I’ve had the honor to sit beside Lynne during our monthly meetings with SCBWI Houston group. She’s a sweetheart and an outstanding writer. Lynne says she usually works on only one project at a time, and when she gets a new idea she writes it down for later. One day, during a walk on the beach, a character sort of “showed up” and she heard her voice so well, she had to set aside what she’d been working on so she could write down her story. She’s having fun writing about her new a character that’s been incorporated in a middle-grade mystery with lost pirate treasure and hurricanes.
Her first novel, CHAINED, published in 2012 has been a sensation. The story is about a boy and an elephant who have a friendship stronger than any lock, shackle, or chain. It won the Crystal Kite Award and South Asia Book Award Honor. It’s also on several state book award lists. It’s now available in Indian, French and Japanese.
I can’t wait to see what Lynne has coming out next. And now for our “tiny” talk interview.
ME: Finish this sentence. A perfect day would involve . . .
LYNNE: Playing with my dog,hanging out with my daughter, reading a good book, and writing a good book.
ME: If you took your street name and the name of your first pet (or visa versa), what would your nickname be?
LYNNE: Spike Gosling, which sounds like a bad boy older brother of Ryan.
ME: A good character for a novel.
ME: Tell us in five words that describes you as a writer.
LYNNE: Scattered, still learning and growing.
ME: At least now I’m not the only one, lol.
ME: Are you a Pantser or a Plotter?
LYNNE: A pantser who’s found I need to have somewhat of a plot worked out so I don’t get lost.
ME: If you could sit and have a drink/coffee with a famous author who would it be and why?
LYNNE: JK Rowling, in hopes that I could absorb some of her genius.
Thanks, Lynne, so much for participating. I can’t wait to see this middle grade novel! I’m just guessing, but maybe another Crystal Kite winner coming soon?