Lynn: Sometimes. It depends on how cooperative the muse is. Sometimes I’ll have the whole story plotted out, and sometimes the plot evolves as I’m writing. Sometimes the book I plotted out in its entirety gets re-written as I move through the story.
Eve: What’s your favorite snack to munch on while writing?
Lynn: I don’t munch while I write. I’m typically too wrapped up in what I’m doing for my hands to leave the keyboard and mouse. When I take a break, I’ll find something savory to snack on, but then I get right back to work.
Eve: Do you get writer’s block? How do you overcome it?
Lynn: Yes, I do get writer’s block, especially when the book doesn’t want to get written. I find myself putting off writing because I’m just not feeling it. Thankfully, my Dry Bayou Brides series has basically been writing itself.
Eve: What roles does your husband play in your writing career?
Lynn: My husband is incredibly supportive. He’ll take on all the kids, make the meals, deal with the chores, change dirty diapers, and help me think through plot issues. He’s my rock, my God-given, helpmate. I couldn’t do this without him.
Eve: Where do you get your ideas for your books?
Lynn: Mostly from my muse who, on occasion, plays nice. Sometimes, I’ll hear a phrase and think to myself, “that sounds like a great book title” and the idea for the book will bloom out from there.
Eve: When did you know you wanted to write romance?
Lynn: I’ve always been a writer, but I didn’t turn my attention to writing romance until I was stuck at home after my first child was born. I was thankful I could stay home and raise my daughter, but my brain was dying slowly. I decided to turn my love for reading romance into something that would exercise my brain muscle. Also, I would sometimes read a book and think, “this is terrible. I can write a better story than this!”
Eve: I’ve heard that you’ve experienced a “crisis of faith.” Can you explain what you mean?
Lynn: I am a fundamental, Bible-believing, born-again Christian. I took on the mantle of Christian when I was seven-years-old, and I was raised in my faith by wonderful people in a small church in Sacramento, California. As an adult, when I started writing romance, I decided to write sexy books despite what the Holy Spirit was telling me. I fought against Him for years, all the while dealing with set back after set back, and writer’s block, and anxiety, and burn out. Finally, I decided to listen to what the Spirit was telling me: use the talent I gave you and write books your daughters can read. So, I put aside my sexy romance books and started writing sweet (sex-free) books. God has been blessing me tremendously since.
Eve: Do you have a writer’s assistant (pet) that hangs out with you while you write?
Lynn: LOL. Yes, I have a tabby cat named, Nix (Neeks), who will curl up on the floor beside my chair and snore away while I write.
Eve: What one piece of advice would you give to up-and-coming authors?
Lynn: Just because you can put one word in front of the other doesn’t mean you’re an author. An author is someone who writes, hones their craft through workshops and classes, who takes and uses honest feedback to better their skills. Just because you can hit publish on Amazon KDP doesn’t mean you deserve to be there. Write an excellent story, get it professionally edited (no, the ladies in your critique group do NOT count, and no you CANNOT edit it yourself), get a professionally designed cover (If it looks like a middle-schooler made it, it’s going to get laughed off the TBR lists), and do NOT spam other authors as a form of marketing. In general, be humble, learn your craft, and know you will ALWAYS have something to learn.
Lynn writes charming, romantic romance that focuses on the growth of the relationship and the power of true love. Lynn's historical western Dry Bayou Brides series is a highly acclaimed, bestselling sweet romance series. Keep an eye out for her upcoming releases.
When Lynn isn't writing, she is running a successful editing business, reading whatever she can get her hands on, raising her four children, making sure her husband is happy, and binge watching shows on Netflix.
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Lynn's Newest Sweet Historical Romance: The Rogue's Bride
Aimee Prentice is seeking a life far away from the trouble she left behind, and becoming a mail-order bride is the only way out of a bad situation. So, when she arrives in Dry Bayou to marry the mysterious man from the ad, she’s surprised to find a man more handsome than she ever imagined. And more troubled.
Gaston only wanted to marry a quiet, simple woman, someone who could keep him company and bear his children. He didn’t expect to find outspoken, startlingly beautiful Aimee waiting for him at the stagecoach station.
What’s Gaston to do with a bride who riles him as no one ever has? What’s Aimee to do about a groom who is more cold shoulder than warm welcome?
One seeks redemption, the other seeks protection, so what happens when trouble finds them both?
Available Here: Amazon