Sunday, November 22, 2009

An Interview with guest author Lynn Hones

Please welcome my guest author Lynn Hones! Don't miss her giveaway at the end of the post!

When did you get started writing and what motivated you to write? I wrote my first book, Bubbles the Bear and Dinkles the Duck, when I was eight or nine. It was so successful I wrote the sequel, The Further Adventures of Bubbles the Bear and Dinkles the Duck around the same time. I found these two years ago in my mom’s dresser drawer after she died and we were cleaning out her house. She kept them all these years.

What genres do you write in and why? I write paranormal romance because I fell in love with the old black and white movie, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, as a child and was always fascinated by the concept of falling in love with a ghost.

What do you have published and where? Those Who Wait, published by Devine Destinies is my first ebook. Well, it’s my first published book. I have a second to be published by them, due out in the future. It’s called, The Cult of Light and Lies. I’m working on a third that’s untitled as of now.

Tell me about yourself? I’m turning fifty this December 23rd. YIKES. But, really I’ve never been hung up on getting old. I’ve earned every wrinkle on my face. I quit drinking and smoking about twelve years ago and my husband and I joke that we will live to be one hundred because we won’t be able to die. We are more popular than ever, though. We would be rich if we charged for being designated drivers.

Where can we find you on the Internet? I can be found on and

• What do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? I love to write fiction, but read mostly non-fiction. I’ve read quite a bit of Stephen King and everything by Ann Rule.

How do people react when they find out your are an author? I don’t tell many people. I think they have a preconceived notion that authors are swell. I’m not swell. That was one of my mom’s fave words.

Do you like writing your hero or heroine better? Which POV do you prefer? Wow, what a great question. I like to write both. Kind of like a volley, if you will.

What is your perfect hero? Perfect heroine? Perfect hero is probably the hero in my book, Those Who Wait. A tall, thin, muscular, sandy long haired quiet man with a short beard and mustache. He’s educated, but you’d never be able to tell because he’s so humble. He’s a leader and tough as nails. She’s quiet and kind of clumsy, like me. I have always had long blonde hair, so I prefer my heroines to have dark hair. Also, I prefer her to be a little older, thirtiesh, pushing forty.

Do you belong to any writer’s chapters or groups, like RWA? Not right now.

Do you have any recommendations for aspiring writers? Persistence. Keep trudging along. If you’re a born writer, you’ll write. If not, you’ll lose interest.

How long did it take you from when you started writing to being published? From first submitting to being published? I give it about five years, give or take. I have two children who take up most of my time, so I write in between science projects and frosting the cupcakes.

What do you think about the future of epublishing? I think it is inevitably going to take over books. But, not entirely. People will always want that feel of the book in their hand. It will take a long, long time, but it will happen where ebooks will outnumber those in print.

Do you do research for your stories? If so, what kind? Yes. I researched for my book Those Who Wait. It is a Civil War Cemetery and my great, great grandfather was a Union guard during the war. I have a brother who is the family historian, so I asked him all about that. I do a lot of research on the internet, but am careful that I get the info from a reliable source.

Are you a plotter (plots and outlines) or a pantzer (by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer)? I’m a Seat of my pants person. Why? I find that my characters are living and breathing to me. They kind of take over and write their own parts. (That sound sorta creepy.)

What is the best or worst writing advice you’ve ever received? The best is to be thick skinned. People will either like your work or they won’t. Don’t listen to those who don’t. They simply prefer something different, and that doesn’t make your work any less good. The worst, hum…let me think. I don’t remember. I probably forgot it because I thought it was stupid and not worth taking up any of my few remaining brain cells. I was a bit of a hippie in the seventies.

Do you use a pen name? Why or why not? No. I thought about it. But, if I write a best seller someday, I want people to know it’s ME! lol

Is there a genre that you haven’t written that you would like to? No, not really.

Raised in a convent, shy and beautiful Simone O'Henley is innocent in her understanding of men. When she meets handsome, self-assured Jackson Taylor while resting at a friend's remote cottage, he leads and guides her to trust him. She trusts him enough to fall in love, and in her naive way, hopes he feels the same way as he brings her to wants and needs she never knew existed in her small, secular world. When phantom voices and groans come from a grove of nearby trees, she's relieved to have him by her side. However, it's the day he disappears without a word that has her terrified. Did he love her? Was he a land developer the locals told her he was, or simply a caretaker of the property nearby? Join Simone as she travels far and wide looking for the only man she has ever loved and watch as she discovers the truth. A truth that turns her simple world upside down and into the winds of thought and reason.

Go to for purchasing information. Also, go to my website, and check out the gift package I'm sending as a thank you for purchasing my book. One of a kind Sea glass necklace with matching earrings, whimsical sea glass and driftwood windchime, four sweet, tiny sea glass Christmas ornaments and two bookmarks with attached sea glass bottles. I normally only send one of these out, but for Christmas I'm sending all nine. (I sound too much like crazy Larry, or one of those stupid infomercials, YIKES.) I love to send these out, though, and so far the people taking advantage of this offer have loved them as well. All wonderful, positive feedback. Not only on my sea glass creations, but on my book as well. My book takes place near a beach, and the sea glass is from the same beach as in the story.

Also, if you have time, check out and read my blog about sea glass. If you leave a message you’ll be in for my drawing, taking place on December 15th. You can win a rare, dark blue sea glass necklace and earring set in sterling silver. So, please come on by. (I’ll be your designated driver.) lol. Take care, and have a great day.

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