Interview with Writer, Published Author, and Blogger: Lynn Love #interview #nonfiction


Welcome to another writer/blogger interview. I’m so pleased to share with you an interview with Lynn Love the talented and published writer, author, and blogger. Her Blog is called: World Shamble: Exploring Fictional Worlds in a Blast.


Lynn Love
Credit: Lynn Love

1. Please Tell Us About Yourself Lynn: 


Lynn Love, I live in Bristol in the South West of the U.K. If you want to conjure the accent, imagine a pirate speaking and you won’t be far off.  I’ve lived in all four corners of England, though, so my accent is truly mongrel. I blog at Word Shamble: Exploring Fictional Worlds in a Blast.

I’ve also worked as a florist for most of my adult life, so if you need a bridal bouquet — I’m your woman. I’ve been married for twenty-five years this year – which gives you an idea of how old I am! And, also I have one cheeky, funny teenage son. Last summer we moved into a 1930’s terraced house. There is a primary school in the street behind us and a family of six live next door, so I can always hear children laughing – or crying!


2.  Can You Tell Us More About Your Writing Experiences and How You Began Blogging? 


I’ve won writing competitions and had my short stories published in magazines, but my ultimate goal is to leave floristry and write.  I’d love to be a full-time novelist but realistically, there is only a tiny percentage of authors who accomplish that hallowed goal. I’m also taking a copywriting course at the moment, as a way to achieve a more reliable income stream.

For years I kept reading how writers needed an online presence but it was something I never got around to doing. I didn’t know what to write about, and how to pitch the tone of the site. I began one site that was soon abandoned for precisely those reasons.

Then in 2015, after I’d had some short stories published in a writing group anthology, I thought it was time to try blogging again. This time, my approach was to be less self-consciously ‘writerly,’ and more light-hearted. Perhaps, I’d developed my writing style by then.

I love blogging and have met wonderful people from all over the world online – people who love reading and writing as much as I do. But also I think blogging has helped me as a writer.

I’ve produced over 750 blog posts – that’s at least 225,000 words and a lot of writing practice. I’ve written in a range of styles, from book reviews and opinion pieces to flash fiction and a serialized novella. Word Shamble is my online home, my space.


“I love blogging and have met wonderful people from all over the world online – people who love reading and writing as much as I do. But also I think blogging has helped me as a writer.” – Lynn Love


Nick Morrison Unsplash
Credit: Nick Morrison via Unsplash.

3. What Motivates You to Write? 


Motivation is easy – I love the process of writing. I love sitting at a keyboard, plucking an idea from the air and spinning a plot and characters from it. When I was a child, I disappeared into books and into my fantasy world for hours. Now, I create the worlds for myself.

Inspiration comes from everywhere – from dreams, from misheard song lyrics, from picture prompts online, from watching people on the bus, wondering what their story is, and how they’ve become who they are. Sometimes I begin with a setting, sometimes with a character, quirk or a plotline.


4. Where Do You Prefer to Write on Your Blog and as an Author? 


I can write almost anywhere – cafes, public transport, at work on my lunch break – but my most productive times come at home in front of my laptop on my days off. I can write from very early morning until mid-evening if I get the chance. Sometimes in the evening as my brain shuts down as the sun sets!

Moreover, I love disappearing into a world, creating places and people so that they live in my head. A YA novel I wrote was largely set at my local museum and for a while each time I passed it, I wondered about my character — what she was doing (etc.). I just love how characters in books can become so real. 

Also, I take part in a couple of writing prompts a week particularly Friday Fictioneers and What Pegman Saw. Both writing communities are talented and have taught me so much. We are all terrifically supportive of each other. Away from the blog, I’m rewriting my Urban Fantasy novel after feedback from my Alpha Readers. Right now my brain is filled with ghosts and demons and Hell mouths.


“Moreover, I love disappearing into a world, creating places and people so that they live in my head. A YA novel I wrote was largely set at my local museum and for a while each time I passed it, I wondered about my character — what she was doing (etc.). I just love how characters in books can become so real.” – Lynn Love


Tyler Nix via Unsplash
Credit: Tyler Nix via Unsplash. 

5. What kinds of Connections Have Helped You As a Writer and Blogger? What Inspires You to Write?


I was lucky enough to be involved in a very proactive writing group early on and we had an anthology of short stories and poetry published a few years ago. I’ve been published online many times, won and been shortlisted in magazine competitions and this year had my first serial publication in a British magazine called The People’s Friend, which was terrific. I hope to have more published through them and to have my novels published eventually. Writing is my passion and earning money through it just means I get the chance to do more.

Sometimes I’m inspired by a photograph, sometimes people-watching, and other times by filling in someone’s fictional backstory. Sometimes inspiration comes from a ‘what if’ – ‘What if that alleyway isn’t only filled with rubbish and bad smells, but opens to something wondrous?’ ‘What if I could use this Tudor sixpence to take me back in time?’ Then my imagination sparks off and I’m away, trying to hammer a plot, characters, and arcs (etc.).


6. Please Share with Us Your Experiences Publishing Your Serial in a Magazine?


For my recent serial publication, I entered a competition the magazine was running to discover new writers. I developed a plot, wrote the first part, and sent it off. I didn’t win and chalked the whole lost-effort up to experience.

Almost two years later, I was about to delete the story from my hard drive when I got an email from one of the fiction staff at the magazine asking if I would still be interested in writing the story for them. Usually, rejection means just that, but sometimes magazines and publishers can throw you an unexpected lifeline.


“Usually, rejection means just that, but sometimes magazines and publishers can throw you an unexpected lifeline.” – Lynn Love


Mattias Diesel Reading Magazine via Unsplash
Credit: Mattias Diesel via Unsplash

7. Do You Have Preferred Reading/Writing Genre? What is the Best Advice You Can Give New Writers and Bloggers? 


I read the same genres as the ones I read as a child including historical fiction and fantasy, though I’m more drawn to Urban than High Fantasy. These genres are also what I write. In fact, if I can read or write an amalgamation of the two, then I’m most happy, which probably explains my YA time-travel novel and the Urban Fantasy peopled with ghosts from all eras of history.

As for good advice, an old piece of advice but a good one I follow is to write, write, and keep writing. Only practice will get you where you want to be as a writer. Well, that and robust feedback from fellow writers who love your work and want you to succeed.

Oh, also don’t let rejection letters/emails send you scurrying back to your study, swearing never to venture out. Every single number one author has been rejected more times than you can count. It’s people who bounce back from multiple rejections who become writers.

Also, you just have to love writing or it will become a chore. Let it become part of who you are in a quiet way. You don’t need to tell people what you’re writing and how great it is. Just be quietly satisfied with what you do when you’re alone with a keyboard or your notebook and pen.


8. Who or on What Sites Are Your Favorite Bloggers and/or Prompt Sites Found? 


There are far too many wonderful blogs to mention – can I do five? I’ve taken part in the Friday Fictioneers prompt most weeks for two-years and it feels like a home away from home. Also, the flash fiction prompt What Pegman Saw comes a close second for providing me with inspiration.

As well, I love Joy Pixley’s Tales from Eneana, a fantasy blog with a rich mythology and depth-of-story. Also, I recommend Jane Basil’s Making it Write for her wonderful poetry and blistering honesty. Lastly, Bill Pearse at Pinklightsabre  is a sight I love because of Bill’s skillful life-like writing. As a whole, bloggers are the most inspirational and supportive group of people I know. 


“Also, you just have to love writing or it will become a chore. Let it become part of who you are in a quiet way. You don’t need to tell people what you’re writing and how great it is. Just be quietly satisfied with what you do when you’re alone with a keyboard or your notebook and pen.” – Lynn Love


Ana Tavares via Unsplash Writing


9. Lynn, Can You Share with Us A Most Loved Blog Post? 


 

Friday Fictioneers: One Amber Night.

By Lynn Love

February 27, 2018.

*****

J Hardy Carroll
Credit: J. Hardy Carroll for Friday Fictioneers

*****

There’d been a fresh dusting of snow in the night, coating the grimy icebergs of the last fall, the one before that.

Sid edged along the sidewalk,  past the boarded-up liquor store and Cal’s Gym, ‘Waterloo’s Oldest Boxing Establishment’ until the receivers came in last October. He and Cal had sunk a bottle of Macallan that night, glass after amber glass till they were snoring on the folding bed, overcoats as blankets. Cal left for Kansas the next day to live in his sister’s garage apartment.

All his old friends were gone now. Just him and the cold left.

*****

Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Field’s Friday Fictioneers.  As the great Russell Gayer said: ‘The key to building an audience is reading and commenting on others’ work’.


I write a lot of flash fiction. Some short pieces open themselves to a longer write, such as Gideon keeps a secret, The fate of the flower seller, The scarlet net, and A single man who can sew. One recent flash fiction I wrote is from the Three Lines Tales prompt, called The Midas Touch.

Although it felt onerous at times, last year I completed a Gothic Horror SerialThe Devil of Moravia. It includes devils, demons, and blood-soaked London streets, and drew quite a following. I hope to develop this serial into a novella in the near future.


Thank you to Lynn for filling out the writer/blogger interview questions and my apologies the interview took so long to post. Here’s the link to Lynn Love’s blog one more time: Word Shamble.

It’s been a busy year, but there are more interviews to come shortly. If you wish to be interviewed as a writer/blogger or because you blog for a cause, you can reach me on my Contact Page. 


©Mandibelle16. (2018) All Rights Reserved.

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41 thoughts on “Interview with Writer, Published Author, and Blogger: Lynn Love #interview #nonfiction

  1. prior.. August 17, 2018 / 6:25 am

    I really love Lynne’s writing and her originality that mists off her work. and so much to enjoy from this interview, but my favorite takeaway was this line:
    “It’s people who bounce back from multiple rejections…”
    because it applies to life in generaL.
    #luvlynne

    Liked by 3 people

    • mandibelle16 August 17, 2018 / 8:12 pm

      Yes, you are absolutely Right. Fall down seven times, get up eight 🙂 thanks for commenting.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Lynn Love August 21, 2018 / 1:49 am

      Thanks for the lovely comment, Prior. It’s so nice to be part of a community that’s so supportive of each other and as I said in the interview, I’ve learned a lot from blogging and bloggers like yourself. And you’re right – getting up is the key, no matter how many times you get knocked down. Thank you again and best wishes.

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  2. k rawson August 17, 2018 / 9:57 am

    What a great interview! I especially loved Lynn’s heartening anecdote about the dusty, forgotten rejection that turned into a writing opportunity. I can also appreciate her sound writing advice.

    I’m a fangirl when it comes to Lynn Love’s work–she’s a woman of great talent. I hope she gets her wish of taking her writing full time. She deserves it!

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    • mandibelle16 August 17, 2018 / 8:10 pm

      Hi Karen. I know I loved that part about her magazine serial getting accepted. I’m also a huge fan of hers too. Thanks for your comment 🙂

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    • Lynn Love August 21, 2018 / 2:55 am

      Thank you Karen for the kind comment. If I ever do write full time, I’ll have a ton of people to thank for their encouragement and support and you’ll be one of them!
      The story about my serial writing opportunity is a rare case, but I’ve heard similar stories about novel submissions that have taken years to be picked up or where a fresh set of eyes has seen potential in a rejected manuscript. It’s dangerous for writers to pin our hopes on such quirks of fate but they do happen. In the mean time, we all just keep plugging along.
      All the best

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  3. mandibelle16 August 17, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    Reblogged this on Go Dog Go Café and commented:

    Check out an awesome interview with blogger, writer, and published author Lynn Love. She’s one of my fav fiction writers on WordPress!

    Like

  4. Raney Simmon August 17, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    Really enjoyed reading this interview. I feel like I’ve learned quite a lot about writing from it.

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    • Lynn Love August 21, 2018 / 2:58 am

      You’re right, everywhere! It’s just a case of being open to it, a case of being watchful. And practice too. Imagination is like a muscle – the harder you work it, the stronger it becomes. Best wishes

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  5. Singledust August 19, 2018 / 7:36 am

    i enjoyed your questions and her candid responses. the questions were very focused on bringing out her story so well.

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    • mandibelle16 August 19, 2018 / 3:39 pm

      Thank you, they formed after I read her answers. Some are generic, but some are to fit her responses. Great catch 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • Lynn Love August 21, 2018 / 3:02 am

        Thanks so much for the opportunity Amanda. The interview has turned out really well thanks to your interesting questions and to you tidying up my thoughts. Thanks again – it was a lovely experience

        Liked by 1 person

      • mandibelle16 August 21, 2018 / 4:38 pm

        Glad you liked! I’m very careful with the tidying. It’s your voice not mine 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • Lynn Love August 23, 2018 / 12:51 am

        You did a great job and the presentation was very attractive and professional too. Your site looks really good. Thanks again Amanda

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Joy Pixley August 19, 2018 / 9:52 am

    Great interview, Lynn! It’s fun to learn more about your writing experiences. I love the advice to write, write, write — although it’s setting off a serious guilt reaction right now, because I haven’t been getting much writing done lately. However, I’m currently at Worldcon, being super inspired by all the fantasy and science fiction writers and thinkers here, hooray! Thanks for the shout-out for my blog, that’s so sweet of you! When I get back from all this traveling, I’d better go put some new content on it!

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    • Lynn Love August 21, 2018 / 3:00 am

      Thanks Joy. I’m just back from holiday too and had very little opportunity to write while I was away. Hopefully once the laundry’s done, I can get back to it. And the mention was a pleasure – I love your writing. All the best 🙂

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      • Joy Pixley August 23, 2018 / 6:32 am

        Oh dear, don’t even mention laundry! Now that I’m back from my second trip, it’s piled up pretty badly. But it will have to wait — too many other higher priority items on the list. I think a lot of writers have this issue in the summer, that there’s too much travel and other activity to keep up the same level that’s possible the rest of the year. Looking forward to hunkering down in the fall. Except I’m traveling again in the fall. Hmm, sensing a problem with that logic…

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      • mandibelle16 August 24, 2018 / 4:46 pm

        Lol. Good luck & enjoy your trips. Sometime in there you’ll need clean clothes though 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • Lynn Love August 26, 2018 / 8:45 am

        At least it keeps you interested though, all this travel. Must be inspiring too, seeing new places, meeting new people

        Liked by 1 person

      • Lynn Love August 26, 2018 / 8:47 am

        A good excuse to buy a new wardrobe of clothes … 🙂

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      • Joy Pixley August 26, 2018 / 1:32 pm

        Lynn– It is inspiring, but I did find that it blurred together a bit because I had to do so much at once. I really need the time to sit down and process what I see and learn and think about, and I’m not getting that this week.

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      • Lynn Love August 28, 2018 / 1:02 am

        I know what you mean – sounds a little like overload, as if you need to reread your notes to digest it all fully before the memories fade. Hope you find some time to do just that!

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  7. Lynn Love August 21, 2018 / 3:08 am

    Reblogged this on Word Shamble and commented:
    Here’s an interview I did for Amanda Eifert’s Mandibelle16 blog. Amanda asked me some very interesting questions about where I find inspiration, my writing methods and my road to magazine publication amongst other things. She’s polished my answers and made me sound positively coherent! Thanks to Amanda for the opportunity to ramble on – it was a lovely experience.

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    • mandibelle16 August 21, 2018 / 4:37 pm

      Thank you Lynn! Your interview was great and fun to read. No proofreading needed for 95 %! I love when I receive interview questions that way. You were very coherent without my help. Changing the questions around to suit your answers keeps it interesting for readers I think. Cheers and thanks again! 🥂

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      • Lynn Love August 23, 2018 / 12:50 am

        You did a great job and I’m sure I sounded more interesting than I am in real life thanks to your questions and tweaks. Thanks for the interview – it was a lovely experience

        Liked by 1 person

  8. janebasilblog August 21, 2018 / 5:17 am

    Great interview! Let’s raise a toast to Lynn’s well-deserved future success.

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  9. pennygadd51 August 21, 2018 / 2:12 pm

    I think Lynn’s writing is terrific. I’ve read most of her Friday Fictioneers and What Pegman Saw flash stories and enjoyed them enormously. Her descriptive writing is always fresh. She is an absolute mistress of how to structure flash fiction! I very much hope she achieves her ambition of writing full-time.

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    • mandibelle16 August 21, 2018 / 2:37 pm

      Thanks Penny. Me as well. I enjoy her flash fiction a lot 🙂 My favorite was her Devil if Merovia serial. Very fascinating and memorable characters. Thanks

      Liked by 1 person

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