About the Author
Lucinda Sue Crosby is an Amazon bestseller, award-winning journalist, Nashville songwriter and commissioned poet. She is also a former Hollywood actress and professional tennis player.
Crosby has had a love affair with the written word since she was a little girl. Her writing passions have led her through a number of writing careers and numerous writing awards including being selected by TheAuthorShow.com in 2011 as “One of 50 Authors You Should be Reading.”
Her novel, Francesca of Lost Nation, is the winner of five literary prizes and has been a Kindle bestseller in various categories of Romance Fiction.
Crosby has also authored two other Kindle bestsellers:
The Adventures of Baylard Bear – a story about being DIFFERENT which is a Children’s Fiction with an adoption theme for ages 6 to 10.
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What inspires you to write romance books?
I have always been fascinated by the motivations that make people behave the way they do. And nothing speaks passion like romance, with passion one of the great drivers of human behavior throughout history.
After all, all human beings feel emotion – but it is the unique details of the two people involved in any meet up that set a story apart.
Romantic fiction also allows the author to right old wrongs and create new hopes on a personal level. You can get the unresolved disturbance out of your psyche and down onto the page. Great therapy!!
Tell us about how you write:
I sometimes outline using words or phrases which I return to later. Sometimes, when the words feel like they’ll pour out – I let them pour out. Fortunately, I adore rewriting. Once I know where I’m headed, charting the map and filling in the little towns and streams and highways is pure pleasure.
I do believe that character sketches are helpful and use them most of the time. Once I see on paper the totality of the heroine, for example, I can begin to see how she dresses, how she walks, how she interacts with other societal strata, how she behaves in a fix, how she accepts a compliment, how she feels about her image in a mirror, her favorite colors and fabrics. And these bits and pieces can make that character vivid and memorable.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I know the inspirations for all my characters so I have spoken to them – or observed them closely and remembered what I observed. When a character is rounded out, he or she might protest about an action or statement in my head. I’ll hear, or sense, “I would NEVER do that!” and I have learned to pay attention.
What advice would you give other writers?
What aspects of behavior make a person memorable to YOU? Looking back on an afternoon at the park or your most recent Starbucks visit, who among those strangers stood out and why did they stand out?
Sharing those tics, those facets, those features and then adding a touch of character history to tell the reader WHY the character looks/sounds/acts in a certain way is my favorite method of introducing my people to my reader. The past and the present can interact to create possibilities for the future.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
These days, self-publishing offers opportunities and a platform that didn’t exist for a maverick even five years ago. And it’s growing by leaps and bounds every month.
Having an agent and a traditional publisher is great for broader access or acess to particular areas … book-to-film placement, for example. But publishers and agents take a lot of $$ and often still expect writers to help create their own success. You still have the responsibility but you’re now not keeping all the profits. Plus, authors must also pony up for buybacks when the books don’t sell as widely as hoped.
If you’re famous for any reason, an agent and traditional publisher are the way to go. Otherwise, do by all means investigate self-publishers. Be sure and use good editors, cover designers and pro marketers with established reputations if you can’t take on every task yourself. A great editor and a great designer and a marketer with a proven track record usually pay for themselves.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s up in the air. I see books for smartphones 140 characters at a time becoming huge. I see that some people will always love “real” books – but that those numbers will lessen over time. I believe that traditional publishers haven’t caught up to the changes in the market. And I wonder why concerns like Barnes and Noble do so little to help authors when Amazon understands that authors can generate enormous revenue for Amazon if they get a little help with advertizing.
What genres do you write?
Novels, children’s fiction, marketing, environmental
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print