About H.G. Lynch:
I’m H.G. Lynch, a Scottish Paranormal Romance author, avid reader, and cat-lover. I spend most of my days writing, while wrestling my cat, Sooki, off my laptop. I believe that chocolate cake can save the world, and I am highly caffeine-addicted. I can occasionally be found rolling on the floor, laughing manically, when I’ve consumed too much caffeine. I love horse-riding, Star Trek, and snow.
My books are dark fantasy romances, usually with a bad boy and a bad girl. Sometimes with zombies, sometimes vampires, sometimes other things.
What inspires you to write?
My first book was inspired by bullying. I was bullied a lot at school, so I created a world where a girl just like me could be brave enough and strong enough to fight back – I made Ember, full of sass, smart ass and strength.
Tell us about your writing process.
It depends on the story. Sometimes I’ll plan out scene by scene and other times I just sit down and go. The thing with making a plan is that I usually don’t stick to it once my characters start talking to me – they’re in control. I just have the hands and the keyboard.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Always. I’ve been caught speaking to my characters aloud in the street – I get funny looks when that happens. Sometimes they argue with me, sometimes they’ll back-chat. They have a lot to say.
What advice would you give other writers?
There’s a trilogy of the most important things to know as a writer:
1. Promotion of your books is ESSENTIAL. Sites like bookgoodies are really good ways of expanding your fan base.
2. Editing is an absolute must. I literally go over my manuscripts nine or ten times before I send it to my publisher, and I almost always catch spelling mistakes or plot holes I missed before.
3. Keep going. Even when it seems like you’re no selling well, and other authors around you are hitting NYT Bestseller lists, just keep doing what you’re doing. It takes time, and as long as your books are well edited and you’re promoting constantly, it’ll all pick up.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My best friend. She read my first manuscript while I was writing it, I’d send her a few new pages every day and then she’d be begging me for more. Once the manuscript was done, she was so in love with the story and the characters, she told me I should publish it. I took her advice, and here I am now.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think ebooks aren’t done growing as a format for reading, but I don’t think paperbacks will ever completely disappear. There are a lot readers who, like me, prefer the feel and smell and look of a real book in their hands.
What do you use?: Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Erotica
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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