Weekly Quotation
May 20 - 26, 2018

xxx“We often think that the memories we recover are those that immediately come to mind, but some memories really wend their way back into consciousness through many different means. For example, if you’ve been somewhere and associate a particular smell with that place, the smell is going to evoke that memory. And it’s the same with writing fiction: I may be writing something fictional, but something will click, some element that is part of a memory, and then more of the memory comes back. This book [Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir] went many, many levels beyond that. I was able to corroborate memories with these artifacts in my office, these boxes I had from my childhood. It was more than Connect-the-Dots—it was my brain suddenly coming into sync with the brain I had in the past. It was startling to me.”
~Amy Tan [1952 - ], American writer of novels, short stories, essays, and childrens' books and author of National Book Award-winning The Joy Luck Club, and The Kitchen God's Wife, The Valley of Amazement, and many other works that explore mother-daughter relationships and the Chinese American experience, in an interview with Nicole Chung at Shondaland.com, October 16, 2017


What's New
Join Us for Rapturous Lesbian Romance Readings on February 18th!

All kinds of good fun coming up at Tabor Space in Portland, Oregon!
Please join us! Free books and giveaways! Book Fair!
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Updated 1/29/18
Time's Rainbow is now Available!

At long last, Time's Rainbow: Writing Ourselves Back Into American History is ready and waiting for readers. A great group of writers have delivered brilliant stories. You can get it here:

Bella Books


Barnes & Noble

(eBook Only)

Updated 9/1/17
New Review of GUN SHY
Even after all these years, someone periodically reviews my novel, Gun Shy. The latest generous soul is the incomparable Ruth Hohnke writing at DIVA. CLICK HERE to read what she has to say!
Updated 3/20/17
Books and Women and Valentines!

Come to Tabor Space in Portland on Saturday night, February 11 at 7PM, to hang out with seven dwarves - I mean, seven terrific writers! <g> We'll have chocolate and books and readings and discussion and lots of fun! Please join us!

Updated 1/22/17
Check out this Interview!

Jessie Chandler and I had some things to say when we were recently interviewed by Shawn Marie Bryan

CLICK HERE to listen!

Updated 11/28/16
Isn't this the Truth?

This has been a long hard lesson to learn - but after a few decades on earth, I think most people tumble to this conclusion. I certainly have.

I don't always even understand my own life, but it's good to live it my way.

Updated 10/24/16
New Cover for Upcoming Gun Book


I am so pleased to unveil the cover for the newest book in the Gun Series - #5!

It'll be a few months before the book is complete, but I'm working on it as fast as I can.

Meanwhile, Gun Shy, Under The Gun, Have Gun We'll Travel, and Jump The Gun all have new covers as well! Check them out in the panel to the right.




Updated 9/11/16
There's GOLDIES in them thar hills!

We won! We won! Just found out tonight!

Jessie's and my edited anthology, Lesbians on the Loose: Crime Writers on the Lam won a GCLS Goldie Award. YAY! How cool is that?!

CLICK HERE to see all winners!

Updated 7/9/16

The crime fiction anthology Jessie Chandler and I edited was a finalist at the Rainbow Awards. Yeehaw!

One of the judges wrote:

"I can’t say I’ve ever read an anthology where every story was a complete hit with me, but this one was so consistently good that I genuinely enjoyed every story in it. The variety is entertaining, the brevity a challenge the authors rose to, and the theme has interpretations both lighthearted and serious that worked equally well. One of the better anthos I’ve read."

High praise that we all appreciate!

to see more.

Buy Links

Please go on the lam with these fifteen criminally talented authors!

Andi Marquette
Carsen Taite
Elizabeth Sims
Jen Wright
Jessie Chandler
JM Redmann
Kate McLachlan
Katherine V. Forrest
Linda M. Vogt
Lori L. Lake
Lynn Ames
Sandra de Helen
Sue Hardesty
SY Thompson
VK Powell

Updated 12/21/15
My GCLS Keynote Speech is Available


My Keynote Video is available now.
CLICK HERE to view and listen.

Updated 1/24/15
Gun Series Review at the ALA

American Library Assoc. reviewer Sue Hardesty included my Gun books in a round-up of "Ten Mystery Romance Series with Lesbian Sleuths." I know some of the other authors as well, such as Lynn Ames, Jessie Chandler, Elizabeth Sims, Erica Abbot, Rose Beecham, and RE Bradshaw.

CLICK HERE to check it out!

Updated 12/12/14


Eight Dates won in the Romantic Comedy category at The Rainbow Awards. I am so delighted I can hardly speak! Thanks to Elisa Rolle and all the judges who read almost 600 books for the entire contest.

The Runners-Up are:

Out Of Retirement
by Erica Lawson
That Certain Something
by Clare Ashton


to see all the Winners
and Runners-Up
in all categories.

Updated 12/9/14
Why We Writers Write

Updated 11/8/14
Review for EIGHT DATES

Great review for EIGHT DATES at Lambda Literary - CLICK HERE to read it. I'm thrilled that that Anna Furtado, in part, wrote: "Telling a story in first person while keeping it fresh and exciting to the reader is a difficult task for any writer, but Lake accomplishes this undertaking masterfully—and does it with both style and wit. There are laugh-out-loud moments in this story as well as scenes filled with poignancy, honesty and tenderness. This offering by Lori Lake is quirky, funny, and refreshingly real."

Hurray for such a nice review!

Updated 11/2/14
One of my favorite people on the planet and a great mystery writer, Ellen Hart, with me at Once Upon a Crime Mystery Bookstore in Minneapolis

Updated 8/18/13
I finally got to meet Jean Auel!

At the annual Oregon Writers Colony Founders Day at Rockaway Beach's Colonyhouse, I served up a cup of coffee to a woman - and it turned out to be Jean Auel! Later I facilitated a fiction discussion group, and Jean joined in and was a wealth of information and humor. Woweeeee---what a day!

Updated 08/06/13
Lee Lynch talks with me in THE ADVOCATE on "Lesbian Mystery, Police Raids, and Fairy Godmothers"

I had the great honor of doing an Advocate conversation with award-winning GCLS Trailblazer Lee Lynch.

CLICK HERE to check it out!

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A.J. Llewellyn at Dark Diva's Blog did an extensive interview with me. CLICK HERE to find out all my deep dark secrets. The interview shows up on the March 4 entry.

VIDEO INTERVIEW - With Jody Seay, the amazing interviewer at Oregon PBS's "Back Page" program, who sat down and talked to me for her weekly TV program with Pacific NW writers

CLICK HERE - for the interview with author Jae who has written so many wonderful novels

CLICK HERE to read an interesting discussion in the "Spotlight Interview" section that the gals at Ylva have been doing

Earl Kemp's online 'zine, eI, has featured a memoir piece I wrote called "There is No Reason Not To Trust that the Act of Writing Will Be Enough."
CLICK HERE if you'd like to read it.

MYSTERICAL-E featured a long interview with me about writing, creativity, book themes, etc. There are several great stories featured in this issue as well as other podcasts and interviews by a variety of terrific authors.