University of Texas in Arlington, she majored in Communications with a focus on Journalism, and minored in Art. Her dream was to become an advertising copywriter, until her advertising professor encouraged her to shift her focus to creative writing, because her talents were being wasted on advertising copy. She briefly considered it, but after doing well in a graphic design course, she switched gears, and eventually became a Creative Director and Marketing Manager for Clear Channel Outdoor.

Ten years later, Lori found herself burned out from exclusively writing sales and marketing materials. She left outdoor advertising and went into retail, working as the Lead Genius in her local Apple Store. The career change gave her more free time to focus on her other interests.

After an exhilarating, collaborative writing project, she had an idea for an original novel. The characters and their rich stories would keep her awake at night, and even with barely any sleep, she felt more alert and alive than she had in years. Her days off were spent in cafés, sandwich shops and bookstores, feverishly trying to get all of the details out of her head and onto paper.

In the spring of 2009, after a few months of writing, Lori decided to tweak one chapter from the novel-in-progress and enter it as a short story in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, where she was awarded Honorable Mention in the Mainstream/Literary Short Story category.

A year later, she completed a series of three novels–Lost and Found, Time Stands Still, and Never Look Back–which were published in the spring of 2011. The following year, she published her first novella, Not Today, But Someday, a prequel to the Emi Lost & Found series. In the winter of 2012, Lori published her first YA novel, Contessa.Google+

19 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Terrific! I have you down for August 8th.
    In the meantime, you might want to flip through some of the previous posts at the blog to get a feel for how other authors have handled the topic and how I muse over what I’m reading each week. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
    I will also touch base in July with a friendly reminder.
    I look forward to your food for thought. 😉
    Shelley W.

  2. Hi Lori,
    I’d like to invite you to guest post at my blog (But What Are They Eating?) where we discuss not so much what the characters are doing, or why, or with whom, but what they are eating. 😉 I call it FoodFic. Please let me know if you are interested; I am currently scheduling August through the end of the year.
    Shelley Workinger

  3. Just wanted to let you know that I absolutly LOVED the emi series and have never felt so many emotions reading! I would recommend them to anyone!!!

  4. Just finished time stands still and am still crying. Thank you for writing a beautifully true story that is a love filled as it is heart breaking. Going through Emi’s pain with her gave me such perspective and made me realize how truly strong the human spirit is, and how strong I really am.

    And I’m not even done yet! Thank you!

    Aubrey Jane Eyre

    1. Thank you so much, Aubrey! I’m so happy you’re enjoying it, and even happier that you let me know. I love it when people reach out to let me know how the books have touched them. I hope you enjoy book 3!!

      1. Oh I loved it. It took me less than a week to read and I am overwhelmed with the ending. I’m so glad they found livvy and that Emi is moving forward and so is Jack. The best part is, I don’t think their story is happily ever after, they will probably struggle some more with each other and with life, but I do think they will hold on to each other forever. Thank You!

        Now what am I suppose to read??!

      2. Well, you’ll find out about Jack and Emi, 12 years later. I’m doing a contemporary YA series that revolves around Livvy. 🙂 The first two are written… and I’m considering self-publishing the first one very soon.

        Did you read Not Today, But Someday on the blog? It’s the story of how Emi and Nate met in high school. It’s just a fun little prequel I decided to write. 🙂

    2. Hi, Aubrey! I don’t know if you receive notifications when someone publishes a response, but I wanted to let you know that Contessa, my new YA novel, was published this week. It’s available on Amazon, Smashwords and Nook right now, and should be in the iBookstore very soon!

  5. Hi Lori! I just nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger Award! No pressure on participating. Just wanted you to know I think you deserve it and you rock!


  6. Oh Haaaai! My stalker status should be revoked, as I somehow missed your move over to WordPress. No worries, its all rectified now, AND I’ve added you to my RSS Feed on my fancy new mail program 😉

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