Name: Lyn Croft
Age: 36 and regressing…
Where are you from: Earth, although several studies are still in effect to try to determine this…
Fiona: A little about yourself `i.e. your education Family life ect.
Lyn: I was “born” and “raised” in warm, sunny, southern California. I enjoy all the little things life has to offer, and have tried my hand at a few. I’ve been certified as a Notary Public, Forklift driver, a veterinary assistant, and Multimedia and Graphics Director; just to name a few. I’m now a published author, full time single mother, as well as scheduler for a large company. Oh, and my Agua Chile will burn the socks off your feet.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Lyn: My new book, Blood and Lilies – Bloodlines is coming March 30, 2012! That and my coffee pot is now empty…hmmm
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Lyn: I have been writing ever since I can remember. Mostly poetry, with a few stabs at stories. It wasn’t till a few years ago that I began trying my hand at full length novels. I’ve always had a fascination with books, and decided I would challenge myself into writing one. Now I am completely in love with storytelling, and there is only more to come.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Lyn: The day I signed my first contract. Best feeling ever! Ok, it was the day I got the acceptance letter. Signing the contract just finalized it…
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Lyn: It was a challenge to myself. I wanted to see first if I could finish a complete novel, but also wanted to see if I could market it. I’m now proud to say I accomplished that challenge, and have only expanded with it, since then.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Lyn: Chaotic? I’m fueled by my emotions, often kicked around by my muse, and my characters seem to always be in charge, taking me down uncharted territories. Is that a style? Believe me, I’m not even sure how it all comes together into a “working” piece sometimes, but between the muse and the characters; they seem to have it figured out. I’m just the messenger…
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Lyn: For Blood and Lilies, I have to give that one to my Muse. I can’t always explain the things that pop in my head. One minute there’s nothing, and next…it’s still a mystery…It truly popped into my head one morning, and I told myself: Love the title, gonna write a book for it! And I did… J
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Lyn: I don’t see good and evil as black and white. I think there are so many shades of grey, and as sappy as this sounds…I believe there is good in everyone, no matter how small it may be. Sometimes, we have to side with evil to create more good. Or is it just that a little good makes the evil so much more enjoyable…
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Lyn: I guess it depends on your beliefs. Characters…purely fictional. Demons and Angels battling over our souls…completely realistic!
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Lyn: I wish! My characters like to create their own experiences. They find me boring and mundane, and have no wish to share any relations to me, what so ever…it is what it is…
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Lyn: I’m not sure if it’s really the books themselves, but more the authors that wrote them. The work that goes into a book takes a lot of time, discipline, and faith within yourself. And then to suffer rejection over and over, yet to pull through in the end… that’s what inspires me. It’s the journey these authors take. They both encourage me, and give me drive to never give up.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Lyn: It would be the King! That man is insanely brilliant, or should I say brilliantly insane? I grew up begging my father to run me to the book store or library for more of his books. My shelves still hold his legacy, and will forever. Oh, and for those who aren’t sure…We’re not talking Elvis here. :p
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Lyn: Yes, check out Hellfire Publishing. The authors there rock! Especially Robin Renee Ray. I don’t know if you’ve noticed; but that girl is on fire!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Lyn: Blood and Lilies II is in the works. I also have a few other Sci-Fi novels that are in the works as well… Battle for Phang Lore, Bad Blood, Echo the Raven. Stay tuned for those.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Lyn: That’s easy. The one and only almighty God. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for his strength and love. (see, I’m not all that evil…muahahaha)
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Lyn: Yes, I do! It is my ultimate goal to do writing full time. You wouldn’t have to ask me twice to leave the corporate world. I’m passionate about writing, so for me to do this all day, every day…well. I think it goes without saying.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Lyn: No! And have the characters all upset with me? Geeze! Do you have any idea what they do to me when they are not happy? Seriously though, I did enough changes to the book already. I think I still have some hair on my head…We’ll just leave well enough alone…J
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Lyn: I would have to say it was all the teachers throughout my schooling. Many would tell me I had something extra, and that I needed to pursue this. Without them, my family, and my friends…well, I thank them all for believing in me. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have believed in myself.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Lyn: But of course! Here is a small excerpt from Blood and Lilies – Bloodlines
The evening sky pulsed, hues of deep purples and blacks engraving blurry lines above the earth. The night echoed its cries, carried by angry breezes through the hills of the land. The cemetery, cascaded in carved tombstones that sprouted from the ground, laid empty and dormant; except for the busy yet silent whispers of the dead.
The ground, wet and damp, gave way beneath Cara’s bare feet as she trudged through the mud pushing between her toes. She looked down, noticing her body was hugged by a simple, yet elegant white dress that graced below her knees. The plunging neckline stopped just beneath the cleft of her breast, as the sleeveless silk hugged the tops of her shoulders, exposing her bare delicate skin.
She peered around her, alone and frightened, like a young child strayed from its mother. It was so dark, and the crested moon, swarmed by rolling darkened clouds, offered no safe haven of light to guide her way. She took each step, slow and unsure, waiting blindly for an edge that would send her spiraling down into a never ending abyss, swallowing her whole. The shadows danced in front of her, playing tricks on her unfocused eyes as her feet took her step by step.
Where was she? How did she get her? She could hear faint whispers of the dead crying out to her from the spirit world. Their words made no sense, as they all jumbled together like a soft, but unmelodic hum in the air. Her ears strained to make out parts of the words, hoping to piece together some language so that she could better understand why they had brought her here.
Realization struck. They had brought her here. She knew this, but not why.
She turned toward where the whispers seemed to grow, louder and more needing. She followed them as they increased, vibrating through her head as if they were coming from inside her brain, instead of swimming in the air around her. The darkness frightened her, yet she still continued; following the only guidance she had.
She could hear it now. Through the vast echo of the whispers, she could make out her name. They called to her, begged her to come near. She obeyed.
Cara felt something hard hit her toes, shooting instant pain up through her legs, like lightening igniting through her to her very core. She felt her body fly forward as she reached out to stop her fall. She expected a large stone to split her head, or perhaps the tip of a metal cross to impale her through her chest and end it all, without knowing or seeing in the darkness before her. But there was nothing, only her shaking body hitting the soft ground beneath her.
She felt the grass lace itself through her fingers as she looked up to the gravestones in front of her. The clouds that had hugged the moon so well now broke; lighting the etched carvings before her so that she could see. What she read before her shook her to the core. How her eyes couldn’t process; couldn’t comprehend what she was seeing before her.
Cara L. Chadwick
Beloved Friend and Student
We will miss you always
Oct. 18, 1992 to Dec. 21, 2012
A cry escaped her lips as Cara pushed herself up from the ground as fast as she could, stumbling backwards. She wanted to turn away; run and never look back. There was no way in hell she was going to stay here to hang out with her own tomb. And the date… it was this Friday’s date… or had it already come and was now in the past? Cara realized she had no idea of what time it was, or the day, but that she needed to escape and get out of this place as fast as her bare feet could carry her.
Laughter filled the air around her, swirling and vibrating through her head as Cara searched to find where it came from. She knew the sound all too well, deeply etched in her head from the nights before. She knew immediately that running would get her nowhere. She was a lost cause already. From the moment she had stepped foot in this graveyard, and the moment she saw her own grave laid out before her; she knew they would win.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Lyn: Stephen King, all the way. That man knows how to scare people. He has a special way of hooking you into his stories, and doesn’t care if he angers you, or scares the crap out of you. You can’t stop reading his work!
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Lyn: I haven’t yet, but look forward to it!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Lyn: Dara England, of Hellfire Publishing. Isn’t she amazing?
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Lyn: Trying to stop rewriting it. I kept coming up with new plots, or different character traits. I was never happy, and with every re-read, I would change it. I finally had to step away and leave it as is. I knew the changes would never stop!
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Lyn: Ok, this is going to sound so corny, but it’s very, very true. I can accomplish anything I set my heart and mind to! That, and I may be even crazier than I thought I was…
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Lyn: First, do it because you love it! Don’t do it for anyone else. Second, make sure your passion for writing pours in through your characters, by their words and actions. Finally, never give up, and read, read, read!
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Lyn: Hmmm…yes. Well, “They” told me I had to post this…
Warning! Please be advised! Due to ongoing governmental testing to determine the origins of Lyn Croft, readers may be held for questioning, and may be subject to possible quarantine. There is the highly sensitive nature of possible contamination, from subconscious messages that she “may” impose throughout this interview…. Please be forewarned…
Wait… Is it too late to tell them that now?
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done ?
Lyn: Oh goodness. There has been a list for this… I put it somewhere, I swear! How about anything my heart desires at any given moment! That, and take over the world!
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it?
Lyn: All should freely, and willingly, stalk me through facebook. Here you’ll see what I’m up to, pretty much at any given moment, along with updates/news for Blood and Lilies – Bloodlines. Hope to see you there!
Don’t forget! Mark your calendar for March 30,2012… I’ll be watching…
I blog more for others than I do for myself. I know…so unselfish of me. ❤ But you’ll see these through facebook…
You can also catch up with the release of my book, as well as the other amazing authors @ http://www.hellfirepublishing.com/