Lynne Sears Williams was born in Canada, afflicted with a law degree. There were only ten houses on her street, four kids went to law school; clearly the water was contaminated.
In the 2nd year of law school, Lynne saw the school ‘playboy’ carrying a huge fantasy novel. Certain that her wedding ring flashed protective bolts of lightning, she asked how he found time for ‘free reading.’ “If I didn’t read something that wasn’t law, I’d lose my mind.” Incredible! The kid had a point that didn’t include hitting on Lynne.
Armed with knowledge, Lynne went home, picked up the first book at hand, read, then fell asleep. She was transported into a dream, where there was a great looking guy, a beautiful woman, with cold wind blowing from an ocean.
As the days went by, each time she closed her eyes it was like watching a movie as the characters became real. Evan, who was a king, had two cousins. The woman’s name was Morleyna and Lynne knew a grudge separated the two kingdoms.
Lynne gave up trying to understand the Tort Contract Matrix during an honors lecture. On a page where she was supposed to write Brilliant Notes, Lynne decided to draw a map of the country she’d been seeing. A mountain range here, a different kingdom there and when she got home Lynne opened an encyclopedia; she had drawn a map of Wales. A laptop appeared and a story was born.
Lynne worked as a freelance journalist for the Canadian and American Medical Associations Journals. Law professor Chris Levy and Lynne co-authored a legal article published by The Alberta Law Review. Lynne credits Professor Levy for his eagle eyes on detail. She finished her law degree at the University of Madison, Wisconsin and interned at District 4’s Madison Court of Appeal for her final semester.
Back Cover blurb:
9th century Wales...
Evan, king of Powys, returns from a wedding to find a village ransacked, with women and children dead. Neighboring Gwynedd has broken the peace, crossing the mountain to pillage and murder. The dead babes tear his heart, and Evan vows to break the heart of Gwynedd.
Gwynedd’s most guarded treasure is a pampered princess. In a bloody raid, Evan’s comrades return to Powys with Gwynedd’s heart.
Evan knows holding the princess will be dangerous and her safe-keeping may mean the difference between the lasting peace he desires and a bloody war. He’s prepared for her to be kept safe but unprepared for the girl’s intelligence, compassion and damnably kissable mouth.
“Evan took in the vision of a scarlet gown, which barely disguised the shapely form and a river of black curls that caressed to girl’s waist. Oh, Lord. He wished he had ordered sackcloth.”
Morleyna’s secret gift of Sight reveals a cruel betrayal that sends Evan on a mystical journey where he discovers his only chance for redemption rests in the hands of his captive.
Her brothers will arrive to claim their sapphire-eyed sister. Will her kinsmen, bent on revenge, destroy Evan and his comrades? Or will destruction come from Morleyna who may be the reincarnation of someone whose beauty captivated a nation?
Is there a behind the book story?
Yes. In a rather strange way it mimics what happens in The Comrades. In my 2nd year of law school, I saw the school playboy with a huge fantasy book. Making certain my wedding ring flashed protective bolts of lightning I asked him how he found time for 'free reading.' Playboy answered if he didn't read something that wasn't law, he'd lose his mind. Incredible! The kid had a plan which didn't include include hitting on me! Armed with knowledge, I went home after school, grabbed the first novel I saw [Tolkien] read for a bit, then fell asleep. I dreamt about a handsome man, a beautiful woman and *knew* that a grudge meant they would never meet.
Do you plot your stories or lead your characters lead you?
In this case, the character's abducted me and planted me in their century. All I could see was them, their likes, and their enemies. Then they tossed a laptop at me and I was told to write their story.
How long have you been writing and what was your call story?
I had been writing as a journalist for years, then as a law student. This was my first foray into historical fiction.
What are you currently working on?
The second book of the series, which is called 'Gareth's Tale.'
Of all of your characters, do you have a favorite you identify with and why?
Gareth. He is the 'bad boy' of the three cousins in The Comrades, sarcastic and enjoys danger, women and drinking. I don't have a preference for women but as to the rest? At some points in my life I have been quite a lot like Gareth.
What is the best thing about your job as an author?
You can write wearing your pj's.
What is the hardest thing?
Editing. 'Killing your darling's' with a knife at your throat.
What kind of daily schedule do you have?
It varies. Exercise is good, writing is good, cleaning bytes.
What types of things interrupt your writing?
People. Sometimes a person ventures into my lair to do something. I will hold up my left hand to indicate 'stop!' and finish the sentence I was working on.
Describe a day in the life of Lynne.
Wake up at noon, eat, write, exercise, rinse, repeat.
If a movie was made about your life, who would you like to see play the lead role as you?
Anne Hathaway, whose character in The Devil Wears Prada nicely summed up my obsession with jewelry, clothes and rocking footwear. I always order gorgeous boots from E-bay. Like fashion a lot; do not want to sell my soul to get it.
What is something you definitely want readers to know about you?
I have had MS for years. It's a disease that flares nasty for a while, then stops. If there is anything people who are ill need to know is that sometimes we can achieve the impossible. Hang in, hang on, keep trying.
When the time comes for you to retire from writing, what would you like your readers to remember the most about you and your writing?
The fact that one article written for the Canadian Medical Association Journal and a legal article co-authored with a law professor paved the way to the legalization of midwives attending home births in Alberta, Canada. Safe? Yes. The government pays the midwives.
What are you currently reading?
Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor, The Confession by John Grisham and The Snitch, Houdini and Me by John Virgil.
Currently, 'The Saints are Coming' by Green Day and U2 that has footage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. US fighter pilots went in to to rescue people and drop food and water. New Orleans went down in a nasty way but their up and running now. For me, it sums up: 'if it doesn't kill you, it only makes you stronger.'
Before I let you go though, is there anything I forgot to ask that you want the readers and fans to know?
Thanks for reading my book and to Romance Readers Buzz for the interview!
Where you can find Lynne:
Facebook: Lynne Sears Williams
Twitter: Sorry, I am tweet-challenged..
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