Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thursday Thoughts with EM Lynley

I’m a Dreamer

There are lots of different kinds of dreams.

There are the kind you have when sleep. I say “you” because I almost never remember what I dreamed about. In fact, I’m jealous of you people who do remember, unless you try to tell me the whole dream in excruciating and incomprehensible detail. Of course, I do wish I could remember my own dreams, and not just for reciprocity.

Luckily one of the dreams I remembered ended up being the inspiration for Hostile Takeover. The only scene I could recall of that dream was of two men fencing. I may have been channeling that Madonna video for “Die Another Day.” (As far as I recall, neither Madonna nor Pierce Brosnan were in that dream, mores the pity).

Then there are the dreams about the future.

I’ve had plenty of those! As a kid my dream was to be a jockey. Well, first I wanted to be a horse, but my family pointed out that was beyond the realm of scientific advancement. So, jockey was the next best thing. The dream ended when I got too heavy….

Later on and much more realistically, I turned my dream to going to law school and becoming the first female Supreme Court Chief Justice. That, or Indiana Jones. I would have been happy with either. I didn’t end up in law school, but I did take an archaeology class which taught me that what Indy did was not archaeology. I never heard him mention a cone of percussion, but my professor couldn’t stop talking about them.

Around that time (high school) I had the dream of writing a book. One of my English teachers had published her first novel—a romance novel, and you can bet everyone read it just for the sex scenes, to wonder if that’s what she did with her husband.

I didn’t think about being an author or getting published or anything. Just about writing a book. It seemed an impossible task. The idea that someone could sit down and write a whole story felt as difficult as becoming an astronaut (not one of my dreams).

The writing dream got swept away pretty quickly. I liked writing, but didn’t have anything worth writing about. Only later did I realize that book ideas don’t just flash into your mind fully formed. You have to work at those too. Over the years I had a few flashed of inspiration but gave up almost without a fight.

It wasn’t until about seven years ago I dusted off the book dream.

I got a repetitive stress injury at work and needed surgery. I was off work for over a year all told for treatments, surgery, rehab. I was pretty depressed at the time. I wasn’t exactly in a dream job and just broken up with someone who had to move away for a job.

It was during this time I started toying with the idea of writing. A good friend talked me into writing a story I had been thinking about, and I gave it a shot, chapter by chapter.

Within a couple of months, I had a novel length manuscript. I got a lot of nice feedback from readers when I posted it on my blog. The writing was terrible, but people liked the storyline. I tried another. I read some books about writing. I took a couple of classes. And kept writing.

Finally I took the plunge and decided to submit a novel to a publisher.

In February 2009 my first novel, Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells was published and my life hasn’t been the same since.

It’s only gotten better. I’m still writing, and I’ve learned plenty since those first stories. Looking back, SL&WB wasn’t particularly well-written.

It’s not often we get a do over, but thanks to Dreamspinner Press, I was able to completely rewrite Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells, expand the story and fix all those first-novel mistakes.

I’m really happy with the second edition of the book, and thrilled with the new cover Paul Richmond made for me.

My high school self would never imagine I’d be a full-time writer with over 15 novels published, but here I am.

Sometimes dreams come true when we least expect it.

Maybe it’s not too late to go to law school.

Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells
2nd edition from Dreamspinner Press

Of all the tiny towns, in all the world, he walks into mine.

Texas native Kieran Quinn has hit the big time, working in Manhattan as a columnist for Gloss, a national literary magazine. He’s well-known for his snarky, sardonic columns, but deep down he’s more interested in exploring what makes people tick than his editor would like. He keeps his desire to find his own Mr. Right hidden under a sexy, carefree persona that favors champagne and underwear models of the male variety.

Jaxon Lang loves being the high school principal in tiny Buckwheat Springs, Texas after relocating from Austin to pursue his relationship with Danetta Archer, despite her reputation for leaving grooms at the altar. So far, he’s avoided examining the questions he has about himself, certain that marriage will put them to rest. Then Kieran arrives in town. Kieran’s charm and unique attitudes about sex and attraction soon challenge Jaxon’s concept of what—and who—he wants.

While covering the latest wedding of a real-life “runaway bride," Kieran falls hard for the gorgeous—and supposedly straight—groom, Jaxon Lang, despite that ridiculous X. Then Kieran discovers the bride’s hiding a shocking secret.

EM Lynley is a former investment analyst and White House economist. For the past five years she has been much happier writing erotic romance. She loves books where the hero gets the guy and the loving is 11 on a scale of 10. Her Precious Gems series has been described as “Indiana Jones meets Romancing the Stone”—only gayer. The Delectable series is Gay Romance with Taste. Her books are available in print and e-book from Amazon & other book distributors.

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  1. I can't remember my dreams either.

  2. I don't think I even dream at night anymore!