Lin Maree Boelz a proud mother of two children and three grandchildren has had a fascination with legends and stories told around campfires since she can remember. She was always the first one to jump up and offer a chilling tale of what is really hiding in the shadows. After being asked by several people if she ever planned on writing a book; she decided to follow her passion and write down some of her stories. Lin decided the best place to start was with one of her worst fears as a child. No matter what her parents said, she was sure there was something hiding under the bed. Lin relates the authors havening the biggest influence on her writing to be; Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, and Sir Arthur Konan Doyle. The shows that influenced her most were; Th Twilight Zone, Outer limits and The Night Gallery. When asked what she believed made a good story she related that she believes to keep a book interesting you have to have just the right amount of plot twist. As a reader she likes to be surprised when something unexpected happens. Lin’s favorite way to end a campfire tales is to ask; ‘Have you ever ask yourself, what if it is not just a story?’
What inspires you to write?
I have loved writing since I was in grade school. It wasn’t until my husband read some of my older work that he began encouraging me to publish. Still not sure I became a member of an Amazon authors thread and made a few friends there. After finding out it was possible to publish a book without going through the rejection process of big name publishing houses I began my journey.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing style is like transcribing a movie as it happens. I start out with an outline but then just watch from the side lines. I do my best to type fast enough to keep up with the characters and what’s happening to them.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh my yes. I remember one day when a co-worker came to relieve me for lunch I told him I had to go for a walk and have a conversation with one of my main characters. She and I weren’t on the same page. She wanted to go in a different direction. Of course she won. Ten chapters later I was at the end of a 40 chapter book. My characters are very real to me. I cry when they die.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t skimp! Use editors and beta readers before publishing. And don’t discount the power of a good cover.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
This was an easy decision once I was introduced to the wonderful world of indie publishing. And since finding a new site that only needs a word document for them to format it for you it is a snap.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that traditional publishing houses are going to slowly die away as more and more authors figure out they don’t have to give the lion’s share or control over their book to someone else. The downfall to this is anyone can publish and there are plenty of them out there who chose not to use editors and beta readers or put the effort into producing a good cover. In the end it makes it harder on authors who do go that extra distance to give the reader a good experience. To help other authors I have done several covers for them. I know they say don’t judge a book by its cover. But that isn’t true for a book you want someone to read. You need to tell a story and entice them to take a look inside.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Mystery, horror, thriller, fantasy, suspense, Sci-Fi, True funny cat stories, erotica
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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