Featured Interview With Lynne Constantine
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland the youngest of four. My earliest recollections are of library trips with mom, and devouring each new Nancy Drew book, purchased each week with my father. I’ve always been a fan of mysteries and thrillers both in print and in movies. I live in New England now, near the beach, and run my plots by Tucker, my golden retriever who never criticizes them.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I’ve loved to read for as long as I can remember. On beach vacations, friends have had to nudge me “get my nose out of my book.” I wrote essays and non-fiction in high school and college but didn’t start writing fiction until I was in my thirties. My first book, CIRCLE DANCE, was co-written with my sister and is a family saga.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I read broadly and my favorite authors range from Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, Susan Howatch to Caleb Carr, Dean Koontz, and Liane Moriarty.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book, THE VERITAS DECEPTION, took over ten years from inception to publication. It deals with universal issues of good versus evil, truth and deception-including self-deception. The idea came to me when I worked in corporate marketing and was struck by how susceptible we are to the messages that inundate us day in and day out. Advertising, media, entertainment all play a part in shaping our perceptions.
The shift in television and movie content that got me starting to think about THE VERITAS DECEPTION. My father passed away in 1977 and years later I would think “He would be in shock if he came back suddenly and saw these shows.” That’s when it hit me, that it was happening so slowly, no one realized it. I wondered, what if there was an intentional, orchestrated, a campaign to attack morality and distract individuals from their true purpose in life? These were the seeds from which THE VERITAS DECEPTION was born. Ironically, some of my original show ideas for the book actually became shows by the time I finished writing it and I had to ramp things up even more.
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