September 22, 2012



The Blue Moon Magic is wrapping up
in Night of the Blue Moon with Lynn Crain….
Lynn Crain has penned over 25 novels in romance in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and contemporary romance, erotic to tame in nature. She always knew that writing was her calling even if it took years at other professions to prove it. She has belonged to EPIC and RWA for more years that she cares to think about. Currently, she lives in Europe while her husband of nearly 30 years pursues his dream of working internationally. Her state-side home is in Nevada where family and friends wait patiently for their return. You can find her hanging out at A Writer In Vienna Blog (www.awriterinvienna.blogspot.com) and various other places on the net (www.theloglineblog.blogspot.com; www.twitter.com/oddlynn3 ; www.lynncrain.blogspot.com ;  www.facebook.com/oddlynn3 ) as well as her website www.lynncrain.com. Still, the thing she loves most of all is hearing from her readers at lynncrain@cox.net.

Please describe your writing environment.
I have a great writing environment. My office looks over the Swiss Embassy, the Schwartzenberg Gardens and Belevedere. Yes, I live in a foreign country ~ right now, Vienna, Austria. My desk is what I call the love desk as it is glass and has the word love written on it in every language.
Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
It really depends upon the story. If it’s a novella, I tend to write down a few characteristics I want the characters to have BUT they mostly tell me. In longer stories, the ones I write that are close to 100k, I will do a full character profile.
What main genre do you write in?
Years ago, I was told to figure out a genre I wanted to write in...so I came up with my own...LOL! I write the weird stuff. It can be paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy or contemporary but there is always some quirk in it.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
I don’t think they mind as it allows me to be more flexible than most. I can take my career anywhere I want. Others can. As far as reading my books, I know that my Dad does because he’ll hound me until I get him a copy of my print books. MOF, I will be sending him a copy of this one when it gets done.
What are your hobbies?
Wow...I have so many...I love reading, hiking and traveling. Those would have to be my main ones. BUT then I could add learning Gaelic, that’s the Scots’ Gaelic mind you, research and blogging. There is just so much to occupy my mind, I can honestly say I am never bored. Well – at least almost never! LOL!
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I sold a poem when I was twelve. It was part of a church class and everyone loved it. I knew right then that I always wanted to be a writer. I tried poetry for a while, and still do every so often, but quickly transferred to books when I realized that I could come up with better stories.
Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer? Or Still do?
I am lucky enough to write full time. My husband gave me that choice five years ago and I jumped at it. I did a variety of things before I wrote: I was in nursing; I have a degree in geology but always worked on computers; I was a programming manager and have graduate classes in that; I’ve been an owner of a printing business where I learned all about printing and how it impacts an author; and I’ve  been an editor at some small presses where again, I learned about the process. Almost everything I’ve done in the past, I can apply to my writing.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
Another great question. Again, I’d say it depends upon the story and the characters. Some characters beat me about the head and shoulders, pulling me their way and I never get it down on paper. Some insist that I write at least a few points down to make sure I keep on track. If the story is long, I will do a general outline that has 5-20 things that need to happen in the chapter. The number of items depends upon how long the story is.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
I usually wake up with the sun as we have east facing windows but I won’t get out of bed until at least 6:30. If I’m together enough, I will take a walk with the husband and dog, if not, I’ll stay in bed for a few more minutes then stumble into my office. Once there, I start checking email right away to wake me up. Once I’m awake, I’ll start writing.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
www.myspace.com/lynncrain
www.lynncrain.blogspot.com
ww.myspace.com/lynncrain

How can readers find out more about you and your books?
Most of those websites above are current. Some I only post to every couple months as it’s hard to keep up with all of them. LOL! The ones that I most frequent are my website (www.lynncrain.com) and my two blogs (www.awriterinvienna.blogspot.com and www.lynncrain.blogspot.com) right now. The website and Lynn Crain blog are being revamped and I can’t wait for everyone to see them. The style is fantastic and ME! LOL!
What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
Years ago, when I entered the Golden Heart I had a judge tell me to give it up as I couldn’t write myself out of a paper bag. I decided then and there to prove them wrong. That’s the worst advice. The best is actually a movie log line: Never give up, never surrender. It’s been my motto for more years than I can remember!
Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
I do belong to a wonderful group called The No Drama Critters. It’s a wonderful group and they help a lot. Summer is hard and we’re usually on hiatus until then.
Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
Deadlines can definitely hinder me as sometimes the muse will just totally turn off. Right now, I’m coming back from an illness and the only thing that’s hindering me is my meds as they make me a little lethargic and wacky. LOL!
Is there anyone who really mentored or inspired you to keep writing until you were finally published?  

This would have to be my husband. He always told me I could do it and he was correct. Thanks, honey!

CONTEST ALERT!!!    Lynn plans to give away one of her latest releases! All you need to do is comment and your name will be entered.  Lynn will announce the winner here on Sunday September 30.

 
One father.
Two mothers.
Four siblings.
One incredible story about that special night
which changes them all.
Forever.
 With the season of the Blue Moon comes the likelihood of danger and death. The Beta clan and lowest form of werewolves is commanded by Rowan, a tough, bitter werewolf who hates the Elites, commanded by the Langfords, and their superiority. The Betas, more werewolf than human, believe only the foretold red or blonde-haired girl babies born to the Elite clan in a span of 3 years would bring them into a world they only look at from the depths of the Brey Forest. The night of the Blue Moon would afford them the perfect opportunity to take the Langford sisters.... 
 
Buy (print series)
 

     Cordelia Sinclair has been on the inside for more years than she can remember, keeping secrets better than anybody. But at forty-two, she sometimes feels like a dried up old prune when it comes to love. Her mate died in a Beta raid, and even though the Langfords have encouraged her to find another, she hasn't found anyone who could measure up. Until she meets Connor.

Cordy just can't believe this arrogant wolf can be the son of someone as kind and giving as Charles Langford. Never mind he had been brought up by Charles' archenemy Rowan Angus of the more animalistic Beta clan. She's just the person to knock that arrogance out of him with her Elite special training.


 
 
 
 
 
 

4 comments:

Lorna Collins - said...

When did you move? Glad to see that you still have the drive to keep writing!

Lynn Crain said...

mothopl 856Lorna,

We moved in May 2011, so I've been here for more than a year. That's why I haven't been on EPIC much this past year, although I still lurk. LOL! I was really ill in May and that caused some problems but overall, it's been an interesting place.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lynn

J Q Rose said...

Wow--amazed to see all the places to keep up with you on the web. Vienna sounds so romantic. Are you planning to write a romance in Vienna? And near the gardens? Too cool. Really enjoyed learning more about you.

Lynn Crain said...

Thanks for dropping by, J.Q., and yes, I've been doing lots on the web recently. LOL!

I hope to have a Vienna series going here shortly...depends upon if I can get everything caught up...I'm so far behind from being ill. There are lots of ideas for Vienna.

Glad you're enjoying my posts!

Lynn