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Interview: Lindy S. Hudis, Author of Crashers

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Lindy S.Hudis is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied drama. She is a former actress, having appeared on such well known television shows as Sunset Beach and Married with Children

In addition to acting and writing, Ms. Hudis is also a filmmaker.  Her independent short film The Lesson, which she also wrote, produced and directed, screened at the Seattle Underground Film Festival. She is co-owner of an independent production company called Impact Motion Pictures. Lindy S. Hudis and her husband Steve, a Hollywood stuntman, have just completed the screenplay adaptation of Charmaine Hammond’s best selling book, On Toby’s Terms.

Ms. Hudis resides in California with her family.

Lindy S. Hudis’ romantic murder mystery, Weekends, is currently available from Lachesis Press.  Ms. Hudis is currently busy promoting her latest book Crashers.

Readers who would like to learn more about Lindy S. Hudis and her work may visit any of the following links:

Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads ~ LinkedIn ~ Publisher Page ~ Amazon Page ~ Film Production Page

Could you please tell us a bit about your book? The story? The characters?

My story is about a trio of reckless young people who get caught up in the seedy world of auto insurance fraud. The main characters, a newly engaged and law-abiding couple, find themselves in a very desperate situation where they are in dire need of fast money. They get lured into this world by a sexy and mysterious stranger, who seduces the female character by dangling carrots of quick and easy cash. It’s a cautionary tale about how innocent people can become not-so-innocent when times get tough.

How did you come up with the title and how much say did you have on the cover design?

I wanted a title that was simple, yet intriguing. The same goes for the cover. I wanted to give the reader a sense of foreboding and doom. The cover was designed by Adrian Tatomir Pitariu–who also designed the website–and it was almost like he read my mind. I am very pleased with his vision. As far as the title goes, I felt that a straightforward one would have more power and would get the point across.

Do you have a favorite line or excerpt that you would like to share from your book?

My favorite line is what the character of the attorney, John Nastic, tells Nathan and Shari at their first deposition: “You asked, I answered. I assumed you wanted honesty.”

They have gotten themselves into quite a legal mess, and their attorney has a take-no-prisoners attitude towards them. I wanted that character to be as cold and calculating as possible.

What are some of your favorite ways to promote your work?

I love promoting online. I believe blogs and book review sites are the best and most potent way for an author to promote their books. Everybody is online these days, and if you want to get your book and name out there, I think an online book/blog tour is ideal.

What is a typical writing day like for you?

Well, I have a preschooler and an older child, and getting them off to school in the morning is my first priority. Then, when it’s quiet, I take a few hours to do a bit of writing, even if it’s only notes or an outline. I believe that writing a little bit everyday helps. I don’t want to get rusty. As a mom, I write when I have the time.

What are some ways that you like to relax?

I work out four days a week. I find that cardio is the best way for me to relax and unwind. I am addicted to the endorphins when I do a full work out. I usually do cardio for about forty minutes, then stretch, and then about twenty minutes of the resistance training. I also eat healthy, swim and bike ride. Sometimes, I just get into the mood for a nice glass of red wine.

What author/s do you think are overlooked in the writing/reading world today?

I think that there are way too many to name. There are loads of great small publishers out there with talented unknown authors with amazing stories to tell. I have friends who are published with smaller publishers and I always put their books on my reading lists. There are just a whole bunch of excellent stories and authors out there.

What author would you most like to meet and why?

Stephen King, he’s so unbelievably prolific and creative. One of my all time favorite books is Carrie. That man just opens up his soul and pours his guts out onto the page. He’s wonderful.

Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to share with readers?

Right now, my focus is our film production company called Impact Motion Pictures. My husband has worked in the movie business for many years, and we have decided to start our own company and produce our own films. We have several scripts that we are producing and/or developing, including (naturally) a film version of Crashers!

My husband writes, too, but movies are his passion. So, that is primarily what I am working on right now.

What is something about yourself that would come as a surprise to many people?

I was a total rocker chick back in the 80’s. I took guitar lessons and wanted to be just like Lita Ford. I was a bit of a wild child back then, but who wasn’t? It was the 80’s. Now, I am a glasses wearing, computer geek writer–go figure! Anyway, please visit my website at www.CrashersBook.com and say hello.

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