I’m thrilled to welcome good friend Lynn Forth onto the blog today to talk about her writing cave. Over to you, Lynn, tell all!
My first books were written on the family shared computer, so I had to fit in around other people. This led to some fraught exchanges. Now, bliss, my own computer and my own desk.
I’ve been very brave and the first picture is the reality, in all its untidied chaos. Pens, paper, post-its and all sorts of odds and ends scatter the surface. Note the precious RNA mug holding my pens. The yellow box is full of old printed copies of my books and, waste not want not, I now used the blank side for all sorts of notes and to-do lists and jottings …well, you get the picture. I can’t exist without scribbling stuff down. And, as you can see, I’m a spreader (in more ways than one!). If I have space, I will fill it. A major desk tidy is due …but I’m always too busy, honest.
It looks a pretty tidy desk to me, Lynn!
I have three ‘ideas’ notebooks full of opening chapters. I love writing the initial ‘meet’ scene between my main characters in which they engage in witty, sparky dialogue. Often the book fizzles out after that as I run out of plot ideas for a full novel, but if ever anyone wants a book full of opening chapters, I’m your woman.
Luckily, in my debut novel Love in La La Land, the opening confrontation leads to a plot full of fun and intrigue as my main characters weave around each other creating sparks throughout the book.
As you can see, I’m very lucky to have a room with a view…and what a view. The landscape is green and hilly with cows dotting the far fields, horses grazing nearby and I have a garden full of birds, thanks to copious quantities of fat balls. The occasional predations by sparrow hawks are upsetting, but I tell myself, that’s nature’s way.
Wow! What a fabulous view!
Above all from my window, I can see a wonderful skyscape of clouds. Love clouds. You can’t see it in the photo but I have a faded poster on the wall telling me what they all are.
If you peer closely, you can see on my wall, photos of my family, my former College colleagues taken at my leaving party and two framed cards. You may have seen them before. One from my book group features stern faced ladies saying ‘My book club can beat up your book club’…and is probably true. The other framed card is a present from my other, less formidable book group, showing a bonneted lady at a desk listening to her publisher. He is saying, ‘We like the plot, Miss Austen, but all the effing and blinding will have to go.’
So I am surrounded by family and fun as I ‘pen’ my major oeuvres. And as my books are primarily about finding love and having fun, I think it is a very appropriate writing cave.
Lynn has her debut book coming out this month. Here’s a little about it. I love its premise!
In the city of stars, will English author, Jane Jones, come to earth with a bump? Or can she write her own happy ending?
Excited to be in glitzy, glamorous Hollywood, Jane is thrilled by the prospect of seeing a scene from her novel being filmed and starring screen heart throb, Scott Flynn. Too bad, she is accompanied by the cynical Jack Clancy, the screenwriter who has ruined her story but seems totally unrepentant about all the changes.
Both men seem intent on pursuing her. But do they have ulterior motives? Is Jane a mere pawn in a game between two fierce rivals?
In the bubble of La La Land’s glittering parties, hovering paparazzi, and powerful movie tycoons, Jane begins to feel adrift.
She must quickly learn who can be trusted…and who can’t.
And here’s some information about my guest:
Lynn Forth went to live in Accrington when she was 11 and still has the accent to prove it.
She now lives in Worcestershire (where it doesn’t rain as much) with her family and a room with a view to write in.
With a lifelong fascination with words and people, she studied English and Psychology at University and, as a lecturer at the local College, she tried to impart this love of words and teaching to students of all ages.
An avid reader, she runs two book clubs and, as a bit of a movie buff, she loves the discussions at a local Film Club. Although not a big exercise fan, she enthusiastically enjoys the fun and music at her Zumba sessions and loves encouraging a riotous array of flowers in her garden.
She now writes romantic comedies full of sparky dialogue set in exotic foreign climes, which, of course, she has to visit for the sake of research. Her debut novel, Love in La La Land, combines this love of films, humour and sunny places.
You can find more about Lynn here. Just follow the linky things:
Her romantic comedy, Love in La La Land is available as both eBook and paperback from Amazon myBook.to/LoveinLaLaLand1
Thanks so much for coming on Lynn and sharing your writing space. I love the view! Good luck with the book. Can’t wait to dig into my copy!