Featured Interview With Author B. Loren
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, raised in Baltimore City, Maryland and am now retired and living in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with my amazing husband and our dog, Koco Chanel. I have 2 handsome sons, a handsome step-son and a gorgeous step-daughter. They are all adults and are successfully enjoying their respective careers and living on their own. We are currently waiting patiently for grandchildren.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
In high school, my English teacher suggested I consider becoming a writer because she admired my work product in her class. I didn’t follow her advice, but instead went into the legal field as a secretary/paralegal and then became an entrepreneur with an extremely successful direct sales business. I began writing my personal story about 20 years ago in an effort to overcome my traumas as a child and to forgive myself for the mistakes I made as an adult. It was very therapeutic for me. I decided to publish the story in an effort to provide inspiration to those who may have suffered similarly.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite genres to read are mysteries, thrillers, memoirs and humor. My favorite authors are John Grisham, James Patterson, Dan Brown, Sue Grafton, Dean Koontz and Diana Gabaldon.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Being an outsider is tough.
Being an outsider in your own home and not knowing why is soul-crushing.
It is isolating, painful, and confusing. Loneliness and longing are your reality. You’re consumed with guilt, self-deprecating inner dialogue, and the fear of doing even the most minor thing wrong. You spend a lot of time alone…even when you’re not. You watch a lot of TV. This is all your fault. Obviously, you are living this way because of something you did to warrant it. If they beat you, you deserved it. If they punish you, you asked for it. You never want to go home, but you don’t have a choice because you’ve never had a choice.
This is it.
This is what you have.
This is all you know.
And yet, you still smile when you sometimes catch a glimpse of the sweeter things and treasure the slightest kindness. You know life isn’t supposed to be like this, but it is. Your life is like a bubble of poison gas that could burst at any moment…you know that. You live that. But how are you supposed to make sense of any of this? How do you make it stop? You can’t. You are powerless. You haven’t even reached kindergarten yet.
From a severely abusive childhood in the inner city of Baltimore, a string of unsatisfying relationships, and several broken marriages, to a six-figure income from the multi-million-dollar business I built out of my home, this is my story in my own words. I was stolen as a baby when my mother died. I was lied to by my kidnapper and used as a Cinderella punching bag by his never-ending parade of “step-mothers” and girlfriends, and much worse when he didn’t have one.
This memoir covers the good, the bad, and the ugly. As this story unfolds, I hope the reader will discover a little girl who survived that abusive childhood, healed and empowered herself through discipline and hard work. I hope you see a girl who became a woman who learned from her mistakes and a whole human being who loves her newfound family with all her heart. I am no longer an outsider. I can go home now.
***The book was edited and reorganized because while it was being published, Jim and I were in the middle of moving to Surfside Beach, South Carolina, and he had COVID. I sent it to be published without the proper due diligence of proofreading it.
As time passed, I found that I was not happy with the work being out of order, so I invested my time into improving it. I truly hope it’s a better read now, and I honestly hope that the readers find something worthwhile in reading it.***
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