August 2, 2022

Interview with Lynette Eason


I had the privilege of meeting and talking with Lynette one year at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. I was delighted to meet her. She is one of my favorite authors. I love her writing style and have enjoyed each series through the years.

When we met, I was reading her Blue Justice series. Each book was full of suspense and intrigue. I could not put one down until I finished it. Good thing I am a fast reader! Right after that I started reading her Danger Never Sleeps series.
Again, I was hooked.

Lynette started writing for publication around 1998.  
She has over over fifty books published.

I am thrilled to bring you this interview with Lynette Eason.

Who are two of your favorite authors?

  Dee Henderson and Terri Blackstock, if I can only pick just two. 

Do you feel they influenced you and if so, in what way?

  They influenced me for sure. Dee was my mentor, and I just loved the way they wrote a story that I could get lost in while being on the edge of my seat. LOL.

What point in your writing career did you feel like you had gone from amateur to pro?

  Probably when I got the call that someone wanted to actually pay me to write.

What do you look for in choosing a setting for your book?

  Usually, a place that I’m familiar with or that is easily researched.

What steps, if any, are involved in research for your book?

  I don’t have a set process. I usually just start writing and when I come to a place that I need more information then I start researching. I’ve got so many contacts and resources that all I have to do is send an email most of the time.

In writing your new book, Crossfire, what do you feel makes it stand out?

  I feel like people are just in love with the whole law enforcement story world, so being able to give those readers a new story in that genre is an honor and a blessing.

In Crossfire, what would you like the reader to feel and walk away with?

  I’d love the reader to walk away feeling like they’d just been on a roller coaster ride—in the very best way possible! LOL.

What is the best writing advice you have received so far?

  Write something. You can always fix it. You can’t fix a blank page.

What is the worst?

  You must write every day to be considered a real writer.

Between plotting, character development, dialogue, and scenes, which is easiest for you, and which takes a lot of effort?

  Character development is hands down the easiest. Plotting makes me kick things in frustration.

What is your schedule for writing?

  Whenever I can make the time. It’s my only job, so mostly in the mornings, sometimes in the afternoons, and every so often late at night if I can stay awake.

What do you do if you get stumped?

  I take a walk, work on something else, email brainstorming buddies, pray, cry, wonder why I ever thought I could be a writer, then go back to the project and make it work. Ha.

Did you or do you make any sacrifices to be a writer?

  I feel like I absolutely did. Every so often, I had to spend time writing when friends were out socializing. Inevitably, I have a deadline at the end of December or sometime in January, which means writing over holidays. Over the years, I’ve had to say no to other opportunities in order to fulfill the commitments I already had. It’s definitely a sacrifice.

Did you choose your genre, or did it choose you?

  I feel like it chose me. It was the one I was drawn to even as a child reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, Alfred Hitchcock, Agatha Christie and so on.

What is the best way you found to market your book?

  Social media can be a powerful tool, but I haven’t landed on just one way. I think it takes a combination of things to get the word out there.

Did you actively build a network of readers and if so, how?

  I don’t know about actively. I simply wrote the best stories I could write, and the readers came. 

Are you on the Social Media Highway and if so, do you schedule times to post?

  I am on the highway. I post when I need to or when I feel like or when I’m waiting in line at the grocery store.

What advice would you like to give new authors that would help them?

  Invest in your writing. Go to a conference and get involved in networking with other authors in your genre and world. It’s a great place to be!

Lynette Eason's new book, Crossfire, offers a heart-pounding story that will have readers up all night as they race toward the explosive finish. You don't want to miss this electrifying new book in her new Extreme Measure series

Eason is the bestselling author of Life Flight and the 
Danger Never Sleeps, Blue Justice, Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the
Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master’s degree in education from Converse College. Eason lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children. 

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