Interview and Giveaway with Lynn Blackburn

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year and a half since Lynn and I first connected. She’s an amazing writer and friend. We’ve shared scuba diving experiences, family stories, and recently spent three days at MurderCon (a writer’s police academy) together. Not to mention the multiple times I’ve bugged her with writing questions.

Please welcome Lynn!

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It’s the moment many of us have been waiting for. One Final Breath is out!!

Interview with Lynn:

One Final Breath is the Dive Team Investigations final book. Are you ready to move on OR do you wish you could continue writing about these characters? A little bit of both! I miss them, but I’m also excited to see what new characters and stories are waiting to be discovered! (But I’m sure the dive team will reappear from time to time in other stories.)

 Team Gabe is a thing. Are you Team Gabe? And why do you think your readers love Gabe? LOL! #TeamGabe caught me off guard but I LOVE IT!! I love how much readers connected with Gabe in Beneath the Surface and how they’ve been clamoring for him to get his own story ever since. I’m #TeamRyan and #TeamAdam and #TeamGabe depending on which story I’m in. I guess that means at the moment I’m #TeamGabe. I think readers love Gabe because he’s funny and sarcastic, but he’s not a joke. He can be serious. He’s very good at what he does. And I think they know there’s a deeper side of him lurking beneath the surface (see what I did there?) and they are anxious to finally know what makes him tick!

If you had to describe Gabe and Anissa in three words each, what would those three words be? Fun. Passionate. (Hate is a passionate emotion – LOL!) Intense. 

What was your favorite part of this series? The kissing scenes. (Kidding. Kinda.) Who doesn’t love a good kissing scene?! 

My absolute favorite part of all three books is when all six of them are together. The verbal sparring, the interaction, the developing and strengthening friendships. I had so much fun discovering the bonds between the three guys, the three girls, and then the guy/girl friendships. Ryan and Adam both have a great relationship with Anissa. And I love how Gabe and Leigh interact. They are a lot of fun in One Final Breath.

What were the key challenges you faced when writing One Final Breath? I was (and still am, to be honest) worried about getting Gabe right! I was writing One Final Breath when Beneath the Surface released, and the #TeamGabe fans were vocal right as I was giving Gabe his own voice. It’s the best kind of problem to have, but I definitely felt (feel!) the pressure to do justice to this character that so many people love.

And Anissa’s backstory was hard to write. I don’t really enjoy making my characters suffer and I knew her backstory was painful, but when I had to crawl into her head and live it with her, it was tough!

The other piece that was tricky was making their romance organic and believable. They have history that has only been hinted at up to this point and it’s a lot to overcome! 

Do you have a new series planned? Yes! The series doesn’t have an official name yet, but it’s set in Raleigh, NC, and features agents from the United States Secret Service.

How do you develop your plot and characters? I wish I had a system that made any sense at all! I start with their jobs, usually. Then figure out how they came to be in those jobs. I give them some backstory, but I don’t do a lot of interviewing and character histories. Not at first. I have to write 10-20K before I feel like I know them well enough. I start to get a feel for their voice and what makes them tick, and then I can piece together a more detailed picture of who they are. My plots work the same way. I have a general idea of the initial problem and I know how it will end (for the most part) but I have to start writing to see how it’s all going to play out!

Describe your writing space. We turned a storage area in our attic into an office. It’s small and cozy and makes me happy. If I’m not at home, my writing space is “my” table at Panera (I have been known to sit nearby until it is available and then move) or at a high top at my favorite coffee shop, Java Bistro.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? I often need to get in the car and talk out scenes as I drive around. Then I can write. So if I’m stuck, I run some errands. It’s either that or take a shower. I have some of my best ideas in the shower!

Do you prefer printed books or eBooks? Printed. No contest.

What dream location would you like to visit? New Zealand.

Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you. I love school supplies. As in I sometimes wander around office supply stores just because all that paper, all those pens, those notebooks and organizational options…they make me happy.

Yes, I am a nerd.  We love you anyway, Lynn! Lol!

Thank you so much for joining us, Lynn!

Check out Lynn’s website for the latest and greatest. www.LynnBlackburn.com

Please stop by in October for an Interview and Giveaway with Elizabeth Goddard!