Introducing Author Rebecca Jane Lynch
This week I’m delighted to introduce an up and coming author who has written the young adult fantasy series Satu Country. You’ll see by her answers to the questions below that she is dedicated to her work. You can read my review of Coming Tides here.
Interview of Author Rebecca Jane Lynch
What is the favorite character you have written and why?
Kano Shadow is my favorite so far. He’s cool, strong, dark, and a real mystery. He’s the type of person I love to follow in a story, but I’d probably be afraid of him if he were real.
Are you self-published or traditionally published and why?
I am actually both. I have been published in the anthology Swimming Blind by Athanatos Ministries, which was traditionally published by the Athanatos Publishing Group. I’ve also published two books through Publish America. More recently though, I’ve settled on self-publishing through Lulu.com, and I really enjoy it. I enjoy that I have full control over the formatting and cover design of my book. Best of all, Lulu is free–which is great for a new author.
What did you want to be when you grew up? Did you realize that dream?
Well, when I was little I always wanted to be three things simultaneously: an author, movie director, and an actress. So far I’m only one of those.
Explain your creative process. Pantser? Outliner?
I am definitely an outliner. I have dozens of documents on my computer storing plot ideas and extremely detailed character information. I always have a general idea of what I want to happen in a story before I begin writing. Usually as I go along though, random ideas come to me and I add them to the story. That’s especially true with a lot of the humor in my books–that is rarely planned.
How do you come up with ideas for your writing projects?
Sometimes ideas just come to me when I least expect it; other times I get ideas from dreams or real-life experiences. When it comes to Satu Country, the idea just came to me one day and I started writing. With other books, such as my children’s mystery story Hamster Heroes, I based the characters on real-life people and animals, but the stories themselves are entirely imaginary.
Who is your biggest supporter? Why?
My biggest supporter is probably my friend Michelle. She’s one of my beta readers and has been encouraging me to write before I ever published my first book.
Explain a day in the life of a writer (you)
Since I only write as a hobby and my real “job” is being a full-time college student, I just grab a few moments here and there to write when I can. Usually I get my best writing done late at night after everyone else is in bed. When I’m not in classes however, I like to sit down, turn on some Skillet or Relient K music, and write.
What is your wildest dream for your writing?
To have my Satu Country books made into movies, or an anime-styled cartoon series. If I had the skills and people necessary, I’d love to make it an animated series and direct it myself.
What types of books do you like to read/authors that have inspired you?
Even though I read manga the most, I really enjoy reading fantasy books and some Christian fiction. My favorite authors are Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker. I’ve really been inspired by Ted Dekker’s writing style/tone.
What is your favorite hobby? Does it enhance your writing?
Writing really is my favorite hobby. Besides reading and sketching, it’s my favorite thing to do. As for the second half of that question, I think it does. Practice makes perfect (or, at least, makes things better). The more I write, the more I understand myself, my writing style, and my direction for future projects.
There will be seven books total in the Satu Country series, and the first two have already been published. This year I’m working on book three, In the Heights. Each year I plan to self-publish one of the Satu books, which shouldn’t be too difficult since I have already written them on paper and just need to transcribe them to digital copies and edit them.
Satu Country has really been my life’s dream. I started working on handwriting them when I was in high school. I’d like to encourage people to read the Satu books, especially if they like young adult fiction. The first book, Coming Tides, was the roughest one I wrote, plot-wise, because it is mostly just introducing all of the characters to the readers while trying to add enough plot to keep the story going. The second book, Saving the Valley, is smoother. I think the books will get better the further along the series goes.
I’m also working on my first adult fiction novel, which will be titled The Perceptionalist. It probably won’t be published until 2014 because it’s taken a backseat to the Satu books. More information about my other books can be found on my website.
~Rebecca Jane Lynch
Author bio: Rebecca Jane has been writing books since she was eleven years old. She first became published after winning a Christian writing contest in 2010 and had her short story “The Dissenters” published in an anthology. Since then, she has published seven books and is best known for her young adult fantasy series Satu Country