Lynn Crandall (Author Interview)
May 31, 2016
Please tell us a little about yourself, the romance subgenre(s) in which you write, and your newest book.
I was born a red-haired daughter of two parents who were blond (my mom) and dark brown (my dad). It has always been something I enjoyed being, mainly because redheads are in the minority in the U.S. population. I started writing seriously as a young adult and decided on romance for a number of reasons.
What inspired you to write romance fiction?
I got hooked on reading and writing romances because I discovered I am really interested in relationships. I could enjoy reading a non-romance novel, but then I started missing the romance and the development of relationships. Love is a complex idea to illustrate.
Tell us about your favorite hero from one of your stories. What do you love about him?
To be honest, I love all the heroes in the books I’ve written. Equally. But just to be cooperative, I would pick Quinn in Probabilities, Book 4 in my Fierce Hearts series. I like that he’s highly intelligent and confident, so one would imagine he’d be comfortable in any situation. But he falls for perky, fun-loving Tizzy, and can’t imagine any way or any reason that she would be attracted to him. It’s challenging for him to interact with averages (as he calls them) because he doesn’t think like them. He’s not exactly introverted, but finds it hard to relate to others and feels unskilled in communication. I feel a lot of people, genius or not, feel their “lacks” make them different and undesirable. I thoroughly enjoyed developing Quinn’s storyline to illustrate something many readers may not think about.
How do your family and friends feel about your romance writing?
I’m lucky to have wonderful family and friends who support me and enjoy reading my books.
What stories do you have in the works right now?
I just finished writing a short story that is loosely connected to my Fierce Hearts series. I’m also framing a story that will be about an entirely new set of characters, individuals who are highly evolved humans born to help rebalance the earth and its inhabitants and sort of set it straight. The heroine is going to have psychic abilities but deep-seated sorrows. I’m having fun!
Lynn Crandall lives in the Midwest and writes in the company of her cat. She has been a reader and a writer all her life. Her background is in journalism, but whether writing a magazine or newspaper story or creating a romance, she loves the power stories hold to transport, inspire, and uplift. In her romances, she focuses on vulnerable, embraceable characters who don’t back down.
An epic showdown will pit love against evil in this shapeshifter romance series as the were-lynx colony faces off with the all-powerful Nexus Group determined to wipe them out. Only the strong and dedicated will survive – and only those willing to risk it all will find their soul mates in this thrilling and value-priced digital collection.
Secrets: Casey Mitchell has always kept his identity as a were-lynx secret. But he’s drawn to Michelle Slade, and when he begins to help investigate the circumstances surrounding a mysterious disappearance, the situation soon spins out of control. Their survival depends on trusting each other with secrets better left unspoken. Will these two lonely souls triumph and find true love . . . or lose everything?
Cravings: A victim of kidnapping and torture, were-lynx Kennedy is suspicious of everyone and unsure of her path forward. Sportswriter and were-bobcat Asher Monroe has been trying desperately to ferret out the truth behind why the sinister Nexus Group is kidnapping and experimenting on were-cats. As their need for the truth takes them into escalating danger, they discover explosive secrets that could bring Kennedy and Asher together – or rip them apart forever.
Heartfelt: When investigative reporter and were-lynx Asia Blue suspects the Nexus Group is behind her mother’s disappearance, she reaches out to former friend and colony mate Conrad Pike, now an investment banker and serial heartbreaker. They must once again join forces to save their tribe, but will this strong-minded duo risk opening up their hearts and owning up to their long-simmering attraction?
Probabilities: Bubbly were-lynx Tizzy Sands planned to teach kindergarten, eventually marry, and start a family. But cancer changed that goal, and she’s now determined to take down the nefarious Nexus Group – and steer clear of any romantic involvements. Quinn Arons’s genius IQ makes him the least socially skilled were-lynx in the colony, but he might just be the man to show Tizzy there’s more to life than saving their world.
Unstoppable: When veterinarian Lara Monroe’s fellow colony cat – and secret crush – Booker Chase needs help, she’s willing to use her special healing touch to help him survive his emotional hell. As a top-notch physician, he’s not convinced anything can repair his soul, broken from the loss of his wife and burdened with PTSD from his service in Afghanistan, but Lara is showing him flashes of what might be. But they can’t grab this second chance at love unless the colony takes its biggest risk of all to shut down the Nexus Group forever.