Interview with Karen Lynch

Published 2018-07-05.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing and dreaming of publishing a book when I was 11 years old. I wrote four complete books and many partial stories over the years. It wasn't until I wrote Relentless back in 2013 that I finally published a book.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My last release Fated was book six in my series. Chris, who is a character in the main trilogy was so popular my readers wanted his story. I was happy to give it to them.
If this is part of series, how did you come up with the idea for the series?
The original idea for Relentless came from a dream. It was one of those dreams we all have about being chased. Something about this one stayed with me and gave me the kernel for a story. Over the next few months, I wrote down ideas about the story until I had enough for a book. It wasn't until I was in the middle of writing book 1 that I knew it would be a trilogy.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I always wanted to be a traditional author. One day, I attended a webinar where several authors talked about the pros and cons of self-publishing. It seemed like a lot of work, but the ability to have so much control over my book and publishing schedule was too appealing to pass up.
What is the first book that made you cry?
I think the first book that made me cry was Jane Eyre. I cried so much when Jane's friend Helen died at the orphanage. I think I was 13 or 14 when I first read that book.
What drives you to keep on writing?
I can't imaging not writing and I have so many stories in me to tell. Right now, writing is also my sole source of income so that's a driving factor too.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. The first book I wrote was about a girl who helps a wealthy elderly neighbor who thinks her house is haunted. In truth, it's men searching her house for valuables. At the time, I was heavily influenced by Nancy Drew.
Which other authors inspire you?
The late Diana Wynne Jones was one of my biggest inspirations. She was a wonderful storyteller and her stories were full of magic. I read a book by Margaret J Anderson as a child, and her book To Nowhere and Back inspired me to start writing back then.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I’d tell my younger self to stop dreaming about writing a book, and just get on with it. I wish I’d taken it more seriously a long time ago.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Here is what I tell anyone who asks for advice. Read a lot. You have to understand your genre be-fore you write in it. Write a book you would want to read. If you are not passionate about your story, no one else will be. Don’t follow trends. By the time you get your book written the trend will be passing. And write every day. Writing is a craft and you need to practice it a lot.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
One of my favorite current authors is Melissa Haag. I love her writing style and her characters. She has a serial called the Beastly Tales that is a wonderful adult spin on Beauty and the Beast. I've read it too many times to say and I don't know why it's not crazy popular.
What do you read for pleasure?
It depends on what I'm in the mood for. I love YA and Adult PNR but sometimes I'll read sci-fi like The Martian or Ready Player One. I like adult contemporary romance too, but I prefer to listen to he audio books for that genre.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I've always been a Kindle user. I'll use my iPad mini too at times.
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