1. How long have you been writing?
a. Since I could hold a pencil. If you’re really interested, my grandmother has a scrapbook of those early manuscripts. Sadly they lack a main character or any plot whatsoever.
2. Where do you get your ideas?
a. Everywhere, but mostly they enter my brain as I drift off to sleep. All my ideas start as a seed of “what if.” What if a ballet dancer runs for president? I love the structure romance novels provide. I’m not saying they’re formulaic, but they offer a plan and a path from point a to b, and I’m a rule follower.
3. How much of you/your personality is in your books?
a. Almost nothing of my real life is in my books except for some of the funnier lines. My husband has very dry wit and I steal some of his best zingers.
4. Do you have a favorite character from your stories?
a. I adore Arthur from “Behind the Duke’s Door” He is a man before his time, not to mention sexy.
5. Who are your favorite authors? What’s on your nightstand?
a. First, my Kindle is on my nightstand. I am a voracious reader with very few bookshelves. Kindle has saved my sanity. In the romance world, I adore J.R. Ward, Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, Lauren Dane, Shannon McKenna, Kresley Cole, Jayne Ann Krentz, Eloisa James (I could keep going….) In non- romance, I love Kurt Vonnegut, Ayn Rand, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger Harry Potter fan than me. Books only. Not the movies.
6. Is it true you used to teach elementary school?
a. Yes, I have a Master’s degree in elementary education and taught first grade for one year. My deepest apologies to my wonderful students. I was the worst teacher you’ll ever have. Classroom management was not a strong suit.
7. Any advice for new writers?
a. Yep. Join a writing organization. I highly recommend RWA, even if you don’t write romance. Get active. You will make friends and professional contacts. A good chunk of getting published can be about luck & timing. If you are busy networking, you can make your own luck. Learn everything you can about the industry. The internet is your friend, and I don’t mean hang out on Twitter. Finally, write the best damn book you can. (Cliché, but true)
8. Any other burning questions for me? Email me at Lynne at lynnesilver.com and I’ll try to post answers.