Such an inspiring cover!
Birthright by Lynda R. Young. The blurb:
Christa can mask the pain and hide the scars, but running from a birthright is impossible.
She’s tried to escape her grief by fleeing to a small town in Florida. Much to her frustration, the locals think they recognize her even though she’s never been there before. To make things worse, a man named Jack spouts outrageous theories about her.
Both spur Christa to bolt, to start fresh yet again, but there’s something about Jack that intrigues her enough to stay. The only problem? Someone else wants her to leave, and they won’t stop until she’s dead.
Oooh! Sounds awesome.
And here is today’s talented author:
Lynda lives in Sydney, Australia, with her sweetheart of a husband who is her rock, and a cat who believes world domination starts in the home. Lynda has an adventurous spirit and has traveled the world.
As a chaser of dreams, she found success as a digital artist and an animator, and now as a writer of speculative short stories. She currently writes novels for young adults.
In her spare time she also dabbles in photography and all things creative.
Linda thanks so much for being here today … and now on to the questions!
Q. Tell us about your story!
In short, Birthright is about Christa, a woman from the big city, who flees to a small town to escape life and grief, but there are some secrets she can’t run from.
Q. What’s your main character’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?
Both Christa’s greatest strength and biggest flaw is the same thing: her independence. After coming out of a difficult relationship, she has a hard time trusting people.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The blank page. I have to fill that page as fast as possible, otherwise it leads me to think too much, which in turn leads me to start doubting myself before I’ve even begun.
Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?
What’s your favourite chocolate? I could talk chocolate all day 😉
Q. What are you working on now? Do you tend to work on multiple projects or one at a time?
I’m working on a novel-length light science fiction for young adults. While I have worked on multiple projects at a time, I prefer to work on only one at a time. I revel in the focus because I can throw everything I have into the project. It’s easier to follow the story threads that way, along with the nuances in the character progression.
Q. Did you always want to be a writer?
No. I wanted to be a clown first. I loved the costumes, and I loved to make people laugh, but I never did any clowning, except perhaps at the back of the classroom in school. As I grew older I gave acting a go only to discover I was lousy at learning my lines. I then became an artist and animator. All through this I wrote stories, I edited fan magazines, but I hadn’t taken the step from hobby to occupation. It was only two years ago I decided to get serious with my writing.
Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?
I play online games such as Warcraft. I also love photography and art. Can you call eating a hobby? Because I love trying new restaurants and spending hours over lunch with awesome company.
Q. What was your favorite book/who was your favorite writer as a teen?
I was a major fantasy reader. I loved them. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings was my favourite book. It’s the only book I’ve read more than twice. I also enjoyed Anne McCaffrey’s Pern stories.
Q. Who is your favorite writer now?
Hmm, I don’t actually have a favourite. Um-ah.
Q. What is the best young adult book you’ve read so far in 2012?
I enjoyed Unearthly by Cynthia Hand and I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, but more for the writing than the actual story, if that makes sense.
Q. What do you see emerging as the next big trend in young adult literature?
If only I knew the answer to that question… The thing with trends is that the moment they’re recognised is the moment they’ve moved on.
Q. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? Why? What made you keep going?
I did quit once. In my 20’s. I wrote a crappy novel and sent it to 9 publishers and got 9 rejections. So I gave up, lol. Biggest mistake in my life, but I had no idea about the amount of work and determination that’s needed to get published. I do now. And I’ll never give up writing again. I love the written word too much to give it up, and I adore world-building, and spinning rich stories.
Q. If you could have a career besides being an author, what would it be?
Chocolate taster … or anything creative.
Thanks again for haning out with us today, Lynda!!! It was great having you here.