This time I’m thrilled to have the delightful Jo’berg romance author Lynn Miller on my blog. While juggling a super busy schedule including penning her debut romance series – a paranormal saga about fallen angels – she took a break to answer some deliciously sexy questions on love, alpha males and writing sex scenes.
Lynn knows what her readers love in their romance – alpha males – however she also says it’s not the coarse caveman type but ‘the alpha is being redefined in modern romance’.
So my first question was about what we are all interested in, even if we think we aren’t. S.E.X
Do your romance novels feature sex and if so where to you lie on the spectrum between fade-to-black and explicit?
Lynn Miller: Yes. There are sex scenes. Yes, I love using fade to black but there are a few racier scenes. It’s one of those things I won’t necessarily follow the formula on. If the scene warrants it, it will be explicit. But I am a big fan of a well written fade-to-black scene that is better than what the explicit scene would have been.
Are your characters based off real people or do they develop entirely from your imagination?
Lynn Miller: The original conception is usually imagination. I don’t set out to base a character on anyone I’ve met. But after spending a while with them I can definitely see similarities between some them and the people around me. Or I will notice a characteristic about someone and think “That’s the kind of thing Lexi (or whoever) would do.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Lynn Miller: Staring at a blank screen. There is nothing worse than knowing what needs to come next and having no idea how to do it. I am missing two scenes in my current work because I have no idea how to convey what I want to say. Or needs to be said. So for now I’m slipping it and moving on.
Could you tell us a little more about the schedule for your current project?
Lynn Miller: I’m currently rough drafting the act of book 1 in my Sons of Rebellion series, The Witch’s Pride. It will go through critique over the next few weeks with a final beta by the end of the year and hopefully read for publication early next year.
Does your story have a moral or a lesson?
Lynn Miller: I’d like to say no. It’s not at all preachy but there are two definite themes that run through it. One is that the line between good and evil is highly subjective. The other is a little more cliché. Family, in whatever construct you have it, is the most important thing and love will conquer all.
What kind of male characters do you love to write about?
Lynn Miller: I don’t apologise for loving my alphas. While I don’t go on about the physical perfection of my heroes, I do highlight the things I think my heroine would notice. But I do think that the Alpha is being redefined in modern Romance. I am not a fan of the Caveman Douchebag beating his chest because life’s thrown a challenge his way. I love my heroes to at least attempt some grace and dignity. To be looking for and needing more than just a woman to own. Even in Power Exchange Romances, I want more from my hero.
That’s so awesome, Lynn, thank you for your time. For further details about Lynn and her awesome debut series connect with her on her website or twitter.
Lynn Miller lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. An outdoorsy city girl – comfortable at a campsite with her family or enjoying cocktails with her girlfriends – her love for storytelling started as a young child, and her magical story-tales weave the blurred grey line between good and evil with love, family and friendship.
When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up with a cup of coffee and her kindle. She has always enjoyed both romance and urban fantasy, and she writes is currently writing her debut paranormal romance series called The Sons of Rebellion.
The Sons of Rebellion, her debut series, tells the story of a family of fallen angels and their struggles balancing a personal and professional life with battling demons.
Book 1, The Witch’s Pride, tells Jet and Laken’s Story.
Fallen Angel Jet has two weeks to find a witch or lose the most important weapon in the fight against The Devil. The powers that be decided eons ago that Jet will marry her and start a new generation of magic. Instead falls for a woman from his past: Laken – a fellow ER doctor and single mom with secrets of her own. Falling for her new boss seems masochistic, and that is before she learns about Jet’s part in her family’s secret and troubled history.