Crimson Romance author, Lynn Crandall stopped by today to talk about her new book,
DANCING WITH DETECTIVE DANGER.
Galen: I love the title, tell us about your book.
Lynn: Thank you for having me on your blog today, Galen.
Dancing with Detective Danger is a contemporary romantic suspense set in a mid-size city in the Midwest. It focuses on the renewed relationship between private investigator Sterling Aegar and police detective Ben Kirby.
Galen: What was the inspiration for Dancing with Detective Danger?
Lynn: The story evolved from a thought about family relationships that have suffered through problems and yet remain intact, vital, and growing. I'm fascinated by problem-solving and using typical tools to unlock mysteries along with innate abilities to identify and tease out information. So, the story world began about two sisters who work together, support each other through pain, and become free to find true love. Of course, it became about Ben and Sterling.
Galen: What’s your favorite line from one of your books?
Lynn: Well, it’s more than one line:
In one second, he slammed the door shut and strode close to her. Standing inches from Sterling’s face, Ben peered down at her. “We never settled anything. You may have, I don’t know, but we never settled anything.”
Galen: What started you on the road to writing romance?
Lynn: I had an interest in writing as child but I grew up and got busy with a life that didn’t include writing until I read a book by John Gardner, On Becoming a Novelist. It summoned up so strongly the memory of what I wanted to do that I regrouped and started writing. I like writing romances because I enjoy exploring the dynamics of relationships and love a happy ending.
Galen: Do you remember the first romance book you read? If so, who was the author? What made it stick with you?
Lynn: I actually read only nonfiction until I decided I wanted to write romance, so I started random reading. The first romance novel that grabbed me, though, was A Knight in Shining Armor, by Jude Deveraux. It took me a while to recover from that compelling read. In fact, I would say it left a lasting impact on my life. Her characters came to life for me and their love was lovely to read about.
Galen: Are you a pantzer or plotter?
Lynn: I’m definitely a pantser. I enjoy the feel of a story and characters coming to life as I write, but it’s daunting not to know everything when I start writing. I do create a general outline and construct out possible scenes, as well as character bios.
Galen: What are the three books you’d have if you were stranded on a deserted isle?
Lynn: Bitten, by Kelley Armstrong, Frostbitten, by Kelley Armstrong, and Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte.
Galen: Name two blogs you read everyday.
Lynn: Because I’m a freelance writer of commercial fiction I read a range of blogs all the time. For fiction, I enjoy Kelley Armstrong’s blog and Kat Richardon’s, who writes the Greywalker series.
Galen: Describe your workspace.
Lynn: I work in a large corner in a room in my house. I’ve been writing in that space for a number of years, so when I sit there in front of my computer I feel I’m home. I have everything I need within reach because often I have a cat on my lap as I write. So my printer sits beside my laptop, a file cabinet under my desk, I have a pleasing calendar on the wall and little things that inspire me sitting on nearby shelves. Outside the window are two birdfeeders and two bird baths that attract my attention with activity year-round.
Galen: Where would you like to travel to if you had to research an area?
Lynn: I want to go to Zihuatanejo, Mexico. The area sounds so lovely the way it’s described in the movie, Shawshank Redemption: “Do you know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific? They say it has no memory. That's where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory.” It sounds relaxing and carefree, but a place where intrigue could happen.
Galen: Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite moveis. If you could have any other job, (not your current writing or day job) what would it be?
Lynn: Art historian. The symbolism in art fascinates me.
Galen: What do you do when you are not writing?
Lynn: I like hiking, biking, and spending time with family and friends. I’m reading all the time.
Galen: Best and worst part of being a writer.
Lynn: Good question! I can’t think of anything I don’t like about writing fiction. Oh, there is the self-doubt that is prone to crop up. But other than that, what’s not to like? I love words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs all strung together in beautiful ways.
Galen: What was the best piece of advice given to you?
Lynn: Believe in yourself.
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