Patricia Lynne, who you may know as @patricialynne07 from our weekly #StoryDam Twitter chats, was gracious enough to be our first StoryDam Author interview. As a YA author with two published novels, Patricia is in a position many in our writing community dream of. I took the opportunity to ask her about about her craft, her books and her inspiration.
When you hear that Patricia has written and published two novels and is working on her third, you may think that she’s been doing this forever, but that is not the case. Patricia says that she “started writing about four or five years ago. It started as just for fun.” She knew that she wanted to go beyond the “just for fun” writing into the world publishing when she “was writing Being Human. The story struck [her] as something [she] thought others would enjoy.” She was right! Here is some of the praise she’s received on the Being Human Goodreads page:
“I have never been so surprised at the imagination, twists, turns, and humor from an author as I was with this.”
“The story is fast paced, exciting, gut-wrenching, and completely addicting.”
“As someone who does not normally like male narrators, I am going to come right out and admit that this book rocked.”
I’m going to stop there, but there is more!
Now you’re probably wondering how you can capture some of that greatness. Patricia’s secret to success is laid back. When I asked her to describe her writing habit she said, “Habit implies planning of some sort and I have no plans. I write whenever the mood strikes me or try to make myself write (usually unsuccessfully) when I don’t feel like it.” Her “golden rule” of writing is “Don’t stress. If I stress out then I get writer’s block. I can’t write under pressure.”
Of course, getting your story published involves a lot more than just the joy of writing. Patricia enjoys many aspect of the process, until it comes to marketing. She says, “I’m not fond of marketing. That involves talking to people and I’m quite the introvert and assume I’m bothering people and they just want me to shut up.” (I thought I was the only person that thought like this!)
Patricia’s Inspiration & Support
Where does an introverted author get her writing support? Surely Patricia’s husband is the go-to-guy in her corner. Well, according to her “he’s about as interested in my writing as I am about his computer nerdy stuff.” She finds her writing support with her friends.”They always ask when the next book is or want to talk about what I’m working on (which once led to an interesting conversation about squid sex.)” Now wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall for that conversation?
Beyond her close-knit group of friends, Patricia finds inspiration in the writing of Heather Brewer, author of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. She says, “she is just awesome and motivates me to try.”
Lessons Learned & Passed On
Patricia has come a long way. Although she was always creative – she used to knit and make jewelery to sell at craft shows before she was writing – become an author is not something she ever imagined. In fact, when I asked her what she has learned from writing, she said, “That I can do it.” Her advice to writers starting out is simple, “Don’t be afraid to ask.” She explains further, ” Being shy as I am, I always struggle to ask others for help, but when I do, the outpouring of help from the writing community is amazing. You will find someone with answers.” With advice like that, it is no wonder Patricia has been a regular participant in our #StoryDam chats and a part of our writing community!I
Patricia’s Current Work In Progress
Before ending this off with all of the juicy information about Patricia’s published novels and how you can get in contact with her, I thought I would share with you what I found out about the YA LGBT paranormal novel she’s working on now. It’s called Out of Secrets, and though she is procrastinating going over her friend’s notes on the story, she says we shouldn’t worry because that’s normal for her. Here’s what she divulged about the story:
In it I’m have these creatures called Strigoi. They are Romanian in origin and are considered troubled souls that rise from the grave. They also have vampire characteristics so there’s some blood sucking, but I tried to make it clear that they aren’t just vampires, just vampire-like. Also, witch-like because they can do magic. Which is part of the Strigoi mythology too. Some are living people with magical properties.
Joshua Jackson AKA JJ is struggling with his sexuality. One night, he meets Cage, who almost kills him because he’s lost in hunger. JJ helps to free him from his enslavement to hunger. The two start a relationship and he hopes with Cage by his side he’ll find the courage to come out to his parents. Before he can, he is outted and kicked out, leaving him homeless. JJ decides to leave his life and humanity behind to spend eternity with Cage. But when one lives forever, one is bound to make enemies and Cage is no exception. An old enemy is stalking him and plans on using JJ to get revenge.
Dripping with conflict, drama, and creepy creatures – what’s not to love? While you wait for Patricia to polish that one up for publishing (she is hoping to release it before the end of this year), here’s what you can sink your teeth into now:
Patricia’s Latest Novel: Snapshots
Right now I have it on sale for 99cents (can’t go wrong for under a buck, eh?) It’s about a young man, Cyclop Blaine who can see the future when he looks into people’s eyes. But it only works when he uses both his eyes so he keeps one eye covered and that earns him his nickname, Cyclop. When I was editing, my writing partner, MaryBeth and I had a nice discussion on his name because the correct spelling is Cyclops and if we should change it to that. In the end, I decided not to and added a little scene where Amber points the misspelling out to Cyc and he explains that the person who gave him the nickname wasn’t the most educated and he prefers it over some of the other nicknames he was called.
Cyc can see other’s futures, but his own is a mystery. Someone from his past haunts his dreams and soon that past will catch up to him. There also is an LGBT element because another inspiration for the story was a Twitter chat I took part in discussing the lack of bisexual characters in LGBT stories. I thought I’d like to help change that and shortly, I got the idea for Cyc.
My name is Cyclop Blaine and I am a real person.
“You are mine.”
I am a real person: heedless of a childhood spent under the supervision of an old man I only know as Master.
“You belong to me.”
I am a real person: regardless of my teenage years bound by violence as the adoptive son of the Victory Street Gang’s leader.
“You will obey me.”
I am a real person: despite the visions I see in others’ eyes. Snapshots of their futures.
“You will cower before me.”
I am a real person: my life will be my own. I belong to no one.
“You. Are. MINE.”
For Tommy, there is only one thing he needs to do: survive.
Only surviving isn’t that easy. The hunt for blood can be tricky when humans know to fear the night. Desire sits on the edge of his mind, urging him to become the monster humans think he is. Vampire Forces, a special branch of police, is determined to turn every vampire to ash. Tommy included.
The only human Tommy can trust is his twin brother. A bond connects them, and with Danny’s help, Tommy starts to understand the human world he struggles to survive in. He’ll learn what friendships means and feel the sting of betrayal, find that sometimes the worst monsters are very human, and come to understand that family means more than blood.
Tommy just wants to survive and he knows what he needs to do. But with the number of humans that mean more to him than a meal growing, Tommy learns there’s more to life than simple survival. He’ll discover being human doesn’t mean being a human.
About the Author
Patricia Lynne never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never gave it any thought during high school and college, but some stories are meant to be told and now she can’t stop. Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.
Connect With Patricia Lynne
You can find me on my website, or wasting time on Twitter and lurking on Facebook. I’m also on Goodreads. I try to keep a list of all the sites where you can buy my books. Not everyone uses a Kindle, after all. In my house, we have just about every eReader out there since my hubby is a computer nerd. Being Human’s list is here and you can find Snapshots’ list here.
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