An Interview with Grace Lynn

Author Image 7Grace Lynn is currently attending American Public University for her BA in Sociology. She’s in a domestic partnership of five years with a wonderful woman, Racheal, who she just bought a house with. They have a total of six furry family members—five cats and a puppy. Most of Grace’s time is spent keeping up with her homework, writing, or remodeling. Though her favorite thing to do is play with the animals and their collection of toys, it gives her more ideas for her books than anything else.

Q: Between Dragon’s Landing and the tree dwellings of the Elvin City, the fictional universe of Guardian Elf is its most notable aspect. How were you able to balance its mythical elements with references to the contemporary world?

A: It was simple. Guardian City is an open field of imagination. Who can say what this planet has created or hasn’t created? The idea is to give the world a basis, something people can relate to, and then build upon that frame with imagination.

Q: D skillfully wields magic and exhibits a remarkable proficiency in shape-shifting. What motivated your decision to give him these abilities?

A: D was created with the idea that a person can lose everything and still manage to be grateful for what they do have. I also wanted to give him a backstory filled with sad events that could be solved with the start of his mating.

Q: D seems to find amusement in even the tensest scenarios. Given his history and ongoing struggle for balance within, what do you think motivates his unruffled demeanor?

A: I think when you get to be D’s age, life teaches a person to be balanced and to not take things too seriously. It also helps that D tends to deal with a single thing at a time and is very good at pushing other concerns out of his mind until he can deal with it.

Q: While it’s common to see our heroes or heroines find one mate, in this series D finds three very different mates. What made you frame the story this way?

A: Mates are Fate’s way of balancing things. In reality, mates should be unique, and never alike. Each is their own person, with their own histories, beliefs, thoughts, opinions, and cultures. His mates are able to use their very different backgrounds together seamlessly to help rebuild Guardian City. In order for the power struggle between the different species to be even, Guardian City needed a very powerful set of mates to keep the city safe from war. Each person brings their own talents and backgrounds to help this stay balanced.

Q: Tell us about your writing routine.

A: Most of my writing is done whenever I have a few moments to spare. I am a full-time college student with APU, and I have to balance my writing between the massive amounts of homework assigned. I mostly manage to stay ahead of my homework, and then spend a few days writing my next book. I also try to write a little every morning after I wake up. Sometimes, I don’t get to write as much as I would like to.

Q: When you start a series, do you plan all the books and heroes out beforehand or do you make them up as you go along?

A: The heroes come along as we progress in the series. The story line, on the other hand, has been planned out completely—including about fifteen subseries I have yet to write. One of these subseries is Star Kingdom, with the first book scheduled to be released in December. Star Kingdom also takes place in Azure, the same planet that Guardian City is located.

Q: What’s the most memorable sex scene from one of your upcoming books? Why?

A: I would have to say the final sex scene in Guardian’s Flame. It takes place in a bar. It is also the first scene where D, Nathan, Jason, and Zoey have sex.

Q: What qualities do you think are important for the hero in a romance? Are there types of men you prefer to write about?

A: I love heroes that have a good sob story. I am a sucker for people that have endured hardships the rest of us cannot even understand. This to me is what makes them become heroes. There is something about watching a character grow from battles and hardships into a better character.

Q: One of your upcoming books is going to be adapted into a film. Which one? And who plays the main characters?

A: It would have to be Star from my current work in progress (Star Kingdom 2). I would say Pink (Alecia Beth Moore) would be the best choice. Mostly because her personality is so unique.

Q: Out of all the characters you’ve killed off, which one do you most wish you could have spared? Why?

A: The guard from the Guardian City who saved the young High Princes during the War. He is a real-time knight in shining armor. Also, he deserved to be memorialized for his sacrifice.