Hi guys. I know some of you are tired from all the shopping. Your feet hurt, your back aches, but you triumphed. You got that much desired gift and ate all the turkey, ham, dressing, and trimmings you could imagine. Well, now it's time to sit down and relax with today's Fab Friday Feature author.
Three weeks ago today, author C. Lynette shared an excerpt from her novel, Ebony Articles Volume II with us. Today, she's back for an in-depth interview. Join me as I sit down to chat with her, and get to know her a little more personally.
Chelle: Whether we're organized and detailed, or just let our creativity flow with the wind, authors typically fall into one of two categories, Plotter or Pantser. Which one are you, Lynette?
C. Lynette: I am most definitely a pantser. The only thing I plan out is what’s for dinner and then that doesn’t always work.
Chelle: Girl, you sound like me! And it drives my husband crazy. Well, now that I know we're somewhat kindred spirits, tell us a little about yourself.
C. Lynette: I have always been a writer, it’s the way I’ve always expressed myself. Written word is so much easier sometimes than communication. I am a single mother of a nerve-wrecking but wonderfully smart 4 year old boy. I graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Journalism. My favorite color is blue and I love as strongly as I hate.
Chelle: Okay, this is getting spooky. I told you that we're kindred spirits. Your statements about communication, your favorite color and the love/hate thing resonate with me. Now, most authors have a routine they settle into when they prepare to write. Yet, others toss routine out the window and go with the flow. I have a feeling you're gonna be that flowing, free-falling, go with the wind artist. But go ahead, and tell us about your writing routine.
C. Lynette: I go with the flow. I’ve written one thing, scrapped it and went into a whole totally different direction. I’m expanding a short story I worked on for this anthology and I’m sitting at 10K+ words right now. If you had asked me earlier where it was going, I wouldn’t have had an answer.
Chelle: I'm sure whatever you create will be wonderful. You're definitely gifted with the written word. Music is instrumental in writing for most authors. Pandora or iHeart? What would we find on your playlist?
C. Lynette: Spotify. I have several different playlists and sometimes I switch between them all. My music taste ranges. I like all types of genres and artists but I lean with music that came out between 1996 and 2006. I can’t begin to list everyone or every playlist, it would take up too much space. But I definitely have my moods when I clean, when I write and sometimes they intertwine. Stevie, MJ and Tamia are definitely in rotation.
Chelle: Did you keep a journal or diary as a child growing up? If so, what secret did you not want your parents to read?
C. Lynette: I did keep a journal but it was for a short amount of time. I tend to keep things to myself instead of writing about it. People are nosy. But I didn’t really have anything secretive to keep.
Chelle: What genre do you write and why? What authors have influenced your writings?
C. Lynette: I have written two books in Erotic Romance. I decided that I wanted to write like Zane but differently. Plus I loved the steamy love scenes written by Beverly Jenkins. She as well as Chuck Palahniuk and William Faulkner encouraged me to write with a sense of humor (although they had dark humor).
Chelle: If you could pair up with another author to write, who would you choose and why?
C. Lynette: I’m hoping to write with the fabulous L. Logan Chandler and Michele Kimbrough. I think we’d be an awesome collaboration.
Chelle: I love Michele Kimbrough. She's so authentic and so real! I am sure that would be a wonderful collaboration. If your latest release were turned into a movie, what actors would you select to play the starring roles, and what music would comprise the soundtrack?
C. Lynette: So far Deadly Games, it hasn’t been released yet, but it will be soon, I already have the perfect actors for each character.
Khaleela Travis – Jurnee Smollett (Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor)
Shawn Turner – John David Washington (Denzel’s son)
Aymil Amari – Omarion Ryan (the Middle Eastern Bodybuilder/Model)
Al-Yassin – Oded Fehr (Resident Evil Apocalypse/Extinction/Retribution)
Chelle: I recently wrote a post on writer's block, and how to overcome it. Lynette, how do you handle writer’s block?
C. Lynette: I just stop writing or I go find my muse.
Chelle: Mountains or the beach?
C. Lynette: The beach of course!
Chelle: I don't know about you, but I am not that fond of the marketing aspect of this writing thing we do. Can you provide one marketing tip for upcoming authors that has worked for you.
C. Lynette: Support those around you because they will often support you in return.
Chelle: That is excellent advice, Lynette. If there was one thing you would want your readers to know after reading your works, what would it be?
Chelle: If there was one thing you would want your readers to know after reading your works, what would it be?
C. Lynette: I am not my characters. My life is not that exciting.
Chelle: LOL!!! I hear you on that. Writers often have to forsake time with friends and family when deadlines are looming, or the creative muse is flowing. What one person has been your greatest supporter on your publishing journey?
C. Lynette: Michele Kimbrough, Celese White Cooper, L. Logan Chandler – my literary and blood/via marriage cousins.
Chelle: Creativity needs to be rejuvenated and the mind refreshed. We usually get that by stepping away from the world, and soaking up some much-needed me-time. Describe your idea of the perfect “me-time.”
C. Lynette: A bath tub with lavender bubble bath, lavender soothing oil, and a single candle.
Chelle: Oh my goodness! That sounds very relaxing. I think I’m inspired to go grab some “me-time,” now. LOL!! Next thought: Kobe or LeBron?
C. Lynette: Neither. But Steph Curry!
Chelle: Well, you passed the test. You’re a basketball fan. Ha! Ha! Lynette, we live life beautifully inspired here, at The Beautifully Inspired Blog. Leave us with an inspirational post, comprised of three words.
C. Lynette: Just do it!
Chelle: It gets no better than that. Just do it! Don’t talk about it, be about it. That’s the only way we can accomplish our dreams. Thank you for sharing those simple, yet significant words. I wish you the best on your writings, marketing, and future releases. Hopefully, Michele Kimbrough will read this post and the two of you can collaborate on a project. No pressure. ;)
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