The Ghostly Rites Anthology 2019 (and the name has changed!) is almost here! I’ve invited one of the authors, Lynn Mullican, to share a little of her writing life and inspiration on my blog, and I’m looking forward to finding out how another writer writes! Welcome Lynn…
1 How do you write? Is everything plotted, planned to perfection? Do you ever change tack as you go along or always stick to a pre-made plan?
I do not outline my stories. I have a plot and story line but as my story progresses, my characters tell me and show me what they are going to say and do. I do, however, have a set ending for every story, otherwise, my story would just continue to grow.
Other writers often ask, are you a planner or a panster, so it’s great to meet another author who is half and half!
2 Do you have a writing ritual? Meditation, certain cup for your tea, writing trousers?
I usually start out with a cup of coffee in my skull mug. I keep my office fairly dim when I write, that way I can create a slightly darker atmosphere, since my most of my writing is on the darker side.
3 Aside from writing, what makes you tick? Tell us 5 things about yourself we probably don’t know.
Hmm, I’m a bit OCD, nothing to the extreme but there are a few things I’m particular about, double checking locks on doors, putting my remote controls together in a particular way, and I’m sure there’s more. 😉 My due date was on October 31st, Halloween but I was born two days later on the Day of the Dead, November 2nd. My day job and my writing are both a bit on the darker side. I have to research and investigate fatalities. I enjoy archery and the outdoors. I studied martial arts with my family. I was studying for my brown belt in Kenpo when I had to step out of it due to a couple of reasons, primarily because of a knee injury I sustained several years prior. I was born with a disability and had to wear braces on my legs because of it.
I wonder how much your birth date has influenced your writing? Fascinating stuff. Gutting you’ve had to give up martial arts but archery, especially outdoors, sounds like fun!
4 If you were stranded on a desert island with shelter, food and water, what 5 items would you want with you?
My bow and arrows, pen and paper, and a boat. 😉
5 On said island, what 5 books would you take and why?
- The Green Mile by Stephen King, as a reminder that even through the difficult times, you can always find a friend, even if it is a mouse.
- Boys Life by Robert McCammon because it’s always good to remember where you came from and to persevere.
- Edgar Allan Poe’s Complete Collection because I don’t think I read the entire book. Plus, there are some great stories in there.
- The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by Anne Rice because I haven’t read the series and I was told they are good books.
- Lightning by Dean Koontz. I’ve read this book three times and it will continue to be a favorite of mine.
Interesting choices. Thanks, Lynn.
6 Off the island now, which famous person would you like to have dinner with?
Fabulous actor, and I bet he has great tales to tell about Hollywood and the stars.
7 Your current writing projects?
I’m currently working on many projects, one of which I feel is way overdue, my novel The Shadow of Evil. I’m also working on the fourth book in the Bad Elements series, Rise of the Underground. I have also started a spinoff of the Bad Elements series, Immortal Blessings.
I have several short stories in the works, The Awakening III, Raven’s Hill III, and a few others.
Wow! You are a busy lady!
8 Feel free to share with us your published work and links, so we can find them…
My short story, Where the Streets Have No Name, will be coming out in the Ghostly Rites 2019 Anthology. I also have two more short stories, From the Pen to the Grave and From the Dance to the Grave, which will be coming out soon. These two short stories will only be available in E-Book format.
Some of my other books include; the Bad Elements series, Crystal Dragon, Blood for Blood, and The Hybrid Unleashed.
My short stories series include; Raven’s Hill and Raven’s Hill’s: The Ritual, The Awakening, and The Awakening II: Nexus. My Raven’s Hill stories can also be found in The Ghostly Writes Valentine’s Anthology 2017 and the Ghostly Writes 2017 Anthology.
Other short stories include; Sacrificial Blood and Zero Sixx.
Thank you so much, Lynn for joining me on the blog. It’s really lovely to meet you.
Don’t forget, the Ghostly Rites Anthology is nearly here! Look out for more blog posts in the next few days!
Here’s the first link to the anthology https://books2read.com/b/mv2Vvz?fbclid=IwAR26KQhAcEmRWTNWSzJ-Bz9dLYGf2KwNxYKj9g2H9fRxIMnbMXrY3NRYRZc