Hello and welcome to Harmony’s place today 🙂
It gives me great pleasure to host author Lynn Hobbs on her 4 Wills Publishing and RWISA tour!
RAVE-WRITERS – INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF AUTHORS, otherwise known as RWISA, is a gathering of award-winning writers who are ‘consummate professionals, dedicated, committed and driven to continually excel at producing the best written works possible’.
4 Wills Publishing offer blog tours and many other services for authors; please do check them out!
Below, we have Lynn’s interview, followed by her wonderful thoughts on ‘Descriptions and Words’. Take it away, Lynn 🙂
- How long have you been writing?
I began writing at the age of sixteen when I moved with my family from my hometown, the city of Houston, Texas, to the small town of Jefferson in North East Texas. My world of going to the Galveston beach almost every weekend with family, riding city buses all over town, ice skating, roller skating, visiting three story libraries, and ice cream parlors changed abruptly to learning how to shoot a rifle, identifying animal tracks, planting a garden, and how to catch and clean fish. I wrote about everything I experienced and sent huge, overstuffed hand- written letters in 4 x 9 inch envelopes; scotched taped on the back flap, to my aunts, uncles and cousins back home in Houston. They passed my letters around and all encouraged me to continue writing. They loved my descriptions, and I discovered how much I enjoyed writing. This led to writing poetry, and years later I became a published gospel song writer. My passion for writing continued. I later married, had my own family, and even later retired from the Texas public school system. I wanted to write more in-depth and now had time to venture out to short stories which soon grew into novels.
- How many books have you authored?
I have authored 5 books. None of my books contain profanity or graphic violence. The first three are in a Christian Fiction series titled the Running Forward Series. Book #1 is Sin, Secrets, and Salvation. Book #2 is River Town. Book #3 is Hidden Creek. Real life situations. It is a powerful faith and family saga. Book #4 is a biography; Lillie, A Motherless Child, is about the life of my own mother. Book #5 is Eyes of a Neighbor. It is book one of three in a new Christian Fiction Series titled the American Neighborhood Series.
- Do you have a writing schedule?
Yes, I do have a writing schedule. I write Monday through Friday, after an early morning coffee and breakfast; I write until 2 or 3 pm.
- You are a member of Rave Writers – International Society of Authors (RWISA). Why do you think you were accepted into this exclusive group?
I have awards that were earned by my writing capabilities. Many others receive writing awards from organizations by the highest number of votes for authors by their individual friends and relatives. Mine were awarded by a closed group of judges reviewing content of material.
I give God the glory for my writing, and my awards.
- Modesty aside, what separates your writing from the millions of other writers in the world?
I constantly learn from other writers, but I stay true to myself, my voice, my standards, and my brand.
- If you could spend a day picking the brain of one author, who would that be? Why?
It would have to be Cecil Murphy. I have learned more from him than any other writer. I had the opportunity to meet him at a writing conference. He is awesome.
- Are you a die-hard INDIE writer who loves having complete control of your work, or, if you were offered a publishing contract today, would you sign on the dotted line?
I would prefer having complete control of my work.
- As an author, where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself writing and offering my books to more age groups.
- What is the ONE tool that has been the most beneficial tool in the marketing of your books?
I hand out my bookmarks instead of a business card. It has descriptions of my books, and includes my website, www.LynnHobbsAuthor.com
- Name one writer that you know of, member or non-member of RRBC, who you feel should be added to the RWISTA Roster of elite members? Why?
Again, it would have to be Cecil Murphy. He is a writer, speaker, teacher, pastor, and survivor. He has written over 135 books.
- What is the one piece of advice that you could share that would be most valuable for those aspiring to not only be writers, but those aspiring to be great writers?
Besides attending writing workshops, learn by reading books written by great writers. Their style, their plots, sub-plots, etc. are valuable lessons waiting to be learned.
- Do you believe that writers who churn out several books a year are really putting out quality work?
No, often it is not. There are always exceptions, though.
- If you had promised your fans a book by a certain date only to find that your book wasn’t the best it could be, would you go ahead and publish your book just to meet that self-imposed deadline and deliver as promised, or, would you disappoint your fans and shelve the book until it was absolutely ready? No matter your reason, please explain why?
I would shelve the book until it was ready, because my name only goes on work I am pleased with.
- In your opinion, what makes a book “a great book?”
A great book holds your attention from the first page until the last page.
- If you received a review of your book which stated that there were editing & proofing “issues,” what’s the first thing you would do? And the second?
First of all, after several edits and several proof reading sessions, mistakes still happen. In my case, I would search the book again, find and correct the issues.
The second thing I would do is to revise that edition of the book, if possible.
Descriptions & Words, by Lynn Hobbs
Great, short descriptions in a book hook me every time. They show me a writer who continues learning the craft of writing and enjoys selecting the right words for the right situation. It is a fun experience. It can be for you as well.
How can you create remarkable descriptions? Show the action, don’t tell it.
One of the easiest exercises in writing descriptions is to watch and listen to the public. Study body language. Attend a public meeting, and take notes. Honest conversation, unplanned dialogue, facial expressions, and tone of voice abound. Try the post office, grocery store, or a restaurant. Write what you see, and how you hear it. Add emotion, pauses, and background noises. Use this in your descriptions.
Who is your audience? Do you write words you don’t use in your daily conversation? Words you are not comfortable with either? Would your readers have to stop and look in the dictionary for the meaning of a word you inserted?
I once critiqued a chapter that included several words the average person would not know their meaning. I brought that fact to the attention of the author. She remarked she was college educated and would not replace them with other words as it would lower her standards in vocabulary. That’s fine if her readers are college educated, but a learning experience for those who aren’t. Most readers are discovering a great story; not reading to learn new words.
If your reader stumbles over your words you could lose a reader.
What can you learn from listening? Plenty, enough to stop having your characters do anything repetitive. Act out the action before writing it. Readers will relate better.
We all learn and grow as authors, daily. Enjoy the whole process. Happy writing!
Sins, Secrets, and Salvation by Lynn Hobbs
Available at Amazon.com
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Lynn’s twitter handle is @LynnHobbsAuthor
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Lynn’s website is http://www.lynnhobbsauthor.com/