with Return of the Fae
How did the writer’s journey begin for you?
When I was in junior high, I’d mostly read through the library and thought, I could write better than this. A girl on the bus showed me how she developed stories, using pictures from magazines to illustrate the story. I was hooked. Life gives you teachers when you’re ready for the lessons. Then I read Tolkien in high school, and realized I had a lot to learn about writing.
For the official bits – Lynn Cahoon is a contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy men, real and imagined. Her alpha heroes range from rogue witch hunters, modern cowboys, or hot doctors, sexy in scrubs. And her heroines all have one thing in common, their strong need for independence. Or at least that’s what they think they want.
Tell us three things about you-the writer-readers wouldn’t typically know.
1. I used to play darts – and I’m pretty good for a girl with hardware (trophies) to prove it.
2. I’ve taken on several different careers (social service, medical administration, automobile industry) in my life – and still the best job ever was interning for my university’s literary journal and reading the slush pile.
3. I was in flag corp in high school – Don’t laugh, I loved those gold and black dresses.
My youngest daughter and my niece were in Color Guard and loved it. 🙂
It all began when…
Honestly, I started taking writing seriously after a cancer scare in 2007. I’d thought about doing an MFA in Creative Writing in 1998, but after I divorced, I thought it impractical to get a $30K degree without being able to work in the field. That’s one decision I wish I could remake.
I knew I had a story or two to tell, so I started writing essays. But my love has always been fiction. So I kept writing until someone bought a short story. Then I started writing longer until Crimson Romance bought The Bull Rider’s Brother which released June 2012. I sold BRB and A Member of the Council the same month. A writer friend said I should write the second book in both series quickly to build on my brand. So I did. And both sold. Since June of 2012, I’ve released 6 projects and have three contracted to release in 2014.
Where did you get the premise for this book?
As the second in the series, I knew Ty and Parris were still seeking out Coven X. My boss, after reading A Member of the Council, came to my desk and complained because I left it on a cliff hanger. She’s often asked when the next book is coming. As I was editing AMOTC, I expanded on this one section where she talks about her imaginary friend. Who of course isn’t imaginary and the fairy tries to steal the book away from Parris and Ty. Once I had that seed planted in book 1 – I knew exactly where I wanted to go with the second book.
What stands out about this story that made writing it different for you?
Magical realism. The world is our world, there’s just a lot more people and races, than humans ever imagined. As I child, I often wondered about the world I couldn’t see. The people who lived in the corners of life, invisible to everyone except each other. In The Council series, Parris has her eyes opened to these corners.
What about this book would make us want to read it more than others of similar taste?
I believe it’s a different take on the typical witchcraft book. And Parris and the reader often learn information at the same time. A witch out of water story.
What do you want readers to take away from this book?
It’s a fun book. But readers may learn a bit about the price people pay to protect their own secrets.
Tell us about the finished book. Is there anything special we might not know after reading it?
A witch in training, a hunter on the prowl, and a world in jeopardy.
Learning the rules of being a witch takes years, but Parris McCall needs to master them in only weeks. Ty Wallace is going mad with his desire for Parris, but she’s a distraction in his quest to find Coven X before they take The Council and everyone he knows down.
The couple searches for Ty’s mentor, but he’s disappeared. Their only clue comes from a banished witch. When they return, not only are their own lives threatened, but a new life hangs in the balance.
The banished witch, Prudence, mentioned in the blurb is a kick butt character. She’s the kind of witch I’d want to be if I had the power. And she’s based off a statue in Fountain Square in Cincinnati. My editor and I have decided she’s definitely coming back in book 3.
Where can readers find you and your books?
Return of the Fae is available at Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Return-of-the-Fae-ebook/dp/B00DJVH8V6 and BN.com
I’ve got virtual real estate at the following sites –
- Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5857424.Lynn_Cahoon
- Twitter – https://twitter.com/LynnCahoon
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LynnCahoonAuthor
- website – http://lynncahoon.wordpress.com/
- Amazon author page – http://www.amazon.com/Lynn-Cahoon/e/B0082PWOAO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
Thank you for visiting, Lynn!
Thanks for having me here Calisa!