Lori L. Lake

Fiction Writer

Portland, OR 97230

Author's Bio

Lori L. Lake is the author of over a dozen novels and two short story collections. She’s edited four anthologies, including Lesbians on the Loose: Crime Writers on the Lam with Jessie Chandler, which won a Golden Crown Literary “Goldie” Award. Her short work is featured in over a dozen anthologies including The Silence of the Loons; Dark Side of the Loon: Where History Meets Mystery; Once Upon a Crime; and Women of the Mean Streets.

Lori facilitates the Portland Lesbian Writers Group and is known for sharing writing craft resources. She is especially fond of teaching about crime fiction, short stories, and the craft of novel creation. In her spare time, she runs a small publishing house called Launch Point Press and administers the Alice B. Reader Appreciation Awards.

At the edge of Portland, Oregon, Lori lives in the Fortress of Solitude/Sanctuary of Solace where she spends time reading, writing, editing, playing guitar, adoring pop and oldies music, painting and coloring, photographing nature, and enjoying the exploits of her multitude of nieces and nephews. You can find out more about her at: http://www.LoriLLake.com

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
Lesbians on the Loose: Crime Writers on the Lam (Launch Point Press, 2015)
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Time's Rainbow: Writing Ourselves Back Into American History (Launch Point Press, 2015)
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The Milk of Human Kindness: Lesbian Authors Write about Mothers & Daughters (Launch Point Press, 2006)
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Romance For LIFE (Intaglio Publications, 2006)
Books:
Eight Dates (Launch Point Press, 2013)
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Jump The Gun: Book 4 in The Gun Series (Launch Point Press, 2013)
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A Very Public Eye: Book 2 in The Very Public Eye Series (Launch Point Press, 2012)
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Buyer's Remorse: Book 1 in The Very Public Eye Series (Launch Point Press, 2012)
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Like Lovers Do (Launch Point Press, 2011)
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Shimmer and Other Stories (Launch Point Press, 2007)
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Snow Moon Rising (Launch Point Press, 2006)
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Have Gun We'll Travel: Book 3 in The Gun Series (Launch Point Press, 2005)
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Stepping Out: Short Stories (Launch Point Press, 2004)
,
Different Dress (Launch Point Press, 2003)
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Under the Gun: Book 3 in The Gun Series (Launch Point Press, 2002)
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Gun Shy: Book 1 in The Gun Series (Launch Point Press, 2001)
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Ricochet in Time (Launch Point Press, 2001)
Prizes won: 

2016 Golden Crown Literary Society "Goldie" Co-Winner with fellow editor
Jessie Chandler - 
Best Anthology/Collection Category -
Lesbians on the Loose: Crime Writers on the Lam

2015 Rainbow Award Honorable Mention - Best Anthology/ Collection in
Mystery/Thriller Category - Lesbians on the Loose: Crime Writers on the Lam

2014 Rainbow Award Winner - Romantic Comedy Category - Eight Dates

2014 Rainbow Award Runner-Up - Overall Best Lesbian Novel Category - Eight Dates

2014 Golden Crown Literary Society "Goldie" Finalist - Mystery/Thriller Category - Jump The Gun

2014 Rainbow Readers Award Winner - Mystery/Thriller Category - A Very Public Eye

2014 Rainbow Award Winner Runner-up - Mystery/Thriller Category - Jump The Gun

2013 Golden Crown Literary Society "Goldie" Finalist - Mystery/Thriller Category - A Very Public Eye

2013 Golden Crown Literary Society Ann Bannon Popular Choice Finalist - A Very Public Eye

2012 Golden Crown Literary Society "Goldie" Winner - Mystery/Thriller Category - Buyer's Remorse

2011 USA Best Books Awards Finalist - LGBT Category - Like Lovers Do

2008 Golden Crown Literary Society Finalist - Short Story Category - Shimmer & Other Stories

2007 Alice B Readers Award Winner - Snow Moon Rising

2007 Golden Crown Literary Society "Goldie" Winner - Best Dramatic/General Fiction - Snow Moon Rising

2007 Golden Crown Literary Society Ann Bannon Popular Choice Winner - Snow Moon Rising

2007 LJ Maas Memorial Award Winner

2007 Lesbian Fiction Readers Choice Award Winner - Favorite Adventure - Snow Moon Rising

2007 Lesbian Fiction Readers Choice Award Winner - Favorite Anthology/Collection- Romance For Life

2007 Golden Crown Literary Society Finalist - Anthology Category - Romance For Life

2006 Golden Crown Literary Society Finalist - Mystery/Thriller Category - Have Gun We'll Travel

2005 Lambda Literary Award Finalist - Anthology Category - The Milk of
Human Kindness: Lesbian Authors Write about Mothers & Daughters

2005 StoneWall Society Winner - Most Entertaining Novel - Have Gun We'll Travel

2005 StoneWall Society Winner - "For the Record Award" - The Milk of Human Kindness

2005 StoneWall Society Winner - "Literary Work of the Year" - The Milk of Human Kindness

2005 StoneWall Society Winner - Author of the Year - Have Gun We'll Travel

2005 StoneWall Society Winner - Online Literary Award for "The Lesbian Herstory Portal"

2004 StoneWall Society Winner - Fan Award - Favorite Author

2004 StoneWall Society Winner - "Literary Work of the Year" - Stepping Out: Short Stories

2004 StoneWall Society Winner - Favorite Short Story: "Afraid of the Dark"

2003 Lavender Magazine's Twin Cities Outstanding GLBT Author

2003 Girlfriend Magazine August "Girlfriend of the Month"

2003 StoneWall Society Winner - Fact & Fable Award - Gun Shy

2002 Lavender Magazine's Twin Cities Outstanding GLBT Author

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Jane Fletcher, Penny Micklebury, Ellen Hart, Jessie Chandler, Fletcher DeLancey, Cheryl A. Head, Stephen King, Gilly MacMillan, Mary Griggs, Thomas Perry, Matt Coyle, Anne Laughlin, Camilla Lackberg, Elly Griffiths, Ruth Ware, Tom Wood, Jussi Adler-Olsen, Ruth Ware, Nevada Barr, Charlaine Harris, Dean Koontz, Hilary Davidson, Kathleen Kent, Anne Tyler, Nick Petrie, Marcia Muller, Bill Pronzini
What I'm reading now: 
Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara, Litani by Jess Lourey

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
English American, European American, Feminist, LGBTQ, Scotch-Irish American
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Portland, OR
Oregon
Raised in: 
Portland, OR
Oregon
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Last update: Sep 12, 2022