Welcome Lynne to Netta & TJ's Review Spot! We would like to start off with a few questions to help our followers get to know you a little bit.
To start with, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I was born in Canada and have vivid recollections of how much our family read. One set of grandparents started out with Dr. Seuss books, added Scholastic, and tossed an Encyclopedia Britannica in for good measure. My mother added a book club and countless magazines, while my Dad ordered National Geographic & Scientific American. He read to us every night. Having twins after me rather exhausted my mother. They were insidiously dangerous despite their cherubic smiles. So, we read and went to the library every week. Some books would have been off-limits to other parents, ours encouraged us to read *anything.* We did. I enjoyed telling my elementary school friends about Gone With the Wind, was excited when I read The Godfather and scared to death by Rosemary's Baby. My favorite photo of my mother is one I took in college. I caught her unaware as she sat on a couch...reading.
What can you tell us about this book?
In a rather strange way this book's story mimics what happens in The Comrades. In my 2nd year of law school, I saw the school playboy with a huge fantasy book. Making certain my wedding ring flashed protective bolts of lightning I asked him how he found time for 'free reading.' Playboy answered if he didn't read something that wasn't law, he'd lose his mind. Incredible; the kid had a plan which didn't include include hitting on me! Armed with knowledge, I went home after school, grabbed the first novel I saw [Tolkien] read for a bit, then fell asleep. I dreamt about a handsome man, a beautiful woman and *knew* that a grudge meant they would never meet.
Do you plot everything out, from beginning to end, or does it just come to you as you write?
I do not plot; the characters do. Sometimes I am amazed at the things that I didn't see coming. I consider myself to be their scribe.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I was a journalist who never planned to do anything else. At first I could only write dialogue. I began to research, then had to learn how to write dialogue, then edit everything not needed.
What were your feelings when your first saw the cover of the finished product?
It was gorgeous. My publisher had worked with me to find the font I wanted, with a sword as the focal point. My friends who are writers liked it, including Diana Gabaldon. Simple but striking; the sword hilt looks like a cross, which is a reader's first clue that the book will have an undercurrent of Christian themes.
When you are not writing, what do you like to do?
Read, talk, shop. Rinse, repeat.
Do you have a routine before writing?
You bet! I open up the laptop, begin a page and say, "Okay, guys, who's talking today?"
Do you write in your PJ's or do you get dressed and get ready to work?
Every day is different, today I had to go out for a while, so I have respectable clothes on. Some days, pj's.
You can find more about "The Comrades" at Lynn's website http://www.lynnesearswilliams.com/
Her Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/searswilliams
Her Publisher's Page http://www.heartallybooks.com/authors/5-lynne-sears-williams
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LYNN IS OFFERING A "PRINT" BOOK TO THE WINNER IN THE USA and
A E-BOOK INTERNATIONALLY!!!!
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She will be here for a week!
Contest Ends Friday November 18th, 2011