LiteraryCO Spotlight: Neale Orinick

Neale Orinick

Neale Orinick is a Colorado native, single mother to three boys, endurance sport junkie, and will be re-releasing her debut novel with a new publisher in April. Learn more at

If you had one super power what would it be?

I would have the ability to clone myself at will so I can run errands, watch my son’s football game, have lunch with my friends, write and go for a bike ride all at the same time. At the end of each day I would absorb all of the clones and have all their memories like I was actually everywhere all at once.

Do you have any non-book related hobbies?

I am a recreational triathlete and endurance sport junkie. I will be doing Ironman Arizona in November.

Ski condo, mountain cabin or downtown loft?

All of the above. I am a great lover of the outdoors and solitude, but I also yearn for the busy ebb and flow of the city sometimes.

What book had the most effect on your life, whether as a writer or in general?

Beloved, by Toni Morrison. I was captivated, horrified, moved to tears and euphoric as I read it for the first time. I have probably finished the entire novel four times and have re-read certain parts of it a dozen times. I aspire to write such a powerful piece of literary art one day.

What author do you wish you could write more like or who inspires your writing the most?

I love Anne Rice and want to create rich, multi-layered characters that draw you into their world so completely. Lestat is an arrogant, bloodthirsty killer, but we feel his spiritual angst, sympathize with his relentless loneliness, and despair of his ever being destroyed.

Take a hike, see a Broncos game or chill out by a mountain lake?

Go for a loooong run or bike ride, then chill out on the couch with a burger and a Diet Coke to watch the Bronco game.

What online guilty pleasure causes you the most procrastination? (ie, pinterest)

Nature porn. I can’t resist watching a python swallow a pygmy goat or a giant spider attack a snake.

Where do you see the book industry in the next ten years?

Traditional publishing is a dying entity and e-books will dominate the market for all ages and genres. The big publishing houses will be gone and the most successful authors will be those who are firmly in command of the technology to format and distribute books, social media and international distribution.

What is next on your reading list?

Cracking The Code Of The Twentieth Century’s Biggest Best Sellers by James W.Hall


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