Hello Lyn! I am so happy to have you back on my blog. This time we'll be chatting about your newest book. So....Tell us about your current release.
Dearest Druid --
Devlins, Rose’s Story, has just come out. This is book three in my Texas Devlins trilogy (formerly Texas Druids.) Although the story begins in Texas Bosque County, Texas, where the first two books both end, much of this western/Native American romance takes place in the Indian Territory, ca. 1876. It offers a glimpse of reservation life and features an unusual medicine woman. I’ll tell you more about it a bit later, okay?
What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?
I’m really fortunate to have my family’s total support for my writing. They all read my books and seem to enjoy them. In fact, my husband reads each chapter as soon as I finish it and pesters me for the next one. He likes action/adventure which I love to write, and I think he kind of likes the love scenes. Grin! Whichever, I’m not complaining.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I have both. Currently, one of my longtime critique partners is dealing with health issues. Char, I miss you! But my other CP, Carra Copelin (soon to be published) has been indispensible. She brainstorms plot problems with me and is always ready to read and edit for me, as I do for her.
I never sought beta readers until this latest book. Now I have two. One is my daughter, and you know what, she’s great! She isn’t afraid to tell me when a scene doesn’t ring true. I think I’ll keep her. LOL
How do you describe your writing style?
That’s really a two pronged question. When it comes to the mechanics of writing, I’m obsessive. I hate it when I make spelling or grammar mistakes. If they slip past all the edits, I want to kick myself when a reader or reviewer points them out to me later. Since I want readers to enjoy my books, I try to make them as error free as possible.
As for the writing itself, I think I have a fairly gritty, down to earth style, or voice if you prefer. It’s important to use vernacular that fits whatever time period an author writes about. Since I’ve concentrated on the Old West so far (expect a change soon) some of the dialogue gets pretty salty at times. My job is to draw a mind picture for readers. That requires realism in my opinion.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
None. I’ve never owned one. Nor do I own an iPhone. My cell phone is an old flip-top model. I don’t keep it on, a fact that annoys my kids no end. My toy of choice is the laptop to which I’m semi-attached.
What would we find under your bed?
Ha! Nothing exciting, I’m afraid. Flat plastic bins full of books I never have time to read and dust bunnies made up mostly of cat hair. I have three of the furry darlings. One is currently snoozing by my feet on said bed, where I often hide out to write.
If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why?
That would have to be Jessie Devlin from Darlin’ Druid. Why? Because I fell head-over-heels in love with her main squeeze, David Taylor while writing their story. David is gorgeous, complicated and not easy to get along with at times, but he’s one hundred percent male with a capital M. And he’d die for Jessie. Come to think of it, he nearly did.
Entice us, what future projects are you considering?
I have two projects in the works and, as I hinted above, they’re both departures from my western romances. One does involve Druids, but in a modern setting. This will be a series of short books, possibly novellas.
My other project is something I’ve had on the back burner for years. It’s another historical, but this one takes place in
in 1798, “The Year of Liberty.” Based on the Irish uprising that lit a fuse leading to Ireland Ireland’s modern fight for freedom from , this manuscript is almost half finished. I hope to complete it sometime in 2014. Britain
Oh, and sometime in the future, I hope to write about the next generation of Texas Devlins. Time will tell.
Rose Devlin, like her older siblings, possesses a psychic talent inherited from a secret line of Irish Celtic Druids stretching far back in time. Rose has the extraordinary ability to heal with her mind, a gift that has caused her great pain in the past. She also keeps a terrible secret about herself that not even her brother and sister know.
Choctaw Jack, a half-breed cowboy introduced in Dashing Druid (Texas Devlins, Book II) hides secrets of his own. If they ever come to light, he stands to lose his job, possibly his life. Yet, he must risk everything to save someone he loves, even if it means kidnapping Rose. The greatest risk of all may be to his heart if he allows himself to care too much for his lovely paleface captive.
Award-winning author Lyn Horner resides in Texas with her husband and beloved cats. Trained in the visual arts, Lyn worked as a fashion illustrator and art instructor for Art Instruction Schools (famous for their "Draw Me" heads.) After quitting work to raise her children, she took up writing as a hobby, soon discovering a love of historical research and the crafting of passionate romances based upon that research.
The author says, "Writing a book is much like putting together a really big jigsaw puzzle. It requires endless patience and determination to see your ideas come to life. Once hooked on the process, you're forever addicted."
A member of Romance Writers of America, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, Hearts Through History RWA, and Yellow Rose RWA, Lyn is active on several blog sites, author forums and Facebook. Her debut novel, DARLIN' DRUID, won 2nd place in the Paranormal Romance Guild 2011 Reviewers Choice Awards. Late that same year, she published DASHING DRUID, the second volume in her Texas Druids trilogy. This book won 3rd place in its category of the 2012 Romance Through the Ages Contest.The author has also published a short prequel to the trilogy titled WHITE WITCH. This novella showcases one sibling's clairvoyant ability, a gift Lyn has experienced herself.
Lyn is now at work on an Irish historical, working title Irish at Heart.
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