Good Monday to all of you reading this! I am very pleased to introduce another author to you today:
Lindsey Loucks works as a school librarian in rural Kansas. When she's not discussing books with anyone who will listen, she's dreaming up her own stories. Eventually her brain gives out, and she'll play hide and seek with her cat, put herself in a chocolate induced coma, or watch scary movies alone in the dark to re-energize.
She's been with her significant other for almost two decades.
I met Lindsey at a local book signing where we exchanged cards and talked with each other about our books. I have her first book (which I need to write a review on), and I hope to purchase her second book soon!
Without further ado, I present paranormal author, Lindsey R. Loucks!
I am so happy that you were able to join me today! Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? Do you have pets? Family? Imaginary unicorn friend?
Lindsey Loucks - Hey, there! I’m Lindsey R. Loucks, and I write to keep my sanity (HA!). I’m also a school librarian in rural Kansas. There isn’t a lot to do out here but tell myself stories, listen to the voices in my head, read, and play hide and seek with my cat. I’m not complaining, though. Throw me an M&M or five hundred, and I’m a happy camper!
I love M&M’s! So don’t count on my sharing too many of them… *wink, wink* Do you write for a particular genre, or do you cross genres? If so, what is your favorite genre to write for?
Lindsey Loucks - Bring on the creepy genres! I love to write paranormal, horror, and dark fantasy because I love to be scared! I usually throw in a dash or more of romance because I’m a sucker for a good love story. However, I’ve recently begun a contemporary without any ghosts or zombies in it. It kind of feels strange to write without those things, but this story does still have an element of suspense to it. After all, humans can be just as terrifying as monsters.
Tell me about it. I have “family” that often remind me of trolls. Like the troll on the 2nd season of the BBC Merlin.
Where do you find inspiration?
Lindsey Loucks - Everywhere I look! My most recent finished novel, which is a paranormal science fiction book, was inspired by a person walking their dog. It was a normal, everyday occurrence, but my imagination dial must have been cranked to eleven that day.
Wow! Isn’t it cool how our brains can just randomly take normal stuff and twist it into something cool? Unless it is at 3AM and you are trying to sleep… then it's irritating, not cool.
Do you listen to music or watch TV whilst you write? Do you do anything unusual while you write?
Lindsey Loucks - I wish I was cool enough to listen to music while I write, but I’m not. I have to have complete silence. I also place tape over my eyebrows. Why? Because I’ll pluck them out while in deep thought. There was one time I went to my hairdresser who looked at me in horror and asked, “What…happened?” Yep. So now I use tape!
Oh my goodness! Hahahaha! I tend to pick my nails when in deep thought. Not chew on them. Just pick them. I have torn them to the quick so many times, I’ve lost count.
Most authors like to read, what have you recently finished reading?
Lindsey Loucks - I’m a voracious reader, hence the whole librarian thing, and I genuinely get stressed out about all the great books I may never get a chance to read! I recently read Revival by Stephen King, and I’m nearly finished with Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wait for Me. My reading tastes are all over the place!
I start freaking out when I think about the list of books I need to read. Never mind the ones I WANT to read.
What is your latest book or series? Any forthcoming books?
Lindsey Loucks - I’ll be getting the rights back on my Grave Winner series soon and will repackage them for re-release. Meanwhile, I’m obsessively checking my email, waiting for word from my agent since he’s currently shopping my paranormal science fiction novel to publishers. I have so many stories running through my head that I can’t possibly stop writing now!
Oh cool! Yay! When your agent finds a publisher for your Grave Winner series, I will have to have you back for another interview! So many aspiring authors are overwhelmed with how to snag an agent and whatnot.
Are your characters ever based on real people?
Lindsey Loucks - Yes, a lot more than I realized, too! But I pick and choose personality traits from several people and squish them all together to make someone new. I haven’t based anyone totally off a real person. Yet.
I haven’t either. I keep auditioning a few people I dislike for bad guy parts in my stories though. Have you ever used a person you don’t/didn’t like as a character then killed them off?
Lindsey Loucks - I haven’t. Hmm… (evil cackle goes here).
Tempting idea, eh? Hehehe…
Is there any advice you would pass on to those authors who are still just starting out? Do's and don'ts?
Lindsey Loucks - Read everything you can get your hands on and don’t stop writing!
Excellent advice, Lindsey! A writer never stops writing (unless their inspiration dies a horrible death). Thank you so much for taking the time to hang out with me for this interview! I had a blast! Unfortunately, though, I forgot to bring the M&Ms for us to fight over. Snap!
For my readers, I would really, REALLY appreciate it if you followed Lindsey Loucks on Facebook and/or Twitter and shared this blog post with your friends! No. Really! SHARE IT!
Besides that, thank you all for reading and I hope you have an awesome Monday!
As always, my big, scaly, dragon friends will be hanging around to see if you tell your friends about this awesome interview...
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Author of the fantasy series, Tales of the Wovlen, Kathryn spends a great deal of time in the world of her imagination, having tea with fire breathing dragons, writing books on flying space ships, and practicing her mad scientist laugh with gusto. However, on occasion,she returns to this world just to play with her dog and blog about her fun.
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