Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
Lynn- Thank you for hosting me today! I live in the Midwest and began writing as a journalist a number of years ago. I continue to write for magazines, but also a number of years ago I began writing romance novels. I love words and using them in writing. I also enjoy exploring relationships and love happy endings, so romance is truly my thing.
Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?
Lynn- That’s easy. Coffee. Coffee is a reason to get up in the morning. Coffee is a reason to have afternoons. And of course I need my laptop.
Beverly: When did you start to write, who influenced you?
Lynn- I had a happy accident about 15 years ago when I read On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner. It really resonated with me and I realized I had found what I wanted to do when I grew up. I enjoy reading Kelley Armstrong, Kat Richardson, and Jim Butcher, so I would say they influence my creativity but I don’t pretend to be them or emulate them with my writing.
Tamara: Whatdo you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?
Lynn- In my books, I try to make the hero hunky, “manly,” and sensitive. He is there for the heroine when she needs him, but in a way that allows her the space to be herself. I think that is truly heroic and loving.
Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?
Lynn- I love both the heroes and heroines in my books. Since I’m a pantser I do character sketches but I learn about them intimately as I write. They astound me with their insights. In books I’ve read, I love probably all the women in the Otherworld books by Kelley Armstrong, and the Harper Blaine heroine is fascinating to me. These women are strong and talented and yet soft and needy at times.
Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?
Lynn- No question, sex scenes. I have to be in the mood to go there and thankfully I can do that. Again, the characters have something to say about the intimate moments that surprise me. I’m in control, but they add input.
Beverly: What is your favorite scene in your favorite book?
Lynn- Are talking about my books or others? I love the scene in Always and Forever Love when Lacey faces her inner turmoil. It brings her down low, but it is the place where she can find healing if she’s ready. In Armstrong’s Personal Demon, I love the scenes, plural, during which heroine Hope Adams tries to work with her special power that perceives as dangerous, and discovers it’s just a part of her she can use for good.
Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend/girlfriend”? From what book? Author?
Lynn- No question, that would be Clay Danvers in Armstrong’s Bitten. He is a bit wild and wooly, but he can get the job done when it comes to protecting heroine Elana Michaels and his pack of werewolves.
Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!
Lynn- Honestly, I’m not sure I’m a kinky sort of person. I will admit to swimming nude with my husband in Lake Michigan a few times. It felt pretty good and definitely made a memory.
Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?
Lynn- I think heroines are typically in some sort of distress, but they don’t need saving. They save themselves in books I write and in books I read.
Beverly: What was your worst date ever?
Lynn- I had one date with a man who asked me if since I was newly divorced, did I like to have sex all the time? Sitting across a table from me, he asked with a straight face. I was glad I had driven to meet him, not gotten a ride.
Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (You have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)
Lynn- Coffee. My laptop. A romance novel.
Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?
Lynn- Cupcakes. I hardly ever eat them anymore, but I love them.
Tamara: What dream or goals have you yet to realize?
Lynn- I just got a new dream to write a series of paranormal romances.
Beverly: What was your most embarrassing moment or the craziest thing you’ve done? C’mon dish!
Lynn- I have crazy moments all the time. It’s hard to pick one. One time I came home and couldn’t find my sons. I walked into the hallway and hiding in the corner stood my youngest. I immediately started to scream because he startled me. He started screaming, too, because my screaming scared him. I think trying to make friends with feral cats and get them in a home is pretty crazy. It takes time, but it’s worth it.
Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?
Lynn- I love pink. It makes me feel happy. But blue is contender, because it is soothing.
Beverly: How do you know you’re in love?
Lynn- It doesn’t matter how many years I’ve been married to my husband, I am happy to see him every day. We are very different but we share a relationship that has substance and sparkles. J The love, along with coffee, makes life worth living.
Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so we have to ask. Who loves you?
Lynn- My husband, my kids, my cats.
Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs? Boxers!!
Coffee or Tea? You have to ask? Coffee.
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Either one. Kindness, intellect, and humor are more important to me. But good looking is nice.
Hairy chest or smooth? Hairy.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla covered chocolate, or vice versa, if you’re talking candy. A man, either one.
Kinky or Sweet? I have to choose?
Fast or slow? Both.
Public or private? Private. I’ve done near public, but it was a little tense.
Top or bottom? Both are nice places to be.
Bio: Lynn Crandall lives in the Midwest and writes in the company of her two cats. She has been a reader and a writer all her life. Her background is in journalism, but whether writing a magazine or newspaper story or creating a romance, she loves the power stories hold to transport, inspire, and uplift. In her romances, she focuses on vulnerable, embraceable characters who don’t back down. She hopes that readers discover, over and over, stories of ordinary people who face ordinary life challenges and are transformed by extraordinary love.