Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Interview with author, Sindee Lynn
Today, I feature Sindee Lynn, who is on her Authors Supporting Authors Virtual Book Tour. Leave a comment for Sindee for an chance to win a copy of Prince's Donor at the end of her tour. Winners will drawn at random and contacted by e-mail, so please become a follower of this blog for updates.
Sindee, welcome to Immortyl Revolution. What age group is your work geared toward?
SL: Definitely 18 and over. Primarily for the sexual content and my love scenes. Not a book for the pre-teen group at all.
Into which genre would you say your work falls and why?
SL: Paranormal Romance, Prince's Donor is definitely a book that falls in the vampire category - my hero is the Prince of Vampires and his best friend and protector is a werewolf.
Tell us a little about your book.
SL: Jenna James is an overweight accountant from Washington State. Her life is dull and boring. She has no man, and her mother has specific ideas as to why this is. A few years back she signed up for the donor database - a list of humans whose sole purpose is to provide "the others" with the blood and sex they need to survive. The Others is a grouping of different races from vampires to werewolves and other shifters who might need blood and sex for survival. Well things havent gone as she thought. No vampires have knocked on her door and she's thinking of removing her name but then a vampire shows up at her door in need and offering what she's wanted since she signed up. Now Jenna doesnt know that the vampire who has just had his way with her is not just any ordinary vampire. He's the Prince of Vampires, Syrian Roskonovich. Syrian's got his own issues with just finding out his donor has been cheating on him and just when he's getting ready to take over as King of the Vampires. The last thing he expected to find on this random trip to Washington that his father ordered him to go on is the woman he's been looking for. There are a few more underlying things going on but that's the jest of the first book in my Donor Series.
Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
SL: I can't really say I have a favorite character in this book. I love them all for different reasons - Syrian for being this strong vampire who finds himself falling for this plus sized woman who is so not his normal type, and he doesnt know why but he knows he's got to have her in his life. I love Jenna because I think alot of people can relate to her - she's a plus sized woman who's family gives her grief about being plus sized and for being man -less, she takes a chance on what she wants by signing up for the donor program but then when it doesn’t go as planned she considers giving up and just as she has made up her mind to do just that what she has wanted shows up at her door.
What other writers would you say have influenced your work and why? What are some of your favorite books in the genre?
SL: Oh wow... Sherrilyn Kenyon is my absolute favorite in vampire romance with her dark hunter series but right beside her is Christine Feehan with her dark series. These two have created whole worlds where when I open the pages of their book I leave whereever I am and I enter their world. That is what I want my readers to experience. And I want them to want to stay until they're done with the book and then I want them to Google me to see when the next one is coming out ... lol because that's what I do for these ladies.
What is your writing process like? Do you do a lot of background research? Do you plot every detail or do you prefer the characters to move the story in new directions, or a combination of both? Do you belong to a critique group and do you find this helpful?
SL: I am definitely not a plotter of every single detail... I think I a combination writer. Before I even begin to write a story the idea has to have come to me several times and then when I put it on paper I have to have a beginning, middle and end. I have to know where the story is going. I guess that would be an outline of sorts. But when I do begin writing my characters truly take on lives of their own and you know if the direction you are moving in is not the right one because your story will suck. It took me a few attempts to figure out what was wrong with Prince's Donor before I realized that my heroine was a bit shyer, lacked self confidence in herself because that wasn't how I initially envisioned her. Publishing companies always recommend you have a strong heroine and sometimes that's just not how it works - its not the reality of your character and that wasn't who Jenna was. I don't belong to any critique groups, I keep saying I'm going to find one if only online but my schedule is so crazy I just havent had time but I can only imagine it would enhance my writing for someone other than me to read it.
Do you have any advice for young or beginning writers?
SL: Don't give up. No matter how many rejections you get. No matter how many of your friends or family members don't understand the passion you have for writing romance or writing period. No matter how many mornings you wake up tired as all get out because you have been up til 3 am the night before and work starts at 8am - don't give up. Your breakthrough will come. Have faith and confidence in yourself and your abilities.
Who is your publisher and where are your books available? Are there e-books and hard copies available?
SL: My publisher is Passionate Writer Publishing. You can purchase my books several different places: directly from my publishing company, http://www.passionatewriterpublishing.com/, www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com. From my publishing company's website you can purchase my book in e-book format or paperback but from amazon or barnes and noble you can only purchase in paperback.
What is your website and/or blog where readers can learn more? Can they friend you on Facebook or other sites?
SL: I am currently working on my website, but as with everything else time plays a role. I'm a single parent of an ACTIVE teenage daughter so it's a miracle really I found time not only to finish writing my book but to find a publishing company. But it will be out soon. I am on Facebook by my real name and people can "friend" me there - Cynthia Yates, Richmond Va. I have links from my facebook account to where you can purchase my books and will update my website link when it's up and running.
Are there any upcoming signings or appearances you'd like to mention?
SL: We have a few things in the works for the fall with conferences and book expos in Maryland and South Carolina - I will update those on my facebook site - by then my website should be up and running too. But alot of appearances depend on my daughter's schedule and until school is out and competition cheer season is over my life is not my own.. I will start living in May ... lol .. I will let you know how that works out for me.
Sindee, thanks for the opportunity to interview you!
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