About Lynn Carmer:
Lynn Carmer is a talker, a writer, a reader, a teacher, a procrastinator, an avid fan of all things “reality,” and a devourer of all things “sweet.” She has lived on both coasts and everywhere in between. All the crazy characters that live inside her head have now broken free and are running amok. The result? Quite a few steamy and funny romance novels. She has dabbled in a few different genres. Think sexy gargoyles turned to stone; star-crossed lovers living on the planet of fire and ice; and hilarious contemporaries that reference pop culture and quite a few ’80s and ’90s movies and music.
Here’s to hunky heroes and hot-blooded heroines!
What inspires you to write?
I love 80’s and 90’s music and movies! I am talking the cheesiest, funniest teen angst movies I can get my hands on. I also may have a small addiction to reality television. So all of that inspires my Contemporary Romance novels. I have three Contemporaries out, so far.
I also write Paranormal Romance. One of my books was inspired by the planet Mercury. Many moons ago, I was taught that one side of the planet always faced the sun, the other the cold yawn of space. One of my professors guessed there might be a small strip right down the middle that could support life. And BAM! My Sci Fi/Paranormal book, “Fervor” was born. I am also writing a book about gargoyles. I am hoping to make them the new vampire. (Gargoyle is the new black.) As you may have guessed, all of my stories are infused with humor. I can’t wait for you all to get a chance to read my books!
Tell us about your writing process.
I am definitely a pantser. That’s a combination between a “plotter” and a “seat of my pants-er.” I definitely need a light sketch of each chapter, but I am not too rigid in my outline. I am often struck by, what I always think are, amazing ideas in the middle of the night, so I keep a notepad by the side of my bed. (Half the time I can’t read a word of what I’ve written.) But every once in awhile, I strike gold.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I am usually cursing at my characters because they never end up doing what they are supposed to! They just high jack my story and try to make it their own. Totally rude!
I try not to talk to my heroes too often, so the hubby doesn’t get too jealous. However, no matter how feisty they end up acting, they know I love them with all my heart
What advice would you give other writers?
I would say: Just do it. Commit to the, I don’t want to curse here so I will call it, the “poopy” first draft. Just get it out. Don’t overthink it. Write, write, write. The smoothing out process comes later with the gazillion edits you will be doing. No matter how many books you end up publishing, self-doubt and worry always creep in. At least it does with me, with every darn new book I end up writing. (I am really trying hard not to curse.)
The only person holding you back is you. So — write!!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have published with a an ebook publisher and I have just recently indie pubbed. Both have been rewarding and worked for me at different times of my life. Recently, I decided I wanted to have more control over my books, so I self published and I am loving it. I encourage new authors to get their work out there, any way they can. Just know, there are so many options now. Try them all!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I hope that there will be a combination of big publishing houses, along with small ebook presses and self published writers. I love the diversity and the opportunities of all three.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Contemporary Romance. Paranormal Romance. Sci Fi Romance.
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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