Hidee-ho! If you are looking for me, today I can be found lurking and fessing up on more fun and maybe embarrassing Christmas stuff over at Books Books and More Books. There’s a giveaway there too, so hop on over!
But here in the safe lands of my cuddly site…
We are hosting the lovely and talented Lynda R. Young, Author of “Birthright” from the Make Believe Anthology.
Here is the “Back Cover Blurb” for Lynda’s story:
Birthright by Lynda R. Young
Christa can mask the pain and hide the scars, but running from a birthright is impossible. She’s tried to escape her grief by fleeing to a small town in Florida. Much to her frustration, the locals think they recognize her even though she’s never been there before. To make things worse, a man named Jack spouts outrageous theories about her. Both spur Christa to bolt, to start fresh yet again, but there’s something about Jack that intrigues her enough to stay. The only problem? Someone else wants her to leave, and they won’t stop until she’s dead.
Wooooo Creepy vibes, Miss Lynda… So how the heck did you come up with that out of a chic in red standing in the snow? What was going through your mind when you saw the picture prompt?
My initial reaction when I first saw the prompt for the Make Believe Anthology was one of delight. I instantly fell in love with the image, the feeling of isolation it portrayed and the powerful contrast of the red cape against the snow. I stumbled on the image right at a time when I needed a break from the novel I’d been working on. I love writing short stories so I dove right in.
How did you develop the idea for your story?
Even though the red cape in the image inspired me, I didn’t end up using it in the story. As I mentioned, it was more about the contrast of the red against the purity of the snow. The red cape became blood, which became the true seed for my story. I asked myself, ‘How did the blood get there? Whose blood is it?’ I loved the contrast in the image so much that I expanded it even more and started the story in the furthest place possible from a snowy setting. I chose Florida in the middle of a heat-wave. I still wanted snow in my story so the next problem I had to solve was, ‘how?’ To discover how I did it, you’re going to have to read the story 😉
World domination. In the meantime, when I’m not working on my young adult novels or other short stories, I’m hanging out in the blogsphere, Facebook, and Twitter. I also spend my time reading, daydreaming, eating chocolate, and doing something creative like photography or digital art. I live in Sydney, Australia, with my sweetheart of a husband.
You can find my blog here: http://lyndaryoung.blogspot.com
Twitter: @LyndaRYoung http://www.twitter.com/LyndaRYoung
Thanks so much for stopping by Linda!
Make Believe is available now!
Stop on by your favorite bookseller and download a copy today! (Wink)
Why all the hullabaloo? Well, it’s to promote my two new releases “Make Believe” and “For the Love of Christmas”
And don’t forget to click on “Enter to Win” for a chance to win your choice of the two titles! Yay!
Oh, I almost forgot… A few random commentors along the tour path will win their choice of anthologies, too. So be sure to hop on over and say “Hi”
Hop on over and send me some love!
Visit my Anthology buddies! They are celebrating too!
- Muse-Sings December 2012 Special Feature & Giveaway (juliecatherinevigna.wordpress.com)
- Win an ARC of the upcoming anthology, MAKE BELIEVE (jennykellerford.wordpress.com)
- GIVEAWAY: Win an ARC of Make Believe! (jabelfield.wordpress.com)
So much fun learning how stories get started. Thanks for sharing your inspiration, Lynda! 🙂
Thanks for popping over, Susan. I really appreciate your support. And I’m so glad you enjoyed my story too 🙂
I bought the book, have read the first two stories and am about to start yours, Lynda. Very anxious to see how you incorporated that snow. Can’t wait to get to it as well as the rest of the stories. 🙂
Yay! I hope you are enjoying it so far!
That’s awesome to hear, Melissa. Thanks for popping over. I hope you enjoy all the stories 🙂
I love your thought processes, Lynda – and great questions, Jennifer! Best of luck with the book; I’m enjoying following the blog tour. ~ Julie 🙂
Thanks so much, Julie
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Thanks so much for having me, Jennifer. Great interview questions! I always enjoy thinking back on how a story began 🙂
Now where did I stash that chocolate… 😉