Interview with Lyndi Stuart

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I mostly hang out with my three kiddos (ages 15, 10, & 3). I listen to music and binge watch tv series. Right now I'm into Vikings, Strike Back, and Blindspot. And as far as music goes...I'm into bro-country mostly. Brantley Gilbert, Chase Rice, Sam Hunt, Chris Lane...to name a few. But I love most any kind of music from hair metal to country to Christian to pop.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I browse sites like Amazon and Smashwords and look for rock star romance ebooks mostly. But I've discovered I have a love for MC ebooks and just any "bad boy" type alpha male books.
What is your writing process?
It's probably kinda silly, but I usually get my iPod and headphones and listen to some of my fave music (Brantley Gilbert and My Darkest Days to name a couple). It helps me develop the story I want to get on paper.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Well, I always HATED reading. I have a major reading comprehension problem when it's something I'm not interested in. Then comes the Twilight Series. I have always had a love for Vampires so I fell in LOVE with the series. It was so easy for me to hold on to every word I read. It was so exciting to me. That began my love for romance novels and after a couple of years I began having the urge to write.
How do you approach cover design?
I visualize my characters...hair color, build...just the physical aspects. Then I begin looking at different sites trying to find that perfect picture of my couple. I actually already found the picture I want to use for the third volume in my Decadence series. I guess that's kind of backwards, but I was just looking around online and there they were.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I've grown up all over the south. We always lived in small towns so I didn't really ever experience living in a big city where you have more freedom to be who you really are. In a small town you are always judged for everything you do. I feel like as long as I live the small town life I won't ever get to be who I really am.
I feel like it influences my writing greatly. I can take the life I wish I could live and put it in my books. That way at least my characters get to live the life I crave.
When did you first start writing?
When I was in high school, my BFF and I had a notebook we would make up stories in. One of us would take the notebook one night and write and the next night the other would take it. We would just add to the story each night. She and I were totally obsessed with 80s hair bands so we would make up stories about us and the band members.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Well, I love to read and after reading several books I wondered if I could possibly write one. I really didn't have anything to lose so I went for it. I also live with major anxiety and panic disorder and focusing on writing and reading really helps me to deal with it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Just seeing the story that formed in my own thoughts actually down on paper or on an e-reader brings me great joy. It's one of those things that gives you the feeling of accomplishment. When you hit that publish button it's a rush...a good rush.
What are you working on next?
I will be writing about Decadence bass player, Max Davis. I've been getting his story together in my mind for the last couple of weeks. Hopefully I can get started on it this weekend. :)
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many that it's hard to name them all and I discover new ones that I love all the time.
I guess I'll name a few. S.C. Stephens, Jamie McGuire, Abbi Glines, Gail McHugh, H.M. Ward, Stacey Mosteller, Hilary Storm, Terri Anne Browning, Karolyn James, Colleen Hoover, etc..... I have so many that I love. There is no way I can name every one.
Published 2016-03-11.
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