May 2016 Author of the Month: Lynn Vroman
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This month’s author comes from one of our supporting publishers, Untold Press.
Name: Lynn Vroman
Latest Book Released: The Pairing: Beginnings
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Preferred Genre: Anything young adult
Born in Pennsylvania, Lynn spent most of her childhood, especially during math class, daydreaming. Today, she spends an obscene amount of time in her head, only now she writes down all the cool stuff.
With a degree in English Literature, Lynn used college as an excuse to read for four years straight. She lives in the Pocono Mountains with her husband, raising the four most incredible human beings on the planet. She writes young adult novels, both fantasy and contemporary.
Event: Gypsy Love, a paranormal romance I wrote with Angela McPherson will be coming out sometime this summer. Here’s the Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28232100-gypsy-love
We are so honored to have you as our Author of the Month! Thank you for sharing your words with the world! Let’s talk about your latest released book. Tell us a short blurb about the book, please?
Be happy to! The Pairing: Beginnings is a prequel novella to The Energy Series, of which is complete and out on Amazon! This story reveals how the main characters in the series, Lena and Tarek, meet—right after Tarek dies for the first time. The book is free everywhere but Amazon—and we’re trying get it free there, too.
Here’s a quick blurb:
Tarek Montigue, an Exemplian Protector, has recently experienced his first rebirth. Scientists have turned back time, strengthened his body. Physically, he’s fit to serve, able to live another cycle as a privileged drone in Exemplar.
But the misery that comes from rebirth is as dark and deep as rumors claim.
As he tries to cope, news has spread that a new energy, a new life, is born. The new life? A Guide. And every Guide needs a Protector. When Tarek is deemed the perfect match for Lena, the new energy, the honor begins to heal him.
An honor that could possibly destroy him, too.
Where did your idea for the story come from?
The idea for this story stems from my oldest daughter’s interest in reincarnation. When she was younger, she’d talk about it over dinner, on the way to school, when she was supposed to be sleeping. So of course, I had to write a story about it. But I wanted to add different worlds and the soul’s ability to travel to these different worlds and definitely make sure some romance factored in because… romance. Once I finished the series, I wanted to know about Lena and Tarek’s first life together, so I thought, why not?
How long did it take you to write it?
The Pairing didn’t take me long, maybe three months total—shortest writing time ever! After writing in this world for almost four years, I already had a good idea of what this book would be about.
How did you come up with the title?
Again, another easy first for this book. The title is exactly what the story is about: The Pairing of an Exemplian Guide and Protector. To make things super simple, all the books in the series have a glossary, and this is the definition for Pairing:
Pairing– The act of one Guide and one Protector being matched together in Exemplar. The Pairing helps Protectors know if their Guides are in danger.
What is your favorite line from the book?
Hmm… I would have to say this line:
“At this moment, now, she was his—all of her. And he was hers, as he had always been.”
There’s a lot of talk in the writing community about “writing what you know.” Does that apply to this book?
In this book? No, not really, unless you count the fact that I’ve written in this world for so long the setting and characters have become completely familiar to me. I can say at the start of the series, in Tainted Energy, I set the story near where I live and gave Lena a home life I understand.
How did you find “your voice?”
Years of writing! I started writing when I was in high school, then became more serious about it during college. I started with short stories, trying to find out who I was as a writer, and then slowly graduated to writing novels.
Do you stick to one genre or do you dabble in others, too?
Oh, I’m definitely a dabbler. I honestly don’t think about genre when I come up with stories. I write what sounds interesting, for sure.
What are you currently working on?
Oh man, right now, I’m working on my passion project, a YA contemporary set in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. This story focuses on something close to my heart—children living in poverty. It follows two characters as they try to beat the odds and break stereotypes. I. Love. It. I don’t think I’ve ever cried doing research for a novel, but this one, I cried all the time! My goal is to give these kids the dignity and respect most living in this area don’t get. Ugh… Here I go, on my soapbox again…
Which manuscript did you have the most fun working on?
Hands down, the most fun I’ve ever had writing a manuscript was writing Gypsy Love with my friend, Angela McPherson. This was my very first experience writing straight romance, and I swear I acted like I was fourteen while writing it! But it was so fun, and Angela, a seasoned romance writer, made it almost easy.
What is your best one sentence advice to other writers?
Don’t ever stop writing—especially when those around you say it’s not worth it.
Let’s talk about you, the author, now. What do you do when you aren’t writing?
I wish I could write about adventures and experiences and a life that’s always filled with activities that don’t include some aspect of writing, but I’d be lying. When I’m not locked in my cave, though, I spend time with my kids—I have four!—and husband. And I SWEAR after I’m finished with this project, I’m taking time off to get back in shape. Hopefully…
If you had to sum your life up in 3 words, what would they be?
So incredibly lucky
What motivates you?
My kids, most definitely, and my husband. We’re a tight unit, and they’re my biggest supporters—even when they roll their eyes and ask if I’m finally done writing “that book.”
Tell us about your favorite cause.
I’m stepping onto my soapbox again…
Childhood poverty. We live in a country that shouldn’t have this issue, but sadly like 15% of US homes struggle to put food on the table. There are areas where health care, dental care, and educational resources aren’t readily available to those Americans who desperately need it. Poverty is a disease, and drug abuse, lack of education, and crime are only a few of the symptoms. We can all help a little by giving to our local food banks and most importantly, mentoring underprivileged youth.
Identify your superpower.
I have the keen ability to blend in with my surroundings. Doesn’t sound like much, you say? Well, this introvert disagrees with you.
What’s your favorite quote? Book? Movie? Song? Food?
Quote: “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.” ~Thomas Paine
Book: Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
Song: Anything by Ed Sheeran
Are you coffee or tea?
Coffee! I can’t function without it.
And lastly, what is the one thing you wish people who DON’T write would understand about writing?
It’s not easy, and it’s not a hobby; it’s a necessity that eats up most of my brain space. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Thank you for answering our questions.
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