Lori Lansens https://lorilansens.com International Bestselling Author Thu, 05 Jul 2018 20:42:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.1 The Climb https://lorilansens.com/2018/05/17/the-climb/ https://lorilansens.com/2018/05/17/the-climb/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 16:56:58 +0000 http://lorilansens.staging.authorbyteshosting.com/?p=170 A couple of early readers of The Mountain Story have asked if I’m a big mountain climber—a natural question since I’ve written a novel about being lost in the mountain wilderness of California’s second tallest mountain. Alas, I’m not a big mountain climber. Not even a little one. I have severe motion sickness, and some…

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A couple of early readers of The Mountain Story have asked if I’m a big mountain climber—a natural question since I’ve written a novel about being lost in the mountain wilderness of California’s second tallest mountain. Alas, I’m not a big mountain climber. Not even a little one. I have severe motion sickness, and some vertigo, and sporadic fear of heights, and chronic fear of getting lost. Taking the near-vertical rotating tram from the scorching desert up to Mount San Jacinto’s sub-alpine wilderness at eight thousand feet was the courage equivalent of climbing Annapurna for me. The first time, I was with my husband, Milan, and even though I’d taken a large dose of motion sickness prevention, when the gondola hit the first transition tower and started to swing I thought I was going to lose it. Trembling, nauseated, I squeezed my eyes shut and squatted on the rotating floor, assuring Milan that I would never be making the trip again.

When the tram doors slid open I stepped out into that cool mountain air and was instantly revived, distracted by the beauty of the striated rocks and evergreen forests. We walked up a flight of stairs at the mountain station and were met with a stunning view of Palm Springs and the sunlit earth for miles and miles. The thick scent of pine made me think of Canada. The nearness of the clouds made me think of my childhood God. The breathtaking views made me feel reassuringly small. A serotonin high? The meds? The tram got easier as the years went by. I’ve been on the mountain dozens of times and the anxiety about the tram is gone altogether now. I still have to take an extra dose of motion sickness pills, but it’s worth it. Mountain climbing? Maybe one day, but for now I’m like most people and climb my mountains in metaphor.

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The Book Stork https://lorilansens.com/2018/03/17/the-book-stork/ https://lorilansens.com/2018/03/17/the-book-stork/#respond Sat, 17 Mar 2018 16:57:17 +0000 http://lorilansens.staging.authorbyteshosting.com/?p=172 I used to think that launching a book was a little like giving birth. My memories of my first novel, Rush Home Road, are enmeshed with the births of my children. I was pregnant with my first child when I wrote the book. My husband read it in the days before I gave birth and…

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I used to think that launching a book was a little like giving birth. My memories of my first novel, Rush Home Road, are enmeshed with the births of my children. I was pregnant with my first child when I wrote the book. My husband read it in the days before I gave birth and we discussed the fine points while I was in labor. Nearly a year later, I nursed my feverish son in front of a dozen people in the boardroom at a major New York publisher. I was pregnant again, with my daughter, by the time of the book’s debut, and gave birth while I was still doing events.

My kids are in middle school now. I’ve reflected on those insane early days with the babies and the books. I remember racing back to a hotel room to nurse my two-month-old daughter, leaving her and my toddler son with the grandparents again as I hurried off to another interview. I felt blessed to have children and lucky to have interviews. Launching a book has its own labor pains and general anxiety but now that my kids are only a few years from leaving home I think that’s where the comparison ends. Releasing a book to the public is really more like sending a kid off to college. You’ve done what you’ve done – the rest is up to them.

Joining social media? Now that’s like giving birth. I’ve just joined and feel like a newborn. I once laughed very heartily at an older family member who, when told I’d “googled Uncle John”, asked, “Did he google you back?” I feel hot shame for laughing because I’m the innocent now, toddling around in this large cyber playground. Even so – and I thought I’d hate it – I’ve already enjoyed connecting with other writers and readers.

The Mountain Story, about four people lost in the mountain wilderness, launches this spring. I will be leaving my middle school children to do events. They’ll hate that. My book? I’m sending The Mountain Story to college, but this time I’m coming along for the ride – at least on the internet.

 

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