Monday, August 19, 2013

Indie Block Party: Introducing Lynn Hubbard

Hi, this post is a bit different than most of my guest posts. I’m a romance author so I normally discuss my books, but not this time. This time I’m going to tell you about me.
One of the wonderful things about writing is that you can be anyone you want to be. In my case after getting divorced, I didn’t want to use my legal name. Plus, I never really liked my maiden name, way too boring! So I became Lynn Hubbard.

Having a pen name is like being a super hero with a secret identity. Of course it does get rather confusing, I use Lynn so much now when I am asked to verify my real name “Lori”, I have to think about it. Luckily they both start with “L” so I can usually catch myself at book signings and such, and quickly switch to one or the other. If I do make a booboo, I cover it with a little scribbled artwork, such as a train or a butterfly. The readers are tickled by the mini art and have no idea it was a mistake. :-)
I used to draw all the time, I won several awards in High School and had some of my art published. I gave it up once the kids came along, you know how it is. It was not until much later in life that I began to write. I was in my late twenties when I started and it would be ten plus years before I gained enough confidence to share it with others, and get it published.

You would be surprised how difficult it is to get your family, and friends, to read your writing. The few who did told me they were “surprised” how good it was. Not a big ego booster. Most of my encouragement came from online postings. Random fans who read my short stories and wanted more.
I, like most authors, hear voices. When I’m in “the Zone” I can hear the scene in my head, and I dutifully write it down. I do not use an outline. The Story builds as it goes, and its fate is determined by the characters decisions. I don’t know how the story ends, until I write it.
I keep a notebook and pen with me, always, and I write down whatever jumbled thoughts spring into my mind. I wrote most of Run into the Wind on notebook paper, and I would type it up at a later date. I am a very slow typer, I have been clocked at eight words per minute. Probably would be faster if I used more than two fingers. However, I have written five books this way, and if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. I tried the audio narrative “speech to text” program, and it is more frustrating than it’s worth. So I just peck way; One letter at a time.

When I am not writing, I’m taking care of my dogs and spending time with my kids.
I have two boys who are taller than me. They are both having monumental birthdays next month, which makes me feel old. Nicholas is turning 22 and Michael (my baby) will be 17. Nicholas’s passion is photography and video, he is a huge help to me with my covers. Nick was diagnosed with fibromyalgia when he was fourteen, it is an almost daily battle for him; you can read his story if you like. (Nick’s Story)
Michael is my musician, he practices guitar daily, and is working on his own youtube channel. It’s been a sad year. He lost his rat to old age, and his dog Hannah to cancer. He is an animal lover , like me. We have three dogs, two bunnies, and two aquariums. We rescued our newest puppy, Clowie, from an animal shelter. She has an obsessive taste for flesh, can’t wait until she is passed the teething stage. Hermione is our Chihuahua, she is crazy. ‘Nuff said.

I am finishing up my next book. It’s a bit different than the rest, it is set in 1778. I am a huge fan of George Washington, and I have always been fascinated by the revolutionary war. It should be out this fall, I have chosen a beautiful woman for the cover. (Sorry Julian!) Much different than my usual covers, but I’m sure my fans will love it.

Now hop over and find more about my fellow authors below!