LYNETTE WILLOWS UNPACKS THE
JOYS AND WOES OF WRITING
Carol Bauer Lynette Willows
Brief Profile of the Author: Lynette
Willows is a mother, wife and the property of two Maltese. Verbally awkward,
she has always put her thoughts to paper and eventually realized this was what
writers do. Hence the profession chose her instead of the other way around. She
served ten years of apprenticeship as a freelance writer in between raising
boys and serving hot suppers to a hard working husband. She has a love of odd
facts and her favourite hobby is historical research. She is an avid camper,
fisherman and chases storms for the adrenaline rush. Lynette is an empty nester
living with her husband in rural Alberta, Canada. Links: Facebook:
https://twitter.com/LynetteWillows, Blog: http://romancethethrillquill.blogspot.com/
Note: Lynette Willows and Carley Bauer have launched their
first book “ No Gentleman Is He” and they are involved in writing the second
book in the Sons of Liberty series, with two more books planned thereafter.
Q Which is
your first book published?
“No Gentleman Is He” is the first book in the Sons of
Q What is your general field of writing and why
have you chosen it?
I started as a freelance writer and
journalist as well as a humourist, and still dabble in it if I get an
interesting assignment. But my first obligation is to my publisher and Carol Bauer, so I only take assignments which are short lived. It is my first
love and I doubt if I will ever really give it up completely.
Q In your opinion,
besides the quality of writing, what are the other factors for the success of a
In my opinion, the factors are:
the interest in the subject matter, the intensive research and a touch of
curiosity. There are some glorious readers out there, who, in their eagerness
to find new books and new voices, give new authors a chance. I really love
Q What is
your own general assessment of this book?
My lips are sealed. Just kidding…In my opinion,
with the care taken by us and our editors and publisher, for a first book, it’s
a superior product. I still see room for improvement, but that’s a common
ailment for most writers. We are never satisfied with our own work.
other author’s books do you feel, come close to your style of writing?
Janice McDonald, who writes the Randy Craig mystery
series and Amy MacKay, out in Nova Scotia, who has roots in NY, both are
wonderful and gifted writers. Sara Gruen is also a favorite of mine and I study
all the three, because their style is close to mine, though not exact. We all
need our own voice, don’t we?
Believe it or not, my role-models are the old time
writers; Austen, Dickens, Twain for his fun, even Shakespeare. Yes, I’ve read
Shakespeare many times over. I was one of those geeky kids that didn’t groan
when assigned Shakespeare in the school and later in English Literature class
in the University. That was when writing was really writing. I also read good
modern writers, to get the conversational and active voice, so popular in
modern literature. Most importantly, my role-model is my Mom. She hates sloppy
grammar and always insists that we use the proper word in the proper way. I
passed that onto my boys, though they are rednecks and therefore have their own
lingo around their friends. But they snap to it when they enter my house or
send me emails.
Q When do
you get the idea(s) & do you immediately note them down in a note book?
I come up with absolutely brilliant ideas, when I
am farthest from any computer, pen, pencil or piece of coal. I am either in the
tub or in the car. Stupid fairy muse…sometimes I just want to swat the little
wench. I wish I could write down. If I do manage to remember, I will
immediately get it on a note or insert as a reference document to access later,
as soon as I can.
Q On an
average, how many months do you need to complete one book in all respects?
My lone projects…a long time. I am a professional
procrastinator, so I need a deadline and the adrenaline rush, which is why I
still love journalism. I don’t know when to cut off the research aspect when I
am left to my own devices. The deeper I get on my own, in a project, the longer
it takes, because I get distracted by the facts. When I have a deadline, like I
have with this series of books with Carley Bauer and my publisher, I don’t have
that problem. It is amazing how I focus when I have others depending on me to
get my work done. So, I would say with the research, writing, editing and
proofs, six months is comfortable.
aspects motivate you to write books viz. earning money, publicity, help to the
readers, self-satisfaction, any other?
Self-satisfaction, ego and compulsion are the aspects, in
my opinion. Any one of those would work. And frankly I hate attention. I am a happy
introvert. I would love to mentor young writers, but most don’t want to be
mentored. They just want magic answers or fairy dust, and I don’t have either.
Read, write and learn, that’s it. There is no magic. If you want to make money
and get rich, don’t be a writer. Only a really tiny percentage of writers make
enough money to be considered rich. About the same number might make a
comfortable, middle class wage from their work. As much as marketing is
hammered into your head by all the new internet gurus, luck plays the greatest
role in the scheme of things when it comes to being hugely successful,
especially for first time authors. Marketing and hard work will get results,
for sure, but with almost 6,00,000 other books released each year, it is pure luck
for a new author to even be noticed to any great degree. Writing is the
playground of the fate, and it is where they have their little joke, until you
get well known which takes time, a lot of time. There are terrible books that
became instant best sellers and brilliant books that are languishing on Amazon
and book shelves, not selling at all. Sometimes I fear for the modern reader
and what they consider good literature.
Q In this
respect, has Face book helped you in any way? If yes, please elucidate.
Elucidate; what a great word, eh? OK, I will elucidate.
”No.” Granted, I got a couple of fans from Facebook, but it was mostly from
when I played Farmville and a couple of players, I think, wandered over to read
my blog. “Romancing the Thrill Quill” is my freelance blog, to showcase my
writing flexibility and garner interest from mags to get a few assignments. And
these wonderful, curious people have donned the pompoms and cheered me on,
since they learned I had the audacity to try to write a whole novel. They have
even grasped some guts and tried new things themselves and report that they are
succeeding. Now that is happiness for me. I love to hear that others decided to
muzzle their inner doubters and go with it. But other than that, Face book is a
time suck, perfect for us procrastinators.
Both Carley Bauer and I have put a lot of blood and
sweat in the first book. But there’s more to come *waving at the readers* Both
of us are working on Book 2 of the Sons of Liberty series, with outlines for
two more. We are contracted with the publisher for two books, with a
possibility of two more in the series if these do well. Personally, I have
several projects on the go, both in the thriller and in drama literature
genres, as well as more romance. I am also working on a compilation of my
previously published humour articles, when I had my own column. I would like to
find a publisher who would be willing to send the royalties to help fund
research for a rare condition called fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, or
FOP. My youngest son suffers from this condition, and they are so close to an
effective treatment that I want to be sure it continues.