Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Hi Fiona, thank you for having me. My Name is Lynne Gauthier. I write under the pen name L. Gauthier. I just turned 53 on , June 25th.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Well I am a lifelong New Englander. I grew up in Massachusetts and at the age of 23 I moved to New Hampshire with my parents and family. I lived there for 28 years and moved to Vermont a year and a half ago.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I graduated from a vocational high school after studying accounting and worked in that field then 10 years later after graduating as a medical assistant I’ve worked in the medical field. Currently I’m a stay at home, home-schooling mom, editor and co-author. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 20 yrs. and I am a mom of 3 with 2 grandchildren and 2 furbabies. My family is my whole world. They are so proud of my becoming an author and are so supportive.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Well, my awesome co-writer P.Mattern and I just happen to have a new release that came out last week. Our book ‘Miss Me’ published with Dark Books Press can be found on Amazon as we speak.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
It’s kind of a strange way to start but, my husband and I were in Vermont looking at houses to relocate to because he started a new job in Vermont and the commute from Southern New Hampshire was ridiculous. So as we were looking at houses, we had some strange things happen to us that day, to me it felt like scenes from all the horror books and movies that we have read and seen. I sent a PM to my friend P.Mattern and I was describing all the crazy things that we had been through that weekend and she said “You have a book there Lynne, can I write it with you?” She loved the way I wrote the descriptions and said I definitely had the makings of a writer. So we wrote that first book together and we just finished our fourth book and have many more coming in the future.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
To tell you the truth, I’m still coming to grips with that. Haha. I forget that I am one. I’m still the reader and fangirl when it comes to author types of things.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The crazy happenings of our adventures in Vermont inspired our first book titled
A House In Vermont. The actual events of our trip to Vermont to look at houses to move into for our relocation.
The short story originally appearing in the Amazon Bestselling Anthology Demons, Devils and Denizens II is now a full-length novel currently in progress.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It was only fitting because that is exactly what it was about. A house in Vermont.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I love the horror/paranormal genre. I’ve been a huge horror fan as far back as I can remember. My family used to sit around the TV or go to the Drive-in and watch horror movies together. My husband is also a horror fan and so are our kids.
I don’t know if I have a specific writing style yet since I am still a newbie.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Well the storyline starts out with real life experiences and some of the events that that they go through actually happened to my family as we travelled from house to house to see if we were interested in buying any of them.
It’s strange when I re-read the story how I can relive what happened that day
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Only the first story involved any travel. The other books didn’t require any.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
We have had covers done by Rebecca Garcia at Dark Wish Designs and from Monica Diane at Moon Media Ink. Both are extremely talented designers.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
No, there aren’t any messages. We just want to keep the reader engaged and possibly give them a little scare.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
My favorite is P Mattern. I really enjoy her books. That’s how we met in the first place. I fell in love with her Full Moon Series and became a serious fan and supporter.
A newer author I love is Amy Cecil. She is in totally different genres and I just love her books too.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Patricia Mattern has been the biggest supporter and mentor to me. I never would have even attempted to write without her support, patience and love. Also, the
P.Mattern Immortals Street team, we not only support P. Mattern but each other. We have a very talented group of authors, editors, graphic and media design artists and PA’s.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
As of right now, no I don’t. But who knows what the future might bring?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I don’t think there would be anything to change, the story is amazing. We had fun brainstorming and bringing our ideas to life.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Truthfully, I am learning with each book we write. Since I am still new at this writing thing, I am learning to put the actual ideas to words to make it a complete story. I find this harder to do than it looks when you are a reader.
I do enjoy the fact that scenes or happenings in the story just sort of come to you or even write themselves as you are going along. It’s quite fascinating.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
For Miss Me I think Nina Dobrev would be great as the main character Astrid.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
My mentor, Patricia told me to keep a notebook near your bed and have one handy at all times to write down any ideas you have. That way you don’t forget them later.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you is what I want to tell them. Thank you for reading our books and leaving much needed reviews for them. Most of all thank you for your support.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am re-reading Vampire Princess and Vampire Queen because we are working on the next book in the saga…Vampire Empress.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The first grown up book I recall is Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews. I became a huge fan of hers and went on to Stephen King. I also remember the Outsiders by S.E. Hinton because we had to read it in school. I loved that story too.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I am a huge sucker for Christmas shows and books. I always cry, whether they arehappy or sad tears.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Temple Grandin. I find her fascinating. She found the ways to explain what many people with autism are unable to tell us. We are raising our autistic grandson and face the many challenges life has for him. I would love to talk with her to better understand and learn from her how we can make his life better.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Well I am an avid reader. I love everything about books. I also crochet and am a self-taught knitter. I love to go camping with my family. My newest hobby is gardening and I am going to try canning.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love the Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Chicago Med, Chicago PD and Chicago Fire. The 100, NOS4A2 and I also likie true crime shows.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
My favourite color throughout my life has always been Purple. I love Chinese food and I love flavored coffee and iced coffee. As far as music, I love all kinds of music. My parents always had all kinds playing, the 50’s, Jerry Vale, Englebert Humperdinck, Frankie Valley, John Denver etc. I grew up in the 80’s and love that music as well as everything between then and now. I do drive my family crazy with my love of Christmas music though. I start as soon as possible in November and don’t stop listening to it until after the new year.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would continue to read and support my favorite authors.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Spend every minute of it with my family making sure they know just how much I love them.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Beloved wife and mother, her family was her pride and joy.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?