What prompted you to write that first book? Did you always want to be an author?
I’ve always been drawn toward writing but thought I wanted to be a
visual artist. I still enjoy painting but writing ended up being my
true calling. And, truth is, I am a better writer than an artist.
How do you decide which story to write?
It would be so wonderful to say I have a method, but I don’t. A setting
intrigues me, a character comes to mind, I study what’s hot at the
moment and try to project where that will go in the time it takes to
write a book, or I just sit down with my story building grid tools and
start filling in the boxes. It’s never the same way twice, except that
I’m always drawn to stories that expand the imagination. That’s
probably why parnormal, urban fantasy, and straight fantasy appeal to me
so much. I’d rather write about an imagined world than be constrained
by the world we live in.
Can you tell us a little bit about your latest release?
I am currently reissuing my backlist with SHADOW ON THE MOON and SHADOW
OF THE WOLF currently available. These paranorml romances were
ground-breaking because the hero actually was a werewolf (which is
almost a given these days). And because the villain of SHADOW ON THE
MOON became the heroine of SHADOW OF THE WOLF.
What drew you to the paranormal genre? And which is your favorite paranormal creature?
I like writing a world from my imagination, which, of course, is not
totally possible, but more so than other genres. I don’t have a
favorite paranormal creature and this is one area where using the
imagination can get you in trouble. To make creatures relatable, they
have to have a relatable culture, so there we are, back to dreary
reality. There’s no way around it, because to make a imaginary world
believable the roots have to delve into what’s commonly known. So, to
build a werewolf I had to study wolf behavior and werewolf legends, then
build their culture around them.
You write a lot of paranormal stories, have you ever had a paranormal experience?
Oh, I’d love to make one up. That would be perfect. But the plain dull
truth is I haven’t. I was in a car headed to Phoenix with my sister and
mother once, and they swear they saw a unidentified flying object, which
was later reported on television. Alas, I’d fallen asleep, so there
went my chance.
I have no strict regimen. Sometimes I plot from the beginning, other
times I start writing. As soon as my protagonist comes to life I start
writing through their point of view. As soon as they’ve established
their personality I’m back to the structure stage. I have discovered,
though, that for me it works best if I don’t write to many pages before
getting the plot nailed down.
Which of your characters is most like you and which is least like you?
Most of my paranormal heroines are like me in that when they latch onto
a mission, they just never let go. The character least like me is from
one of my earlier Harlequin Superromances WALKING ON AIR. The heroine
is a people pleaser who most of all never wants to go against her
father. While I wouldn’t call myself a hard core rebel, i often go
against the tide, especially when I’m clear on my purpose.
Can you describe your office or where you normally write?
It’s not very exciting. It’s the second bedroom of my patio home and I
have the regular desk, computer and printer and a view of green, growing
things outside my window.
Which came first the plot or the characters?
It varies from book to book. In truth plot and character are two sides
of the same coin, so it kind of switches back and forth as I write the book.
Have you ever gotten stuck while writing a scene or chapter? How did you
Yes, I get stuck more often than I like and I find the only way to get
unstuck is to write through it. Write about scenery, write crappy
pages, describe the character’s clothing, dig deep into introspection.
I toss out most of it but in the end I usually have something I can pull
out and run with.
What is the wackiest thing that’s ever happened to you since you started writing?
Other than having customers ask me for directions to the restroom at book signing? Not a thing.
Did you do any research for you book and, if so, did you find any interesting information that you had to include in the story?
For the werewolf books all my research was about wolf behavior and werewolf legends and I included most of it.
Where can readers find out more about you?
Oh, I’m all over the web. My writing addresses are:
Website: http://connieflynn.com Facebook: Connie Flynn
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