Author Interview Lynn Rush.

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Well we’ve had a slight change of plans.  Today I’ll be interviewing Lynn Rush. 
BIO:  Lynn Rush began her writing career in 2008, since then producing thirteen paranormal romance novels.
She enjoys posting to her blog, Light of Truth (http://lynnrush.wordpress.com/), six days a week and actively participating in FaceBook and Twitter.
She is actively involved with Romance Writers of America (RWA) and its special interest chapter Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal (FF&P) and American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW.)
 Lynn has both an undergraduate and graduate degree in the mental health field and has enjoyed applying that unique knowledge to developing interesting characters. She is a member of two online critique groups, comprised of both published and unpublished authors, specifically focusing on fiction for the younger adult. In addition, she enjoys volunteering in her church bookstore.
When Lynn’s not writing, she spends time enjoying the Arizona sunshine by road biking with her husband of thirteen years and going on five-mile jogs with her loveable Shetland Sheep dogs. She always makes time to read a good speculative fiction novel, her favorites being Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti, PC Cast, and Stephanie Meyer.
Lynn, thank you for joining us today.  First I’d like to congratulate you on not only winning the Write Your Name Across the Sky Author Contest for 2009, but also securing a publishing contract AND obtaining a wonderful agent!
JS:  When did you begin writing, and did you always envision being an author?
LR:  I didn’t really start writing until a few years ago. Way back, around 2002-ish I had a little idea and did a little jotting down (by hand) in a little notebook on lunch breaks. But I was totally just goofing around. I lost the notebook, never really gave it much thought after a while.
See—I’d never wanted to be a writer. Heck, I hated reading, how could I ever be a writer, right?
Yeah. Blame the not liking to read thing on graduate school…ugh, reading all those textbooks would kill anyone’s desire to read EVER again. Just kidding (well, sort of.)
No. It was back in summer of 2007 that I decided to get Light of Truth (first book ever) on the computer. Finished it November 2007 but had NO clue what to do next. So, I joined ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) in May 2008 and got into my first crit group.
After that, the stories flowed, and I’ve written 13 novels since then.
JS:  What have been the most rewarding aspects of being a writer?
LR:  Meeting so many amazing people has to be the first one. The second would be, learning a new skill. I never took a writing class or anything before I started writing, so I learned as I went (as evidenced by the first couple books, which will probably never leave the shelf…LOL.) There are a bunch more rewarding aspects, but the last one I’ll mention is how much fun I have losing myself in the worlds and characters I create. It’s so much fun to laugh and cry with them and torture them with crazy obstacles to overcome!
JS:  The most challenging?
LR:  Hmmm, not really sure. I don’t see much of anything that’s challenging, probably because I never really expected it to go anywhere. I guess the waiting can get tough sometimes. There are often long waits associated with agents, editors, and even contest results.
Oh—wait—I thought of one. . . A challenge is the cost of it all. Money-wise, it’s expensive to go to conferences and buy learning-the-craft books. It can get costly. So I’d say that was a challenge. 
JS:  Tell me a little about Violet Midnight.
LR:  It’s the fourth book I ever wrote and one of my favorite characters. I even had Emma host my blog for a week recently. She’s just so fun. Tough, yet broken. Oh, but can she kick some demon butt!!
The easiest way for me to describe the book is to share the back cover blurb with you. Is that okay?
The blurb:
Three years ago, Emma Martin awoke in a hospital, forever changed. Her brown eyes turned violet, and she had a mysterious tattoo on the inside of her wrist. With the help of Gabriel, a mentor turned love interest, she discovered she was a hunter of the undead. After he’s brutally killed by the very evil he trained her to vanquish, she rejects her calling and seeks out a new life.
Emma pursues a normal existence by attending college. Hiding her unique powers proves difficult because the mystical tattoo on her wrist burns when evil is near, and the heat does not dissipate until the evil is vanquished.
When Jacob Cunningham witnesses Emma using her powers and isn’t afraid, the walls she’s erected around her come crashing down. Her draw to him is intense, but she’s not sure she can trust him with her secrets or her heart.
JS:  Can you tell us a little more about how you conceived the story of Violet Midnight?
LR:  Much like how I came up with all my novels, I woke up one day with an idea. Maybe it was a dream that I didn’t remember having, but I just woke up one day and started writing. It’s been that way with almost all my novels.
The writing starts with what’s called a mind map. It’s just like an organized form of free thought. In the center of the page I had “Emma Martin” in a circle, then started drawing lines out from it with ideas, obstacles, etc.
As I wrote, the rest just kinda fell into place.  J
JS:  When you write, do you always know where you are going, or do your characters lead you in their own directions?
I RARELY know where I’m going with a story. My characters pretty much drive my stories.
LR:  What advice do you give to budding writers?
Write on. Yep—I often put that down when I comment on blogs or Facebook status’ because it’s true. Just write on. Keep going. When you’re waiting for a response from an editor/agent/whoever-write. When you’re waiting in the doctor’s office-write. When you’re waiting—okay, you get the idea. Any free moment you find-write. J
JS:   What were some of your favorite books when you were growing up?
LR:  Ahhh—I hate this question. J I see it asked all the time on blogs and such, and technically, it’s a really great question. But for me…I really don’t have a favorite, because I didn’t grow up reading. I watched a ton of movies, though. Like all the sci-fi and paranormal-type movies. Probably where a bunch of my ideas started percolating, huh?
Heck, I read Frank Peretti’s book, “This Present Darkness” and “Piercing The Darkness” April of 2006 and that’s when I really started reading.
After Peretti, I fell in love with Ted Dekker’s books, and then found Charlaine Harris, PC Cast and Stephanie Meyer. So I really don’t have a long track record of reading, that’s for sure.
JS:  What’s a typical day like for you?
LR:  I’m a creature of habit, that’s fore sure. Get up around 5-ish, do a quick Bible devotion, go running or biking, do some writing, go to the day job (write over my lunch break), then come home and cook dinner for me and my sweet hubby, then write the rest of the night.
I’m sooooo boring—ask anyone.
My weekends pretty much look the same, but instead of going to the day job, I write. J
JS:  How long does it generally take to write one of your novels?
LR:  About 7-21 days, depending on the circumstances. When I was unemployed for four months, I wrote four novels. Each took about 7 or 8 days. But that’s writing full-time. When I’m working a day job, it takes about two to three weeks, depending on how full my weekends are.
Now remember, that first draft is a mega rough draft. The real fun starts during the edits.  J
JS:  How many have you written?
Fourteen
LR:  Can you tell us more about your journey?  (How did you find out about the contest?  How did you find your agent?  How long you’ve been writing, etc.)
I found out about the contest on the FF&P loop (Romance Writers Association’s Futuristic, Fantasy, and Paranormal group). So, I checked it out, sent in my entry, and let me tell you NO ONE was more shocked than me to see Violet Midnight won!
Seriously.
I still can’t believe it sometimes and I’ve even seen the book cover for Violet Midnight!!
Within three days of learning about the contest win, I signed with Super-Agent Cari Foulk from Tribe Literary Agency. I found TribeLit by following them on Twitter. I loved what they and some of their authors tweeted about, so I queried her. My writer friend, Frank Redman, was represented by her as well. So it all came together through a query and a referral!!
JS:  Is there anything else you’d like to say?
LR:  Write on!
No, seriously, thanks for interviewing me. This was fun.
Thanks again for taking the time for this interview and good luck with your first book.  Make sure to keep us all informed so we know where and when to buy it!
If anyone is interested in doing an interview with me, please feel free to contact me at j.souders (@) jasouders (.) com.  



21 Responses to “Author Interview Lynn Rush.”

  1. LynnRush says:

    >HI! Wow, this was a bunch of fun. THANKS!

  2. Kay Dew Shostak says:

    >Thanks for this interview of Lynn. We've met via the web through Tribe Lit and she's always so encouraging and fun. You helped me get to know her even better!

  3. jasouders says:

    >You're welcome, Lynn! It was a blast to do and I really enjoyed getting to know you a little better.

    Kay: Welcome! It's amazing how much the web has made writing not so solitary. I'm glad I could help!

  4. Michelle Sutton says:

    >I snagged an agent with my fourth novel, too, and now it's finally going to be released but as my 7th or 8th in my lineup of sales. 🙂 You go girl and enjoy this ride! Thanks for letting me know about this interview, too. Dekker rocks!

  5. Christian Miles says:

    >Awesome interview! I LOVE reading Ted Dekker, too. Good stuff there.

  6. LynnRush says:

    >HI, Kay! Thanks for stoppin' by to say hi. It's great to be part of the Tribe with you!

    Michelle–Yeah, I'm glad you stopped by. Thanks. Yeah, I've alwyas heard it's about book four, five, or six that gets picked up. It's been a fun ride, glad you're part of it!

    Christian–HI! Yeppers, Ted Dekker ROCKS! Thanks for coming over, Christian!

  7. Jill Williamson says:

    >Great interview, Lynn! This Present Darkness was the first Christian fiction I ever read. So I read all his books, then I discovered Ted Dekker and read all his. I can't wait to buy you book and put it right next to all those. 🙂

  8. LynnRush says:

    >HI, Jill. Thanks for stoppin' by! Seems to be a lot of Dekker fans here on this blog, huh?

    🙂

  9. KM says:

    >Great interview! I'm so excited about this book, and I can't wait to read it! Get it, girl!!

  10. LynnRush says:

    >Thanks, KM! Glad you stopped by. Your excitement is contagious. 🙂

  11. jasouders says:

    >Thanks everyone for stopping by and I'm glad you're enjoying the interview! It's always a pleasure getting to know other authors. : )

  12. GABixler says:

    >Great presentation! That's a lot of writing within a short span! You go girl! Shows creativity will come out, just when it is supposed to!

    Best wishes for the future!

  13. LynnRush says:

    >HI GABixler, thanks! Yeah, it was kinda crazy how those stories came storming out, huh? But you're right, creativity will come out when it's supposed to.

    Thanks for stoppin by. It's nice to meet you!

  14. laurelwanrow says:

    >Lynn,
    LOVE your blurb for Violet Midnight. And such a strong and terrible wound, the death of the mentor she loves. Great GMC. Can't wait to read the book.

    Laurel

  15. jasouders says:

    >Wow guys! Great turnout and thanks for the comments and stopping buy. I hope you all enjoyed it and pick up her book when it's available.

  16. LynnRush says:

    >HI, Laurel–THANKS. You're so sweet to say that. It was really fun to write as well. I hope you enjoy the book. I'll be sure to come back here and let y'all know when I find out the release date. 🙂

  17. Liz Czukas says:

    >7-8 days each for four books?! I don't even have words for how impressed I am by that.

    Nice to learn more about you, Lynn.

    – Liz

  18. LynnRush says:

    >Hi, Liz. Yeah, well, I was unemployed during that time, so I could do nothing but write. I don't have kids, either, so to sit for 10 hours a day, typing, makes it easier to whip out the books if the ideas are flowing.

    They just happened to be flowing at that time, which was good, because being unemployed for the first time ever in my life was a bit scary. I might have gotten really depressed had I not had some stories to write.

  19. jasouders says:

    >Liz: Believe me so was I. I thought I wrote fast, but when I saw that my jaw dropped.

    Lynn: That is so cool. I understand completely by the unemployed thing. That's why I started writing, too. But I can't go back to work, so I'll continue to write full tiime, besides being a SAHM that is.

  20. Avily Jerome says:

    >Great interview, Lynn!!!
    I can't wait to see Violet Midnight in print!

  21. LynnRush says:

    >JA–Hey, being a SAHM is full time work in itself. It's great you're able to do that!

    Avily–Hi! Thanks for stoppin' by. Yeah, I'm pretty stoked about the book being in print too. Thanks for all your support!