MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR MIRANDA LYNN❤️
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Miranda Lynn and I write Time Travel Fantasy and Paranormal Romance currently.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My most recent is Paranormal Romance, shifters to be specific. I don’t come up with the ideas, my characters do. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s so true. And the series grows bigger with each book and as new characters are introduce. I did know that I wanted to write shifters, but with my own twist and it’s been received well I think.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Because I love reading them. I decided to write a story that I hadn’t read yet in a genre that I love.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Very little honestly, I simply checked for what types of animals were indigenous to some areas. Other than that it’s totally of my creation.
Can you tell me about your Series?
The Black Mountain Pack is about how shifters had to adapt to survive in a world that wanted to hunt them rather than accept them. Different species had to learn to live together for survival. Now they have to fight factions from within that think they should be the top of the food chain rather than learn to live with other paranormal factions as well as humans.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Each book I write becomes my favorite. Currently it’s Sterling, because his story is the one I’m writing at the moment, but I love them all in their own way.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes, I don’t know if I have it in me to write a stand-alone book…lol
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
It depends, I’m also a substitute teacher so my days can change quickly. I try to write in my office in the mornings, but if I get called in I take my notebook and handwrite during down times at school. I don’t set any type of daily goal. I just write until I’m done or until I get hungry…lol
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Sterling is my current WIP, and I have at least 5 more planned for this series, along with a spin off series of 4 books minimum.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I want strong unique names. I try to search when I’m naming each character to make sure it’s not something overly used. Or if I come across someone in real life that has a unique name I’ll write it down for future use. For example Sterling was the name of one of our servers at Cracker Barrel once. I kept the name and it fit this character because he’s a silver fox shifter…a play on words in a way.
Where do your ideas come from?
I have a very active imagination.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Putting a time frame on myself, setting due dates. I rebel against them, so now I write with the flow and set dates in the form of season. Sterling is due Winter of 2017 and another book I have will be due out in Spring of 2018.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I like them, I don’t’ have any myself because they aren’t in my small indie budget yet. I think it would be fun to have one done when I have a few more books in the series out. A series trailer rather than individual books.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Publishing period. Getting past that fear of failure is my biggest accomplishment.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I can write what I want, when I want. I love finding readers that love the worlds I create as much as me
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Writing in an empty nest, traveling, and enjoying some form of success.
Have you always liked to write?
I have always like creating stories, I didn’t always write them but I could create them easily.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Keep writing and don’t ever compare yourself to anyone else.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Librarian, I was one for 3 years and I would go back to it in a heartbeat.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Sometimes, I don’t respond. Bad reviews are just one person’s opinion and I try to just take them at face value. It has taken time to get there, they used to hurt a lot, but I have had to learn to not take them personally. Not everyone will like what I write, or my writing style and that’s ok.
What is your least favorite part of the writing / publishing process?
Sharing it with others. The excitement over a good cover, or a character that people drool over. I love the feedback, knowing others love the stories I create.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
Again because it’s a favorite of mine. I balance simply by which character is speaking the loudest. I plan to finish the Destiny Trilogy once Sterling is finished.
Where did your love of books come from?
I don’t really know, I am an only child so my books were my friends. My escape from life (I didn’t have a bad one, I just got bored easily) My way to experience other worlds.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I have so many, it’s hard to list them all. I think each series I fall in love with becomes my favorite.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
It’s like being a mom, I can’t pick one favorite.
Where can readers go to discover more about you and your books?
Check out my website at http://www.mirandalynn.com to find me, my books, and where I am on social media.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Depends on the day and what I’m writing. It can do both.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to blend both, writing a good sex scene but with a twist that maybe isn’t the norm. Or building tension in an abnormal way, I’m still working on this. I write the stories I want to, not what is popular though. I don’t write to market at all.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have some great friends who I feel I can turn to when I need feedback on scenes, or ideas, character names etc. I love my circle because we all support each other so well.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Squirrel, what was I saying again?
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️