Interview with Lynn Crain

What do you read for pleasure?
Everything. You might find that hard to believe but I will try every book that has a great cover and a good blurb. Even though I am a genre writer, I love reading whatever appeals to me at the moment. Sometimes that's zombie horror stories while other times it might be a sweet romance.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Tough one since most of the time is spent at my computer writing. LOL! Right now, besides the computer, I read on my ancient Samsung Galaxy Note I or my Samsung Note 3 smartphone. I have the smartphone with me all the time and it's wonderful to have it on the trains here in Austria as I go from place to place.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Honestly, hard to say. The one that I use the most is more of shared promo in the form of a weekly blog hop called My Sexy Saturday. There I join a bunch of other authors who post 7 words, sentences or paragraphs of their latest book or work-in-progress. We each tweet or Facebook each other and have quite a large reach of people who see us. I also participate in the ads that they do with BTSeMag. But the best one still is word of mouth. If you write a great story, people will be talking about it.
Describe your desk
LOL! Oh, you really had to ask that one didn't you. I'd call my desk organized clutter. The desk that I have at my home in the States is nearly three times as big as this one so it's been hard getting used to something so small. I basically try to have everything close to me that I might need, so I've used every available space available. Needless to say, it gets a good cleaning once a week so that I can actually work at it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
A writer can't grow up and not have the town or towns where they grow up influence them in some way. I grew up in two places: Ohio and Nevada. They both had a profound affect on me and my writing.

In Ohio, though we lived in a small town, we took care of my grandmother's farm. There were many wonderful aspects to that way of life and though I haven't written anything about Ohio yet, when I do, you can certainly expect something from that way of life.

When we moved to Nevada, it was still a city controlled by the mob. And I know that while people won't believe this, it is true: when the mob ruled Vegas is was a safer town for normal people. If you had a mob affiliation, it was horrible but again, most of those things were far away from people's homes and families. Then the mob got ran out of town and the city changed. A lot. We moved away from Vegas proper into a small town close to the dam. I have a book in the works where the mob plays a part in the overall plot.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since I was 12 years old. I wrote a poem for church that my teacher decided to get published in a religious magazine. From that point on, I was hooked!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is still a work-in-progress and it all revolves around magic and paranormal things. I just love those type of stories and many of my books are the same.

The last book published is actually a reflection of me currently living in Vienna, Austria. I wanted to learn more about the city and decided that the best way to do so was to write books about the people, places and things I was seeing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
In learning about the publishing industry, I did a variety of jobs first. I've been a managing editor, a printer, a name it...I've done it all in publishing. I've published a few magazine in my life that have been well received, so I've always had it in me to do the work involved to be an indie author. But for years, it was stigmatized to the point that writers just couldn't be seen as legitimate if you published that way. Even with the success of authors like John Grisham and the like. It just wasn't done.

However, I write fast overall and I always knew there would be a point when I needed another outlet for my books. Sure, there are a lot of epublishers out there but there aren't a lot of good ones. Everyone wants to get paid for their work and many are fly-by-nights therefore gone before the ink was dry on the contracts.

So, I made a vow to myself that I would do whatever was necessary for my career. It's my opinion that authors who are hybrid authors, meaning those who have traditional contracts and self-publish, are going to be those that survive in the long term. Therefore, the moment that being an indie author was viable, I was there.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been incredibly helpful and forthcoming with information for the indie author. There was never a question that wouldn't be answered, they are always on top of their game and they make it easy to be an indie author. I hope that with their help, I'll be even more successful in the world of indie publishing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There are so very many things about writing that bring me joy. I love creating worlds and characters that are happy with their lives. I love knowing that I can bring the story to others, who will enjoy it just as much as I do. But the greatest thing that can happen to an author, indie or not, is to meet their fans. I love having the opportunity to do so both online and in person.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are very important. I always try to do giveaways and more to show my fans just how much I appreciate them. I enjoy getting emails, a message on Facebook or Twitter as well as getting comments on my blogs. It makes me very happy to know that they love the stories I write.
Published 2015-01-03.
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Books by This Author

Night of the Blue Moon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 41,930. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
All his life he felt he hadn’t belonged and finding out he was the long thought dead son of Elite pack leader, Charles Langford, didn’t help matters. But with that knowledge comes a family full of sisters, mystery and longing for things he’s not sure he has any right to obtain and one of those things is Cordelia Sinclair.
A Viennese Christmas
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 18,770. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
The heart knows the language of love. Amanda Kranz, alone in Vienna, Austria at Christmas, meets sexy, historian Henry Jager, who convinces her true love is real and within her grasp.
The Harvester
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,760. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Sky Nerezsh, a Harvester of men, leaves home avoiding a tragic path when a rival comes to claim Earth and the two Scottish lifemates she’s just discovered.
A Lover for Rachel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,390. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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The magic of love comes to everyone.