Please Welcome Lynn Townsend to the blog! It’s great to meet you! Have a seat and tell us all about you!
I'm a geek. I love science fiction, fantasy, martial arts movies, comic books, tabletop role playing games. One of my prized possessions is my Gil Gerard autograph. My favorite song is about a depressed squid. I have blue hair.
So, when did you start writing?
Some time after I started breathing. I remember making up my own stories when I was four or thereabouts. I wrote my first short-story in 5th grade. (I still have it. No you may not read it.)
Awww, come on, just a little? :P Well all right :D
What do you love about writing?
I love meeting the people in my head. A lot of times they just tromp in, throw their suitcase on the floor and put their muddy boots on my mental coffee table, and I don't know much about them until we sit down over coffee and discuss whether or not they'll be moving in. There are some characters who are old, familiar voices. Even though I've already written out Bastian's story, he refuses to go away. As long as I can remember, he's been there, kinda making snarky commentary on my life. I'm never, ever lonely.
I completely understand! I have a whole cast of characters in my head as well :D
What do you need when writing? Music, candy, silence, etc.
Most of the time I need caffeine. I'm not really picky about my format, although good coffee is always better. I listen to music almost all the time, but that's hard to say if it's for writing or if it's because I have a brain disorder called tinnitus; (ringing in the ear) and having some sort of background noise keeps me from murdering people. I'm not much for longhand these days, so a computer is good. Also, my muse. He is necessary. He is represented by a tiny caged stuffed animal that hangs or sits near me while I write. Sometimes I can manage to get a coffee-shop scrawl done without him, but any long term venture, he's got to be present. I've had him since I was 12.
I love it! I might just have to get me one of those caged muses! That will keep them from running off when I need them! :D
How did you go about building your world and characters?
Generally one of my characters throws me in headfirst and says “Hey, can you find your way out?” A lot of the time I find things out as they happen.
I use world-building and character development as a way to get to sleep, as well. I will tell myself stories, or head-work chapters as I'm falling asleep. Sometimes I'll even dream about my characters. And entire novel (unpublished and in serious need of edits before I'm willing to submit it) was written based off one dream I had.
I try not to overthink it. And I have a couple of people who are wonderful sounding boards for me. I bounce ideas off them and see what sticks.
That is pretty cool!
Can you provide us with an excerpt? (Excerpt and book cover :D)
Duncan Farnsworth,the Earl Leveret stripped off his gloves and deposited them in his hat, “Do you know, Jamison,” he said to his butler, "what the absolute worst thing is about being dead?" The sun was skimming the horizon. Another few minutes and he might have had some unpleasantness. Jamison closed the heavy door behind his master and Duncan shuddered with relief.
"I fear you are about to tell me, sir," his butler replied, entirely uninterested.
"It is simply this; being deceased has done nothing to improve the quality of my social engagements."
"Perhaps, sir," Jamison said, ushering his lord into the parlor and folding the rain-damp coat over one arm, "you should lay down and play dead with slightly more conviction."
Do you play games? If so what kind? If not, why the heck not?
Would you like my geek resume? I play Star Wars; The Old Republic as my current MMO, but have also played Warcraft, Everquest, City of Villains, Dungeons & Dragons Online, Lord of the Rings Online, Rifts, Pirates of the Caribbean Online, Asheron's Call, Guild Wars...
I also play paper and dice RPGs; including Shadowrun, 7th Sea, AD&D, Vampire, Heroes Unlimited, GURPS, Serenity RPG, various d20 games
I used to play Collectible Card Games until I came to the realization that my friends were all terrible losers and worse winners and I wasn't having fun, but I do like things like Cards Against Humanity and Fluxx. I'm also a mean cribbage player.
(I also might possibly have a really bad Candy Crush Saga problem)
My husband would be impressed, he loves Shadowrun! And I must admit to a really bad Candy Crush Saga Problem myself!
I'm not good with favorite questions, so just insert my standard rant here... I'm the kind of person who has about 8 “best friends.” That being said, I'm fond of Jane Austen, Jim Butcher, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Steven Brust, Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas, Tad Williams, Sommer Marsden, Margaret Weis, Anne Gracie, Elizabeth Brooks, Craig Johnson, V. L. Locey... you know, I could go on for a while.
Oh! You’ve managed to name a few of the authors I really enjoy too! :D
Favorite TV guilty pleasure?
I don't have guilty pleasures. I like things. I'm not ashamed of it. I do adore those terrible SyFy movies like Sharktopus and Sharknado and Behemoth and whatnot. I like Castle, Arrow, Body of Proof (canceled, boo hoo) Warehouse 13, Eureka, Defiance, Bones, Longmire, Haven, and I'm fan-girl screamingly excited for SHIELD. (there's a trend here... I like murder mysteries / cop shows and sci-fi)
Okay, you’ve named many of my favorites here as well… have you been peeking at my dvd cabinet? :D And definitely BOOOOOO on the cancelling of Body of Proof! I love that show!
Favorite Action Hero?
Either/ or Lightening round!
Are you a dog person or a cat person?
Turtle! (I tolerate cats. Not so big on dogs.)
Chocolate or Vanilla ice cream?
Mint chocolate chip.
Fruits or Veggies?
Tomatoes are a fruit, right?
Coke or Pepsi?
Soda or Pop?
Occasionally “soda” but I usually say “coke” even if what I mean is Pepsi.
Sweet or Sour?
Okay, I love you thinking outside the box! LOL
Pick at least one :D
If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have 3 things with you, what or who would they be?
A boat? Food? The Tardis!
If you were stranded on a different planet, what planet would it be, what 3 things would you want with you and what 2 people would you hope got stranded with you?
Have spacesuit, will travel.
Some sort of weapon would probably be good.
I don't really want anyone to be stranded with me. Stranded implies all sorts of unpleasant deprivation and I'd rather not have to share it with anyone, otherwise I need a 4th thing. Earplugs.
If you traveled to an alternate universe, whose universe would it be? What would you do there?
I wouldn't mind living in the Liaden Universe, altho I suspect I'd be a terrible Liaden. I'm just not that polite. I could seriously go for visiting the Clutch Turtles, tho. (The Liaden Universe is a series of novels by Steven Miller and Sharon Lee and I love that series so very much it's frightening.)
If you traveled back in time, what time period would you want to visit most? Who would you hope to meet?
Quite a while back, there was this cartoon, Tripping the Rift, and they went back in time and accidentally killed God? You'd have to see the show, but it was kinda awesome...
For realz, tho? I'd like to be around for a lot of the Edison/Tesla invention era. That would have been fun.
The Important stuff!
Any advice for aspiring authors?
Always read the submission requirements. Always follow the submission requirements.
Never badmouth an editor / agent / book company / fellow author. That shit can come back and bite you in the ass. (It personally hasn't happened to me, but I've certainly met friends of friends of people I've worked with where they're more prone to do me a favor because I know so-and-so.) Networking, baby. Don't burn bridges...
And personally, I don't really take writer's advice. What works for me may not work for you. Whatever gets you words on the page is great! I'd suggest knowing grammar rules before deciding to break them. There are no secrets to writing. Butt in the chair, words on the page.
And make sweet with your editors. They are your best friends. They are not there to murder your precious darlings; their job is to make your work as good as it possibly can be. Find a good beta reader or two and staple them to your life.
Lynn Also brought to my attention this fascinating book! He Loves Me for My Brainssss! A Zombie Anthology involving M/M relationships where she has a story called W.O.L.
It's a m/m antho with the main theme of Zombies. Mine's a post-apocalyptic story.
In Lynn Townsend's "W.O.L.", Knight Korin meets Doctor Avesy and is forced to consider
the sacrifices that every Knight must make -- and wonder if the cure is worse than the
Where can we stalk… I mean find you?(Links baby!)
Where can we buy your books?
(I keep this page updated regularly, which has links to a lot of the places you can buy my books)
I'd like to take a few minutes to pimp this book, Return of the Kings, because the proceeds for this book go to sending adult writers to the Clarion Writer's workshop, and I think that's a wonderful cause.
Synchronous Rotations, my most recent short story from Torquere, just came out a few days ago... it's a stand-alone in my London Steam series, m/m/f menage steam punk story.
And Smokin' Hot Firemen, which includes my short story, Big Trucks, was released early at Amazon, so you can check that out!
Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing with us today Lynn! It was great to get to know you and see some of your work! <3 font="">3>