Another set of fascinating I Am facts and a new genre. Novels Now is honoured to welcome best-selling Crime and Regency writer, Lindsay Downs.
Welcome and good morning, afternoon or evening, depending on where you live in the world. The facts I’m going to give you about me, I hope you find them if not fascinating at least interesting.
Fascinating Fact One
I’m addicted to writing. Even when neck deep, a feeling we all have at one time or another, in edits when I take a break I open up the newest book I’m writing and work on it for a few minutes. This helps me clear my mind so I can attack the edits refreshed.
Fascinating Fact Two
When I started writing back in 2006 I worked third shift as a security guard. Later I was transferred to second shift. Because of these work hours I got in the habit of writing at night. To this day, having been retired for several years I still can only write in the late afternoon and into the night.
Fascinating Fact Three.
One of the first things I did after finding a place to live was locate the nearest Starbucks. You see, besides writing, I need my daily dose of a half-café Pikes Peak with nonfat milk and double cupped. Only then, upon returning to the boarding house where I live I can write.
Fascinating Fact Four
Some people, from what I understand, need absolute silence to write while other listen to music. For me it TV but only certain shows. I write mystery and suspense so I love watching crime drama shows-Castle, NCIS, NCIS: LA, Major Crimes to name a few. My goal is to figure out the bad guy before the end of the show. I will then make sure my books are written so you, my readers, can’t. If I make you go to the end to find out ‘who done it’ then I’m doing my job as an author.
(I recognise – and confess to Castle and NCIS. Love the character chemistry and the clever humour/drama mix.)
Fascinating Fact Five
And finally- I love reading regency and for years said I’d never write this particular genre. Now that’s all I write.
On September 1, 2014 I have my newest releasing, The Earl’s Spitfire. It’s available for preorder ($0.99) at these links then on September 8 the price will increase to $1.99. Fear not though, good people, it will be on Amazon starting on release day.
At a house party a midnight gallop on a purloined horse leads Lady Sophia Walker into something she wasn’t expecting-a marriage proposal.
Barely knowing Lord Peter Gardner, 7th Earl of Modbury, Sophia devises a unique plan to make sure they will get along.
What neither realizes, there’s another, Lady Agatha Crumbly, wishes to become Lord Gardner’s countess and will stop at nothing to achieve her goal.
Returning to London Peter lives up to his promise. As they learn about each other he soon finds out she has an infinity for a certain flower. To help prove his devotion to her he proceeds to deck out his town carriage in them.
As the date of their wedding quickly approaches Lady Crumbly makes another appearance, this time threatening Sophia.
Will Lord Peter Gardner arrive in time to save his beloved from death, or will the other win what she wants?
A little of Lindsay’s Bio
Lindsay has a few thoughts on how one becomes a best-selling author. As some of us would love to be best-selling authors, I’ve included them below. Thanks, Lindsay, for all your insights and for visiting Novels Now.
Lindsay says: What does it take to be a bestselling author? Determination, skill, talent, luck or taking a risk with a venture into a totally new genre. For me it was a little of some and a lot of the others.
In 2008 when I got two books published I thought it was due to skill; little did I know it was more luck than anything. Over the next three years I wrote, submitted, got rejected. I then did what I tell everyone who asks; I wrote some more. I didn’t give up.
More on a dare than anything I tried my hand at a regency, one of the most difficult genres because of the rules, which I might add I broke almost every one. Within two days of its release the book was on a best seller list and stayed there for two months.
Turns out it is all of the aforementioned.
After two failed marriages, one from divorce while with the other died unexpectedly I decided upon retirement to move. That opportunity came in September 2012 when I migrated to Texas.
For me, as a multipublished author, it was one of the best things I’ve done to date. Now, every day I can write, creating stories to take my readers to places they can only dream about.
I’m also a member of the Published Authors Network (PAN) by the Romance Writers of America (RWA).
Where you can find me-
Lindsay Downs-Romance Author- http://lindsaydowns-romanceauthor.weebly.com/