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Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY Lynn. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.
Thank you for inviting me! My name is Lynn Rae and I am a romance writer residing in Columbus, Ohio. I have had a lot of different jobs in fields ranging from contract archaeology to librarianship along with making donuts and teaching museum studies. I enjoy incorporating my real-life adventures into my writing (except the naughty parts). Bent Boot Road is my first novel with Sweet Cravings Publishing, and my second book, Return, is scheduled for release with Musa Publishing in September 2013.
Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?
My brain! It helps if I have a computer with Word on it, but a notebook and pen work for me too. Anything else; solitude, hot cup of tea, quiet, no chores staring at me or hungry people needing to be fed, is just icing on the cake.
Beverly: When did you start to write?
Just recently, the fall of 2011. My family had had a tough medical summer and when my son started preschool that fall I decided I was going to do something besides laundry or housecleaning for those couple of hours I had free three days a week. So I wrote books.
Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?
A hero is someone who does the tough and honorable thing when everyone else stands back.
Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?
I have a lot of favorite characters, James, my hero from Return is great. He’s quiet, has dry wit, and is loyal and giving. I love my secondary characters too. In the contemporary I’m pitching now, I have a great one named Graham Tipton. He’s a funny British actor stranded in rural Ohio for a movie location shoot. He’s dramatic and quite a matchmaker. My characters definitely come from my subconscious. I write character studies for them in my planning notebook well before I write a word of story and those are the easiest pages I write. They’re all waiting in the wings of my mind anxious to get in ‘their’ story.
Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?
Hmm, I love to write sex scenes, those are fun because I get my characters very frustrated before I let them have fun. I love dialogue for the same reason, all the give and take. I’ve written a few fight scenes and those were tough to do since I don’t fight people!
Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?
Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth Peters. Love her romantic suspense books. I can only hope she has influenced me because she is such a good writer. She writes intelligent people doing interesting things and that’s what I try to do. Her locations are much more exotic than mine, but when I can afford to travel to all the places in her books, I’ll be able to take my characters on vacations of their own.
Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend”? From what book? Author?
Easy; Jack Reacher from Lee Child’s books. He’s big, quiet, has simple needs, and would be able to take on any bad guy out there. Oh, and he likes women too. That’s very important to me, I can’t read books where the male protagonist has misogynistic thoughts or actions.
Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!
I seem to have a thing for bathrooms, and that’s all I’ll say about that!
Beverly: LOL! Just make sure there’s not someone taking their own picture and you’re caught in the background!
Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?
I like the person in between. It’s easier for me to be interested in a character when she has some problems but also has the strength of character and intelligence to solve most of them on her own. I’m really thrown out of the book when the heroine is a martial arts expert sharpshooter serial killer profiler with a perfect head of long wavy hair that never gets in the way.
Tamara: *flipping her long wavy hair away while cleaning her gun, the sunlight shining off the detective badge on her gi* What? I, er, she can’t be perfect?
*Lynn rolls her eyes and laughs*
Beverly: What was your worst date ever?
Probably the one with my future husband in which I lit my menu on fire with the candle on the table. It was a very romantic restaurant and I really killed the mood when the thing went up in flames. He laughs about it to this day.
Beverly: *smothering laughter and wiping tears from eyes*
Tamara: *elbowing Beverly while trying not to smirk* 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)
Do I have sunscreen and a first aid kit? If yes, then I’d love to have a miniature natural sciences lab filled with collection jars for specimens, a microscope, and a full set of guide books for whatever the location. And some decent cookware and a full pantry set-up.
Tamara: *raises eyes to sky* Does no one know how to count anymore? *turns to Beverly and glares* You know this is all your fault! you couldn’t leave it to three for your turn!
Beverly: *looking angelic and ignoring Tamara* Lynn, what is your “guilty pleasure”?
Eating out at exotic restaurants. I love trying new dishes and ingredients.
Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?
Beverly: What was you most embarrassing moment?
I can’t really think of anything, I’ve either blocked them out or I’m not easily embarrassed.
Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?
Khaki, because I’m dependable, durable, and I blend in.
Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?
My son. The love I have for him is so entirely different than any other. It’s more powerful and elemental than anything I’ve ever experienced. I know I could never write anything that would describe even a fraction of how it feels.
Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?
Gosh, I hope my family does! I think our beta fish Lazyboy really, really likes me because I feed him.
Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs? I like those combo ones the best.
Coffee or Tea? Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon, but both are decaffeinated, doctor’s orders.
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? TDH for the win.
Hairy chest or smooth? Chest hair please.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Mmm, could I have a sorbet instead?
Kinky or Sweet? I think you can have both.
Fast or slow? Again, both please. Variation is key.
Public or private? Oh, that’s difficult. Private is good but there are definite pluses to public. Pass, next question please.
Top or bottom? Top.
Lydia Back has problems; a dead end job cataloging artifacts no one wants to see, an office in a dusty basement storage room, and she’s just discovered that her friend is missing. Adding to her frustration is the arrival of a too-charming private investigator who needs her help.
Carter Harris has no problems; he has his own successful business and is enjoying a few days in a scenic southern Ohio town to gather information on a missing professor. But his local contact turns out to be an uncooperative woman who prefers traipsing around in the forest to having a civilized conversation with him.
They begin to uncover the secrets that lurk under the surface of other people’s lives and also discover an inconvenient attraction. When danger looms, both Carter and Lydia realize it will be impossible to survive without each other.
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