‘Sara Sullivan gets an opportunity others can only dream of: to go back in time and stop a horrific tragedy.’ –Charlie’s Mirror
Today we are getting to know author Brenda Lyne. Her novel Charlie’s Mirror is starting to receive positive reviews, and has been added to my must read list of books. Grab a coffee, sit back, relax, as we get to know author Brenda Lyne.
Why do you write?
Writing is how I explore and understand myself and the world around me.
What do you get out of it?
For me there is nothing more satisfying than taking an idea and turning it into a story that people like to read.
Where do you see it going?
My goal is to make a living from my writing. I like to joke that I want to be the next Stephen King….except it’s not really a joke.
Is writing what you thought it would be?
Writing novels is way harder work than I thought it would be. But it’s so rewarding.
What have you found beneficial in writing?
Writing in itself is a therapeutic activity for me; nothing is more effective at calming and centering my mind than falling into a story or book I”m working on.
What has been a deterrent in your writing experience?
There is never enough time. I have two busy kids and a full-time career, so free time is hard to come by. Lately I’ve been feeling that it might be time to re-examine my priorities and focus more on my passion: writing.
Do you think writing as a career will continue to grow?
For me? Absolutely. That’s my plan!
What was an unexpected surprise or experience you had while writing?
My former fifth grade teacher and I ended up publishing our novels through the same publisher within months of each other! It was so fun to reconnect and share the experience with her!
What was a disappointment or struggle during your writing career?
I learned the hard way that not all publishers are created equal. I had a bad experience with a small press, and that’s why I’m trying to make a go of indie publishing.
What are you looking forward to going into the upcoming year?
I’m looking forward to publishing my second novel and finishing my third (which will be the first in a series). Just gotta keep on keeping on! I’m hoping if I write it, the readers will come. 🙂
Do you have any closing thoughts?
One thing I like to tell people is this:
if you have a dream, you must chase it. It’s never too late. That’s what I did!