Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
K. Lynn has been an avid reader and writer since childhood. While in college, K. Lynn increased her involvement in LGBT issues and writing within the LGBT fiction genre. She has become a long-time fan of the authors that seek to explore the commonality that exists within all sexualities and genders. Most of K. Lynn’s work features LGBT characters, many of whom are in established relationships and show how love perseveres through every trial and tribulation that life holds. She also has a particular interest in seeing transgender characters gain a larger foothold within the LGBT fiction genre, hoping that the market for these works expand in the future.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I’ve written a number of manuscripts over the past few years, full-length novels that are in different levels of editing. And I’ve written quite a few short stories and novellas, all of which have been published (or soon to be published). However, I’ve only done NaNoWriMo once. The push to write at such a fast pace, in such a short time, is both freeing and terrifying. But, I figured I’d give it a try once. And as a result, I completed the first draft of His Womanly Ways.
This novel is unlike my usual fare of works, and perhaps that’s why it came so fast to me. I let myself go and just saw where the plot would take me. And it turns out that it took me to quite an interesting place. The only thing I knew going in was that I wanted to do a genderswap book, but one that was unlike those I had read prior. I have always been interested in the genre, but I find most of it jumps straight to objectification rather than exploration. You’re turned into another gender, so the first thing you do is feel yourself up and try to have sex with the nearest willing person? I don’t buy that.
Essentially your body doesn’t match your inner self anymore. That should cause some kind of journey to either accept or reject the situation. That’s what I tried to do with His Womanly Ways. Alex didn’t ask for this to happen to him, and the process is gradual, as is his acceptance of the changes. His mind doesn’t match the image he sees in the mirror, and that’s important to realize.
Did I strike the right note between humor and drama? Create an interesting storyline with realistic characters, despite the extraordinary circumstances they are in? That’s up to the reader to decide, but I do hope I provide a new way to look at the concept. Because a change in gender is not something to take lightly.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I schedule out all my time. I have to, else I wouldn’t get anything done. I set aside a certain time every weeknight to focus on writing, and then might schedule extra writing sessions throughout the weekend. When I’m on deadline, that writing time might be spent writing something new, cleaning up a proof copy about to go to print, or tweaking a few plot elements based on my writer’s group feedback. But I commit to the process consistently.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I prefer LGBT writing that doesn’t make the characters’ sexuality the main point of the story. The characters are going through life’s issues, interesting because they’re doctors or lawyers or fathers or whatever, and they also are LGBT.
What are you working on now?
It is a very busy few months for me in publishing. His Womanly Ways releases in May, my family-focused anthology story is out from Torquere Press in June, my novella Coffee Date is releasing in July from Less Than Three Press, and then I have a novella from Dreamspinner Press also out in July, and I have another novella coming out later this year from Less Than Three Press.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I don’t know if I’ve found the perfect combination of promotion yet. I am active on social media, I reach out to readers who are in forums / communities that center around my genre, I engage with others in conversation. I hope that others enjoy my works, but I don’t push it upon them because too much promotion can have a negative effect.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write every day. That’s the number one piece of advice I give all prospective writers. Many times I hear the excuse “I want to be a writer, but I just don’t have the time.” You have to make the time. Schedule out a piece of your day where you’re committed to just writing. Or if that doesn’t work, use whatever spare time you have (10 mins here, 30 mins there) and write. Think about how much time you might be spending waiting around between appointments. That’s writing time.
And write what you love. Don’t write something just because the market seems to like it, or it’s a hot genre, because by the time you finish the market will have moved on. Plus, if you’re not passionate about what you write, it will show. Write the story you want to read, then worry about the logistics of publishing later. Get that first draft written because you want to write it and you want to read it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The advice I give to new authors is a direct result of the advice I’ve been given. Love what you do and it will show in your work.
What are you reading now?
I’m reading graduate school books and articles at the moment, since I’m so pressed for time. I also sneak some fanfiction reading in between, but novels for fun are few and far between until my schedule clears up.
What’s next for you as a writer?
These next few months I’m focusing on promotions because of how many releases I have coming out. In between that, grad school, full-time work, and media reviewing I am trying to slowly work on a new novel as well, but finding the time to accomplish everything is always a struggle.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I can never pick just one. I enjoy a wide range of works, from FDR historical works to established couple LGBT fiction. If it’s a good story, an engaging concept, I’ll enjoy it.