Tale Talk with Lynn Kelling • "Getting Personal Within The Bounds" of writing
MM Book Escape is honored to have Lynn Kelling here today to share her new release, BARE, set to go live tomorrow, November the 15th. Lynn took the time to answer a few questions plus she brought a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway for you guys so please help me make her feel welcome by commenting and saying Hi and don't forget to enter the giveaway which will be found on the main book page. Click the Learn More button at the end of the Interview. Enjoy the post!!
1. What internet site do you surf the most?
I always have etiquettehell.com open on a tab in my phone to read in my downtime. Basically, they post short true stories of people behaving badly, or examples of poor etiquette in action. I love reading the brutally honest experiences of real people from around the world as they search for input and struggle with how to respond in sticky situations. Fascinating and inspiring!
2. Tell us something no one knows about you?
This kind of ties in with question #1, but I’m completely addicted to advice columns of all types. Being raised by people who didn’t really believe in actually explaining why they did things the way they did, or what appropriate behavior is, or what’s expected, or how to think my way through problems, it has actually helped give me a ton of practical tools in how to deal with life or how to help my characters through tough spots. It helps me personally, but it’s also wonderful for my writing in inspiring new ideas or helping me flush out the inner lives of my characters.
3. Where do you see yourself in five years?
I honestly can’t see that far ahead. The past two years have contained some of the biggest upheavals of my entire life, so I’m absolutely a “live each day to the fullest” gal. I never plan more than a few weeks out anymore and just take things as they come. You just never know what’s going to happen!
4. What is the one question you are never asked as an author but wish you were? Then answer the question.
Oh man. Hmm… Well, I think authors tend to put pieces of themselves in most of their characters (some more than others). So perhaps the question would be ‘what character have you written that’s least like you?’ And that would definitely be Adam Buchanan from bare. Even as I was initially writing him, I kept asking myself, “where the heck is this guy coming from!?” I had to keep writing just to see what he would do. I was a captive audience. His fiery spirit, his fearlessness and tireless determination to pry at all of Ev’s weaknesses, the pure desire to break Ev’s shell apart in order to see the new pieces grow… He’s someone I’d love to encounter in real life. He sees through the bullshit to what really matters and he’s not afraid to challenge people he’s interested in to do the same.
5. If your sweetheart wanted to sweep you off your feet, what would they need to do?
I’m more about personal connections than grand gestures. Seduction is really important. Feeling like that person is really trying to connect with you in the moment. I’d need them to show that wherever we are, whatever we’re doing, whatever else is going on around us, that they’re with totally me with their heart, mind, spirit, and body. That, for a little while at least, no one and nothing else matters.
6. What is your advice to Indie Authors? On writing? Marketing?
Write what you would want to read. Push past the surface to deeper layers whenever you can. Give all of your characters weaknesses. Write what scares you most. And then do the work when the story is done, too. Do what you can to get the story in front of readers, to get them interested, and listen to their critiques. As an introvert, I’m always tempting to go into hermit mode with my stories and hide from the feedback, but you can’t do that if you want to grow and improve. Indie authors have to work even harder to have a presence and market their work. Whether it’s being present on social media as a human being and not just in a “hey, read my book” bot kind of way, or asking for reviews, doing guest posts, you’ve gotta find ways to get out there and let others know you.
7. If you could spend the day as one of your characters, who would you pick and why?
Haha, well, I’d have to go with either Evan from the Twin Ties series or Shea from Loving the Master. Evan is part of a foursome and an identical twin, so it would be fascinating to have that life for a day. That’d be a lot of attention to juggle and probably exhausting! But it would be nice to experience having that many hot men all looking to take care of me together. And with Shea, being the submissive of a man like David, who has more money than anyone would ever need, living in such decadence, surrounded by other subs and Doms who know them so intimately… I’d love to try living in such a physically present way. It would be a totally different experience than the cerebral type of world of the designer and author that I’m used to.
8. What has been the best compliment you received as an author?
The best compliment I could ever receive is each time someone buys one of my books and enjoys it. Anything else is just icing on the cake. I never take any of this for granted and count my blessings every day that I’ve written books that others have had pleasure reading.
9. What is the biggest surprise you have experienced after becoming an author?
The biggest surprise is probably just in seeing how receptive readers are to the weirdest creations of my perverse imagination! Honestly, the first book I had published—Deliver Us—was something I never, ever intended to let anyone else read because of how dirty it is. I posted the first chapter online (locked!) and the few who initially saw it liked it so much I was slowly convinced to keep going and keep sharing. Because of things like that, writing really has helped me see the world as a more inclusive, friendly place to live in. No matter how weird we may think we are, there are plenty of others out there just like us.
10. If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
I might have to go with the Harry Potter series, but not for the money or fame. I’d just love to see my characters become so deeply ingrained in the culture. To see them and their world come to life in movies and theme parks. To see them inspiring so many people to love books and use their imagination.
Thank you, Lynn!
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