Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Guest Spotlight Author, Lynne Roberts

Please help me welcome back author Lynne Roberts!!
We had a nice little peek at her novel, "Creative License" and even learned a bit about her personally. Today, we're gonna dig a little deeper and put her in the hot seat. 
I love it when authors squirm, they look so darn adorable!! Bwuahahaha!
It's really okay, Lynne, we promise to be gentle.... =^^=
One thing I always love to ask is how did you feel when you got your first publishing contract?

Stunned! Of course that’s the way I felt when I signed my 5th too! I’m unbelievably blessed to be doing what I love!

It is an awesome experience, for sure!!
When it comes to writing, how do you categorize yourself: pantser or plotter?

I am absolutely a pantser. I usually write a rough draft that serves as kind of an outline and then structure from there. Once I tried to write an outline, then structure the book in a completely organized and logical manner… and I hated the whole thing. The POV was loose, the characters one dimensional. The idea behind the book is still great (LOL IMO) but I’m trashing every one of the 30K already written. 
I am absolutely a pantser. I usually write a rough draft that 

From one pantser to another, I can so relate!!

What is the biggest piece of your advice you can give a beginning writer? 

If you have the writing bug, finish the story. I know a lot of beginning writers who have four or five partially completed stories. Also, grow a thick skin.  Chances are there will be rejection. I think most of us have experienced them. I know I have. Read! Especially in your genre. Write what you love. Don’t try to write in what you think will be the next trend. Writing requires time, passion, and a lot of work. Write something you love.

That's awesome advice. after all why do it if you don't love it!
So, now that we're getting a better feel for you, let's get a little personal.
Name one thing readers don’t know about you.

I’m a mother to 6 children. LOL Yes, I’m busy. I also love to bake! I’m an amateur cake decorator and one day I’d love to own my own bakery/bookstore where I could host author events every weekend!

OMG! I am going to shut my mouth and stop talking about my FOUR kids after hearing that! It's a wonder you ever have time to do anything at all! My hats are off to you, my dear!!
I probably shouldn't ask, but what are you working on now? 

I’m about to tear apart and rewrite the 30K I mentioned in the question above and turn it into a 90K novel. I’m also editing a novella, a spin off of sorts to FIRST DATE, for submission later next month.

You're not only busy, but a little crazy too, I see! LOL! Just kidding! I respect a woman who's motivated. There's nothing worse than having something you know you need to do and not getting it done. Good luck with that!
What would you say is your biggest reward in being a writer? 

Hearing back from readers. I absolutely love when readers tell me they enjoyed one of my stories. Ultimately, we write to be read.

You are absolutely right about that. 
Okay, now for the naughty stuff....
Whipped Cream, Strawberry Sauce or Chocolate Syrup? 

Hands down chocolate syrup!!!

You're in good company with that answer and I never argue with any of those choices!
And now to really end this interview on a HOT note...
What is the craziest/sexiest thing you have ever done in public? 

LOL I’m a very private person. I give reign to my wild side through my characters! Um…. Does my backyard count?

Personally it all counts even if it's something you had your characters do. We all sort of live vicariously through them anyway, don't we? 
I would like to thank Lynne for answering all of these probing questions and if you missed us yesterday, here is a reminder about her yummy novel, 
                         "Creative License"
Loose ends have a way of tripping you up…
Years ago, a law school graduation weekend in Vegas had been part of Lily MacPherson’s plan. Waking up next to a naked Adonis with a ring on her finger was not. After a quick annulment, she relegated Caleb Anderson to her late-night fantasies—and very short list of mistakes—until his voice on the other end of the phone asks a favor that could shake the foundations of her neat and tidy future.
Caleb is still haunted by Lily’s horrified expression that morning in Vegas. At least it had made it easy to set her free…except they aren’t. The papers were never filed. And when the nosy patroness who could launch his painting career insists on meeting his “wife”, does he confess, or call Lily? He calls Lily.
When she steps off the plane, Caleb’s determination to play tour guide disappears in the San Francisco fog. Lily thought she could keep up the pretense for one weekend, cut the last tie to her past, and move on. But their chemistry still pops and sizzles, finally exploding into passion at Caleb’s studio.
It’s everything they remember…but so is the yawning chasm of differences that, in the end, could once again drive them apart.
You can find "Creative License" and Lynne's other books at the following links...

or on Twitter, @Lynne_Roberts

Available now!

Coming 03/18/11



  1. Great interview, ladies. Lynne, if you ever opened that bakery/bookstore, I would be there! And I would get FAT. LOL

  2. Loved the interview...wow...six kids and you still somehow find time to write and bake...if you ever do open your bakery/bookstore....I would love to visit!

  3. Robin,
    Thank you so much for having me here! Now if it’s wild things my characters have done, that’s a bit easier. Creative License is the first book I’ve written in which the hero and heroine make love in a bed. Stairwells, against the wall, showers, kitchen floors, and even a barn, but a bed? Just once.

  4. Hi LK!
    LOL That’s why I give away all of my baking… of course with as many kids as I have, it doesn’t go far. ; )
    Thank you so much for stopping by!

  5. Loved your cover. goo luck with the book, your interview was fabbo.

  6. Maria,

    I'd love to have you! My biggest problem is that I don't always use a recipe so things differ in flavor slightly from batch to batch. Good, but different. ; ) Anyone else do that?

  7. Hi Margaret!

    I love the cover too! Samhain's art department does an awesome job! Thank you for stopping by!

  8. When you open that bakery, I'm there!
    What a FUN interview!!
    Great cover and blurb:) Wishing you many, many sales.

  9. Thank you so much Jennifer! I'm holding you to that! ; )

  10. Lynne, I'm in awe of you. Six kids, and you bake, and you write delicious stories. Creative License sounds so sexy. I can't wait to read it.

  11. Thanks for visiting, everyone!
    Just wait until tomorrow when the hero of "Creative License", Caleb, sits in the hot seat!! It's sure to be interesting to say the least!
    Lynne, I'm so glad you're here. It's a pleasure hanging out with you!

  12. Hi Cara,

    Thank you! It does take a bit of insanity, I think. ; )

    Thank you Robin! I enjoyed hanging out too! We'll have to swap recipes sometime. ; ) I can't wait until tomorrow! ; )