Today we get to chat with the lovely Lynn Michael’s! This is very exciting for me, Lynn has been a huge part of my decision to publish and has been so helpful along the way — all on top of being a top notch writer! Let’s hear what she has to say!
Lynn’s most recent publication is a supercross mm romance, click on over to check it out: Holeshot 2
In the world of Supercross, taking the holeshot means one racer leaps ahead of the crowd and into first, leaving the rest of the pack behind. Supercross racer, Tate Jordan, wants to take his holeshot on and off the track, but no one else seems to cooperate. His love life is in turmoil and his sponsors don’t expect him to win. Will Tate find someone new to love and a team that believes in him?
Pilot Mahan is a bodyguard and a street fighter looking to build a future, but his plans get derailed when a Supercross racer catches his eye. Can he make a go at a life with Tate Jordan, on the road?
Bryce Nickel is new to Supercross and adulthood. He’s young and fun, but super serious about what he wants. And what he wants is to win races and Tate Jordan. Will he be able to take his holeshot or will the big Apex bodyguard get in the way? Or perhaps, the three can make a compromise?
A super sexy MMM romance set in the Supercross industry – 18+ please
1. What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
I picked this question as it is so timely. Right now the Amazon KU market is being saturated with fake books or authors that buy clicks. It’s going to end up ruining a good thing. The idea of KU is great for readers and authors, but if this continues unchecked, eventually Amazon will have to shut it down.
2. Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both. It excites me and I get great energy from it. I’ve come to love writing in the mornings. But, if I’m not careful and don’t get enough sleep, I’ll wear myself out fast.
3. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym (or do you already)?
I do. I have alter egos…Lynn Michaels writes MM Romance both contemporary and paranormal, while Sherri Jordan-Asble writes Paranormal Adventure & Romance. I think they may have a collaboration coming soon though…. ~wink-wink~
4. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Neither. While I want to give readers what they want, I can’t just pop out a formula. I have to feel the story, love the characters, and mold it into what the story wants to be. I write because I love it and that doesn’t always make a cookie-cutter novel, but I hope that my stories will find an audience that will love them as much as I do
5. Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book? Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
I had to combine these because yes. I have things that pop up in multiple books. I like to hide things for avid readers. It’s fun. I like to thread connections between the stories that those who read everything will have a special delight. With that said, the majority of my books are stand alone right now. Holeshot and Universe are the exceptions. There will be more series in the future with Holeshot 3, a spin off from Universe, maybe another Cupid book, and a series based on Lines on the Mirror. If I ever get enough time to write them all
6. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
An awesome editor and cover artist.
7. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Too many to count. From just a few lines of an idea to fully outlined and drafts started. They’re all over the place – see question 5.
8. What does literary success look like to you?
Refer to question 4. I hope that my books find an audience that love them. That’s it.
9. Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?
Everything. I read a lot of speculative fiction and Sci-fi and that stuff makes me really think. There are a lot of stories with hidden commentary on the social challenges of the time, particularly with the classics, but anything that you pick up says something about the author and the world around them beyond the story that’s told. I love looking for depth in theme.
10. What was your hardest scene to write?
Not one particular scene but sex scenes in general. Not EVEN getting into the reasons for that…
11. How long on average does it take you to write a book?/Do you believe in writer’s block?.
I get writer’s block when I’m unsure of what to work on or I’m overly tired. I have to let my brain rest sometimes. I write part time, so that adds a lot to the time it takes to write something. It’s hard to say how long the process is for many reasons. First, I get ideas and jot them down and start building up the story and characters through notes until I have an outline. I don’t generally start the first draft without that full – very detailed – outline. Once I sit down to draft, it takes about two months to knock out a 50,000 to 60,000 word novel. Then, it goes through a rigorous editing process including multiple Beta readers, so that adds time to the process that’s out of my control. Ultimately, I like to say about six months, but I don’t always hit that. I think this is important to understand, because I’m not holding back, it just takes time to write a good quality book. I don’t want to publish unfinished or unprofessional work. I want it to be the best it can. I owe that quality effort to the readers who pay good money to purchase a book.
Lynn Michaels lives and writes in Tampa, Florida where the sun is hot and the Sangria is cold. When she’s not writing she’s kayaking, hanging with her husband, or reading by the pool. Lynn writes Male/Male romance because she believes everyone deserves a happy ending and the dynamics of male characters can be intriguing, vulnerable, and exciting. She has both contemporary and paranormal titles and has been writing since 2014. Her stories don’t follow any set guidelines or ideas, but come from her heart and contain love in many forms.
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