Featured Interview With Lynn Veevers
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Hi my name is Lynn Veevers and I am originally from Washington State. I am a traditionally published author as well as a self-published author and a member of the RWA (Romance Writers of America) with PAN status. With my mother being from Christchurch, New Zealand and my father being a well-traveled retired Navy Chief, I have always had a fascination with different cultures around the world. As an avid reader, I prefer books that take me to a place I’ve never been and teach me something new at the same time. I strive to do the same for my readers in all my works. The Young Adult Genre is my absolute favorite to read, so it comes as no surprise that it is also my favorite to write. On average, I pen two to three full length novels a year. My first novel this year was, “Pinnacle”, a YA Paranormal Fantasy Romance intended for an older YA crowd. My second Book to come out is available for pre order now and is a YA Fantasy entitled, “Chloe Shipton & The Quill of LeFay” (Think Harry Potter with a multi-racial female protagonist.)This novel’s release date is June 12th, 2018. My third novel slotted for this year will be coming out on September 18, 2018 and is the sequel to Pinnacle entitled, “Eximius”.
Nowadays I live with my husband and kids in Southeast Oklahoma. My young adult and adolescent children are supportive and avid beta readers of my work and give me a straightforward and honest point of view about how authentic my characters voices and personalities are for their age group. What better reference than someone close to the same age as the main character. They are all very busy athletic types, but still carve out the time to listen to or read a, “Mom written” story. My kiddos always have and always will be her greatest inspiration. Aside from my literary side I am also a Ballroom Dance Instructor and cover art designer, although at the present I am not actively teaching dance.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I started writing in the Sixth Grade, but have been reading for as long as I can remember. It all started with a Dr. Suess Book, “Are You My Mother?”
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
There are so many who are favorites and inspirations! Some are in my working genre (which is Young Adult, specifically Fantasy and Paranormal), some are not. Well let’s see as far as the young adult genre goes, there are the ones you might expect, Veronica Roth, Cassandra Clare, Gayle Forman, Brenda Drake, C.C. Hunter, Rachelle Mead, Suzzane Collins, and the list can just go on and on. My tastes are very diverse. As for adult, I am a big fan of Romance so Nora Roberts, Debbie Macomber, Jude Deveraux, and Stephanie Laurens are few authors I also love.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest novel is Chloe Shipton & The Quill of LeFay. It is the first in it’s intended series of four novels and intended for readers 13 and up. This work was inspired when my twelve-year-old daughter told me she loved Harry Potter but wished there was a novel kind of like it that had a main character that looked and acted like her. Since none existed I wrote one for her and thus, Chloe Shipton was born. The dedication page is addressed to my daughter. So now she goes around telling all her friends that it’s her book and in reality, I suppose she’s right. After all, Chloe Shipton would have never come into existence without her insisting that I find her a book that was like it. When all else fails…do it yourself! Think Chamber of Secrets meets If I stay. This novel took me less than 6 months to finish the first draft and was insanely fun to write! Here’s the mini Synopsis :).
When fifteen-year-old Chloe mysteriously disappears, the rumors at Grammaire Hall point to murder, but spiritual entrapment isn’t the same as dead. In a library that’s believed to be nothing more than a myth, Chloe’s spirit is separated from her body after witnessing another student’s murder. Try as she may she can’t remember what happened to her before she woke up as a spirit in the campus graveyard. As Chloe uncovers clues leading to the mythical library’s location and her body, a secret the Magical Parliament doesn’t want to get out, starts to unravel. Rogue sorcerers have infiltrated the school, intent on reinstating the Third Edict, and sorcery students are dying because of it. Destroyed long ago for horrific crimes against humanity, the return of the Third Edict would spell disaster for both magical and magicless societies. To prevent her own demise and the fulfillment of the Third Edict’s return, Chloe must find a way to reunite body and soul without giving the rogue sorcerers the weapon they need to succeed, a weapon only Chloe can activate.
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