As always I’m stoked to post my author interviews here, I don’t know about you but I am having an incredible time learning about these fine writers and the process that molds their unparalleled work. My latest interview excels just that, I am very honored to feature this beautifully gifted author, Lauren Lynne. With four books to her credit and a fifth one on the way… her accomplishment is to be celebrated!
1. When did you start putting pen to paper?
I’ve been writing since elementary school. Back then I was a huge Nancy Drew fan and tried my hand at mysteries.
2. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.? I am horrible with poetry. There is very little I like but I can rhyme with the best of them and have a fondness for Dr. Seuss.
3. Who is your favorite fictional hero? I think I most admire Harry Potter and if that makes me a big kid, I’m okay with it! I admire Harry because he has a sense of humor and tries to have fun, yet he accepts his fate and uses his mind to make the best out of bad situations.
4. Which famous writer can you most identify with? I know I just talked about Harry Potter but I really think I identify most with J.K. Rowling. I don’t spend much time stalking authors but she had humble beginnings and always seems to be a nice person.
5. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.) I am working on the final book in The Secret Watchers series and I am working on a young adult dystopian novel.
6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece? I wouldn’t change a thing about the story line in Destiny. I’ve been working really hard at tying up all of the loose ends to get Owen to where he needs to be. The only thing that I would change about the writing process is that I would love to have more time to write.
7. Do you have any advice for other writers? Where to start? Don’t give up on yourself or your dreams; make modification if you need to but don’t give up. Practice your skill of flexibility; you’ll need it and a sense of humor. Take a journal with you wherever you go so that when an idea hits you can jot it down. Be inspired by everything and most of all when you get a negative review, and you will… remind yourself that not everyone will love everthing that you do and that’s okay. Postitive reviews will make your day, don’t let the occasional bad one ruin it. They have a right to their opionion and they don’t have to like you. It’s okay, someone else will love you, just the way you are. Finally, don’t expect to instantly see financial rewards. You, my friend, are a work in progress.
8. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful 😉 I am not an English major. I studied science and education. My actual grades in English were fine. I was a Salutatorian in high school. My B… well that came from a stenography class. Guess it’s a good thing I’m not somebodies secretary, huh?
9. How much research do you do for your writing? I do some but not a lot. I write fiction. I want it to be believable enough, but I feel no real need to be perfect. Nearly every location I write about I’ve actually visited. I guess when your main character has a special ability that is completely made up, as far as I know, then if a piece of the book requiring research isn’t absolutely perfect what have I lost? It’s fantasy, right?
10. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand? I use a variety of methods depending on my mood, where I’m at in the story, etc. I usually start at the computer with an idea. Then I percolate on it and take a few notes in a journal when I’m out and about. I go back to the computer and incorporate the notes. Sometimes I print a rough draft and work on making notes on that for a while. I am known for writing down quotes when someone says something in a way I like and I also love to bounce ideas off of my family and friends.
11. What is the best advice you’ve been given? When I began this adventure, I knew next to nothing about the publishing business. I knew someone who knew an author so I met with her and let her tell me about her journey. I was directed to an amazing copyright attorney here in Portland and he let me ask all my crazy questions. He gave me options and let me choose. This was the time when I did the most research and it was all about publishing. The bottom line is, you need to pick what is right for you and your situation. You can’t just rewalk the path that someone else did.
12. What book do you think everyone should read? I believe that everyone needs to find a book that touches their heart. I do not have a book to suggest, I have many. Whatever book it takes to tap the joy of reading is the one you should go for.
13. Two-part question: Do you play an musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?
I don’t really play anything currently. I can sing, play the piano and violin but I’m not very good at any of those. I would much rather listen to music and maybe sing along. There is nothing I want to learn to play right now. I don’t have the kind of time it would take to get good at it. I’d rather read a book, preferably something young adult, or write.
14. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published? After a lot of research and the conversation with the attorney I mentioned, I felt that there were certain things that I did not want to do. When I started, rejection hurt my feelings so I wasn’t sure I could stand a bunch of rejection letters and I had enough money to self publish one eBook so I went indie. I knew I wanted to hire someone to make a better cover than I could and I didn’t want to have to learn the program to convert my book. I looked at a bunch of different options and settled on BookBaby.
15. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week? It’s strange, I don’t have any desire to be anybody else. I’m happy with my life and I know that everyone has their problems even if we don’t see it. If I could just take a week and do nothing but write, now that would be something.
16. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession? I’ve been an office assistant and office manager. I am a certified teacher and I still sub part time. I also do some technical editing. Right now, writing full time is the dream job. When I was in high school and into early college, I wanted to be a biomedical engineer. Things change.
17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin? Bill Murray and John Cleese.
18. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!) A school district in Kentucky bought a box of my books so that they could use them as part of a school-wide read. That ranks right up there with the day I met my first fan that wasn’t someone I knew before I was a writer.
19. What quote do you live by? “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou
20. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous Pulitzer prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.) My idea of success is to make enough money off of my books to be comfortable so that I can write full time. I don’t want to be so famous that I can’t walk down the street but I’d like to get to where I can focus on just my writing. See, I’m flexible! 🙂
21. Would you like to ask me a question?
I am looking forward to asking you a whole bunch of questions for my author blog! Thank you so very much for having me. It is an honor to be here. I wish you and your readers the best of luck in all you do.
Yes! So excited to interview with you as well and sincerely grateful. I truly appreciate the support you have already showed me on twitter and here. I’m proud to be a part of our amazingly creative community. Please visit the lovely and talented young adult author Lauren Lynne and The Secret Watchers Series here:
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Have a great rest of the week!