Interview with Lynn Duffy

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I began thinking about writing this book 10+ years ago when I was working in the psychiatric hospital. The same themes kept appearing throughout my work day and I thought that people needed to know this stuff. The writing part was easy because of all the papers I'd written in college. The ideas and giving the characters life was another story. I wanted the reader to have a better understanding of the people that were hospitalized.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is being able to share my knowledge and perception of my reality. Letting others know that we are not alone.
What do your fans mean to you?
My hope is that as my fan base grows, they will feel not so alone or isolated from the outside world.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on my website to help promote mental health and well-being.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a library of self help books, so take your pick.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Honestly, my kids. I could say lots of other things, but that is it. They are the reason I do what I do.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Oh my gosh. Reading of course. I was not a reader when I was a kid. I was just trying to survive all of the moves my family made, and then my parent's divorce. In college I just read what textbooks were required. I think I'm making up for it now. I'm usually done with my day by 8:00pm and in my room reading.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the first book, but I remember how Edgar Allen Poe made me feel.
What is your writing process?
At first, it's almost like journaling for me. I just start writing about my thoughts. Next, I try to organize the thoughts. After that is on paper, I'll type. The editing is what is so time consuming for me.
How do you approach cover design?
My husband is the manager at a sign company. He is a great designer and I just give him my thought, and he goes with it. He designed the cover of my book.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I bought my son a NOOK a few years ago, then confiscated it. I need large print because my eyesight is so poor.
Describe your desk
You really don't want to know. I share it with my husband and two sons. I think organized chaos describes it best.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Chippewa Falls, WI. My grandfather was a doctor and delivered me. When I was two, my family moved to Knoxville, TN, so my father could attend grad school at University of Tennessee. We moved to Syracuse shortly after so that my father could get his Doctorate. His first job was at the University of South Florida, so I moved to Tampa. We stayed there four years until we moved to Lubbock, TX, for a year so he could teach. Then, it was off to Redlands, CA, for another year for him to teach. We ended up back in Chippewa Falls for three more years, so he again could teach at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. We moved back to Tampa so that my parents could get their divorce, I guess. I went to two different high schools in Tampa due to a move within Tampa. I don't have to ask myself why I have attachment and anxiety issues anymore.
When did you first start writing?
I feel like I've been writing most of my adult life. From papers in school, which I always enjoyed, to journaling my thoughts and feelings has always been a part of my self expression.
Published 2015-05-30.
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Books by This Author

How Not To Be Happy: 63 Things I Learned In A Psychiatric Hospital
Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 19,900. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Education
Coming from a long and colorful line of mental illness and alcoholism in my family, it is no wonder I became a social worker. Over my 20+ years of experience, I have seen common themes. My book highlights my own experiences, as well as, those I have had the privilege to work with. Please read this book with an open mind and an open heart.