Interview with Caitlyn Lynch

How do you approach cover design?
I have a subscription to bigstockphotos.com, where I spend probably far more time than I should trawling for sexy, hot images I feel would make good covers. I've got a whole selection saved up that I may or may not use one day!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Samsung Note 8 tablet, but I also read a lot on my Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge phone.
Describe your desk
Not all that large, but I have two monitors on it so I can bounce between screens. I usually have a work-in-progress up on one and some sort of social media platform - either Twitter or Tumblr - on the other!
When did you first start writing?
When I was four. My mother taught me to read when I was two, and by the age of four I was already writing my own stories.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A long time ago, when I wrote my very first book (which was awful) I went through the ghastly process of trying to get published, and because I was young and dumb, got taken in by a vanity publisher. An expensive mistake I won't repeat.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing the story playing out in my mind come to life on the screen, and being able to share it with others.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. While I write because I enjoy writing, the feedback from fans influences the DIRECTION I take very strongly. The encouragement I've received has been so inspirational.
What are you working on next?
A menage a trois featuring Robin Hood, Maid Marian and Little John!
What writing software do you use?
Scrivener. I also use Google Docs when I'm on the move because I can use it with my phone and tablet, but Scrivener is my software of choice.
How do you plan your works?
Aha - well, I used to be very much a pantser, but I'm trying to train myself to plot more. I actually plot against a 'beat sheet' based on Blake Snyder's Save The Cat method, and then transfer the plot points to Scrivener cards. I use Trello as well if I just have snippets of a story; it's easy to drag and drop the cards around to change the order as more bits come to me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about writing, usually!
Published 2016-03-10.
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