Friday, September 2, 2011

Author Spotlight: Lynn Rush Tempts Me To Pilfer Liquid Nitrogen

Please welcome Lynn Rush to this week's Author Spotlight! Okay Lynn. We'd all like to learn a little something about you, so take it away. :)

The Writing Process: When writing, noise, silence, music, people around?

Music, most definitely. Skillet, Red, P!nk…those are good ones to start with. Throw in a little Lady Antebellum, Decyfer Down, Evanescence and Adele and I’m set for hours!

The Publishing Process: How long from concept to contract?

(Both in terms of months/years and also number of rejections!) December 2009 I wrote the novel. Signed the contract March 11th 2011. One rejection.

Writing Miscellany: What is the oddest thing you've done for research?

Called a locksmith and asked him if I froze the dial on a safe would it break and let me in. He laughed, then I told him I’m a writer and my 17 year old character can stream ice and snow from her fingers and needs to break into a safe. He was so sweet. I think he thought I was a crank call at first.

(Ah. But what's the answer, Lynn? Is it possible? Don't make me experiment with liquid nitro, okay? Because it would be more fun than freezing off warts, let me tell ya.)

Random or Weird questions: What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

Right now it’s Milk Duds. For years it was Malted Milk Balls…but I think I OD’d on them. Now I’m loving me some chew caramel and chocolate. YUM!

Crescent Moon Press, 2011

Book Blurb:

Bound by the blood contract his human mother signed four centuries ago, half-demon, David Sadler, must obey his demonic Master’s order to capture fifteen-year-old Jessica Hanks. But as he learns more about her, he realizes she may be the key to freedom from his demonic enslavement.

The only obstacle—Jessica’s distractingly beautiful Guardian, Rebeka Abbott. He must not give in to their steamy chemistry, or he will lose his humanity. But fresh off a quarter millennia of sensory deprivation as punishment for not retrieving his last target, he may not be able to resist temptation long enough to save what’s left of his human soul.

Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble

You can follow Lynn on Facebook and definitely stop by her blog, Catch the Rush.

One last tidbit to last into the Labor day weekend...
Lynn is giving away a copy of her book to one of the lucky people leaving comments! Print book for US residents, or an e-book if the winner is international. Spread the word!


Laura Pauling said...

I love hearing about the research people had to do for novels! Sounds like a terrific book.

Ciara said...

I love Wasteland! Awesome read. I don't need to be in the contest because I already bought my copy. :) Oh, Lynn, we like some of the same music.

Talli Roland said...

One rejection! Lucky girl. :) This looks like a great read.

Anonymous said...

That's awesome about the locksmith! Makes me think of Agatha Christie and the stares she would get form librarians for all her research on poisons. And yes, what was the answer, or is it not safe to share with the internet masses? :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi, Laura. Thanks for stopping by. Research can be fun and get you into a whole lot of experiences you wouldn't expect. Never did I think I'd be calling a lock smith to talk about freezing locks. LOL

Hi, Ciara **WAVES** Thanks for your support and all your crits!! She's helping me with Wasteland II!!!!!! Woot!!

Talli: Yes. I was very blessed to be picked up so soon. :)

E Louise: Thanks for coming by. I bet she got some stares. I think I've gotten some stares while talking to fellow writers in coffee shops about novels and how to kill people off, etc.

It's super fun.

Anonymous said...

Lydia: The answer is......"probably" if the safe is old enough. The newer safes, no way. :) So, step away from the liquid nitro!

Old Kitty said...

Lovely to meet you Lynn! Thanks for hosting lovely Lydia!! Goodness lots of loving l's!! Yay!!!

I bet the locksmith is now a fan of your wonderful book, Lynn!! Take care

Suze said...

'Called a locksmith and asked him if I froze the dial on a safe would it break and let me in.'

That is awesome. I love it.

E. Arroyo said...

LOL. Love your research method...go to the source. Awesome. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Old Kitty. It's great to meet you, too! It's fun to be here. You guys are GREAT! Yeah, I'll never forget that little phone call. :)

Suzie: Thanks!! It was funny, that's for sure.

E. Arroyo: Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a great day!

Matthew MacNish said...

Yay for another Rush (my real last name)!

julie fedderson said...

This sounds like a great read--love the interview too. And liquid nitrogen will help you break the lock on a desk drawer. Especially when combined with a tendon hammer. Don't ask me how I know that.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Wasteland sounds wonderful. Am intrigued by it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The locksmith story is funny!

Anonymous said...

Matthew: Awesome. Boeyink is my "real" last name...but you can see why I picked something easier. LOL

Julie: ROTFLOL!!!!! I won't ask how you know that, but I'm having fun imagining how....LOL!!!!!

Rachna: Thanks! I had so much fun writing it.

Alex: Hi! Thanks. It'll be one I won't soon forget, that's for sure. I might go try to learn how to ride a motorcycle now, too, because one of my characters LOVES motorcycles.....That'll be super fun!

Carol Kilgore said...

I'm so glad you answered Lydia about the freezing part. I wanted to know, too! Sounds like a great book.

Happy Weekend!

Laila Knight said...

Loving the paranormal stuff...great read. And the locksmith bit was hilarious. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, Carol. Yep. So, I had to tweek things to get it so the safe was "older"...but it all worked out.

Laila: Thanks!!! Have a great day. I'm glad you stopped by!

Carrie Butler said...

Skillet! It's so nice to read about a fellow Panhead. *grins* I love bizarre research stories. They help me justify my own methods. :D Best of luck with Wasteland!

Robyn Campbell said...

Oh man! I love Milk Duds! *feeling like driving to the store*

Great interview. I enjoyed it. Especially the locksmith story. hehe

Heather said...

LOL! I bet that locksmith wondered about you! Great interview and Wasteland sounds excellent. Best of luck with it, I'm off to check it out!

Margo Berendsen said...

I love your blurb! It almost sounds like a male-female-female love triangle, but much more interestingly complicated than that! A quarter millenia of sensory deprivation - oh my! I definitely feel for this guy (pun intended!)

Anonymous said...

Hi, Carrie: You like Skillet too?? Love their song, Awake and Alive and Monster. Those really represent Wasteland pretty well, actually. LOL. Thanks!!

Robyn: Milk Duds RULE!! My hips don't enjoy them as much as my taste buds do, but oh.......Thanks for stopping by. It's nice to meet you!

Heather: Yeah, I wish I could have seen his face. If it matched the confusion in his voice....that would have be a funny sight. Thanks, Heather!

Margo: LOL, Margo!!!! Yeah, could you imagine being in sensory deprivation that long? Holy moly. You can understand he's a bit....testy at times.

Rebecca said...

Hi Lynn! Great interview. :) I'm more of a junior mints type of gal...but Milk Duds will do in a pinch.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Rebecca. Ohh, Junior Mints...those are yummy. RIGHT out of the freezer, especially! :) You have a great weekend, too!!

walk2write said...

I like that idea of redemption by seduction. Much easier than lopping the monster/demon's head off like Beowulf did. It sounds like an intriguing book. Especially when read with a box of caramel chocolates by your side:)

Munk said...

Fun interview. It might be fun to write superheroes with very particular skills. Like "Safe Opener Girl" or "Car Starter Guy" or "The Bottle Opener."

GigglesandGuns said...

What a fun interview -- just the kind I love.
The book sounds fascinating.

Happy Weekend!

Anonymous said...

Like Lydia, I'm curious. Is it possible to break into a safe through freezing? :D

And the book sounds so interesting!

LM Preston said...

Hi Lynn! Love seeing that your road to publication was short and ended sweetly! Can't wait to check out your book.

Anonymous said...

Walk2Write: A box of caramel chocolate makes anything better, huh? :)

Munk: LOL! LOVE it!!! Safe Opener Girl...right up my alley.

GigglesandGuns: Thanks for stopping by. You have a GREAT weekend.

Emy Shin: Yep. But only on older safes. These new ones are toooooo tough. LOL.

LM Preston: Thanks. It's been a fascinating journey for sure. BUT well worth the ride!

Elana Johnson said...

ONE REJECTION?! I hate Lynn a little. And by "hate" I mean "love." :)

Krispy said...

I love milk duds, and I want to know the answer to that research question too! I love these random research questions. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, Elana: One rejection on Wasteland....she didn't ask about my other novels. LOL. :)

Krispy: Milk duds rule! Oh, and the answer is: Yep. But only on older safes. :) Yep, that was a pretty fun phone conversation for sure!!

Michelle Sutton said...

Love the author (quality gal that she is) and it sounds like I would enjoy reading this book. joyfulhutch[at]msn[dot]com

Jayne said...

Wow- that's impressive--I need complete silence to write. If I've any music in the background I know it's going to take me to some other place.

Love milk duds.

Excellent interview, Lydia. Sounds like Ms. Rush had fun with her research, too. :)

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to read this one--Amazon, when are you delivering my copy, wahh!!!!!!!!

Nas Dean said...

Hi Lynn, Hello Lydia.

Wasteland sounds an amazing read, thanks for sharing!

Thanks Lydia!

Leslie Rose said...

Love the research story. I asked a psychiatrist once about a type of therapy and he thought I was using the "I have a friend" approach to find out about myself. When I told him it was for a character I think he believed me even less. ONE rejection - I think we have a new world record. WOW.

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