Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Writers Wednesday: Lynn Crain

The technical situation with posting photos hasn't worked itself out completely. But we do get to see the terrific cover for our guest, Lynn Crain's, latest work. And I very much appreciate her. She waited so patiently and kindly 'in the wings'--in Vienna, Austria, where she's lived for the past three years. Welcome, Lynn. Please tell us a little about your books.

I’ll tell you about my current book and my next project both...they’re sci-fi’s erotic, the other one hasn’t told me what it is yet but I’m thinking sensual in nature.

The erotic sci-fi is called THE HARVESTER and it’s about a woman who used to be a harvester of men for her mother. Now she’s on Earth working as a body guard for a rich and powerful man in Las Vegas, Nevada until her rival starts lands here to claim the planet.

The WIP is called UNLIKELY PARADISE and it’s about a journalist who gets caught up in moe than she can handle. She’s find her big story but it puts a very powerful man in a bad light therefore he wants her dead. He’s the owner pleasure planets, all called Bliss, and has her sent there to be made into a pleasure bot. Thankfully, a marine decides that should not be her fate.

What draws you to the sci-fi genre?

I love to write science fiction romance, erotic or not, because I’m a scientist by training. Also, it has a history to it that nothing else does. What other genre predicted certain things and they actually happened? None that I know of at this moment. With this genre, you can take the current science discovery and twist it into something you can use.

Would you share an excerpt?

Here’s one from The Harvester!

Book Excerpt:
Leaning down, his breath reminded her of the sweetgrass that grew on her home planet of Tyrsati, heightening her senses even more. “Sweetheart, I see how you want’s written all over your face.” His voice purred in her ear.

Sky gasped and pulled back to get a better look at the man in front of her. He reminded her of the gods of Vada. He was tall, well-muscled, dark hair brushing the top of his shoulders and had the most incredible violet eyes she had ever seen. Guess the optics weren’t wrong. He would fetch an exquisite price on Texra and her mother would be extremely proud for her acquisition. She shook her head to clear the cobwebs.

“Nice eyes, sweetie – hang around after the show – I’ll make it worth your while.” His voice hit a resonance with her and her whole body flushed. It had been years since she had reacted to any man. Now her emotions and body betrayed her for an insignificant being on an outer planet. She shook her head. This planet was no more insignificant than any other, including her own but she knew if she didn’t get herself under control, the Harvester in her would take over. Old habits die hard.

“Don’t let his demeanor fool you, luvey. He just wants to get into your pants.” Another deep voice reverberated close to her ear.

She glanced over her shoulder and again her breath was nearly taken away as she looked into the bluest eyes she’d ever seen in the galaxy bar none. The sky of Octa couldn’t hold a candle to the color that swirled in their depths.

“Ooo, Jaxon is right about the eyes. Very cool green.”

“Contacts,” Sky managed to get out for the second time this evening, her voice low.

“And a sexy voice to boot. Very nice.” He twirled away to join his companion on stage. He was just as nice looking as the first guy but just a little shorter. His shiny hair swung around his jaw line as he moved and her hands ached to run her fingers through it and over his body.

She sat there stunned as the people at her table laughed and clapped her on the back as if she’d done some sort of fantastic feat. While her time on this planet had been very thrilling, in her old life working for her mother, their performances had to be impeccable or their fate might be worse than death. She vaguely wondered just how she’d rate them.

Sky did her best to smile and act as if what happened was one of the most exciting things in her life when in reality it brought back some memories she’d rather forget. Folding her hands in front of her, she closed her eyes and steadied her breathing. She opened her eyes slow and caught a glimpse of a targeting laser. The light was in a part of the spectrum that no one of this planet could even see but her optics caught it.

Scanning the crowd, she allowed her eyes to whirl, not caring who saw. There were not supposed to be any Harvesters on this world as it had been declared too primitive to even be included in the Alliance of Planets. She came here because she knew this was the one place her mother wouldn’t think to look. Now, she knew another Tyrsatian walked the same world as she did, occupying the very same room.

Maybe it was time to see just what type of trouble Angela got herself into. Leaning across the table, she quickly gave Jayne her phone number and said her goodbyes to all the others present. Rising slowly, she didn’t want to alert the other Harvester but she was just far enough away and at a weird angle to not see who it might be. Moving quickly to the back wall, she moved to where she stood way behind the woman but close enough to see who it was.
Jesata Ardik. Of all the Harvesters to show up on her new home planet, one of the most relentless in the business had to land on her new home.

This wasn’t going to be easy. She had to delay her from marking them because once they were marked, it didn’t matter wherever in the universe they were, they would be considered fugitives until captured and sold to the highest bidder. Meaning, she wouldn’t be able to get them off world without the help of her mother.

The idea of her being a Harvester. Sounds intriguing. What’s your next project?

I’m working on completing UNLIKELY PARADISE and doing the edits of some of my traditionally published books for my publishers. Right now I have about five irons in the fire. I’m completing a couple of novellas, starting a new series, plotting out a bigger urban fantasy that’s laced with lots of science, trying to get an agent to get my 100K novel sold and out the door plus lots of smaller projects.

My goodness, you really are a busy lady. What one tip would you offer writers?

If you really want to succeed in this business, learn everything you can about the business portion of writing then never give up on your writing. Learn something new every day. And write, just write. Sorry, I know that was more than one but they’re all connected! LOL!

How do your stories ‘come to you’ at first--through characters, setting, story line?

My stories come to me in a variety of ways. Sometimes it’s a song, a picture and characters name. Sometimes I’m in a cafe here in Vienna, Austria, and something clicks so I have to get my impressions down on paper. I have an idea file with over 180 ideas in it. Some I will never use, others I keep going back to because I know I want to write the story.

I’ve heard that Vienna can be very inspiring. LOL. Any special place you like to write?

I love my office. It has a great view and I write here most of the time. I also like taking a notebook and going to the cafes here. Many days I get more done out watching people than I ever would at home.

Do you have challenges with finding writing time?

I’m a full time writer, so most of the time I don’t have those challenges. BUT this last spring I was really ill and the challenge for a while was to just get out of bed after my hospital stay. Then it got to be, just get up and sit at the desk. Next it was just get up and sit at the desk, play with the internet. It took me almost two months to work up to actually sitting down and writing again. Part was just finding my brain and the time when I wasn’t trying to sleep...LOL!

Thanks so much for being here today. Best of luck with your new book. I hope you’ll come back again.

You are very, very welcome Barbara! Here’s every place you can find me


  1. Hi Lynn,
    I'm so glad you're here this week. Thank you for being so patient with the technical difficulties. Your stories sound fascinating. All the best with them.

  2. Sounds wonderful, Lynn. I've added you to my TBR books. :)

  3. Sorry it was such a challenge! Blogger can be a pain sometime...but I'm glad the post made it up...and thank you very much for having me!


  4. Thanks for stopping by, Toni Sue. Yeah...I love TBR piles...can't wait until you read it!


  5. Great to meet you, Lynn. Barbara always finds the neatest people to interview. THE HARVESTER sounds great, and I love your descriptive phrasing. And, close behind is your story of how you wound up in Vienna. Must be beautiful.

  6. The book sounds fascinating! Wishing you all the best :)