Interview with Lynn Emery

When did you first start writing?
I started at age ten, inspired by the first mystery novel I read- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.
What is the first story you ever wrote?
When I was ten or eleven, I started writing a murder mystery novel. The heroine was a news reporter who was invited to attend the reading of a will, but she'd never met the elderly woman who'd died. The premise was that the reading of the woman's will turned into a treasure hunt, with the winner inheriting the woman's fortune. Picture it, greedy family members who'd never cared about or visited the deceased. Faithful family employees with secrets, and more. Then several potential beneficiaries are murdered one by one. The reporter would solve the mystery. Of course, I didn't get too far. I finally hit a wall and couldn't figure out what came next. So I tossed it out, frustrated and a bit angry with myself. I had yet to learn about plotting, characterization, etc. But that was a fun summer while I was writing, and I'll never forget how excited I was to write each day.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a working poor neighborhood called "The Boulevard Bottom" in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I was surrounded by storytellers. Family, neighbors, church members all were rich sources of interesting tales. There were so many fascinating characters that I still vividly remember. For example, my babysitter. Mrs. Olevia Moses, a Creole who had grown up in New Orleans, taught me how to avoid having voodoo "put on" me. Then there was the elderly lady next door who dressed up to look at television because she was convinced the people on screen could see her, too. So many stories.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read science fiction, mystery, fantasy, romance, and horror. And lots of non-fiction, writing related topics, history, and news.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use Kindle and Nook apps on my iPad, and I have a basic Kindle as well. I fell in love with eBooks a long time ago.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The push to break out of the mold that traditional publishing seemed to insist I fit. I wrote ten books released by major publishers with some modest success, but I wasn't happy writing what they wanted from me. So I turned down a contract and took a break. I didn't stop writing though. About that time, around 2006 or 2007, I started learning the ins and outs of indie publishing from other authors. I figured, "What do I have to lose?" The publishing industry had hit tough times, and many midlist authors like me just couldn't get book contract offers. So I jumped in.
How do you approach cover design?
I imagine the characters in the setting I selected, and their most important goal in the story or some obstacle they face. I have always worked with designers. I may describe in detail the look I want, but graphic design is more than arranging images and text on a page. So I work with those who have skills and know the principles of color, scale, etc.
Describe your desk
I have note paper scattered about, different little notepads because I'm always scribbling something down. A coaster for a coffee cup or glass of something cool and refreshing. A round container with ink pens, scissors, letter opener. Finally of course my computer and two monitors. Lots of stuff. Hmm, kind of messy. Hit pause while I tidy up a bit!
What's the story behind your latest book?
Into The Mist continues the paranormal mystery series featuring a Creole psychic, LaShaun Rousselle. Her story develops over the first three books when she returns to her small hometown in Vermilion Parish. I conceived this series based on the Creole ladies I knew from childhood, and the stories they told. I have always been drawn to Louisiana legends about the supernatural. Into The Mist draws on that fascination, and my experiences as a social worker both in the child welfare and mental health fields.
What are you working on next?
My next book continues a series set in New Orleans featuring two sisters who are ghost hunters/psychic detectives. Dead Wrong will come out in late 2016 or early 2017. Charmaine and Jessi have to figure out how a two hundred year old murder relates to a series of contemporary murders, and not end up dead themselves.
Published 2016-07-01.
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Books by This Author

Tender Touch
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 104,850. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Jade Pellerin and Damon Knight uncover secrets in both their personal and professional lives. Can their romance survive the pressures of media attention, family drama and rumor? Jade and Damon fight for love. Read One Love to find out what happens to Jade's sister!
Sweet Mystery
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,310. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
When a destructive fire, and the discovery of human bones seem linked to a fifty year old mystery, Rae Dalcour and Simon St. Cyr must confront history to save their love, and put right a decades old injustice. "Ms. Emery writes with style and class" Romance Reviews Today "A gifted storyteller." Baton Rouge Advocate, Greg Langley "Romance and mystery as deep as the undercurrents of the Louisia
All I Want for Christmas
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,830. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Nedra Wallace meets handsome Carlos Jacobs at a Thanksgiving charity dinner for the less fortunate where both are volunteers. Nedra is struck by more than his fine looks. She’s impressed that he's willing to give up his holiday to serve others. All seems well except for one thing - Carlos is keeping a secret. Nedra and Carlos put aside suspicion to hold onto a priceless gift - true love.
Louisiana Love Series: City Girls
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 387,290. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Four romance novels set in steamy, spicy and always colorful Louisiana. Sit back and follow the lives and loves of Andrea, Lyrissa, Monette and Erikka.
Good Woman Blues
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,980. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Erikka Rochon and Gabriel Cormier are both hiding from their troubled pasts of fast living and terrible choices. They find each other when both face a crossroads, and learn to heal with the help of the sweet love that grows between them.
Soulful Strut
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,670. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Monette Victor comes out of prison more than ready to put her old life behind her. After a long hard fight, she is granted parole. She’s determined to clear her record and her name; nothing less than a full pardon will do. With a bestseller about her scandalous past, Monette is ready to take on the real world. At least that’s how it seems to those looking from the outside.
Tell Me Something Good
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,840. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Lyrissa Rideau is on the hunt for a priceless painting that rightly belongs to her family. An art expert, she finds a way to get inside the wealthy and powerful family that has possession of it. She’s working her plan and planning her work to get her hands on the heirloom worth tens of thousands. There’s only one thing standing in her way, painfully gorgeous Noel St. Denis.
Gotta Get Next To You
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,480. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Andrea Noble returns home to Bayou Blue, Louisiana to run a small clinic. But her new position comes with surprises: a fine new employee and criminal activity. She fights to save the clinic, and her new love.
Night Magic
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,490. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Savannah St. Julien returns to Beau Chene, Louisiana and is pulled into controversy, a murder investigation, and sweet love.
Louisiana Love Series: Secrets & Scandals
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 296,300. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Three romance novels full of suspense set in sultry Louisiana.
Happy New Year, Baby
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,380. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Social Worker Shani Moore is determined to save the community center she runs. Black conservative politician Eric Aucoin is just as determine to cut waste and get help to the people who need it most. They lock gazes and suddenly the skirmish turns from a battle over budgets to a fight for true love.
After All
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,140. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Television reporter Michelle Toussaint has the story that will make her career, and her old flame Anthony Hilliard is back in her arms again. But there’s one big problem. The scandal she's about to break wide open is going to involve Anthony's beloved uncle, a man who stepped in to be the father figure Anthony needed. Michelle and Anthony have to trust each other to keep their love alive.
A Time To Love
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,570. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
Neva Ross returns to her small hometown of Solitude, Louisiana; a fitting name for the life she’s decided to live. Neva has given up on love and romance. She’s convinced herself that love is not worth the pain that comes with it, especially after the death of her husband. But when she meets handsome Chandler Macklin their mutual attraction is undeniable.
One Love
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,890. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
Lanessa Thomas is proud of her life. She's recovered from addiction and has her own company. Her biggest regret was the pain she caused her one true soul mate, Alex St. Romaine. Alex has moved on since their break-up, or so he thinks. They find each other again, but must fight against the dangers of a scandal to hold on to the love they both cherish.