Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Lynn Lovegreen!
Lynn Lovegreen grew up in Alaska, and still lives there. She taught for twenty years before retiring to make more time for writing. She enjoys her friends and family, reading, and hitting targets with a cowboy action shooting club. Her young adult/new adult historical romances are set in the Alaska Gold Rush, a great time for drama, romance, and independent characters.
Without further ado, here is Lynn’s interview…
I love reading the bios of authors. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? I started out as a reader, an English teacher, and a dabbler in writing. I wasn’t sure I could write a book until I did NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and found out how much fun it could be. Then I was hooked.
Why did you choose to write young adult/new adult historical romance? Young adult/new adult historical romance combines my passion for young people with my history buff side. My favorite stories have always had a romantic slant to them, so that made its way into my books, too.
What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written? Of course authors think their subjects are interesting, not strange, (smile) but the most obscure subject I’ve written is a real historical event. A mob tried to force a Chinese immigrant out of Juneau, Alaska in the 1880s, and his friends stuck up for him. That’s the main event in my novella, Worth Her Weight in Gold, which is the prequel to my Gold Rush series.
What are you currently working on? I’m almost done with a novel set in 1942 about the building of the Alcan Highway. My heroine is a white lady truck driver, and my hero is a black Army private. Their relationship is sweet, but difficult under those circumstances.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? I wanted to write a series set in World War II in Alaska, and my goal with my WIP is to highlight the exceptional work done to build the Alcan, including the Black engineer regiments who created much of the pioneer road that became the highway.
What was the hardest story for you to write? I suppose it depends on how you define “hard.” Quicksilver to Gold was the hardest emotionally, because I based some of the heroine on a former student and friend who died young. Channeling Kelly into Jeannie was a rewarding labor of love, but also part of my grieving process as well. (I included her spunk and sense of humor, so it’s a fun read, too.)
What process do you use to plan your novels? I start with research into a period of time in Alaska, and choose a setting. Then I create characters that would plausibly be in that time and place. I use historical events as main plot points, then hang my story on them, letting my imagination fill in the spaces in between. I write a lot of drafts, then show it to my critique partners and revise before I submit to anyone else.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? Whichever character I’m working on is my favorite at that moment! Overall, looking at my published work, I’d say Charlotte from my last Gold Rush book, Gold Nuggets. She’s intelligent and caring, and doesn’t realize how special she is.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? I think there’s probably a little of my personality in each of my heroines. For example, Charlotte is a bookworm who enjoys writing, like me. That may be one reason I like her so much.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Occasionally, and it’s usually a sign I’m going in the wrong direction. If I take a break, then go back to the draft, and/or brainstorm with a critique partner, I can figure out what I need to do next.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? I used to say I couldn’t write a mystery because the clues and such would be a lot of work. But after all the historical research I’ve done, I think it wouldn’t be so bad after all. Maybe I’ll come up with a good idea for a mystery novel someday.
Which authors inspire you? I’m inspired by many of my YA, NA and romance writing friends—I’m afraid to list their names for fear I’ll leave someone out and accidentally snub them. Classic authors like Austen, Dickens, Shakespeare, and Twain also inspire me. Not that I’d compare myself to them professionally, but I love their stories and the way they bring characters to life.
What novel would you read multiple times? I read several novels each time I taught them, so I suppose that counts— A Day No Pigs Would Die, The Outsiders, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and To Kill a Mockingbird were my favorites. Just for my own enjoyment, I have read all of Jane Austen’s books at least twice, and David Copperfield and Great Expectations twice. It’s like seeing old friends when I read a great novel again.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? I usually answer one of the authors above, but since you added a fictional character to the possibilities, I’ll say Mr. Knightley from Emma. He is the perfect romantic hero in many ways, and he is very perceptive, so he’d have interesting things to say.
What is your favorite quote? “The best thing in life to hold on to is each other.” (Audrey Hepburn)
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? The raven. Ravens are smart, confident, savvy, and have a sense of humor. I knew a raven who would bark at a neighbor’s dog just for fun.
What is your favorite color? Green, because it is associated with growth and new things, and that suits my optimism. It also reminds me of green leaves and summer, which is my favorite season in Alaska.
Lynn is a full-time author. Catch up with her online at:
Thank you Lynn for participating in my Author Spotlight! It was such a pleasure getting to know a fellow history buff.
Join me next week as I feature Carrie Thomas!