**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Author, LYNN CAHOON
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
Thanks for having me here today, Karen. I currently work for a large leasing company titling and registering cars across the country and in neighboring Canada. Before that I worked for long term care facilities in the business office. And then had about a year where I tried to piece together full time work from a variety of part time jobs while I started my own company. I’ve been a mystery shopper, a professional organizer, a grant writer, and a waitress. And for the first twenty years of my career, I worked for the State of Idaho in various social service agencies. All great experience for the life of a writer.
I’ve got one son who lives in Seattle doing Seattle type computer work. Which means, I have no clue what he does. I’m married to my soul mate, who I found after kissing a lot of toads, including one I married which I call my starter marriage. I fell for the Cowboy, my current hubby, the first night I met him. We have two fur babies and live in a small, historic town on the Mississippi River.
Hobbies, right now include surviving a remodel, learning to love working out and living a healthy lifestyle, and cooking. These all change when I actually have time to craft or visit museums or bike ride.
1. How did you get started writing?
When I started my divorce, people kept asking me what I liked to do. I’d never been asked that before, or it had been a long time, so I started taking fiction writing courses over at the college. Five years later, I was still going to write, someday. I went for a routine mammogram and found out I had breast cancer. Then I knew that someday had to be today.
I sold two essays that year. Then started writing a book. Then I wrote and sold a short story to the confessions market. I loved writing for the market. “I fell in Love with a Carney”, was my first story. At the same time, I started meeting other writers who gave me excellent advice including finish the darn book.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
The first book I started was a thriller. My shorts I played with during class were woman’s fiction. Too sad to be romance. The first book I finished was a romance. And I love writing happy ever afters. I just also like writing murder mysteries. So right now, I do both.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
The beginning of a story when anything is possible. Good will triumph over evil, the girl will get the guy, and the words flow out of my fingers without effort.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Camel time. Hump day. The dreaded middle. I always worry that I’m being dumb, or the story is faltering, or I should just start over with a brand, new idea that won’t be this hard to write.
Then I push through it, outlining in bullet points to the end. After I let the story simmer for a while, I realize, that those chapters are quite lovely.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Everywhere. The Bull Rider’s Brother, my debut from 2012, started from a memory of going to a small town rodeo and watching the parade snake through town. An unpublished (so far) manuscript started from a visit the Cowboy and I took to a big cat sanctuary in southern Missouri. South Cove, my fictional central California coast tourist town where Guidebook to Murder (e-Kensington, April 2014) is set, started from a picture of a very old, run down house on my trip to see my sister.
6. What is it that makes your writing different from all the others in your genre?
My voice. I see things differently than others. My heroines are relatable without being too stupid to live. My heroes strong, yet vulnerable on the inside. And like me, my characters make mistakes. Hopefully, we learn from them.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
I’m big into woman’s fiction now, especially if the book surrounds food. I’m devouring Barbara O’Neal’s books. But I’m also a big fan of Lisa Gardner and Heather Graham.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
After Return of the Fae, my current release, at the present, I won’t have a new release until April 2014 when Guidebook to Murder, the first of The Tourist Trap Mystery series will release. I love building this small California town and getting to know the inhabitants.
Jill Gardner traded in her big city condo, high stress job, and low potential boyfriend to run South Cove’s Chamber of Business chapter. South Cove’s a tourist town steeped in California history, known for artisan craft houses and keeping the secrets of its residents. She’d be living the dream, but when one friend winds up dead and another disappears, Jill finds the big city isn’t the only place where murderers hide. And she’s up next on the killer’s to do list.
History and tourist lore bring a unique twist to life in this coastal California town. South Cove, just like other tourist towns, has one primary goal—keep up the image. Even when that means murder.
Links to Lynn’s website, blog, books, etc.
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Return-of-the-Fae-ebook/dp/B00DJVH8V6
Twitter – https://twitter.com/LynnCahoon
website – http://lynncahoon.wordpress.com/
Amazon author page – http://www.amazon.com/Lynn-Cahoon/e/B0082PWOAO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about LYNN and her novel, RETURN OF THE FAE, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!! Happy Reading!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Lynn will give away an e-copy of the first book in her series, A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL (BOOK 1), to one of her lucky readers who comments on either her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs!! Winner will be randomly selected and announced Monday, August 26, 2013. Thanks, Lynn, for sharing your stories with us!