Interview with Ross Lyn Cairns

When did you first start writing?
I started writing as soon as I could hold a pencil. Always I knew I would write a book. Joining a Memoir Group where I had to write and share regularly energised me to start on my first novel.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My first book began with a story from my mother. But it was when i realised that I was writing fiction that I took control and chose the direction of the story. Absolutely no character in the book is real although obviously I have been influenced by people I know.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Since purchasing my first Kindle in 2012, I have loved eBooks, and I have aware of the trend away from Printed Books. But it was the serendipity of being discovered by a publisher that dispirited me and when i found Smashwords I was delighted by the speed by which indie publishing could be achieved. I do need to spend time on marketing my work, but I am keen to get on with my next novel as well.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Without Smashwords i would never have known how to prepare my work for e publishing, so different from print, and I am very grateful to Mark Coker for making it so easy - and free. I had perused other publishers' advice and always got to the stage of "only $300" to continue. When i started reading about Smashwords I expected the price to appear at every page. Eventually i realised that it really was FREE.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I adore words and I love choosing the best one for every sentence.
What do your fans mean to you?
I learned from my Writers' Group that I loved to engage people with my writing. I could choose whether to make them laugh or cry or become enraged, as long as my writing got a reaction. So without fans, a writer is only half cooked.
What are you working on next?
My next novel is untitled, but is about three Aussie girls in London in the 1970's. They are all well brought up young ladies seeking their paths in life, away from the constraints of their conventional parents. I plan to finish by September.
I am also spasmodically working on my husband's memoir, "Is my name Eugene?" He grew up in Glasgow and has many humorous tale to tell.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ruth Rendell, Jeffery Deaver, Emma Donohue, Maeve Binchy - it's an endless list
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Being alive inspires me to get out of bed. I am definitely a morning person and I am up as soon as Dawn arrives.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, playing backgammon with my husband, doing Logic Puzzles, reading, looking after my flower pots. We recently swapped a quarter acre garden for a few pots on the balcony, and they seem to need constant daily care.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have always used our local library as my source for eBooks, but have recently discovered that there are many sources of material on the internet and I am wallowing in the choice.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh yes.I was eight. It was about a bush fire at the beach, no characters involved, just action from the flames. My teacher loved it.
Describe your desk
My desk illustrates that I have a tidy mind! It holds four piles of papers waiting to be filed (such an uncreative task) leaving just enough room for my laptop and printer. It also holds all the devices as they need to be charged, plus the odd apple core. When I can no longer find what I need, I sweep everything into a cardboard box and file it underneath my desk.
Published 2018-03-30.
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Books by This Author

The Busted Child
Price: Free! Words: 66,840. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
From her early childhood, Ruby's self-esteem has been influenced by her belief that her mother gave her away because she was worthless. It was not until the birth of her granddaughter, that she learns the truth, and is challenged to find her birth mother and beg forgiveness for her judgemental attitude.