Friday, 12 August 2016

An interview with...

Wrea Head Hall
...fellow author Lynda Stacey.  Lynda, thank you for agreeing to be crossed-examined. Now, I know you are very busy so...

AW  ...tell us about your current release?
LS  My current novel is called 'House of Secrets'.  It’s a story about a woman on the run, a broken hero and a house with a shocking secret.  It was described by the former Vice Chairman of Warner Bros, as ‘Fatal Attraction meets Lady Chatterley’s Lover’.
AW  And a little bird tells me that 'House of Secrets' has already won an award.  Would you like to tell me more?
LS  I first entered the Choc Lit competition by accicdent.  I'd submitted to them the year before with a different title, which hadn't quite hit the mark.  But I had had a really nice response, so when I finalised 'House of Secrets' I submitted it to the publisher in the hope that they'd remember me.  They did.  I got a lovely email back saying that they'd prefer to put it through as a 'Search for a Star' entry.  Which, of course, I agreed to. Then, around the beginning of September, I got a text from a friend, saying '...well done on your shortlisting.'  I was amazed.  I had no idea what she was talking about.  It was early on a Saturday morning and I hadn't realised that the announcement had been made.  I searched through my emails to see what had happened.  In October I was invited to a Skype call with Lyn Vernham.  I was in the final three entries, which was very exciting.  I had to wait a few days to hear whether or not I'd won.  My whole world exploded!  I'd wanted to be with Choc Lit from the beginning and I was so excited.

AW  Well done!  So, what first got you into writing and why?
LS  I was bought a Lilliput Typewriter for Christmas when I was around 13 years old.  I used to tuck myself away for hours, tapping away on the keys.  When I got to 14, my English teacher advised me to keep writing and to look towards working in journalism, once I left school.

AW  You write Romantic Suspense novels.  Is it all imagination or do you also undertake research?
LS  I do research.  I’d be crazy not to.  There would always be someone out there to tell me, if I got it wrong.  Besides, going to Wrea Head Hall for long, lazy weekends was the best research that I could have ever done.

AW  And what about other types of writing?  Have you ever dabbled with short stories, for instance, or other genres?
LS  I’ve written for magazines before.  I’ve had a few articles in 'Dealer Support', an industry magazine for the Office Supplies trade.

AW  Famous authors, such as Roald Dahl and Dylan Thomas, had a special space for writing.  Do you have a writing ‘shed’ of your own?
LS  I actually spent a LOT of money building an extension on my house, to incorporate a real and proper office.  But, I still tend to sit with the lap top on my knee.  It’s how I’m comfortable.

AW  Finally, if you had a whole afternoon to yourself and could choose to spend it with anyone, living or dead or a character from a book.  Who would it be, and what would you want to discuss?
LS  I’d love to meet the Queen.  She’s an amazing lady, whose job I certainly wouldn’t want.  I’d ask her what it’s really like to live in the public eye for the whole of your life.  What she really thinks to all the pomp and ceremony.  About, how different her life is when she does get away from the public and what her normal daily routines are.  I’d find her fascinating.

About the author...  Lynda is a wife, step-mother and grandmother.  She grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster, South Yorkshire.  She is currently the Sales Director for a stationery, office supplies and office furniture company in Doncaster, where she has worked for the past 25 years.  Prior to this she'd also been a nurse, a model, an emergency first response instructor and a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor ... and yes, she was crazy enough to dive in the sea with sharks, without a cage. Following a car accident in 2008, Lynda was left with limited mobility in her right arm.  Unable to dive or teach anymore, she turned to her love of writing, a hobby she'd followed avidly since being a teenager.  Her own life story, along with varied career choices helps Lynda to create stories of romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots, along with (as in all romances) very happy endings.  She lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her 'hero at home husband', Hadyn, whom she's been happily married to for over 20 years.

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