Featured Interview With Lynn Wallace
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in a small town called Boerne, TX and now live in Victoria, TX with my husband and my son. We don’t have any pets – cleaning up after a toddler is enough work!
I actually graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor of science in nursing. I currently work part-time as a registered nurse in surgery. Between working and watching my son, I don’t have as much time to write as I would prefer, but it’s still my passion and one of my absolute favorite things to do! So during naptime and any time I get home from work early you’ll find me on my laptop, typing or editing or doing whatever author stuff needs doing!
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember. I actually wrote my first book back in high school! I didn’t publish it, of course ><. That first book and its sequel (written one summer during college) will probably never be published – I don’t think they’re quite the quality to print – but they were good practice! My writing has improved significantly over the years since then, and now I have 2 books on the market that I am proud to have my name attached to :-).
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
(Sigh.) Answering this question may take a while! I’ve enjoyed reading Charlie N. Holmberg, Stephanie Meyer, Marissa Meyer, Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, Rick Riordan, Lisa Mantchev, Juliet Marillier, Sharon Lathan’s “Pride and Prejudice” sequels… to name just a few ><. I seem to prefer YA fantasy with a dash of romance and the paranormal! I don’t know that there are specific authors that inspire my writings… the intimate first-person perspective of "Twilight" and Rick Riordan’s books are similar to my style though, and I admit to using vampires in my books because of "Twilight"! But I would definitely say my faith is one of the many places where I find inspiration for what I write.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
In order to talk about the most recent book, I’ll have to start from the beginning! I write what I call “YA paranormal romance with a Christian twist.” My first book, “The Heart of Everything,” took almost ten years from initial idea to publication to create – it’s a YA paranormal romance where an ordinary young woman, Emer, discovers her own magical past and must choose between her two former lovers – a vampire (Alex) and a half-devil (Jesse)– one of whom is convinced she is the key to the salvation of his soul. And my latest book, “The Supernatural Reasons Why I Love You,” is a collection of paranormal romance short stories, with almost half the collection being “origin stories” that go into the background of characters you meet in the first book (mostly it follows Jesse and Alex, but it also sheds light on the “priestess” that Emer is reincarnated from). I actually wrote most of the short stories in this collection before I wrote the novel – I’m weird and I prefer to write my stories in chronological order so that I can keep everything straight XD (even though I published the novel first). So really, it took about a decade for both books to go from scribbled notes to fully published!