Was it just me or was January a little overwhelming? Man. And now I’m into February. I do like February. 😀
So now, for January, I’m posting my interview a little one the late side. Lynn, I’m sorry. And thank you all for your patience. 😀
J.W. So Lynn, do you think real life can ever live up to the romantic ideal?
L.M Yes. It’s all a matter of perspective. We all have a weakness. That ideal grand gesture. It may just not seem so grand. Some of us enjoy the romantic candle-lit dinner with all the trimmings. But there are number of us, where our significant other would need to think outside the box.
My husband and I went on holiday to the coast this past summer. We actually stayed in the area where book one (of Sons of Rebellion) opens. I wanted to go to the beach and take photos at sunset. Just to get the details right. We actually chose the coldest evening of the holiday to do this. There I was in the cold, during high tide on a deserted beach at twilight, leaning down taking photos. And about a few hundred meters away, he stood, folded arms, in the cold and wind, keeping guard. In that moment, I felt so loved. That’s what it’s about. Finding the grand gesture that works in your relationship. That’s Romance.
I think if we look hard enough, the romantic ideal, would rather try to emulate real life.
J.W. Beautiful. 😀 And I agree. We always find what we’re looking for. With your writing, do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
L.M. Both. I will start with an idea or piece of dialogue and write a rough scene. Then I will outline where it fits into the story. I work in quarters. And will write 25% of the story then go back to outline and reorganise.
I generally have the start, the end and a few key scenes along the way based on dialogue. But I cannot work to an outline, the basic ideas need to come first.
J.W. That is a fantastic process. You get the best of both styles and it works. How often do you write, and do you have a special time during the day to write?
L.M. No special time during the day. But I do try to write everyday. Sometimes I manage a sentence, and others I can write two thousand words. Over weekends I do try to block off at least one evening to just writing.
I’m finding that because I do not use much of an outline, I cannot continue if I realise I have flaw earlier on. And I need to go back and revise. This slows me down. But I think it slows me down more to try and slog through something I know I’m going to have to make a structural change to. So I just go with it.
J.W. Boy, I think we can all relate to those Maybe a sentence days. :p So where is your favorite place to write?
L.M. I have two. I have a huge cherry wood desk where I am surrounded by all my colourful stationery. This is where I do most of my writing.
I also go to my local coffee shop. The service staff and owner know me there. They know how I like my coffee. They know not disturb me when my headphones are on. They specifically seat me at a big table so I don’t have to eat over my laptop. I really love that place.
On rare occassions I will lock myself in my daughter’s bedroom and I can crank out a scene or two under pressure. This is usually when my border collie Luna wants to play and won’t leave me alone and I am on a deadline for my critique group.
J.W. LOL About your Luna. That coffee shop sounds like a dream. And cherry wood desk? Yes, please. LOL You have some great spots. Do you prefer to write alone or in the company of other people?
L.M. Alone. When I’m around people they tend to want to do silly things like engage in conversation. Especially my family. They even tend to ignore the headphones. When I’m at the coffee shop. I put on my headphones on. Sometimes without music. But the most I can handle is my music playing in the background.
Ideally, I switch off the internet as well. My biggest distraction is social media. Mostly, because I’m inquisitive but often because I’m procrastinating.
J.W. I love that. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one. It’s great to have social media but yes, it can be such a good procrastination tool.
Thank you for bearing with me and giving me the interview. It’s always interesting to see another writer’s process.
Lynn Miller lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her love for storytelling started before she was able read or write but she only found the time to pursue this lifelong passion once she sold her software business. Her magical tales weave the blurred grey between good and evil with love, family and friendship.
When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up with a cup of coffee and her kindle. She has always enjoyed both Romance and Urban Fantasy, and she writes in the genre that encompasses both: Paranormal Romance. She’s an outdoorsy city girl – comfortable at a campsite with her family or enjoying cocktails with her girlfriends.
The Sons of Rebellion, her debut series, tells the story of a family of fallen angels and their struggles balancing a personal and professional life with battling demons.
Book 1, The Witch’s Pride, tells Jet and Laken’s Story.
Fallen Angel Jet has two weeks to find a witch or lose the most important weapon in the fight against The Devil. The powers that be decided eons ago that Jet will marry the her and start a new generation of magic. Instead falls for a woman from his past: Laken – a fellow ER doctor and single mom with secrets of her own. Falling for her new boss seems masochistic, and that is before she learns about Jet’s part in her family’s secret and troubled history.