Would you please introduce yourself and tell us what made you decide to write romance?
Hi, I'm Lynsay Sands and I write romances because...hmmm...I guess because I enjoy them. Romance is the best genre. You can have everything in them; adventure, paranormal aspects, bits of scifi, drama, comedy, and even some horror, but they'll always end happily. You'll never turn that last page and find the main character you've been following all the way through has died, and the bad guy has gotten away with it. I hate when that happens. Life is tough enough and I -- like many people -- read to escape it.
You've written contemporaries, historicals and vampires. Why did you decide to write in these such different areas? What gives you the ideas?
I didn't really decide, it just happened. I started with historicals, then was asked to write a contemp for a spy spoof series, then a couple friends and I were kicking around ideas for anthologies we could do together and vamps came up. I laughed and said, with my sense of humor, my vamps would faint at the sight of blood. The idea stuck with me. It would be fun and funny. Soon, other ideas for such a story started coming to me and the Argeneau series was born.
As for what gives me ideas? I haven't got a clue. If I did, I'd bottle it and keep it for those days when no ideas are coming at all. Believe me, I wish I did know.
Will you tell us a bit about your latest release?
Which one? A Bite To Remember and Love is Blind are both coming out in the next month or so. I guess I'll tell you about both. A Bite To Remember is Vincent Argeneau's story. He's back home in California and finding himself the target of a saboteur who has forced him to shut down play after play that he's producing. When he calls Bastien for help in resolving the matter and getting his business and life back, Bastien sends out a private investigator he often uses for problems at Argeneau Enterprises. Vincent is grateful right up until the PI arrives and turns out to be a woman, and a mortal one at that....whom he can't read. It's the worst possible time to meet his life mate.
Love is Blind was written under the title Clumsy Clarissa. It's about a young woman making her debut in the ton. Her stepmother is in charge of her coming out and -- determined to make sure Clarissa has good prospects -- takes away the girl's glasses leaving her nearly blind. Clarissa suffers calamity after calamity without her glasses, and soon most males of the ton are avoiding her like the plague...until our hero arrives. Adrian Montfort, Lord Mowbray, doesn't merely assume she refuses to wear glasses out of vanity as everyone else seems to believe, but finds out the true situation and then sets out to woo her with every intention of marrying her...if she doesn't kill herself first in one of her accidents. It isn't long before Adrian begins to suspect that some of these accidents aren't accidents at all, but deliberate attempts on her life.
Do you do research for the books you write?
Of course. Especially the historicals, but even the vamps take research.
To date, which book has been the most difficult to write? Of all the books you've written do you have a favorite?
A Bite To Remember was probably the hardest. Vincent turned out much more serious than I anticipated and the story isn't as funny as I would have liked, partly because of that and partly because of the situation he was in. As for a favorite, I have a couple, The Deed, which was my first book, Always which I had a blast with, and Single White Vampire which was the first vamp. I have to make myself stop there because books are like children, they all have wonderful aspects in my eyes. I could easily mention The Perfect Wife, Love is Blind, Lady Pirate, The Key and so on.
Do you usually outline your stories before you write them, or do you ?go with the flow??
Sometimes I outline, if only loosely, and sometimes I just follow the characters around. Really good characters start doing things you don't expect and writing an outline is just a wasted exercise anyway when that happens.
How long does it take you to write a book?
That varies. My first book took two weeks. It just flowed out. But the more you write, the slower it seems to go as you try to avoid reusing ideas and so on. In a pinch, I can write a book in a month and still have something resembling a life.
What is the best thing about being a romance writer? Do you have any fears about writing?
What is the best thing....What isn't? It's all great. A dream come true really. Writing is what I've always wanted to do and I am fortunate enough to be doing it.
As for fears about writing, I have tons of them. What if it sucks? What if it doesn't? What if I fail? What if I succeed? The whole business is scary at times.
What are you working on next?
Right now I'm working on the next Argeneau vamp story, as well as a historical. Both are due Aug 1st, so that's keeping me pretty busy.
What do you consider the highlight in your writing career?
Is it over already? Sheesh. Actually, my answer would have to be the highlight is tomorrow. I'm looking forward to where I'm going and what happens next, rather than looking back at things that have happened. As far as I'm concerned, it's all been great and -- I hope -- will continue to be.
What books do you enjoy reading? Do you have a favorite?
Dean Koontz is my favorite author, but I also love to read historical romances and paranormals. I just prefer that they be a little lighter in nature. I don't read to be stressed out or to be made to cry. That's also part of the reason I write lighter stories. When I read I want to be taken away from every day trials and toil and I want to do the same for others when I write; I want to make the reader laugh and forget their worries for a bit.
When away from writing, What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Spare time? What is that? LOL. Reading, of course. Or working on our lovely Victorian house.
Any tips about writing and getting published?
The best tip is to go get a copy of The Writer's Market for the current year. It has great tips on sorting out which publishers to approach and how to write query letters that will have the editor agreeing to read your novel. It worked for me and I always recommend it to others. The only other tip would be to write what you love. Don't write what you think others want to read, write what you will enjoy writing. It's the only way it will work.
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