Monday, December 01, 2008

Guest - Lynn Crain

Greetings! Today we have author Lynn Crain visiting us. Lynn realized at an early age she wanted to weave fantastic tales as a career. She took the long way to that goal by doing a variety of things like nursing, geologist, technical writer and computer manager. During her free time she writes hot to erotic fantasy, futuristic and paranormal tales for various publishers. She lives in the very hot southwest with her husband, son, one dog, three cats and three snakes, one which she named Psycho. She is a past board member of the Romance Writers of America, past VP of EPIC, past EPPIEs Chairman and current EPIC President. You can visit her at and she loves hearing from her readers at

Make sure you read all the way to the end to see how you can win a copy of one of Lynn's books.


Keeping It All Straight
By Lynn Crain

When writing any story one of the basic fundamentals is to keep everything straight. This is especially important when writing in the fantasy, science fiction and paranormal romance realms. If we as authors can’t keep it straight, how can we even expect the reader to keep it in order?

One of the most important things I do when starting a new series or novels is to start keeping something known as my book ‘bible.’ I start with one of those hard bound composition books and add to it as I go. Along the way, I do character charts, plot charts and start taking notes on any of the new gadgets I find which might fit into the story if it’s science fiction. If it’s a fantasy, I’ll see if there is any myth or swords or any other research I might need. I put all the notes here so they are all in same place for ease of use.

I also include pictures of how I see each of the characters, how they relate to other characters and themselves. I even go as far as looking at each of my characters emotional state at the beginning of the book and project just where I want them to end up. This is always good to know for their character arc. One of the final bits of information I include is a chapter by chapter outline.

This is really strange for me to do since I am a pantser by nature. You know one of those writers who sit down and write by the seat of my pants. I normally just sit down and write. But with works in the SF/F/P realm it is very important to keep the details correct.

The last thing I do is to write to what I have put down in the bible. I look at every note, picture, chart and all the things I’ve put into that ‘bible’ over the month or two I plan out these novels. If I’ve done my homework correct, everything will fall into place and I’ll write the best story I can for myself and the readers who love my work.

Lacey Sinclair wants to be a doctor but life and circumstance has made that path impossible. Given the chance at the job of a lifetime and the promise of enough money to see her through med school, she is hesitant. Something draws her to one certain man that she can’t put her finger on. Her body is alive and her mind sharp, focused when she’s near him. So before she can live the life of her dreams, she must discover just who Cuinn Lochlin is to her and her future.

I’d like to mention a couple of books that I’m working on right now that I’m really excited about. The first one is a series called Protectors of the Earth with the first book titled Avenging Aingeal is complete. It’s about a group sent here to protect us from enemies beyond our world. It’s one of those I have to keep a bible on. LOL! Another one is tentively titled Where’s My Underwear, Anyway? and is a really nice contemporary set in Scotland.

I’ll give one print copy of my Santa’s Elves print book to one lucky commenter of the blog. I’ll keep the list and pick a winner one week after the blog is posted.

Lynn (I do the Wednesday slot.)

-- Don't forget to leave Lynn a comment. Her books look fascinating, don't they? Lynda

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Stephanie said...

Wow! Lynne you are one busy lady!! It's a wonder you get time to write such Excellent stories on top of everything else. And Thank You for sharing your secrets! Makes lots of sense.


Lynn Crain said...

Thank you very much for your kind comment! I try hard. LOL!


quiltingreader said...

Very intresting. I enjoyed learning about your 'bilbe'

Gwynlyn MacKenzie said...

Being a died in the wool pantser myself, I find your ability to switch modes fascinating. I just can't do it. Tried. Instead, I make notes as I go. Things appear in the story before they hit the notebook. Of course, my desk is often littered with bits of paper (never have a notebook or card when you need one) that requires filing or transcription later, but so be it. I just bought a new shredder and it's earning its keep. My roses love it. *LOL*

Anonymous said...


Just saw that you were a guest on CHRW's loop. I have to say that I think you underestimate yourself in calling yourself a pantster. There is no way you could get all you get accomplished without some planning.

What a great idea about the book bible! I've tried using notebooks, but you know how that goes. You can't add things in. Then I end up with stacks of paper everywhere, in no order. Aaaack!

Thanks for a great blog. Good luck with your future books.


oliviaharis said...

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Cynthya said...

Putting the "bible" together sounds like fun (unlike the actual writing part which seems like it would be very difficult.)

The Protectors of Earth series sounds interesting. I look forward to hearing more about it.

Regina said...

Since I can't find my arse with both hands, my hats off to you and all the writers! LOL I'm truly in awe when I hear of authors having so many projects going simultaneously. Just keep up the great work for us uninspired! LOL


Lynn said...

To quiltingreader:

Thanks much!


Lynn said...

To Gwynlyn;

I hear what you are saying. It took me a long time to find something that I could adapt to using.

I used to have lots of post-its everywhere. Then I got the notebook to put them in and eventually it evolved to the bible I use today. LOL!


Lynn said...

To Julie:

I like CHRW a lot. I just became a member in October.

Thanks! I finally had to break down and do some planning for my more involved stories.

The composition books seem to work the best. You can transfer your post-its to a page and you can also just tape what you have on a page. It actually works well.


Lynn said...

To oliviaharis:

Thank you very much!


Lynn said...

To Cynthya;

It can be very fun putting together the bible.

I'll have it posted when I get the Protectors blog up and running. It should be before Christmas.


Lynn said...

To Regina;

Thank you very much!


Lynn said...

Hi Everyone!

Everyone who posted is eligible to win a copy of my print book, Santa's Elves.

If you all could email me with your email addy, I'll let you know who wins next week.

Thanks everyone for participating.