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 Suzanna Lynn!
Author Suzanna Lynn is a full-time mom of three beautiful, energetic children and spends her days with them and her husband in a small town nestled in the deep rolling hills of Missouri.
Growing up in the Ozarks, as a child Suzanna spent her days wandering the fields and woods surrounding her home. While most children avoided the dark corners of the woods, she sought it out, imagining them to be filled with fairies, dragons and all number of creatures.
Having not lost her childhood imagination, Suzanna has written numerous poems, songs and short stories that won various awards in high school and college.
However, in 2014 she decided to stop wishing she could publish a book and made the dream a reality when she released The Bed Wife.
That first novella gave birth to two more books, completing the series, and stirred the embers of a new five-book series called The Untold Stories, which is currently in the works.
When she’s not busy writing or spending time with her family, Suzanna loves to draw and paint, as well as scrapbook. She also has been known to volunteer with her children’s school, the local Ladies Auxiliary veterans group and even the local zoo!
Without further ado, here’s her interview.
I love reading the author bios. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? I certainly have always enjoyed writing. Even as a teenager, I wrote elaborate stories, songs, and poems. I simply never imagined I would actually be a published author someday.
Why did you choose to write your genre? I am a great lover of fantasy; it’s my favorite genre of books and movies. And you know what they say, write what you would want to read. I think fantasy allows you to break the mold and create a world that is truly unique.
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? I suppose the strangest would be one that has yet to be published. It’s a vampire/zombie combo book that actually started out from a dream I had roughly three years ago (before I ever even thought of publishing my first book). It incorporates both modern and ancient history, which requires a lot of research. I’m not sure you would classify it as strange, but some of the history I have learned of while researching was pretty strange. [Sounds interesting.]
What are you currently working on? I’m actually in the middle of continuing The Untold Stories series, which is a fairy tale retelling mashup of all the great classic fairy tales. The first book, Hook’s Little Mermaid was released the first of April and I’m deep into Red’s Tangled Tale which will release sometime this year. [I so enjoyed Hook’s Little Mermaid!]
What motivated the plot of your latest book? The Untold Stories came from bouncing ideas back and forth with my late mother-in-law. She was an amazing sounding board and had such a wild imagination. She really was my biggest fan. She helped me take a tiny idea that had been in the back of my mind and create this beautiful world.
What was the hardest story for you to write? Honestly, my second book The Heir took over a year to publish. Right as I was halfway through it my father-in-law passed away and it really rocked our whole family. Then my daughter broke her collarbone, my husband hit a deer and totaled our car. Life was so hectic that I put writing on the back burner. Once I finally went to revisit the story I had to go read the first book again just to get myself back on track. It was very hard to pick up after so long. [I’m so glad you did. That was a great series!]
What process do you use to plan your novels? I take a fresh clean notebook and I first sketch out some ideas. I like to draw and am very visual, so a lot of times the lands I’m developing will end up drawn out in maps. This helps keep my story straight. Once I have a general idea of where I want the story to go, I will write out a mini blurb for each chapter – what I want to happen in that chapter. Once I have that complete, I will go and start actually writing the story. [That’s interesting process. I like it!]
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? This is really a hard one. I suppose my heart stays true to both Luana and Baylin who are the couple in my The Bed Wife Chronicles series because they were the first published.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? I think Luana from The Bed Wife Chronicles has some of my personality. At times I can be stubborn and overthink things. I have this desire to be in control and allowing someone else to have control is hard. Just like with Baylin, Luana starts to let her walls down and ends up throwing them back up because she feels as though she is losing control of the situation.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? I actually just have to step away for a while. I write when the creativity is flowing, if it’s not there I will literally stare at a blank page. So I go out to the garden, spend some time with the kids, even take a nap.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Why? I would like to try my hand at modern romance, but I do think it would be difficult because I always lean toward those magical elements. I like modern romance because it is believable which can fuel the romance and drive the reader deeper into the book.
Which authors inspire you? Though I love fantasy, Jane Austen actually is one of my all-time favorite authors. She had romance overflowing from her books. Every girl wanted a Mr. Darcy. I also draw inspiration from Tolkien and Rowling. Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter really have this beautiful amount of magic as well as lessons of personal growth for the characters involved. Though they are fantasy, the internal turmoil and lessons is something that anyone can relate to.
What novel would you read multiple times? Believe it or not, I am a very slow reader. We’re talking snail slow. I’m lucky if I read thirty books a year because I’m so slow! However, that being said, there is only one book I have read more than once. The Host by Stephanie Meyer is the only book I have read twice! My reasoning was that I wanted to read it again once I heard they were making it into a movie so I could remind myself of the storyline and to see if the producers did it justice! I was pretty pleased.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) I suppose if I had to pick one, it would actually be a fictional character. I would love to meet Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher’s Dresden series. I love Harry. He’s sarcastic and sometimes unprepared, but you can’t help be cheer for him because you know his heart is in the right place and he really is trying his best.
What is your favorite quote? I actually have several! Here are two of them:
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Favorite is such a hard word to define… I mean, I have lots of favorites! I love dogs and cats and ducks and horses and sharks… I even like snakes! I suppose if I had to pick one I would say horses. There is nothing so relaxing as brushing a horse. I literally can feel my blood pressure go down when I’m in the presence of horses.
What is your favorite color? I love purple. Purple shirts, purple flowers… my living room walls are purple!
What do you do when you’re not writing? I’m a full-time worker with a lot of part-time jobs. Writing is currently part-time for me. However, I’d love to have a day come where it was all I did.
I have an online bridal business that I have run since 2009 where I make jewelry, veils, bouquets, etc. I also do graphic design making book covers, author logos, etc. Additionally, I am a jack of all trades who will do odd jobs for people.
Catch up with Suzanna online at:
Funky Book Designs: http://funkybookdesigns.weebly.com/
Thank you Suzanna! It was a pleasure getting to know more about you!
Next week, I’ll be in Nashville at the UTOPiA Con. Center Stage Moment will be back in July.