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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

All about loving and dying and inspiring...



Lynette Eason is the best selling, award winning author of the Women of Justice Series and the Deadly Reunions series. Since 2007, she has written/contracted thirty-six books. Currently, she writes for Revell and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. Her books have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists. She has won several awards including the 2013 Carol Award for WHEN A HEART STOPS. Lynette teaches at writing conferences all over the country. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Lynette can be found online at www.lynetteeason.com and www.facebook.com/lynette.eason and @lynetteeason on Twitter.


Lynette, you've published how many novels? 
I have six published novels with Revell and six more in the line up. With Love Inspired Suspense, I have fifteen published and seven more to be released. I’ve also got an e-book short published by Revell that is a SHORT sequel (10,000 words) to the Women of Justice Series. I also did a free e-read for Love Inspired Suspense that released on the harlequin website in July.

How long did it take you to get a full-length fiction contract? 8 years.

Was there a specific 'what if' moment to spark this story that just won the Carol Award?
When A Heart Stops is the second book in the Deadly Reunions series. There wasn’t really a “what if” moment. At least not a conscious one. I wanted to write a book about a Medical Examiner and I loved Serena’s character from the Women of Justice series so I simply uprooted her, gave her a backstory and planted her in the middle of this series. LOL.

Do you have a full or part time day job?
I have a part-time teaching job. I teach sign language at an online public school.

If so, how do you balance your writing time with family and work?
I don’t really balance it…I seem to juggle pretty well, though. LOL. Seriously, no words of wisdom on this one. I just do what I have to do.

Did anything unusual or funny happen while researching or writing this book?
I went to the morgue and was totally grossed out. Found out I do much better with my imagination than I do real life. How funny is that!

Do you consider yourself a visual writer? If so, what visuals do you use? Nope. I don’t use visuals. I only look for pictures of what my characters look like when I have to turn in information for the cover of the book. I just see everything in my head.

Are you a plotter, a pantster, or somewhere in between?
I’m definitely in-between. I call myself a PLantser. I write until I need to know what happens next, then I plot, then write some more. With the Love Inspired books, I’m more of a plotter because I have to be. I don’t like it, but I do it to sell. Ha.

Have you discovered some secret that has helped your process for writing? No real secrets, just some things that work for me. And what works for me may not work for someone else. J

What are your thoughts on critique partners? 
If they’re good and don’t try to change your voice, then they’re a great idea. If they start making the story their own, then you need to ditch them.

Do you ever pound your computer over writer's block? If so, how did you overcome it?
Novelists sometimes dig themselves into a hole with implausible plots, flat characters or a host of other problems. What's the most difficult part of writing for you? The story’s TIMELINE! I seriously can’t get keep up with what happens when. I’ve had to really work on this.

What's your strength in writing (characterization, setting as character, description, etc)?
Probably characterization. I get a lot of emails from readers saying how they identify with one character or another.
  
Where do you write: In a cave, a coffeehouse, or a cozy attic nook?
I work best at a café or somewhere like a Panera or the Barnes & Noble Bookstore café. I don’t know why, but I can focus so much better while there. I also work in my office which is in my bedroom. It’s a mess.

What’s the best writing advice you’ve heard? Keep writing.

Do you have any parting words of advice?
If you’re not yet published, don’t despair. Keep working, keep writing, keep learning and keep submitting. I love to hear from my readers. If you’d like to stay in touch, you can sign up for my newsletter (which goes out pretty sporadically, lol) at www.lynetteeason.com (new website coming soon!!) and find me on facebook at www.facebook.com/lynette.eason. Thanks for stopping by Novel Rocket and thank you, Yvonne, for having me visit. J

Back cover for WHEN A HEART STOPS – released October 2012

Spunky and outgoing, nothing much bothers medical examiner Serena Hopkins--except for the thought of falling in love again. But when a serial killer is picking off her former classmates, Serena's life becomes intertwined with her old high school crush, FBI agent Dominic Allen. Is the secret she's keeping putting her next on the killer's hit list? Can she trust Dominic with the truth before it's too late?

Intense, emotional, and fast-paced, When a Heart Stops will have readers up late as they race to the finish to find out what happens.


Back cover for NO ONE TO TRUST – releases January 2014

Summer Abernathy wakes up one morning to find her husband missing, three men in her home intent on finding him, and the life she's been living based on a lie. Which Kyle Abernathy did she marry? The computer programmer she met in line at the bank? Or the one who was apparently using that image as a cover story?

The search for her husband--and answers--takes Summer ever deeper into a world of organized crime where people are used one moment and discarded the next. And with her deepest relationship of trust already shattered, Summer doesn't know who to believe.

Always thrilling, Lynette Eason outdoes herself in this taut, breakneck story of lies, loyalties, and love that will have readers up all night to discover the truth hidden in the shadows.

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