Author Interview: Patricia Josephine Lynne

1) As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. My grandpa was an oil painter so his paintings were all over our house. Then when I hit high school, my love of art really took off because of my art teacher, Mr. Fallon. Writing was nowhere near my radar until much later. In fact, I thought I sucked at it (I got a D on a paper I had to write in college so I had reason to think I sucked at writing.)

2) Have you ever traveled as research for your book?
Kinda sorta. My post-apocalyptic zombie novel, The Cure is set where I live so I had to travel around town to research. Also, I’m currently working on a cursed mermaid series and one of the books is set in Guernsey, which I have visited, and it did inspire me to set the book there, but that wasn’t why we went there. We have a friend who lives there. I also highly recommend it as Guernsey is beautiful.

3) How did you come up with the title for your book?
Divine inspiration? Sometimes it feels like it. Other times, I have to fight tooth and nail to figure out the title. I’ve changed a title of a book a week before I released it because I came up with a better idea.

4) How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Let me pull out my fingers and count. I have eleven books published and probably at least half of a dozen more in the works. My first book, Being Human, a young adult paranormal fantasy with vampires is probably my favorite. There’s just something special about your first book.

5) If you could meet your characters, what would you say to them?
I’m sorry for everything I put you through.

6) What books have you read more than once in your life?
Warm Bodies, the Harry Potter series, and Love at Stake series. Warm Bodies I read then saw the movie and had to reread the book because it was a rare case of me liking both versions. Harry Potter and Love at Stake are for when I need to read but also need some warm fuzzies. Although, with HP, that tends to stop around book 5 so I don’t always reread the entire series.

7) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
My other main passion is knitting. I’ve even combined both and have written knitting patterns. Knitting is more relaxing for me than writing, so when I’ve had a rough writing day, I turn to knitting to zen out.

8) What inspired the idea for your book?
Inspiration comes from all over for me. I’ve had other books inspire me. Some ideas came from dreams. Others I have no idea where they came from. If it can get me to ask, What if? then chances are it will inspire me.

9) When did you write your first book and how old were you?
As I stated already, my first book was Being Human. I was 29 or 30. I don’t recall exactly. I am rubbish at making mental notes about when I start things. It makes doctor visits hard when I’m trying to get something diagnosed. I’ve been attempting to make a conscious decision to make note of the date of when I start anything now, so when I’m asked, I can answer.

10) What book (or books) are you currently reading?
The Call of Cthulhu: And Other Stories. Lovecraft is one of those iconic authors, so I decided to check him out. I can see why, but at the same time, he’s tougher to read than modern books. It doesn’t help that the editor who put together the edition has decided to make footnotes on everything and basically give history lessons. It’s like, “Dude, I’m trying to read a story. I know what Stonehenge is. Stop interrupting me!”

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