About Lynn Masters:
Lynn Masters is the author of the Refuge from the Dead Series. When she isn't working on the next novel in the series, she can be found studying for her business degree, reading, or spending time on Twitter.
She is a runner, a part-time survival enthusiast, and a big-time coffee (and wine!) lover. She gains inspiration from everyday interactions with family, friends, and even random strangers!
She loves hearing from fans of her work, and personally responds to emails. She appreciates every single review and really utilizes feedback to hone her skills.
What inspires you to write?
I gain inspiration from many different places! It could be from a dream, from a funny situation in public, or from my family. I have a plethora of ideas for characters and plots and I cannot wait to write them!
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
I love John Campbell's Omega Days series, Mark Tufo's Zombie Fallout Series, and Shawn Chesser's Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse series.
I also enjoy Mary Balogh, older Stephen King, and many classic novels.
Tell us about your writing process.
My characters usually present themselves to me. Sometimes they develop slowly over time, forming layers upon layers. Sometimes it happens suddenly! I usually keep my ideas in a word document, and when the inspiration strikes I can go right in and write a scene, a chapter, or even a whole book.
I like to have a rough outline of how the story is supposed to develop, but I don't confine my novels to a specific path. I like to allow things to develop organically, it seems much more real that way.
I do keep character logs. In these I list the character details, emotional states, preferences, and the like. I find that it is essential for remembering their background information.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters talk to me, and I write their stories! It is very rare that I talk back to them, and only when they are doing something monumentally stupid. I have to set them straight, you know, otherwise it may develop into a completely different kind of novel!
What advice would you give other writers?
Just keep writing! Don't ever stop the stories from flowing! You make the world more interesting!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self-publishing was a no-brainer for me! I buy my books almost exclusively on Kindle, like millions of others.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think both methods of publishing have a future. There will always be a place for paper and hardback copies. People love to go to a bookstore, browse, and feel the weight of the book in their hands. Self-publishing is also important. It offers a platform for authors who do not have the access or the privilege to be offered a traditional contract. Everyone should be allowed to publish their work!
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