Lynn Ames works include the Kate and Jay series titles; The Price of Fame, The Cost of Commitment, The Value of Valor (winner of the 2007 Arizona Book Award), The Mission: Classified series titles Beyond Instinct (Winner of a 2012 Goldie Award for Best Mystery/Thriller) and Above Reproach and several stand alone novels; One ~ Love, Heartsong, Outsiders (winner of a 2010 Goldie Award and a Readers’ Choice Award), Eyes on the Stars (winner of a 2011 Goldie Award for best historical romance and winner of a 2011 Lesbian Fiction Readers’ Choice Award) , and All That Lies Within (Lammy and Goldie Award Finalist).
Up for awards at both the Lambda’s on June 2nd and the Goldies on July 12th its going to be a busy summer for the little gold dress. We grabbed Lynn’s attention for a few minutes on her way to the Lammies to ask her your six questions.
1) Who/What is your favorite book/author? Why?
Lynn: I am a huge fan of Edith Wharton. I have been since I was a teenager. I haven’t read her in years, but I know that if I sat down again with The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence, I’d fall in love with that period all over again. ::Happy sigh::
2) What has been your most surprising or interesting inspiration for a book?
Lynn: Interesting question. Every book I’ve written has been uniquely inspired, but I think that, for me, the most surprising inspiration was a poem I wrote in June of 2012 called, “Knowledge and Illusion.” It’s published in Roses Read, a poetry anthology edited by my friend, Beth Mitchum. (Roses Read is a Goldie finalist this year). That poem was the impetus for my Lammy & Goldie-finalist novel, All That Lies Within. It’s the first and only time one of my poems has inspired a book.
3) Writing is emotional and can be isolating. From where do you get your support?
Lynn: Support comes in many forms, from many places, both known and unknown, expected and unexpected. Sometimes, support comes from my two golden retrievers in the form of a smile, a tail wag, or something goofy that they do. Sometimes, support comes from a friend calling or texting at just right time. Sometimes, support comes from near strangers who reach out to tell me that something I’ve written touched them or moved them in some way. Support comes from taking a hike in nature and grounding myself in the wonder that is this world. And sometimes, support comes from within, from my own inner self.
4) What does it mean to you to see your work in print and then up for an award?
Lynn: The very first time I held a published book of mine in my hand, I turned it over and over. I couldn’t comprehend that it was mine. That every word in it was written by me, conceived by me, labored over by me. It was an out-of-body experience. I still feel that way sometimes when I hold the first copy of one of my books. I hope I always feel that incredible sense of wonder. It means I’m still engaged in, and loving, what I’m doing. As for the awards, I am always humbled and honored. Awards aren’t something I expect, nor do I sit down to write a book thinking about whether or not this book will win an award. When I sit down to write, my only prayer and hope is that my words and my work make a difference. All the rest is really beautiful, wonderful icing on the cake.
5) What is next on your personal bucket list to accomplish?
Lynn: I want to make movies. I’ve wanted to make movies as long as I can remember. I’m fascinated by the cinema. I always have been. When I was a little girl, my father and I would sit down and watch all the greatest classic films. And I always thought, “I’d love to do that.” So, I’d love to see my books made into movies, and I’d love to create original, meaningful movies, as well. Coming soon to a theater near you. <g>
Lynn: Well, the furry children, Parker and Dixie, have just released their very first book. It’s called Digging for Home, and it’s a laugh-out-loud funny, gorgeously illustrated dog’s-eye view of the doggone good game of softball. If I can wrestle the computer back from them, I’ll finish up writing Bright Lights of Summer, an homage to the heyday of women’s softball in the 1940s.
Huge thanks to Lynn for taking part in our Q&A Blogspot. You can read her biography and see all her books at her the Lynn Ames Author page.