Interview with Cynthia Lynn

When did you first start writing?
I began writing when I was in grade school, I had a journal that I kept in my school desk so that my parents couldn't read it, but one day when I arrived at school and went to my classroom I opened the desk and it wasn't there. I was so upset that I never kept a journal again, though my interest in writing was channeled into reading books, and I usually brought home at least 6 books from the Public Library in my neighborhood.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The once fun loving big apple city reporter Clarissa Max tells a pink slip remembrance narrative with a serendipitous beginning that ends with a haunting—the locale is "Florida Cracker Country" and some of the characters that Clarissa meets at Ed's Diner and in the town of Citrusville are Cracker decendants who are deeply religious. They believe that sinners who don't change their sinning ways are doomed to spend an eternity in a leaking boat bailing out water on the way to the endless falls, and Clarissa fears that her immoral ways have contributed to the loss of her good life in the big city, but she finds out that a second chance comes with a mystic destiny. This is my first novel and it was featured at the 2013 Book Expo's "New Title Showcase" — "The Kirkus Literary Review" says this novel offers a promising message, "-life presents unexpected detours, but always provides the right people at the right time..." and the reviewer adds, "lovely poetic phrases such as, cicada night and the pad of paws followed me."
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I found that being a member Authors Guild didn't make it easy to find an agent, and I decided to self-publish the book I had been writing during my career as a journalist and travel writer—I decided to downsize and move to New York state, I called a halt to earning a living to live on my savings so that I could write this first novel.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing fiction gives me ability to place characters into situations that help them find the meaning of life and make sense of what puzzles and perplex humanity—then I plot how these people of my creation navigate their world, but my characters take control and allow me to be an onlooker to their joys, sadness, and dreams—though I can't propell them to find what they need to be fullfilled, I can place them where they have a chance to succeed, they take over from then on.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are a support system, fans are an integral asset for an author, fans can determine how an author proceeds and writes to communicate ideas and reflections on the world as we know it.
What are you working on next?
At the end of my book my readers find out that the heroine, Clarissa Max, unwilling embarks on a joint destiny with the ghostly Max in Paris, France, and in my sequel she is propelled into a world that makes her question why her present moments that intersect with a past time when the ghostly Max was in the world of the living, I have a trilogy in mind that will set the heroine into a netherworld of ghostlys with unfinished destinys—book II is PARIS WARP JOUSTING WITH DEVILS AND DRAGONS.
Who are your favorite authors?
I enjoy the Russian 19th century writers like Gogol, Chekov, Dostosvsky, Turgenev, Lermontov, and of course Tolstoy—they depicted humanity with all its perversions, they were revolutionary anticipators of what yet has to be written about the 21st century, todays writers have yet to set out a society in the midst of the upheaval that may shift the world as we know it and reverse the notion of time to blur more than physical boundaries.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have the joy of writing about an alternate world of my creation, and the challenge of communicating my vision of an alternate world that exists in tandem with the world of the living.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have to do the daily living one day at a time, as we all do—I enjoy cooking and observing an ever envolving world of constant change, surmounting the challenge of new technology that needs to be deciphered and adapted to my work.
What is your writing process?
I have to settle into my day with a grazing breakfast that can extend into the noon hour and sometimes beyond while I find out about world events that took place while I was sleeping, and then I get into the writing process that can and often extends into the wee hours of the following morning. Connect with Cynthia Lynn:
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Published 2013-08-28.
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