I was a bookworm as a kid and read all the Nancy Drew mystery novels. When I was done with those I practically lived in the library. I just knew I was going to be an author someday, because I loved to read so much.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
Overcoming procrastination. I can research things forever, and sometimes it's a way of putting off the effort of starting the first draft. I usually have the whole first chapter all stored in my head and writing is not the problem. But getting myself to sit down and do it can sometimes be a bit of an issue with me. Then when I finally do sit down, I pour out a whole chapter — 2,000 words — in one sitting.
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?
First of all it taught me a great deal about ancient Egypt! But it also taught me to take any critique to heart, because all of them have some merit, no matter how silly they seem on the surface. They reflect what some reader may feel, and you want to reach out to as many readers as possible.
Have you developed a specific writing style?
Anyone who has been writing for a while will develop a style. Mine has a straightforward narrative, with no flashbacks if I can help it. I don't go in for ornamented literary descriptions. I alternate narrative and dialog to keep the action rolling and I always use active verbs to keep down the need for unnecessary adverbs.
What is your greatest strength as a writer?
I think my characters connect well with the readers. And everyone likes my plots.
Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
This may sound incredible, but I haven't had writer's block. This may come from being a journalist for more than 25 years. We had deadlines and we had to get our stories in, like it or not. So I'm used to sitting down and just doing it. The procrastination I mentioned earlier doesn't last long, because I always feel like a deadline is hanging over my head. Journalism has made me a pretty disciplined writer.
Learn more about Lynn Voedisch by visiting the author's website.