Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Very excited to be part of WRITE YOUR HEART OUT TAMPA BAY, coming to Tampa Sunday, October 27. The day-long event will be led by Poynter Institute senior scholar (and darn fine guitalele player) Roy Peter Clark. The rest of the lineup includes Pulitzer prize-winning writers Daniel Ruth and Tom French, and award-winning Tampa Bay Times Journalists Kelley Benham and Jeff Klinkenberg. And…me.
The event will be held Sunday, October 27 9:30-4:30 in the  The Straz Center (Maestro’s, 2nd floor), 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602.  Details can be found here...

Roy Peter Clark is Poynter’s senior scholar and the author of Writing Tools: 50 Strategies for Every Writer, The Glamour of Grammar and Help! For Writers. His latest, How to Write Short, was published in August.

Daniel Ruth is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board. His journalism career spans four decades as a reporter, film critic, television critic, and columnist and editorial writer.

Lori Roy was awarded the Edgar Allen Poe Award for her debut novel, Bent Road. The book has been optioned for film. Her second novel, Until She Comes Home, was recently named a New York Times Editors’ Choice.

Tom French teaches writing at The Poynter Institute, Indiana University and at newsrooms and conferences around the world. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of three nonfiction books.

Kelley Benham is an award-winning writer and editor at the Tampa Bay Times. Her most recent project, a three-part series about her daughter Juniper, was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing.

Jeff Klinkenberg writes about Florida culture for the Tampa Bay Times. He is the best-selling author of four books, including Seasons of Real Florida and his latest, a collection of essays entitled Alligators in B-Flat.


Monday, August 26, 2013

On the air...

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with Mary Glenney on 88.5 out of Tampa.  She hosts a weekly program called FROM A WOMAN'S POINT OF VIEW.  We talked about my latest novel, UNTIL SHE COMES HOME, Detroit and why we write about the past. 

You'll find a portion of that interview here.  (Slide forward to the 45 minute mark)

Monday, June 24, 2013

From the Book Bloggers...

I thought I'd accumlate some of the reviews the book bloggers and websites have been posting about UNTIL SHE COMES HOME, as well as a few interviews and guest blogs I have contributed.  These folks obviously have a great love of books and a passion for what they do, and they're an important part what we writers are trying to accomplish. My thanks for the on-going support.

This is a work-in-progress and I'll be updating periodically. My apologies if I've missed anyone. I'll be checking and double-checking in the days ahead.

May 28th, 2013 Fresh Fiction - Guest Blog    A Stranger Comes to Town

May 31th, 2013 CayoCosta72  - Review  "As she did in Bent Road, Lori Roy creates a world so real, that readers will find themselves “living” in 1958 Detroit. A master at character development, Roy also creates an intricately woven plot line. Highly recommended."

May 31th, 2013 Jen's Book Thoughts - Five on Friday interview

June 11, 2013 Omnimystery News - A Conversation with Suspense Novelist Lori Roy

June 13, 2013 BookPage - Review  "If language can be delicate and brutal at the same time, this is what Roy achieves in a beautifully written, dark exploration....The author’s stunning word pictures convey the air and mood almost of a fairy tale or fable—strange, laden with foreboding, dark around the edges where it may initially seem clear."

June 13th, 2013 McGuffy's Reader - Review "Lori Roy is a very talented and gifted author. Her characters are well developed and genuine. She draws you into her stories of suspense with urgency, and holds you there until the very end.  Then she leaves you wanting more. She does that here, as she did in her first book, "Bent Road"."

June 14, 2013 BookReporter -  Review  "Roy brilliantly sets her stage for this novel in Michigan to demonstrate nationwide racial injustice..."

June 2013  BookBitch - Enter to win 9 signed thriller novels

June 19th, 2013 Jungle Red Writers - Guest Blog   A Favorite Keepsake

June 24, 2013 Booking Mama - Review  "I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I picked up a copy of UNTIL SHE COMES HOME by Lori Roy....I knew that Ms. Roy's debut novel BENT ROAD won an Edgar Award, so I did have some pretty high expectations. I am happy to say that UNTIL SHE COMES HOME did not disappoint. I actually ended up reading this entire novel in less than 24 hours."

June 24th, 2013 The Reading Cafe - Review  "Lori Roy does a fantastic job in this suspenseful and tense tale of a neighborhood that seemed a perfect place to live, become a cesspool of lies and secrets.  Roy slowly rips the masks of their lives, and shows us what is underneath in the face of tragedy."

June 24th, 2013 The Reading Cafe - Guest Blog   Where Do Characters Come From?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Book Trailer - UNTIL SHE COMES HOME (6/13 Dutton)

Happy to share the first of two trailers for UNTIL SHE COMES HOME...
coming 6/13 from Dutton

Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Typical Morning

Roy signing a little Jimmy Buffett
The Banyan Cafe...

So, I and the other customers at my favorite coffee shop began our morning being serenaded by the great Roy Peter Clark (author of Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer).  I've written about this coffee shop before--Banyan Cafe and Catering. It's home to the best scone in St. Pete.

Now, The Banyan Cafe is also home to a fine Guitalele player.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Few Events on the Horizon...

Hello All,

My new book, UNTIL SHE COMES HOME, will be published in a few short months, and as such, I have some events to share. (To learn more about the book, click here) As more events are scheduled, I'll continue to update you here and on my website.

Hope to see you this summer,


Saturday April 20 - Riverview Public Library
10509 Riverview Dr. Riverview, FL 33578-4367
2:00p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Discuss and Sign BENT ROAD

Wednesday May 8th - Shorecrest Spring Luncheon (Ticketed event)
Feather Sound Country Club
2201 Feather Sound Dr Clearwater, FL 33762

Saturday June 15 - Haslam's Book Store
2025 Central Ave St Petersburg, FL 33713
3:00 p.m.
(727) 822-8616

Saturday June 22 - Barnes and Noble Clearwater
23654 US 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33765
1:00 p.m.

Thursday June 27 - Inkwood Books
216 S Armenia Ave Tampa, FL 33609
7:00 p.m.
(813) 253-2638

Saturday June 29 - Bookstore 1 Sarasota
1359 Main Street, Sarasota FL 34236
11:00 a.m.
(941) 365-7900

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Saturday Night Widows...

I've been sitting in on some writing lectures this week. The topics are generally familiar, but it's always good to spend some time talking and thinking about the various elements of the craft.

One of the topics that was discussed during a lecture I attended yesterday was a goal each writer should have--daring to be brave. This might mean writing about a difficult or controversial subject, but more often it simply means daring to write with honesty.

Any writer knows this is not an easy task, and that's why I'm so proud to share news that my editor, Denise Roy, and five other amazing women have dared to write honestly and to share their experiences in a book that comes out today. My congratulations to all of them and best wishes...

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Hands On Research

While writing UNTIL SHE COMES HOME, I tried my hand at making pierogi as it was a staple for my characters in 1950s Detroit. 


Had I simply read about the process in a cookbook, I wouldn't have known how sticky the dough can be if not mixed just right. 


I wouldn't have poured the potato-water down the drain and had to boil another half-dozen potatoes. 


I wouldn't have experienced the pitfalls of rolling the dough too thin and too thick, and I wouldn't have discovered what happens when one does not properly and thoroughly crimp the dumplings.

Had the process gone smoothly and without all of these missteps, I wouldn't have had much to write about. 


Thankfully, I gave myself much material.