WEEKEND WITH THE WRITERS CONFERENCE INTERVIEW BLITZ
On January 29 & 30, the second annual Weekend with the Writers Mini-Conference was held here in the beautiful upstate of South Carolina which is my stomping grounds.
So, for the month of January I featured the guest speakers at the conference in an Interview Blitz. Each week I introduced you to one of the speakers at the conference. (three of whom I met at last year’s conference) Hope you enjoyed getting to know each of the fanTAStic authors! This week, I bring back the conference hostess, the lovely and talented LYNETTE EASON.
Thank you, Lynette, for kicking off the month of March with my Weekend with the Writers Interview Blitz.
I open with a quote from your website, “Lynette thanks God for giving her the talent and desire to spin stories that bring readers to the edge of their seat, but most importantly, to the throne of Christ.”
I’ve read two (so far) of Lynette’s stories and was on the edge of my seat til the last page!
I attended the conference last year, and had the pleasure of meeting Lynette in person, as well as three of the four speakers attending this year’s conference. Lynette and I also both attended Converse College, here in the upstate, she for her Master’s in Education, and me with my BFA in Interior Design.
rem: Welcome, Lynette! Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
LYNETTE: I grew up in Greenville, SC. After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a Business Degree I moved to Spartanburg, SC to attend Converse College where I obtained my Masters degree in Education. I’m married to Jack Eason, who speaks, leads worship, and consults ministries around the country. We have two children and now live in Greenville, SC where I write full time.
rem: Tell us three things about yourself.
LYNETTE: I love my life.
I’m on a path to better health!
rem: All fanTAStic! Not many people can say that. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?
LYNETTE: Strawberry or chocolate. It’s a toss up.
rem: I’m all about chocolate! Your favorite cookie?
LYNETTE: Panera’s shortbread cookies! YUM!
rem: And do love shortbread cookies! Coffee or tea? Sweet or un? Flavored or not?
LYNETTE: Tea and unsweet. No flavor.
rem: Me too! Dogs or Cats? Which do you prefer? What are the names of your pets?
LYNETTE: Dogs. My dog’s name is Dash. (Don’t laugh. We got him when The Incredibles movie was big and the name fit him at the time.)
rem: We once had a cat named Pinky, after Pinky and the Brain. Superman or Batman?
rem: Vacation: beach or mountains?
rem: Meeee tooo!!!! When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you?
LYNETTE: I don’t want to be bored. If I’m bored, I shut the book and move on.
rem: Well, yeah, which is why dry (boring) textbooks are so hard to read. jus’ sayin. Your fiction pet peeve?
LYNETTE: Reading poorly written, unedited work.
rem: Oh, goodness! Why, just why would anyone publish a work without editing? What book have you read the most in your lifetime?
LYNETTE: I never re-read. I read a book once and that’s it.
rem: So many to read! There are a precious few I have read more than once. If you could chose to be a character in a book, who would it be and why?
LYNETTE: One who doesn’t get killed. LOL. As for a specific character, probably someone in the pre-civil war era. I like that time period.
rem: Not getting killed is a good thing! Which is more important: plot or characters?
LYNETTE: That’s a tough question! If I don’t care about the characters, I’ll quit reading. However, if I care about the characters, but not the plot, I might keep reading to see what happens to them in spite of a bad plot.
rem: A la DiAnn Mills, “They are inseparable.” What would you do if you weren’t writing?
LYNETTE: Be miserable. Or something to do with medicine. J
rem: Yeah, I think I would too. (be miserable, not medicine) Tell us a little about your writing journey.
LYNETTE: When I was first married, my husband, Jack, travelled extensively for his job. That left me a lot of time to be lonely. J I’ve always wanted to write a book and I figured that would be a good way to fill my time while he was gone—in addition to taking care of my 9 month old baby girl. Through God’s provision, I wound up with Dee Henderson as a mentor and eight years later, I got the call that Harlequin wanted to purchase one of my books! That started this roller coaster ride called being a published author.
rem: Oh it’s a roller coaster ride, for sure! What is your Writing Routine? Where do you write: In a cave, a coffeehouse, or a cozy nook?
LYNETTE: I don’t really have a routine. I try to write first thing in the morning as that’s when my brain seems to be most active and coherent. But truly, I write when I can.
rem: What makes you struggle as an author? How do you handle it?
LYNETTE: Distractions. I can be distracted by email (mostly), the internet (research is FUN!) and social media.
rem: Distractions are everywhere, aren’t they? I do love my research. Do you prefer the creating or editing aspect of writing? Why?
LYNETTE: In the beginning, I like the creative stage, but in the end, I’m ready for the story to be done so I can get other input and make it better.
rem: I edit as I go (I know, gasp!) so I do both at the same time, and then perpetual edit. What do you enjoy most about being a writer?
LYNETTE: The flexible schedule!
rem: What was the hardest thing about publishing? The easiest?
LYNETTE: Keeping up with everything besides the writing. The promotion, the constant demands for interviews, (this interviewer feeling a wee bit sheepish) endorsements, requests to mentor, (might call on you to mentor…) etc. It can be exhausting. I don’t MIND it, I actually really like to do all of that, it just can be overwhelming when it all builds up at the same time.
rem: What are your top 3 recommendations for a new writer?
LYNETTE: 1. Invest in a conference or as many as you can go to. 2. Join a local writers group and find writers who are farther along on the journey than you are. 3. Don’t be afraid to put your work out there and get feedback. And when you get it, learn from it. (As long as it’s good!)
rem: It’s a paradox, isn’t it? Writing itself is a solo activity, but interaction with other writiers is invaluable. What 3 things would recommend not doing?
LYNETTE: 1. Don’t try to make your work perfect. Everything, even finished published books, can always use more editing! 2. Don’t take it personally if you get a rejection. Use it to learn and move on. 3. Don’t stay on the same story year after year. Start something new.
rem: I have to confess, I feel a tingle of wicked glee when I come across a typo or glitch in something I’m reading! (takes pressure off of me…) Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?
LYNETTE: Movies, television, the newspaper, general conversation.
rem: So, basically anywhere and everywhere. (me too) Do you have a favorite book or work that you’ve written? If so, why?
LYNETTE: I like Nowhere To Turn. I love writing about deaf characters and deaf culture.
rem: That was the first one of yours I read! And it got me hooked as a fan! Tell us a little about your latest book?
LYNETTE: Always Watching is the latest book. Here’s the back cover copy:
Intensity. Skill. Tenacity.
The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have it all.
When it becomes clear that popular psychiatrist and radio personality Wade Savage has a stalker, his father secretly hires Elite Guardians to protect his son. But when Wade’s bodyguard is attacked and nearly killed, agency owner Olivia Edwards must step in and fill the gap.
Olivia’s skills are about to be tested to the limit as Wade’s stalker moves from leaving innocent gifts at his door to threatening those closest to him–including Olivia. But in her mind, even more dangerous than the threats to her life is the hold her handsome client has on her heart.
rem: Of course, I have to read this now. What is your current project?
LYNETTE: I’m currently working on the 4th book in the Elite Guardians series and will turn it in August 2016.
rem: What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?
LYNETTE: That they will be completely entertained and see God on every page. Maybe that’s two things, but there you go. J
rem: I think that’s our ultimate goal, as Christian writers, to evidence God in our words. Lynette, thank you so much for joining us today. It’s been a pleasure having you.
LYNETTE: I always love to hear from my readers. You can find me:
Facebook – www.facebook.com/lynette.eason
Amazon.com link: http://tinyurl.com/zlhc3th
Barnes and Noble link: http://tinyurl.com/zpzuaq6
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