Lynn Crain Interview

Fallen Angel Reviews would like to welcome author, Lynn Crain. Thanks so much for taking the time to sit and chat with us. Why not take a seat and tell us something about Lynn.


How do you spend your day, Lynn, once you climb out of bed?

Usually, it's spent with a cup of coffee in front of my computer. These days I've been packing for a move on most days.

Now, that we know a little of how Lynn spends her day, why don't we discuss Subtle Invasion? I would love to hear about Melinda's visions, not to mention the cover is very nice.
Thanks. I love the cover myself. On to Melinda's visions, I wouldn't call them visions...see...I think she's really experiencing these encounters.

When you compose, do you follow an outline, or just go with the flow? On a schedule, or as inspiration hits?
I honest have to say it depends upon the books. There are some books where I meticulously work out the details. Those books are bigger books, say, over 50K. Books under that word count I pretty much can wing it, as I'm a pantser.

How long does it take to compose a book?
Again, it depends upon the book. I have been known to complete a short book, less than 50k, within a week. I've done short stories in a day with my highest word count ever done in a day being 10k+. Believe me when I say that's not something I normally do. LOL!

What is your best quality as a writer?
I think it's the fact I write compelling stories where the writers are clamoring to know just what is happening with the characters. I've been told that my ideas keep bringing them back as well.

Where do you get all these ideas when you start to pen a story?
I have more ideas that I can ever write. I get ideas from life. I take a pen and paper with me everywhere so that I can jot them down from overheard conversations to seeing something interesting. Ideas are easy, implementing them is the hard part.

Do you have any bad writing habits?
Yup, LOL! I think my worst one is that I start lots of stories but only finish very few because I get bored with the idea. I'd love to finish them all but sometimes it's just not meant to be.

Why not give us a sneak peek into your future work you are composing, A Healing Touch?
Sure...just remember...at this point, it's an unedited excerpt.

"Personally, I think all that naturopathic medicine stuff is hocus-pocus ," he said emphatically. Justin had a sudden need to get close to her and sat down. He just couldn't understand this overwhelming and compelling feeling that he had to get even closer still. His body reacted in a way that he hadn't felt in a long, long time.
Looking at her, really looking at her, he realized what an attractive woman she was…attractive but naïve he decided…and doing something he felt to be very dangerous. He stood watching the play of emotions dart across her lovely heart-shaped face with light eyes and dark brown hair. He was sure that when the sun glinted off the dark locks they had an auburn tone. She was tiny by today's standards…barely over five feet tall he surmised…diminutive would have been what she was called in years gone by.
"Medicine isn't something that one should trifle with at all." He looked at her and patted her hand.
Her eyes were amber, he realized and shook his head. It was as if he were under some kind of spell or something and for some reason, he couldn't pull away.
"I do hope that you realize I don't question your ability really. Just your wisdom. And then there's your training we really need to discuss."
She sat up straighter. "I really think that my grandmother didn't disclose all her medications or something. I have never had this reaction in a patient in all the years I've been practicing."
"And just how many years is that? You barely look like you're out of diapers."

Abbie could barely contain her growing impatience. She knew she looked young but this man's insolence went beyond what she would call normal. Whatever had happened to professional courtesy anyway? He was downright rude. Why were all modern-day medical doctors so arrogant? Had they forgotten just why they had gone into medicine in the first place? She sighed and managed to restrain herself from tapping her foot furiously. It was her one nervous habit. Hocus-pocus? Well, maybe she could show him.
"How about I whip up a little spell then?" She gave him her most seductive look.
"What?" He eyed her cautiously.
"You know spell? Hocus-pocus?" she purred.
A look of shock slowly spread across his face. "Are you taking this as a joke?"
"Aren't you?" She didn't want to hedge any more.
"No…I'm not, Abbie…and just what do you think you could conjure up?"
"Oh, I don't know," she said, practically growling, "how about a love potion that included a lot of sex or something?"
"Why would you say that? What's wrong with you?" He slowly pulled his hand back as if she would bite him or something.
"Maybe it's because you've been undressing me with your eyes since the moment I saw you. Or do you always let your mouth hang open when you see a pretty woman?" He was right. What had gotten into her? It was totally unlike her to be this forward. But with him, questioning her medical skill and then the looks he had been giving her, it was all too much.


In your opinion, what are the three most essential ingredients of an excellent novel?
The main characters must be likeable and ones where people can identify with them, the story must be compelling and logical, and last, the ending must fit the story.

If you could be a character in any Disney Movie, which movie would you choose?
Wow, this is the first time this has ever been asked of me...LOL! There are so many of them...I think I would choose...Belle from Beauty and the Beast.

Have you ever completely finished one book then suddenly decided you wanted to change the ending?
Not normally but there are things in books I've wanted to change because I realized I've made life difficult for the next book in the series.

What is your favorite late night snack?
Ben & Jerry's chocolate chip cookie dough.

You are on a picnic, which do you go for first hot dog or hamburgers?
Hot dogs.

Is there one habit you know you'll never change?
I have the tendency to be right on time or a little late. I wish for once I could get some place early. I'm lucky I make my plane flights. LOL!

You wake up one morning to learn you are a farmer and have to plant. What crop would you begin planting on your farm?
Probably three of them: winter wheat, corn and soybeans. See, I'm a farmer's daughter and that's what my father would be planting if we still had the farm. LOL!

Why not share your website, Myspace, or Facebook link with us at this time.
lynncrain.com, myspace, blogspot, livejournal, Xtra Ordinary Romance, twitter, facebook and youtube.com

Lynn, I understand you have a snake named Sandune, sounds interesting.
I have two snakes. But not for long as I'm moving to Vienna, Austria for a few years. I'm giving them away to a cousin, as that's one thing I can't transport with me.

Thanks for taking time out to answer our questions today. We look forward to hearing more from Lynn in the future.



Interviewed by: Linda L.



Linda L.