Love, Capri Style - The Wild Rose Press | Contemporary Romance | October 2010
Please tell us your latest news!
Lynn Reynolds is excited to present her second novel, Love Capri Style to her very patient readers. This one is a short, breezy contemporary romance but it took a while to make it to the publishing world due to a change of publishers, a lost galley and assorted other mishaps.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Well, I think Love, Capri Style is great fun, but I have to confess, I do miss the spies. There were spies in the original version of the book, but an editor requested I take out the suspense/mystery angle. At first I was reluctant, but I did so because I thought it would make an interesting challenge. And it did! Most of my plot ideas do involve guns, dead bodies and danger, so writing a pure romance proved to be quite a challenge!
Do you see writing as a career?
I did see writing as a career. In fact, it has been my career for years - as a newspaper reporter. But we all know what's happening to newspapers these days. I'm honestly not sure whether writing in the digital age is going to be lucrative enough for most people to pursue it as a career. The Internet and Print-on-Demand publishing are making it easier for more people to get their stories out there, but it's also lowering the amount most people are getting paid for their work. For the most part, I think of fiction writing as a hobby these days!
Do you have any advice for other writers?
The number one thing I tell everyone is FINISH THE BOOK. Don't keep polishing chapter one over and over again. You can't sell one chapter. Just be willing to write a messy, lousy first draft, get all the way to the end - and then go back and revise. I think it's also important to have a good support group - try to find other aspiring writers you can share ideas and advice with.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
My family have always been very great and supportive, although my son would like me to stop writing romances because it's embarrassing. He wants me to write a teen science fiction novel. Which I'd love to be able to do, because I like science fiction too - but I just don't seem to have the knack!
Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer? Or Still do?
As I said earlier, I was a full-time writer for a lot of years, at least as a reporter. Fiction's always been a sideline and will probably remain that way since it's not all that lucrative. I keep threatening to go to cooking school because I love cooking and I figure I'd never have to worry about being replaced by the Internet!
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
Check Facebook frequently and fit the writing in between wall posts! But seriously, I do try to write a little every day. I used to be a night owl, but being a carpool mom with a sullen teenager takes a lot out of you. Now I have to get the writing done first thing in the morning whenever possible, or it doesn't happen. I also confess to being a "pantser" - writing lingo for "writing by the seat of your pants" as opposed to plotting everything out. I have a beginning and a vague idea of where I think the story will go, but usually I'm wrong.
Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it. (Pen, Coffee Cup, Pet, Blanket, Chair)
I can't write without a Dixon-Ticonderoga #2 Pencil, and I like the point sharp enough to put someone's eye out. And in fact, I have actually "put an eye out" with it twice. My own. I tuck my pencil behind my ear when I'm not writing and on two separate occasions, someone has called me and I've turned my head suddenly and managed to poke myself in the eye with the ol' DT2. Sometimes I'm so klutzy, I scare myself.
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place
I used to have more of a ritual - sharpening a certain number of pencils, etc. But it's harder to be rigid about things like that when you have a kid. At least, if you have MY kid it is. So I learned to be more flexible over the years, so that I could get writing done in the car, in a coffee shop - wherever I had a few minutes.
What main genre do you write in?
Romance, Suspense / Mystery
Lynn Reynolds is the author of "chick noir" suspense novel Thirty-Nine Again, which RT Book Reviews called "a first-class mystery and a first-class read." Her new book, Love, Capri Style, is a sun-drenched, fun-filled contemporary romance set on the island of Capri. It's available exclusively as an ebook at Amazon.com and TheWildRosePress.com.