Lynn Ames comes up with unique ideas for every one of her books. It never feels like she has taken a traditional romance formula and just copied in character names. This, coupled with the fact that she is a prolific author and you know you have a winner.
What Lynn Ames says about her work:
A brief description of your writing:
I tend to write whatever is in my heart at the moment. If my writing isn’t heart-felt, why would you want to read it?
I write traditional contemporary romances, historical fiction, thrillers, and action/adventure/intrigue romances. Oh, and I’m also an award-winning poet.
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Who/What inspired you to start writing?
I wrote my first novel when I was ten years old. Writing, and using my imagination, was a way for me to escape into worlds and situations where I was safe, and where there were happy endings.
Why lesbian fiction?
I write lesbian-centric fiction because I believe we still have a need to see ourselves mirrored back at us from the pages of books. We need to see images that affirm and uplift us. I write lesbian fiction because I hope my stories will inspire us, teach us, entertain us, and remind us of who we are and why it’s important to be ourselves.
If someone is new to your work, which of your books should she read first?
If you prefer historical fiction, start with either Eyes on the Stars or Bright Lights of Summer.
If you’re more of a thriller kind of gal, go with Beyond Instinct.
All That Lies Within is the only novel I’ve ever written that is based on one of my poems. I wrote a poem called, “Knowledge and Illusion.” The theme of the poem is about being seen for who we really are, as opposed to what is on the outside. That inspired the book.
Bright Lights of Summer was inspired by my extraordinary friendship with Dot Wilkinson, widely considered to be the greatest female catcher who ever played the game of women’s softball. Her experiences in the game and as a lesbian in the 1940s was remarkable. So I wrote this book to honor her and all of her contemporaries.
What inspired you to write The Kate & Jay series (The Price of Fame, The Cost of Commitment, and The Value of Valor)?
The Kate & Jay books were the first books I wrote as a published author. I hadn’t intended the story to last three books, but it just…did. And now, ten years since I last visited with the characters, I’m sitting here writing the fourth book in the series, titled, Final Cut. The book will be out in the fall.
Any time I sit down to write a book, the thing that inspires me is the question, “What if…?” What if something I see on the news happened a little bit differently. What if things aren’t as they appear to be. You get the idea. The Mission: Classified series sprang to mind from my experience in the political world and from running across a couple of intriguing (to me, anyway) news headlines.
I was suffering from insomnia one night, and I ran across an episode of an American television show called Cold Case. This particular episode centered around a World War II female pilot who flew as part of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (the WASPS).
At the end of the episode, a paragraph appeared on screen explaining that the WASPs were real. I was amazed that, as a history major, I’d never heard of them. 1,078 female pilots flying the same planes the men flew in World War II.
What were the chances that none of them were lesbians? Yeah, see, I thought the same thing. So I wrote Eyes on the Stars to bring attention to these courageous women.
Other Works In The Lesbian Genre
Your favourite lesbian book (not written by you):
This is a tough question. I don’t know if it is my very favourite (I actually don’t know that I have a single favorite), but the very first lesbian book I ever read was Katherine V. Forrest’s Amateur City, featuring the female detective Kate Delafield. That book made a big impression on me. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Your favourite lesbian movie:
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