In this article we have an exclusive interview with Paranormal Author Lynn Hones, Author of Laugh in the Dark. Let’s get this interview started.
Jonuel: What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
Lynn: I grew up in a large family, in Ohio. I knew early on that language had power. We discussed who got the last cookie (We fought over the last cookie.) to who got the window seat in our lovey station wagon. Or who got to sit in the green lazy boy recliner. (Hey it was the seventies) It’s true that both my parents smoked with the air conditioner on and no amount of pleading changed from those begging sessions. Back in the sixties you did what your parent told you to do, or else. I learned at a young age to say no to your parents was hell to pay. This was the 1960’s and 1970’s and mothers actually wore wooden spoons and the green slats from Lincoln Longs tied around their necks. I’m only telling this story because that is when I knew that words had power.
Jonuel: Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Lynn: Yes. I look forward to reading my reviews. I don’t look at first. I take some cleansing breaths. I tell myself other people get back reviews and then I look. Not to be a showoff, but I’ve only received one bad review, the rest have been four and five stars. The number two stars was very hard to take, especially when I was doing so well. It hurt in my chest and then it went into my eyes and I cried for maybe a minute. I then went to the computer to tell that reviewer a thing or two about reviewing. Not really. I mean I did write her and thanked her for an honest review and instead of writing for Chic Lit, I had better stick with horror. I was right. I write horror and ghost stories much better. I like to scare people, anyway.
Jonuel: Does your family support your career as a writer?
Lynn: I think, as with any family, and you’re the mom, people always seem to be up in your face asking questions, telling on each or my daughter laying across (ever so dramatically) my computer keyboard declaring she is bored. Lunches, dinners (They are the worst.) dogs, in and out cats wanting fed. Sometimes it just really gets to be too much. Did I forget to mention car pools and swimming lessons? Most of that will be over this fall as we will be sending our youngest off to college. So, yes, they have always respected me in between all this confusion. My husband deserves a medal for all he has done to keep me going. Many times I want to quit, but he won’t let me. He is my biggest cheerleader and after 28 years of marriage. I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive family.
Jonuel: Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
Lynn: I think a positive attitude is imperative in becoming a writer. (As an aside I don’t have one.) I have always admired people with a big ego, probably because I’ve working at getting one my entire life. I put self-confidence in with the big ego thing and I know it’s not right. Big egos can bring with it its own set of baggage. I also attribute an ego to people who will push you aside I a store just to get inside before you. Self-confident people don’t do that, as a matter of fact they will generally hold the door for you with a smile. So, the only reason I think you need a certain amount of gumption is because it takes courage to join a writers group, courage to let other people read what you’ve written, have them critique it and hand it back with red pen marking mistakes
Jonuel: What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Lynn: The first book I wrote was a Chic Lit Story. It really wasn’t written as a romance book, but I promo’d it on romance groups because I wasn’t sure of what I was doing. I got a bad review not because the book was bad, it’s just that it wasn’t a romance book and I think that’s what people were expecting. I mean our horror books would do lousy in a romance group but they are great horror stories. I loved that book, but it was also my worst as far as people reading it and understanding what it was all about. However, for women who bought it with the knowledge that it was a chic lit story tell me how much they enjoyed it and would I be writing anymore like that. I just say probably not just because I really enjoy writing ghost/horror books
Great answers, onto unleash the Blurb, take it away Lynn:
Books can be bought at, Devine Destinies, Barnes & Nobles, Amazon. Lynn Hones lives in a drafty old house on the shores of Lake Erie. The house was built in 1850 by a Great Lakes ships captain. He decided to farm once he married his wife Mary. When he was out hunting his rifle discharged and his leg became infected. They removed the leg, but it was far too late. He died of sepsis three weeks later. Mary, left to run the home alone, raised their children herself. and never remarried. We feel very privileged to live here. I couldn't even imagine how many people lived here, but the house, considering it's age, has held up nicely. You can go to my website www.lynnhones.com and take a look at our home. I have pictures of the inside as well.
Thank you for the interview Lynn. To find more information on Lynn Hones please visit;
Official Website; http://www.lynnhones.com
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