1. Red or white?
I prefer red wine to white. Lately I’ve been sampling lots of blends and find them much more interesting to my palate than straight up single varieties. If I had to pick one particular grape, it would be a Cabernet Sauvignon.
2. What did you do on your summer vacation?
This summer my family and I went on a cruise to Bermuda. It had been over two years since we’d taken a vacation, so we were due. The ship was great and Bermuda is a beautiful country, but right in the middle of our cruise my husband came down with norovirus, so by the time he recovered, we needed another vacation.
The cruise (aside from the virus) sounds great. You should try again next year. I hope he’s feeling better.
3. What part of writing a book do you enjoy the most?
My favorite part of the writing process is having time to sit down and pound out a scene after I’ve had an ‘ah-ha’ moment. I love the exhilaration of the words pouring out, the plot pulling together, and my characters coming to life on the page.
4. How do you pick your characters’ names? Do they have any special significance?
I don’t know if I have a method of picking my character’s names. I usually have at least one character come right out and tell me his or her name. I write a lot of backstory before I start a book, and I jot down any name that sounds good in the margins, so by the time I open up that Word file with a blank page one, I have a lot of choices. I tend to like old-fashioned names and have collected a few yearbooks from the 1950s and 1960s to mine for good ones.
I love the yearbook idea!
5. What is your favourite non-writing related website?
I have a lot of favorite sites I check every day, like Gawker, iO9, and Tom and Lorenzo. I like getting the news online, and have a lot of fun reading the comments on some stories when I know they won’t be inflammatory. For other topics, I completely avoid reading the comments because people say crazy stuff on the Internet!
Never read the comments!
Tell us about your book.
Conscientious Emily Fontaine is on a mission to prove her marketing and public relations skills. When she volunteers to restore a historic statue, she isn’t prepared for her attraction to one of her fellow committee members.
Paul Ellison has stayed out of circulation since his wife’s death, but once he meets Emily, he can’t resist her quiet allure, despite the difference in their age.
When the statue which brought them together is vandalized, and both Paul’s daughter and sister strenuously object to their burgeoning relationship, Paul and Emily realize the sacrifices they’ll have to make for each other. Will Paul have a second chance at love?
Lynn Rae makes her home in land-locked central Ohio after time spent in the former Great Black Swamp, beside the Ohio River, and along the Miami and Erie Canal. With professional experience in fields ranging from contract archaeology to librarianship along with making donuts and teaching museum studies, Lynn enjoys incorporating her quirky sense of humor and real-life adventures into her writing (except the naughty bits). She writes sci-fi, contemporary, and historical romances.