Interview with paranormal romance author Loni Lynne

Loni Lynne
is here today to share a bit about her paranormal ghost romance novel, Wanted: One Ghost and her writing life.
Loni will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card
(winner’s choice) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. To be entered
for a chance to win, leave a comment below, and to increase your chances of
winning, feel free to visit other tour stops and leave comments there, too.
Loni Lynne is
a stay-at-home mom, domestic goddess, U.S. Navy Veteran, and lover of all
things vintage/shabby-chic/Victorian and antique. From china cups and tea sets
to lace doilies crocheted by hand (her grandmother made the best) she believes a
touch of femininity never goes out of style.
Growing up
all over the country she’s been blessed with experiencing a good deal of
culture and lifestyles. Much like her personality, she has eclectic tastes in
what she likes to read and write. There is no ‘one’ genre in which she settles
God and fate
have been big influences in her life. Both have taken her to places she never
thought she’d be, both in the physical sense and in the spiritual. She wrote
brief stories and snippets of life as it happened to her in her youth, and
encouraged by her teachers, continued to write. Blessed with a loving
supportive family growing up, she was able to explore her options which at
times have been put into use in her stories. The Navy–and fate, afforded her
the opportunity to meet her Army, “Annapolis-native” husband and team
up with him to parent two beautiful daughters.
Years later,
her husband gave her the best birthday present ever–a laptop, a membership to
Romance Writers of America and a goal to complete a manuscript for submission
by her next birthday. She did it. A few years later, she was blessed with one
of those novels, Wanted: One Ghost,
as her debut novel.
Believe in
Welcome, Loni. Please tell us about
your current release.
Wanted: One Ghost is based on believing in fate. When
the 238-year-old ghost of Kings Mill, Maryland’s founding father, James Addison
meets historian, April Branford who is blessed with a unique psychometric gift,
she does more than touch history—she accidentally brings him to life. On a time
schedule to locate the historical deed to James’ mill site for the man who
hired her, April must rely on the help from her family and spirits from James’
past to help him solve the mystery behind his death so he can move on. But
after their time together, neither one wants to leave. Only Fate knows where
their true destiny lies.
What inspired you to write this book?
I love
ghost tours. Having been on a few I began to wonder what the ‘ghosts’ would
think of the stories being told about them. I envisioned one standing by and
scoffing at the possibility that what was being told had been exaggerated. It
gave me the idea for James—a brooding ghost who’s been trapped in his realm in
which no one can see or hear him, until April comes along with her gifts.
April’s digital camera came to life and she switched the
setting to playback, scrolling through the photos. She’d taken a bevy of pictures,
ones of the hanging tree, the colonial storefronts and historical houses, the
front and back of the courthouse. She came across the last picture, the one
she’d taken right outside, and then it went back to her older photos.
Everything was there but the picture of her guide. She gasped and thumbed
frantically through the pictures again.
“What’s wrong, April dear?” Her aunt got up from the chair
and came over to her, bringing her cup of tea with her.
“It was here…I mean, the picture is here but he isn’t.” The
photo showed part of the lamp post she’d had her guide stand in front of. There
was a bright, fuzzy ball of light obscuring part of the gaslight. Could it be a
possible reflection off the light and her flash? She’d captured him in the
frame, she was positive!
Her aunt looked over her arm at the frame revealing the
street along with the courthouse. April didn’t like the knowing smile and
twinkle to her aunt’s eye. “Oh, he’s there,” she said, peering up from over her
tea cup.
“What do you mean?” She was almost afraid to ask.
“You’ve managed to capture what we call residual paranormal
energy. See the spot of fuzzy light in the middle of the picture? You’ve
captured an image of a paranormal orb. Welcome to the family, April. You’ve
seen your first ghost.”
What exciting story are you working on
I am
actually working on the sequel to Wanted:
One Ghost
with one of the minor characters, Distilled Spirits. She’s actually a ghost who’s trapped in time in
the local historical tavern. Millie Taylor is a fun character to work with.
When did you first consider yourself a
I think I
was about thirteen and there was a Halloween story contest sponsored by the
Jaycees. The prize was a $50 Savings Bond, two tickets to their haunted house,
and your story in the newspaper.  I
entered it and won first prize. It was a very macabre story for someone of my
age at the time—almost bizarre, but my teacher loved it and there were others
who thought it was good, too.  From that
moment I felt like I had found my niche.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I like to
call myself a domestic goddess—I tend to household/family and anything that
comes up. I’ve been blessed to be able to have stayed home to raise my two
daughters, but now that they are grown (still living at home while going to
college locally though), I hope to have more time to focus on my writing.
A typical
day for me lately is getting chores done after everyone’s off to work/college
and trying to sit down to write for a couple of hours before lunch. After lunch
I get back into the swing of it by writing until the hubby comes home from
work.  By five o’clock I try to put
things in perspective and have dinner/family time.  I’m trying to treat my writing as my
career—dress for success, sit in my office, etc.  It’s the only way I can.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I post
pictures of my inspiration for my characters up on my bulletin board. They
could be actors, clippings of a model from an advertisement that hits me as an
interesting character description. I’m one of those people who try to figure
out what the model or image is trying to convey. In high school I used to write
those captions under the photos in the yearbook.  My husband has gotten used to seeing Hugh
Jackman, Robert Downey Jr., Channing Tatum, and various models on my bulletin
board. Now he sometimes matches actors/actresses up for possible characters for
my books. I would still love to write a character for Sam Elliott.
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
Most of my
teenage life I wanted to be a writer or screenwriter. I wanted to work with
George Lucas and Steven Spielberg on writing for Star Wars and Indiana Jones
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
I’m an
eclectic writer as well as an eclectic reader. When a story strikes my fancy,
it has to be read or told. I love paranormal/fantasy romance but I read and
write to suit my feelings at the time. Like listening to music or always eating
the same thing—I like a change of pace.
Thank you
for having me on your site today. I look forward to hearing from everyone!  Remember, ‘Believe in Fate’!

Thank you, Loni! Readers, remember to leave a comment if you’d like a chance to win the gift certificate.

14 thoughts on “Interview with paranormal romance author Loni Lynne

  1. Mary Preston says:

    I think that have an eclectic taste in reading would actually be of great benefit to a writer.


  2. Unknown says:

    Thank you Lisa for hosting me today!

    @Mary Preston–It does have some great advantages. I know that I should have a following of a certain genre, but I hope if I did something else, people would follow me. 🙂

  3. Unknown says:

    That is such an awesome birthday gift. I am glad he gave you the nudge you needed

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  4. Unknown says:

    @ Kathy P–You're welcome! Thanks for stopping in.

    @ Shannon R–I'm glad he let me take that step. It was a wonderful gift.

    @ Ingborg–So far I think it's kind of neat. Hoping to have it done soon.

  5. Andra Lyn says:

    What a great interview! I love getting the chance to learn more about you and the story!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  6. Unknown says:

    It's based on "believing in fate"? Uh oh…I don't believe in fate. I think we make our own destiny.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  7. Anonymous says:

    I am enjoying reading this book! And LOVE the title of the sequel: DISTILLED SPIRITS! Having been on a few ghost tours, I can't imagine finding a real ghost on the tour – and then falling …. oops. No spoilers. Great interview, Loni. Write On!

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