About Lynn Turner: Lynn Turner is dedicated to writing inclusive stories that explore what it means to be imperfectly human. She is convinced she would have made a great Gilmore Girl, that writing about herself in third-person is weird, and that Colin Firth is the best Mr. Darcy (don’t fight her on this). When she isn’t writing and adulting, she’s tackling her monstrous TBR list, TV-binging, traveling, or watching old Samantha Brown travelogue videos and wishing she had her job. She and her husband share their home in California with their two extraordinary children and their sometimes cat, Bowie.
Describe yourself in five words: Introvert who extroverts. Infinitely curious.
Tell us about your writing/editing/publishing process: Oh gosh, it’s kind of like organized chaos! For example, in past interviews, I’ve said I’m somewhere between a pantser and a plotter. I plot the “big” moments, and then pants it from big moment to big moment, like a writerly round of connect-the-dots. For my latest work? I pretty much plotted the story entirely on pinterest. Since I work full-time, and have two small children, I write wherever I can, whenever I can. I’m definitely someone who has to carve out time to write or it will never get done. But once I’ve got my heart and mind locked into a story, nothing’s going to stop me from writing “The End.” I’ve been traditionally and indie published, and the most important thing I’ve learned is that an MS needs professional editing. There are pros and cons for each publishing path, but I will never compromise on professional editing. It speaks to the integrity of the work, I think.
Salty or sweet? Both! Salted caramel, anyone? Lol!
When did you know you wanted to become an author? Since I was too young to know that a writer was an “author.” I pirated Huckleberry Finn when I was twelve, basically rewrote it in first-person and made myself (a tomboy with her head in the clouds) the hero of the story (with some original scenes, of course). Wrote it all on one of those yellow legal pads—filled every page, front and back. It. Was. Awesome.
What would you be if you weren’t an author? I’d love to be a globetrotting food/hotel reviewer and blogger like Samantha Brown! Or do amazing humanitarian work like Anthony Bourdain did. I miss him so much!
What do you love most about writing in your genre? That there is no limit to what you can do! Every genre outside of romance also exists within. We’re the frontrunners for progress and social change: so, when we have our collective shit together, everyone else falls in line. I love that, no matter the subgenre or how much emotional terror the author puts me through as a reader, I know I’ll get my happy ending on that last page. And it’s wonderful escapism, written largely by women forwomen, with increasing representation from underrepresented groups (like the LGBTQ community, diversity of body types and ability, etc.), which means great things for our characters.
How do you come up with the titles of your book? I try to think of something that represents the soul of the story. For my first book, Between You and Me, the title took me longer to come up with, but I love it because it has triple meaning:
It’s a long-distance love story, so the title takes on literal meaning there; there are some secrets between the h/H which come out later in the story; and of course, the burgeoning love between them over time.
My second book, Pas De Deux: A Dance For Two, came much easier. It’s a ballet romance, the heroine is French, and most people have no clue what Pas De Deux means, lol. It just worked.
People would be surprised that you…: are a huge nerd. I studied chemistry in college, materials science to be exact. I’ve worked at one of the world’s biggest linear accelerator centers, and at the museum conservation institute for the Smithsonian! But writing is my passion, and I love it!
How would you spend your perfect day? Costa Rica. Waking up late, then brunch with mimosas, spending the day on someone’s beach, reading and napping…or at a pool with a swim up bar, zip-lining, maybe…then dinner with entirely too many calories…ending with wine and another book or a movie.
What is your guilty pleasure? Ignoring my family and reading an entire book in a day/weekend.
What do you want your readers to take away from your books? That we’re more alike than we think, and no matter our differences, there are certain universal experiences that bring us all together. Oh, and The Sex. I’m pretty proud of that, lol.
What are you working on right now? I’m currently working on my first romantic comedy, Love At Cruise, a title I love because my heroine’s last name is Cruz, and she’s a commercial pilot. It’s another interracial/multicultural story, this time with a sassy American heroine and a hunky/sweet British hero who just wants to take care of her—but she can take care of herself, thank you. 😉
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