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Welcome, Lynda

Can I offer you a drink? Tea? Wine?

Oh, thank you. That’d be lovely, let’s pour the wine!

Can you tell me a little about yourself? (inc if you use a pen name and why)

Sure, I grew up in the mining village of Bentley in Doncaster and left school with barely any qualifications. Higher education wasn’t on the cards, so I… I got a job, went out to work, hoped everything would be okay and got married young. I was just eighteen years old and after living through what I’d now realise was an abusive relationship. That was 30 years ago.

I lost both my first husband and my father to suicide. Both within three months of each other. At first, I blamed the world, I did all I could to hate everyone around me. Then, I began working hard. I worked hard at everything I did. Took various jobs in sales, nursing and as a fully trained Scuba Diving Instructor.

Then, in 2010, I was in a horrific car crash. I lost the use of my right arm and had to sell my dive school, Premier Divers. But after being busy for so many years, sitting down and trying to get well again was boring.

It was at this time that I turned to my love of writing, a hobby I’d had since a teenager. I couldn’t dive anymore, but I could use my fingers, and I could type. For a couple of years, I looked for a magic bullet, a piece of software that just had to exist, it didn’t. Then, I watched a BBC interview with Ian Rankin, he went through his process and suddenly everything made sense. I began writing the next day… and I can honestly say… that six books later, I’m so pleased I saw that documentary.

You have a few books out now. How many exactly? Can you tell me a little about them?

I’ve already written six, the seventh is on its way.

They’re a mixture of romantic suspense and thrillers. They all have strong female leads, complicated lives, people who want to harm them and reasons to live.

What is the title and genre of the book you are currently writing?

The book I’m currently writing has a working title of Lindisfarne. It’s a thriller and follows the life of Alexandra Graves, daughter of serial killer Peter Graves. When her birth mother is killed, in the very same way that her father used to kill, Lexi knows that someone is out to kill her too and fleas for the safety of Lindisfarne. But when the tide comes in, Lexi finds herself trapped on the island, with someone who wants her dead.

Here’s my storyboard.

Are you working to a deadline? Do you write X number of words per day? How are you feeling?

I’m always writing to a deadline lol. And I always run out of time, even though I do all I can to stay on track. My problem is, I keep going back over the manuscript, trying to improve it, which all takes time. And yes, I try for 1500 words a day, which I have to admit, doesn’t always happen.

Do you write in first or third person?

I write in both. My heroine is always in third person. However, if I ever write from a villain’s point of view, I write them in first. By doing this, it creates more tension, it hides the identity and can be the point of view of either a man or a woman. I always hope that this gives it intrigue.

How did you come up with the story?

Each story starts with a location and my next book is no different. It’s based on Holy Island in Northumberland, the perfect place for a thriller, because when the tide comes in the island is cut off from the mainland to keep all who are on it trapped – for at least five hours.

Are you a planner or panster? Do you choose the venue and visit it before writing? Tell us about it.

I’m a panster. I tend to fly by the seat of my pants, although all of my books have a setting which I know. House of Secrets was set in Scarborough, with the backdrop of the beautiful Wrea Head Hall. Tell me no Secrets was set in Bedale, The Fake Date in Scarborough and Keeper of Secrets was set between Herculaneum and Doncaster (yes, really).

My latest release, No Place Like Home was set on the cliff edge at Hunmanby Gap near Filey. All of these locations are close to my heart, I’m a true Yorkshire Girl, it’s beautiful here and have always used the different areas around Yorkshire and the northeast in my books.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Never give up and write every day, even on days when you don’t really want to. Oh and ps: Stay away from social media lol… It sucks your time away like you’d never believe. Use that time writing instead.

What is your writing routine?

Because I work full time as a Sales Director, I tend to write in the evening and at weekends. And even though my time is very limited, I try to write around 1500 words a day.

Do you have an editing process?

I’m continually editing as I go. I literally can’t move on until I’ve perfected (in my head) the chapter before. This tends to mean that by the time I come to do the editing, there isn’t too much to do. **she says hopefully**

Where can people find you on the internet?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lyndastaceyauthor/

Twitter: @Lyndastacey

Amazon: Lynda Stacey

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