Interview with April 2020 Diversity Winner - Lori Beth Crawford

April 07, 2020

Interview with April 2020 Diversity Winner - Lori Beth Crawford

How long have you been writing and what made you want to write in the first place?
The fact that I'm a writer now is kind of an “I told you so” to my 5-year-old brain. I didn't learn how to read until I was 6 and in the 1st grade. I remember being so embarrassed because everybody else had figured it out in Kindergarten. But once I got going, there was no stopping me. I still remember how elated I was when I was old enough to check out 21 books from the library instead of the starter limit of 3.

Because we lived out in the country, going to the library required bugging my mom to take me. We were there all the time given how fast I went through books. Mom thought she outsmarted me when she got me a Harlequin Presents subscription. All she did was introduce me to a new genre. She loved reading, too, but it was mostly newspapers and magazines, so she had no idea what those romance novels were about.

It got to the point where I was reading like 3 of those books a day. I could read anywhere. On the roof. In a tree. But I drove my dad nuts when reading on the lawnmower. He was serious about the lines being cut straight and they got a little crooked when my nose was stuck in a book. But we had 2 & 1/2 acres to mow. That's a long time to go without reading.

By the time I was 16, I got it in my head that I should try my hand at writing one of those books that I was so hooked on. And I did. It was so terrible and will never again see the light of day. After I finished it, I continued writing and have several short stories to show for it. Still, the writing was just a hobby. It wasn't until I got to college that I realized I could make a career out of it. Bye-bye law school, hello Hollywood.  

What genre do you prefer to write in? What draws you to that genre?
I'm drawn to family dramas. I love stories about families who may have a bunch of internal dysfunction but know how to unite against an outside threat. To me, that's like the best preparation for life overall. You learn how to fight, but you also have a solid foundation of support while fighting to achieve your dreams.

Tell us three things you're currently digging.
Three things. Let's see:
The Art of Charm podcast.
Sotto restaurant in Burbank

What interested you about the Roadmap Diversity Initiative?
Real talk - I appreciate that the entry is free. Hollywood talks a good game about wanting diversity, but it's still very much pay to play which shuts out a lot of people who have stories that have the potential to blow our minds. I'm so grateful that the Diversity Initiative walks the talk and opens this opportunity to everyone. That's the only way we're truly going to get more diverse voices in Hollywood.

Where can we find you?
I'm on Twitter @loribcrawford and Instagram @loribethcrawford.
My website is:

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