About the Author
Lina has been writing for years, but finally embraced her naughty side. Now, she writes erotica and romance, with fantasy plots and a dash of kink. Lina lives with her hubby in the wilds of urban jungle.
What inspires you to write romance books?
I get my inspiration from all kinds of places. I actually try to write characters that are largely ignored or with characteristics that are less often seen – like tough men who are aware of and concerned with consent, and women who end up protecting or saving their lovers. Finding ways to bring those aspects into the story without sacrificing the steamy scenes is an interesting challenge.
Tell us about how you write:
I'm an outliner. If I don't have a good solid plot, my writing wanders all over the place and goes no where. I found a nice little piece of software called Writer's Cafe. It's similar to Scrivenor but it focuses more on the outlining of the project.
I don't do character sketches or "who should play so-n-so". My character descriptions are based on what the story needs and what's in my own mind.
I tend to focus on emotional and psychological stuff with heavy descriptions of the physical reactions to highly charged situations.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No. I've got enough people bugging me. My characters are my creations. They sometimes surprise me, but I tend to create my characters fully in my head as part of the outlining process. Most of that is just how they develop and develop in the story.
What advice would you give other writers?
Go for it. Know the genre, then break the mold. We need more variety in the stories and characters in romance. Write what you want to see. It may not be what the market says to write, but if we all write the same stuff, how can the market pick anything else?
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose to self-publish my romance books. This was primarily because of the resources I have accumulated in terms of editors, cover designers, etc. It just seemed to be a better fit for the somewhat niche type of romance that I am writing, rather than try to convince a publisher of its value. Many romance publishers have a very specific formula for their books, and while that has value, it is also rather limiting to authors who step outside that formula.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It's very exciting to me to see so many options in publishing right now. You can self-publish or you can choose a publisher. And there are many choices in publishers, too, from the big five to small press and micro-press publishers. Lots of small presses have a specific focus while others will publish any genre. Authors are taking back a lot of power in their publishing, too. I can't wait to see what comes in the future.
What genres do you write?
Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, Erotica
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print