Why did you choose to write this particular book?
With all the books I write, the story comes to me, and it’s a need to write the book. This story was important. A man and his little boy with autism, but yet he doesn’t know anything is wrong with is son. His life, he’s just trying to get through the day until he meets Emily and it takes her to show him something this wrong. This is something that happens with autism, and it's not a criticism of parents of special needs children, because they are doing the best they can and sometimes you don’t see what’s right in front of you.
How do you promote this book?
I joined a highly successful group of others that work together to cross promote using the KDP select and the Amazon platform in Free Partay. As well I advertise fiercely, do online book tours, book blasts. I also write two blogs, The Choice of Giving, and Illusions.
Will you write others in this same genre?
Oh absolutely, I love the genre’s I write in which are currently, western romance, romantic suspense, military romance, and I have two young adult stories.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Don’t most writers do this. In some of my novels it’s about right and wrong, and love overcoming.
How much of the book is realistic?
All of my books are fiction. But with all my books I research my facts, and I write stories that could have been in the news today, that do have an element of realism.
Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot?
Never. My characters have their own story. I do not take from my life experiences or my friends. An idea for a story comes to me. And it can be a social issue, an idea from something in the news I’ve heard.
How important do you think villains are in a story?
Villains are so important. The characters I write about there is always a bad guy a villain who creates all kinds of problems for my characters. It may be a situation, social issue. But it’s what drives a story.
Can we expect any more books from you in the future?
Absolutely. I have an entire new series Western Romance series outlined and will have the first book of that series, The One, available just before Christmas. As well I will be finishing up the last book of Walk the Right Road Series, and as promised to my fans, the Friessen’s are continuing with a brand new series with Andy and Laura heading off to Montana.
Have you started another book yet?
I am just finishing the first book of a brand new western romance series, (The Wilde Brothers) The One, followed by Friendly Fire in February, and A Matter of Trust in April.
What are your current writing projects now?
In the spring I outlined a brand new western romance series, The Wilde Brothers, with the first three books already outlined. The One is the first book of this series and will be available just before Christmas.
Walk the Right Road Series, is a five book series, and the last book will follow the release of The One.
And the highly successful Outsider Series, featuring all those sexy alpha Friessen men. I have listened to my fans and the flood of emails asking for the series not to end. So a brand new series will start featuring Andy and Laura as they head off to Montana.
Are there any new authors that have sparked your interest and why?
There are so many new authors out there
What contributes to making a writer successful?
If you want to be successful, you have to write. Marketing and promoting your book is a must, because they won’t sell themselves. So you need to really clear with yourself, and disciplined. Set aside writing time each day, and equal amount of promoting.
Do you have any advice for writers?
One of the best pieces of advice I was given, is to keep writing. Don’t spend six months working on your novel, then editing. Stop! You start to learn how to write a really clean first draft, hire yourself a good editor, and set some goals. You need to write every day. I try to have a book out every six weeks. You need to outline your year, your books your series, what you’re gong to write. And just do it.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I’ve learned to take time for myself. And I have a very busy schedule writing so I make a point of having time for just me. Every day I take time to be outdoors, take a walk down at the ocean, sit with a coffee, and always take time for some meditating each day.
What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
I’ve learned that all things are possible. 2012 was an amazing year in publishing for me. My novel, The Forgotten Child landed on the Amazon Kindle Bestseller list and has continued to top the genre lists. And that success helped me realize that I could make a really good income writing.
When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have?
Honestly, I can’t ever see a time that I wouldn’t not want to write. I love writing and to me it’s not work.
How do you tell a man there is something wrong with his child?
This is by far one of the best books I have read. Lorhainne Eckhart proved herself yet again by pulling you in with a heartfelt story and keeping your attention with the passion that fills the pages. ~ ROMANCE JUNKIES
A Real Tear Jerker: Omg, I loved this book. I stayed up all night trying to finish it. I cried, My heart broke, I have an 18 year old with autism. This would make a fabulous movie... Tammy
He wasn't looking to love again. But what he got was a woman who shook his lonely bitter world upside down, and touched him in a way no other woman could.
Emily Nelson, a courageous young mother, ends a loveless, bitter marriage and strikes out on her own. She answers an ad as a cook and live-in caregiver to a three-year-old boy on a local ranch. Ranch owner Brad Friessen hires and moves in Emily and her daughter. But Emily soon discovers something's seriously wrong with the boy, and the reclusive, difficult man who hired her can't see the behavior and how delayed his son is. So Emily researches until she stumbles across what she suspects are the soft signs of autism. Now she must tell him, give him hope, and help him come to terms with this neurological disorder--to take the necessary steps to get his child the help he needs.
As their lives become intertwined, their attraction is unavoidable--a connection sparks between them. But just as they're getting close, Brad's estranged wife, Crystal, returns after abandoning the family two years earlier. Among the shock and confusion is one disturbing question Brad can't shake: How does Crystal know so much of his personal business, the inner working of the ranch, and Emily's relationship with his son?
Crystal must've had a plan, as she somehow gains the upper hand, driving a wedge in the emotional bond forged between Brad, Emily, and the children. The primary focus for care and therapy of three-year-old Trevor is diverted. The lengths to which Crystal will go, the lies, the greed, just to keep what's hers, are nothing short of cold and calculating. Emily's forced out of the house. Brad fights to save his boy, to protect what's his, and struggles over his greatest sacrifice--Emily, and the haunting question: Has he lost her forever?
More Praise for THE FORGOTTEN CHILD...
"Brilliant, there is no other word for it, heart grabbing, heart warming, gut wrenching, well written well researched, wanted to read it over & over again." Amazon Reviewer – Maureen
BLACK RAVEN'S REVIEWS - Ms. Eckhart has crafted a delightful story with engaging characters, enough drama for a Hallmark movie, and enough unconditional love to last a lifetime. ~Rated 5 Ravens and a Recommended Read by AJ!~
READERS FAVORITE *5 Star Review A real page turner ~ fast moving plot ~ a must read!
Reviewed by Brenda C. For Readers Favorite
Reviewed by Brenda C. For Readers Favorite
I didn't expect I'd fall for the four main characters as hard as I did, but The Forgotten Child is an amazing book, not just for a romance fan like myself, but for single parents who may or may not have a child with autism. ~ Reviewer ~ Adria
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Genre – Contemporary Western Romance
Rating – PG