A to Z Challenge: L is for Lynn Raye Harris

Welcome to the Nice Girls Writing Naughty version of the A-Z Challenge! Today’s featured guest author is Lynn Raye Harris.

Here’s a little more about Lynn:

Lynn Raye Harris is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the HOSTILE OPERATIONS TEAM SERIES of military romances as well as 20 books for Harlequin Presents. A former finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award and the National Readers Choice Award, Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome former military husband, two crazy cats, and one spoiled American Saddlebred horse. Lynn’s books have been called “exceptional and emotional,” “intense,” and “sizzling.” Lynn’s books have sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

Out April 11th, HOT ADDICTION is Book 10 in the Hostile Operations Team Series. It’s a standalone romance and can be read without reading the other nine books first — though you may want to read them all! Annabelle abandoned Dex at the altar and he’s kinda pissed about it…

Hot Addiction, Lynn Raye Harris, Dani Wade

Check it out:

Tell Dex I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have let it go this far. I’ve thought for a while that marrying him wasn’t right, that I’m not the woman for him—I should have been brave enough to say so. He deserves more.

When Dex “Double Dee” Davidson was abandoned at the altar by the woman he loved, he threw himself into his military career, training hard enough to get accepted into the elite Black Ops unit known as HOT. The love he felt for Annabelle Quinn burned to ash in the face of her betrayal—so when she crashes back into his life and begs him to save her, he has no problem laughing in her face.

Blackmailed into jilting Dex and forced into an abusive marriage, Annabelle never thought she’d escape the hell of the last five years. But her husband died a month ago and she’s finally free. Except she isn’t. Someone claims that Eric stole a fortune—and they want it back. If she doesn’t return it within twenty-four hours, she’ll be dead—and so will her young daughter. With time running out, Annabelle has no one to turn to. No one except Dex.

When Dex learns that Annabelle’s husband committed treason against the US by selling a top secret military project to the Russians, he has no choice but to get involved. He’ll protect Annabelle and her child, and he’ll find out who’s threatening her. But he won’t fall for her intoxicating sensuality ever again. And if he discovers the secret she’s been hiding from him? It’ll be game over for good…

And here’s Lynn’s interview: 

When did you know you first HAD to write?

I probably wrote my first story when I was about eight or so. It was about a wild stallion that had to fight off another stallion for control of the herd. This was a common theme in my writing when I was a kid. I was horse crazy, and I was a Black Stallion fan (the books by Walter Farley). I wrote a lot of horse stories. Not all of them were about wild horses. Sometimes it was a girl making her horse into a champion. I got to rewrite that fantasy last year when I had a hero inherit an American Saddlebred horse farm. The heroine needs to train a champion to save the farm. That was fun!

I also wrote typical teenager stories for a while, and then I tried a novel when I was about fourteen. I abandoned it after the second chapter. It was pretty awful, and I had no idea what I was doing. When I was twenty-five, I got serious about writing a novel. It took me about two years, but I wrote a complete romance novel. I didn’t get published right away (that took many more years!) but I was pretty much a slave to the writing bug by then.

 Introvert or Extrovert? How does this affect your work?

Introvert! I’m pretty good at faking extroversion when I have to. Conferences, signings, parties. I enjoy talking to people and learning about the things they’re interested in. But at some point I’m in sensory overload and need to be by myself for a while. Writing is a solitary profession, so being an introvert helps rather than hinders. I *like* being alone and thinking, so that’s helpful when I have to spend hours immersed in make-believe. I don’t get lonely or need company.

How do you deal with real-life distractions (job, kids, cats, birds chirping…)?

I’m lucky enough to be able to write full-time. But there are still distractions, and sometimes they can knock me out of the groove for a while. My husband works from home now and even though he’s pretty good about it, he still sometimes texts me or pops his head in just when I’m getting immersed in a scene. That can break my concentration for an hour or more. I try to tell him when I’m getting down to it and then he knows not to bother me. He helps with the other distractions because he takes care of the household tasks, schedules appointments, pays bills, shops, and he’s even started cooking! My other distraction is my horse. I got the horse to force me to exercise, and I have to go ride at least twice a week. I have to get my work done though, and if I slack off in the morning to go riding, I’m hard at work that evening trying to make up for it.

Lynn Raye Harris, horse show, riding, romance author

Lynn Raye Harris, romance author, horse show, riding

What’s the thing that most excites you about all the changes that have happened in publishing in the last five years?

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a HUGE proponent of indie publishing. I wrote twenty books for Harlequin, and I loved it. I loved the stories, my editors, my author friends, and the wonderful camaraderie that went with being a Harlequin author. But in 2013, I decided to self-publish a book that had been languishing on my hard drive. That was a game changer for me. Once I found out there was a rabid readership out there for the kinds of books I wanted to write — about a military special ops team that goes on dangerous missions while falling in love and saving the world — I didn’t look back. I wrote the books I wanted to read, and I found readers who couldn’t get enough. I love being in charge of what I write!

I love choosing my covers, writing my cover copy, being in charge of my marketing and schedule. Just everything. Being an indie has changed my life. I went from worrying about contracts and pleasing the powers that be at my publisher to writing directly for my readers and giving them what they want. There is no single correct way to be a writer these days, but I love that our choices are more numerous than ever before.

You can learn more at Lynn’s website, www.LynnRayeHarris.com, or come and visit her at her Facebook page. Lynn loves hearing from her readers! To sign up for Lynn’s newsletter–where you’ll be kept up to date about all of Lynn’s books–text the word HOTTIES to 66866 or go to http://lynnrayeharris.com/newsletter.

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