Interview with Lindsay Chamberlin

What's the story behind your latest book?
The Shoreline is a contemporary romance based in the Outer Banks of North Carolina where three college roommates decide to take a last summer vacation before they begin their careers, or lack thereof. Each character has their own personality; Lori the flirt, Jordan the calculator, and Alexis, our main character, is just average. Alexis doesn't have a career lined up like her friends and isn't sure what she wants out of life until she meets Jason. Jason is a well seasoned surfer with a guarded heart, just as guarded as Alexis'. Their relationship is full of complete opposites, Jason's love for the ocean, Alexis' need for dry land, but as the attraction becomes clear, they have to try and find some common ground for their relationship to succeed, somewhere between the ocean and the sand; The Shoreline.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I started writing when I was a kid, about six or seven. I found this little daisy covered journal that I loved and decided I wanted to have a "diary" like I had seen so many teens have. I wrote anything and everything that came to a child's mind, and as I started to become a teen, my writing became an outlet, a way to express how I really felt about a certain situation that I couldn't through spoken words. I began writing poetry then short stories, and after I wrote almost ten chapters to a "short story", I realized, "Hey, why not make it a whole novel?" Through high school, I began joining groups that required writings like journalism and creative writing classes, any excuse to continue writing. I also began reading, like really enjoying reading and the escape each author provided into a world unseen. By the time adulthood hit, I had written a full length novel that I wasn't sure what to do with, but with some research, I found self publishing and the ease at which it could be done, thus beginning my indie authorship.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is actually a couple of things, both equally gratifying. The first is the outlet. Writing has been my way of expression since I was a kid, and the idea that my outlet can bring happiness to someone else is beyond amazing. The second is knowing what a novel can do for a reader. Every book that I have read and enjoyed has given me a chance to experience a world and walk with a character that I would have never otherwise known. This experience is what I seek in every novel I read, and I can only imagine most readers are looking for the same. It is completely awe striking that I am able to provide what so many authors have given me to my readers.
What do your fans mean to you?
If I have fans out there, they mean compatibility to me. Stick with me on this one. Fans to me mean that my outlet, my way of expression, is felt by someone else within the world. They mean that everything I pour into a character, every tiny piece of myself, is being experienced and understood by someone out there. What my fans mean to me is we are not alone in our experiences, and I hope I can give them the next experience they are seeking.
What are you working on next?
Well, isn't that a difficult question! I am working on a number of different projects. I have two romances in the works, a spiritual romance, a paranormal romance, and a mystery/suspense novel that are all waiting for some attention. Now just to find the time to get to them all!
Who are your favorite authors?
Even harder question! I have so many favorite authors! From the modern authors like Harlan Coben, J.K. Rowling, Laurie Faria Stolarz, to the classic authors like Mary Shelley, Mark Twain and William Shakespeare. I have been on a kick of Jaime Rush lately, so for all intents and purposes of the question, we will say her!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I recently bought my first beautiful home with the love of my life, my newlywed husband. We have a five pound chihuahua that absolutely loves me and despises my husband, and a twenty pound fluff ball of a lazy cat. I have a wonderful family and support system of friends that have all been so supportive of my newest adventure in self-publishing. I have readers that I know from my own experience need to find that next great escape. For all of those reasons, I get out of bed for them all.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working. When I am not at home writing, I work a full time job as an administrative assistant for a great company. I clean my house, do laundry, and cook dinner on most nights, but on my weekends, when I am not writing, I enjoy my time with music, dancing, and friends. Besides writing, my husband and friends keep me sane by getting me out of the house to experience some new venue. Most recently, I have been enjoying my weekends on a river.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover many of the novels I read by looking through the "Recommended for You" tab based on the books I have already read. I have found many of my new favorite authors based on genres I have previously read. Sometimes when I go grocery shopping, I'll walk up and down the fiction isles for a new read, and scan the bar code to download later when one strikes me as interesting and my husband is rushing me out of the store.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was a romance, but it wasn't fiction. I started dating my husband when I was fourteen, and after the first year we were together, I wrote a seven chapter recap as a Valentine's gift. I ended up deleting it because I was fourteen and a bit embarrassed, but to this day he doesn't know what I wrote. Instead, I bought him a singing dog. Silly, right?
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do not remember the first story I ever read, but I do remember the first story that had an impact on me. I was thirteen, and the novel was "Gone for Good" by Harlan Coben. I remember reading the novel, barely able to put it down, even during class I would sneak to read it. I really don't remember those few days of school (don't imitate me on that one, kids). There were so many twists and turns, and I remember actually losing myself so far into the novel that I could feel, see and experience everything the main character was. I was so sucked in by the story that there were times my family would talk to me, and I promise I couldn't hear them. All I could hear was the main characters deep breathing or the sirens echoing off the buildings. This novel took me so far into the story that once it was over and the last twist was revealed, I missed the story and the world I had been a part of for weeks. Mr. Coben gave me a fantastic experience with "Gone for Good", and I believe he created the seeker within me now.
Published 2013-08-30.
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