Interview with Lorrie Farrelly, Author of Terms of Surrender

Reading and Writing Addiction was able to catch up with Lorrie Farrelly, Author of Terms of Surrender for an interview.  We are excited to share this interesting interview today with our readers.

RAWA: When did you first discover that you were a writer?

Lorrie Farrelly, Author of Terms of Surrender

LF: As a kid, I wrote little books for my dolls. I’ve always loved to write.

RAWA: What is your favorite part of writing?

LF: Sharing the exciting stories in my head and the emotions in my heart. And I love finishing stories so I can read them myself!

RAWA: What do you think is the most challenging aspect of writing?

LF: It’s hard for me to get words down fast enough. My thoughts always outpace my fingers. It’s also challenging when characters take on a life of their own and do whatever the heck they want to do, regardless of my intentions for them. Sometimes I actually yell at them in frustration, “No! No! No! Why did you do THAT?”

RAWA: Tell us about your latest release.

LF: My last release (2013) was the third novel in the trilogy that began with TERMS OF SURRENDER. TERMS OF TEMPTATION follows Michael and Annie Cantrell’s stubborn, impulsive, but deeply dedicated daughter, Kinley, as she battles poachers – and a handsome, equally stubborn game warden – in turn-of-the-20th-century Wyoming.
Here’s a peek:
Wyoming Deputy Game Warden Bram Killoran knew what people said about the tempting Kinley Cantrell:
That crazy Cantrell girl’s at it again….
Well, can’t say she don’t have some grit….
Good thing her brother Ted was here, ’cause drunk as he is, ol’ Purvis mighta got in a lucky swing an’ fair killed her….
Dunno, reckon that little bit of a thing mighta killed Purvis first, feisty as she is….
Well, I declare, she isn’t a bit like that sweet little twin of hers – and doesn’t that give a body pause….
My oldest boy, Wesley, escorted her to the Harvest Dance last fall, don’t you know, but turned out she spent the whole time bending his poor ear about bighorn sheep – or maybe it was muskrats or weasels or some other such nonsense, but can you even imagine…?
Heard she’s got pens full of grizzly cubs and wolves up at that menagerie of hers, boxes full of rattlers, too….
Ya ask me, Cap’n an’ Miz Cantrell oughta lock that one up an’ throw away the goldurn key….
Bram admitted there was a kernel of truth in those remarks, but he couldn’t stop thinking about Kinley. And he couldn’t stop wanting her.*
*copyright by Lorrie Farrelly

RAWA: How did you come up with the title of your book?

LF: Well, that was something of a challenge. When I first wrote TERMS OF SURRENDER, I didn’t expect so many people to ask for more. I was thrilled at the response and realized I had to write sequels. I wanted to keep the word “Terms” in the titles so readers would understand the books formed a series.
The second book, Dr. Rob Devlin’s story, was fairly easy to title: TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT. But for the third book, Kinley Cantrell’s story, I got stuck for more things that came in “Terms,” but didn’t make the book title sound like a business contract. The kids weren’t too helpful – they wanted “Terms of Germs” or “Terms of Worms.” Oh, dear… Well, I finally decided on TERMS OF TEMPTATION, because temptation is exactly what Bram and Kinley must grapple with.

RAWA: Who are some of your favorite authors?

LF: Oh, boy – it might be easier to list authors I don’t like. (There aren’t many!) But I do especially like Stephen King, Nora Roberts (also as JD Robb), Dean Koontz, Linda Howard, Elizabeth Lowell, Robert B. Parker, Harper Lee, plus some wonderful newer authors: Cindy Nord, Cheryl Pierson, Jackie Weger, Kathleen Rice Adams, Jada Ryker, Sonya Dodd, Kirstin Arnold, Peggy L. Henderson, Kate Meadows, Jacquie Rogers, Tammie Clarke Gibbs, Alison Bruce, Glynis Smy, Sharon Buchbinder, Thomas Amo, James DiBenedetto, and oh, so many other wonderful talents.

RAWA: What do you think has influenced your writing style the most?

LF: Reading, reading, reading.

RAWA: As a writer what is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?

LF: Writing stories that others find gripping, entertaining, and worthwhile. When one reviewer from READERS’ FAVORITE wrote, “(The pleasure I experienced reading your books) is exactly why I love to read historical romance!”

RAWA: How did you get published?

LF: I’m an independent author, published through Kindle Digital Services, Inc.

RAWA: Do you have any advice for writers looking to get published?

LF: Write what you love, and write it well.

Terms of Surrender written by Lorrie Farrelly is available at