Interview with Connie Flynn

Happy Monday everyone! Today’s guest is the fantastic Connie Flynn talking werewolves. Leave a comment because she’s giving away one of her books!

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.

Do you plot your stories out or do you just start writing?

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
overcome it?

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
Twitter: @connieflynn
Blog: http://bootcamp-classroom.blogspot.com/
My teaching addresses are: http;//bootcampfornovelists.com Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/bootcampfor.novelists
Twitter: @bootcamp4novel

Thank you for this opportunity to visit your blog and meet your people.

Thank you for being here.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at www.lindaandrews.net She’d love to hear from you.
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20 Responses to Interview with Connie Flynn

  1. Rhonda D says:

    I love werewolf romances. I can’t wait to see how you turn the villain into a heroine. Thanks for great interview.

  2. I have a question have any of your characters been based on actual people you know or have meet ?

    • connieflynn says:

      Yes, but not in any of my paranormals and only secondary characters. In one book it was a co-worker, in another it was a boss. Trouble with using real people is that in fiction the people have to make sense.

  3. Cara Marsi says:

    I love werewolf romances too and have even published one. Your books sound terrific. I enjoyed the interview.

  4. connieflynn says:

    Thanks for taking the lovely comment and I wish you terrific luck with your own book.

  5. Peggy says:

    Great interview, Connie. I loved these books, and admire your imagination.

  6. Very fun interview! Werewolves are always fun to play with 🙂

  7. Linda – great questions!

    Connie – it’s always fun to learn more about how writers work.

    I loved your comment about plot/character being two sides of the same coin. Even if I start with plot, the character takes over. But both immediately intertwine. Then, as you said, it becomes a back-and-forth process. Glad to know I’m not alone. 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  8. CONNIE!!!!! Great to “see” you! You are absolutely gorgeous – what an awesome picture! It was so nice to read your interview and catch up on what you’ve been doing. Congrats on the re-release of your Shadow books! It was helpful to learn that you write each book differently, sometimes plotting, sometimes not, and that you have different triggers. I think being sensitive to how one finds the story, no matter how it comes, it so important to writing. Thanks for the interesting interview.

    • connieflynn says:

      Charlotte, So nice to “see” you, too. It’s been a while. Hope all is well with you and the family. Thanks for saying I have an awesome picture. My sister is an awesome photographer, so she’s to blame. About my wobbly process, yeah . . . sometimes I think I should be more consistently structured since, after all, that’s what I teach. But in a way I am. Some books just take longer than others to fall into place. 🙂 Or at least that’s my excuse. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Fedora says:

    Hi, Connie–great interview and introduction! Thanks for giving us a peek at your writing–it’s always a treat to learn more about an author’s work!

  10. Connie Flynn says:

    Many thanks to Linda for interviewing me and to all of you for stopping by with comments. Linda will announce the winner of my book –SHADOW OF THE MOON — soon and I’m looking forward to signing it and sending it out. The interview was really fun, Linda’s questions were just perfect for my genre. All in all this has been a terrific experience.
    Till later, Connie

  11. It is my pleasure to announce that Alicia McKenna Johnson is the winner of Connie’s book. Congrats Alicia!

  12. connieflynn says:

    Congratulations, Alicia. Your book is already set aside for mailing, so let me hear from you.

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