Interview with Lynne Stanshine

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Pride & Prejudice because of the slowly evolving love story with it's twists & turns. Written beautifully.

Anything by Raymond Chandler, the man who changed the face of detective stories from the English countryside to downtown, shabby L.A. California. Chandler has a dozen bon mots in each book.

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle... my 1st loved book when I was 10 years old. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle was called in by parents of difficult children. She was wise & knew how to problem solve in very interesting ways. I've tried to emulate her my whole life.
What do you read for pleasure?
My pleasure is detective stories. I love read crime stories with their clever solutions. I love many types of books - from classic to dime store books. Detective stories are easy on the eyes, read in between more complex books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle & Nexus.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
My animoto video on YouTube & Facebook.
Describe your desk
Piles of To-Do's... Done/File, Reviews I need to read, list of books I want for future readings, Calendars, Pens, Pencils, Calligraphy materials, Diaries of my work & Diaries of new Quotes, Copies of relevant books, thesaurus, dictionary, white-out, 4 kinds of tape, business cards, rubber bands, photos of my family members, Eyeglasses Cleaner, Big Clock, paper clips, bulldog clips, small jars of paint, mod-pods, etc.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in South Philly, Pennsylvania, a particularly rough neighborhood, which affected my writings in a down-to-earth way, honest way - if you were a phony in any way, you were beat up. I am not stuck-up", nor arrogant nor condescending. When I moved to, what I call, a superficial Neighborhood, I chose to not have many friends... Just Arlene who was as down-to-earth as I was. Not a phony.
When did you first start writing?
I attempted to write a book when I was 10 years old. My protagonist was named Cadwalader C. Carthwright. It took me a month to decide his name. so you can image how long it took me to write a paragraph. Much later, when I enrolled in night school, at age 30, A neighbor on my street said, "you're a good writer"... What the heck? How did she know I was a writer. It turned out that an essay I wrote was published in the School Newspaper. My teacher, at the beginning of the essay wrote... that he had no choice but to share this writing with others. I felt like $1,000,000 bucks. My essay was titled "Be Yourself".
What's the story behind your latest book?
I love the witty, clever, heartfelt, sad, wise quotes of other people. I've been collecting quotations since age 16. I jotted them down in a black & white composition book. When the book was full, I started Book 2. Over the years, I collected 15 books... and I'm still going strong. I also love funny, clever & wise anecdotes, which I'm planning to introduce in my next book. As for my personal fiction writings, I am self-conscience about my writing. I still write fiction & I'm hoping some day to publish it. Luckily one of my daughters is an editor of e-books... some best-sellers. She is constantly working on a couple of books at a time and has a queue of other writers, waiting their turn. I'm not ready to ask her to edit my fiction. By the way, her editing name is S.H. Beans & she is on Facebook & Webpage & she is a dynamic editor. She not only corrects mistakes but she adds information & pages that are needed to best describe the characters & plot in the books she's working on. She's never had a complaint - 100% positive feedback. In some instances, she should be co-author & not just editor.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The idea that the quotes I collected would be enjoyed by others... quote junkies & readers in general, who might find it valuable. Years ago, when my cousin showed my book to a friend of his, who I never met... looked at it & said, "I want to marry this woman". That was a huge compliment When I was a Secretary for a large Architectural Firm, All the architects were copying my book. It's the perfect book for toilet reading. My daughter, Sheree wants it to be made into a Coffee Table Book. Does anyone remember a Seinfeld episode where Kramer made a Coffee Table book with pull out legs so it was an actual coffee table?
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a wonderful site to easily find your book & easy to buy your book & even sample pages. I love it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing my book in Print is my greatest joy.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are essentially people with good taste... I am THEIR fans.
What are you working on next?
My next book is a collection of Anecdotes that are not common.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jane Austen, Raymond Chandler, Ed McBain, Mary Wesly, Elinor Lipman, Dashiell Hammet, J. D. Salinger, Francine Prose, Betty Smith and 100's of others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My business, mrs butlers decorative switchplates gets me started excitingly every morning - finding all the sold items & of course all the payments. I'm listed on mrs butlers decorative switchplates on mrsbutler.etsy.com & www.spoonear.com, and ebay.com, facebook, About me & Google... We sell over 1,500 unique designs in 27 configurations.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, Reading, Reading.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My daughter, Sheree introduced me to ebooks. My shelves & stacks of books was getting out of hand. I can read all the books I want without adding to the shelves.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I can only remember the name of my protagonist, Cadwalater C. Cuthwright, Jr., Nothing else. I WAS 10 years old & I'm now 69.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is to have appropriate books & notes beside me... Lots of Highlighters, Specific time set aside... of course, my computer... Blank books for notes.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle was my first book I remember... the 2nd book was "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn", then "Kings Row". I had to look up the word incest... Boy, was I surprised.
How do you approach cover design?
My cover design was sketched out by me - & "fixed" by my husband, who is a mechanical package designer & an artist. I plan to change the cover of "Suitable for Hanging". My new cover is waiting in the wings.
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My future hope is to push forward with my collections for books & my personal writings...
Published 2015-09-29.
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Books by This Author

The Quote Book
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 57,390. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Quotations
A unique collection of unusual and rare quotations by a wide variety of talents and celebrities. The quotes within range from insightful to funny, intellectual to raunchy. This book caters to quote-junkies and artists from every walk of life.