Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.
Lynda J Cox–and I hate this question. What am I supposed to tell you? That I’m a mom, a gramma, a wife? Or that I’m a crazy dog lady? Or that I’m a history aficionado? Or maybe that I’m a political junkie and I currently hate the state of our politics? Or that most days lately, I don’t want to be an adult and that I’d rather be hiding in a blanket fort with a bag of M & Ms, a box of 128 crayons, and a stack of coloring books?
When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?
As I’ve never written a series, per se, but have written in and for a series, I would have to say it’s every book.
What comes first? The plot or characters
The characters. Then I start playing the “what if” game with them. What if you didn’t do A, B, or C? What if this or that happened to you? What if this happened instead of that? Usually the characters show up in a pivotal scene and I write forwards and backwards from that scene. I’m a pantster, all the way.
What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series.
Hands down, the blurb. I’d rather have a root canal without anesthesia followed by a pelvic exam than write a blurb.
What is your favorite memory so far as an author?
I have a couple, but I’ll share the one that sticks out the most. While on our way to Wild Deadwood Reads in June of 2019, hubby and my bestie and I stopped for the night in a little town off the beaten path in South Dakota. We were taking the scenic route to Deadwood. While sitting at the table in this itty bitty hole in the wall restaurant/local bar, I checked Facebook and learned that my book *West of Forgotten* was a finalist for the RONE. I was so excited, I literally whooped and hollered. Brought the whole place (all four tables, wait staff, and the three real life cowboys sitting at the bar) to a complete stop. I quickly apologized for my outburst and then said, “I just found out my book is in the running for what is pretty much the Oscars for indie and small press authors.” One of the cowboys at the bar asked what I wrote. I told him that I write western historical romance. He asked, “With cowboys?” Yes, sir, with cowboys. At this point, I’d already had one shot of bourbon, hubby had a glass of wine, and bestie actually was nursing a glass of wine, too. A few minutes later, another round came to the table. The waitress said they were from the gentleman at the bar. I turned around to thank him, he picked up his bottle of beer, tipped the neck toward our table, and said, “Congratulations.” They insisted on paying our dinner tab, too. Before they left, all three of them asked for my business card because their wives love to read romance. Did I gain a few new readers? I don’t know–but those three are the reason I write cowboys.
What is your definition of success?
Success is being able to touch a reader so strongly that reader sends an email, telling me how moved they were by reading one of my books. I’ve had a few of those and I cherish those emails. Those emails make all the bad days when the words won’t come, the days when I see dismal sales, the days when I ask myself why am I doing this seem utterly meaningless. Touching a reader’s heart makes it all worth it.
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