Through the wonder of the internet, I crossed paths with Patricia Lynne several months ago. She hails from Michigan, possesses mad skills with flash fiction, and has published two books. Her second book, Snapshots, was recently rereleased and I asked if she’d let me interview her. After reading about her writing, check out her books at the bottom of the post.
Patricia, are you a panster or a plotter? How do you approach a new idea?
I am a total panster. The most I know about an idea is a little bit about the ending, more about the beginning, and if I’m lucky, something from the middle. Sometimes, characters don’t even tell me their names! Sometimes, when I’m done writing for the night, I write reminders of the next scene so I don’t forget where I want to go.
Do you have the same critique partners for all your work or do you have different sets? And why?
I used to have the same critique partners, but life has gotten in the way for some and they can’t read for me anymore. They tried, but it was sloooooow. I’m kind of on the look out for some new crit partners.
What is the most difficult aspect about being a writer? How do you mange to find to write with your schedule?
I struggle with finding the motivation to get started. I can procrastinate quite well. Lately, I’ve learned to turn off the distractions and the temptations to just check this or that first. My day job schedule doesn’t interfere with my writing too much. What I struggle with the most, right now, is fatigue. I’m having issues with that, so I’m tired a lot and lacking energy. Sometimes, just the thought of doing things is enough to wear me out. I’m seeing a doctor to find out what’s causing it so I can get it fixed and have energy to get things done without needing a nap afterwards.
What are your top three nuggets of wisdom you would like to share with unpublished writers?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help (says the chick who’s afraid to ask for help.)
Read all the advice you can find, but don’t feel you have to stick to it all. Use what works best for you. We’re all different writers and are motivated differently.
Listen to your gut.
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
It varies. Sometimes I love the writing part, then other times I really enjoy the editing part because the words are already there, I just have to make them shiny.
What do you think is the most important element a story should have?
That’s a tough one. I think good characters. A story can be written well, but if you hate the character then you’re not going to care about the writing.
Do you have other stories in the works?
I have a bunch at different stages. Currently, I’m working on a ghost story that won’t reveal it’s title. I also have a short story series that I think can be considered NA about angels. There’s a sequel to BEING HUMAN, but I’m a little intimidated by it.
I wrote a blog about self-doubt being a new demon I encountered. Do you have any writing demons?
Self doubt is a big one. If I don’t have a friend pushing me or cheering me on, I get really discouraged and feel like a giant failure and start contemplating deleting everything.
What led you to this genre?
I’m not sure. I just write the stories that pop in my head. So far, most of them have been young adult stories. Plus, writing sex scenes is awkward. You can’t describe certain body parts without sounding either vulgar or cheesy. I’m not a fan of cheesy writing.
Favorite recipe you’d like to share
I’m trying to think of one I can share. I used to be the baker at my day job and there are so many good recipes, but the boss had a former employee steal her recipes when he left. Now new employees have to sign a waiver saying we won’t take the recipes and make money off them. We can make them at home, but that’s it, so I’m not sure I can share them here. How about I show a picture of a Smore’s Pie I made? It was really good, trust me. (Did she really just share a teaser photo?)
Books by Patricia
It’s said the eyes are the windows to the soul, but that’s a lie. They are snapshots of a time yet to come–the future of the person to which they belong.Cyclop Blaine stands out in a crowd with his pale skin and mismatched eyes, but it’s his ability to see the future that really sets him apart. The unusual gift makes him an invaluable asset to Tyler, his adoptive father and leader of the Victory Street Gang. It also means Cyclop must hide what he can do from others. Once, a man he knew only as Master controlled him, using him for experiments. Cyclop has no desire to return to that life.But he may have no choice. A man claiming ownership over him haunts his dreams and waking moments, leaving him no choice but to go back to the past he thought he had escaped. Cyclop must face this man, along with his past, if he wants to reveal his own future.
Find Snapshots at Amazon by clicking here.
For Tommy, there is only one thing he needs to do: survive.Only surviving isn’t that easy. The hunt for blood can be tricky when humans know to fear the night. Desire sits on the edge of his mind, urging him to become the monster humans think he is. Vampire Forces, a special branch of police, is determined to turn every vampire to ash. Tommy included.The only human Tommy can trust is his twin brother. A bond connects them, and with Danny’s help, Tommy starts to understand the human world he struggles to survive in. He’ll learn what friendships means and feel the sting of betrayal, find that sometimes the worst monsters are very human, and come to understand that family means more than blood.Tommy just wants to survive and he knows what he needs to do. But with the number of humans that mean more to him than a meal growing, he’ll learn there’s more to life than simple survival. He’ll discover being human doesn’t mean being a human.
Find Being Human at Amazon by clicking here.
Find out more about Patricia by checking out her blog
or following her on Twitter
. And if she ever shares the recipe for the Smores pie pictured above, I’ll post it!!