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Author Interview With Lauren Lynne

Author Interview With Lauren Lynne.

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2015 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Author Interview With Lauren Lynne

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Hello readers,
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:

http://laurenlynneauthor.com/

Website http://thesecretwatchers.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TheSecretWatchersSeries
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Email laurenwrites@thesecretwatchers.com
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Have a great rest of the week!
Lisa

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2015 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Friday’s Motivational Quotes…

Originally posted on Accidental Bohemian:

“Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” ~Albert Einstein

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” ~Vidal Sassoon

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” ~Dalai Lama

Special quote to all the working moms out there, especially my beautiful sister, Jennie. She’s such an inspiration :)

“I grew up confidently expecting to have a profession and earn my own living, and also confidently expecting to be married and have … children. It was fifty-fifty with me. I was just as passionately determined to have children as I was to have a career. And my mother was the triumphant answer…

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Poem of the day… “Somewhere I Have Never Travelled” By E.E. Cummings

“Somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond
any experience, your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully, mysteriously) her first rose

or if your wish be to close me, i and
my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility: whose texture
compels me with the colour of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens; only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands”

New author interview next Monday and flash fiction piece soon!

Xo,

Lisa

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2015 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Author Interview With Matt Ebeling

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1. When did you start putting pen to paper?
I started writing around ten years ago when I began writing poetry. This was completely out of the blue for me. After a while I had a few of my poems published in anthologies. The Black Rose poetry magazine also published one, Alien. Around four years ago I had the idea for my first novel, Hunger Pain. It’s a paranormal suspense / horror novel. After publishing that, I decided to collect together my favourite poems into a book, The Orange Tree.

2. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?
I love writing novels, especially when the ideas and words are following at about 700 per hour. I also enjoy writing poems about places I’ve been or things that occur to me. At the end of last year I entered the 99fiction completion to write a story of 99 words or fewer. This was completely different from constructing a 90,000 plus novel and was great fun. To my surprise, I was thrilled to hear that my 98 word Christmas Cracker came second.

3. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
My favourite fictional character is Forest from Tenaya Jayne’s Legends of Regia novels.

4. Which famous writer can you most identify with?
Only in so far as he is my favourite (read more than 50 of his novels) and I write horror, Stephen King is the writer I most identify with.

5. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.) I have just self-published my second novel on Kindle. It’s called Growing Pain and it’s a (sort of) YA vampire based book, with a difference. I am planning to launch it in paperback soon. When that’s done, I may try another 99 word story.

6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece?
It’s too early to change anything in my current book as I’m still editing it. I did however change and slightly soften the end of Hunger Pain a few months after I first published it.

7. Do you have any advice for other writers?
My only advice for other writers is to make the most of enjoying writing the first draft for yourself before editing and rewriting for others.

8. What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful ;)
My English language grade at school was an A. I also have a degree in Linguistics.

9. How much research do you do for your writing?
I carry out research on the Internet as and when I need to when I’m writing. I also write about local places I know. Growing Pain has some parts in Paris and Stockholm, both places I have visited with my wife and daughter.

10. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I write my novels on a computer or my laptop. I do use a dictaphone or notebook for any ideas I have when not sitting at the computer. I always draft out my poems longhand before typing them up.

11. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
The best writing advice I have had is from reading Stephen King’s On Writing and is to write first with the door closed.

12. What book do you think everyone should read?
I think everybody should read Stieg Larson’s Millennium trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) or anything by Stephen King! Duma Key has always been my favourite but the recent Dr Sleep is a strong contender.

13. Two-part question: Do you play an musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?
At school I played the piano (Grade 3) and cello (Grade 6). I have taught myself the guitar and I would love to learn to play it properly. That, and the harmonica I bought a couple of years ago.

14. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?
After approaching several publishers and agents with my first novel, Hunger Pain, I decided to self-publish it as an eBook on Kindle with Kindle Direct Publishing and as a paperback with CreateSpace. I did the same with the poetry collection The Orange Tree. I have self-published the new book Growing Pain too. I would love to find an agent to represent me with Growing Pain as it’s a different genre, YA vampire horror.

15. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?
I’m very happy with my lot, although it would be fun to change places with a full time writer for a week – just to see what it feels like to write not just in my spare time around work.

16. If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?
I’ve already got a full time job other than writing and I write when I’m not at work.

17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?
Bill Murray – you can’t not like Ghostbusters.
John Cleese – I grew up with Fawlty Towers.

18. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)
Completing and publishing my second novel just before my 50th birthday.

19. What quote do you live by?
“Everything will be all right in the end. If it’s not all right, it is not yet the end.” – a quote from Patel, the Hotel Manager, in the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”.

20. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous Pulitzer prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)
My ambition as a writer is to be a full time novelist, rather than writing in my spare time.

21. Would you like to ask me a question?
What do you most enjoy about being a writer?
The freedom of it. Being able to create words into art on my terms… and my editors of course ;)

Thanks again, Matt for sharing your thoughts with us. Please check out and follow the talented world of Matt Ebeling here: https://twitter.com/MatthewEbeling

P.s. Matt’s new book is now free for 5 days on kindle!

Ciao for now,
Lisa

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2015 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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Breathtaking Brooklyn…

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Some work view, ha? That’s what I’m thinking as I look out my office window. It’s funny, I never thought I’d ever have the chance to work here, let alone live… unexpected pleasant changes.

Happy Friday fellow robots, new author interview on Monday!
Xo Lisa Lis

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2015 in Unedited Quill Spills

 

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