Monday, March 19, 2012

More Than A Job -- Lynette Endicott

Please Welcome Author Lynette Endicott who has stopped by to tell us about her new release More Than A Job.

Blurb: When she loses the job that was her full existence, Paige Hamilton learns that there are more important things in life - including love. Can Joshua draw her away from her anger at his company and into his arms?

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Please tell us your latest news!
My debut book, More Than A Job has just been released by Desert Breeze Publishing.

If you were to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Well, because I love the characters, they have continued to live in my head, and so I have an epilogue playing out. Or maybe a sequel or companion book. We'll see.

How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?

My brother is also an author, in a completely different genre, so even though I am the eldest I am not the first to publish a book. My sister directs a Literacy Center in a nearby county. All five kids are readers, something we learned from our parents, who have always been voracious readers as well. We are PKs - Preacher's Kids -- and I admit I did edit some of the steamier scenes when I realized that Mom and Dad would read my book.

Can you tell us something behind-the-scenes about this book that the readers would love to hear - something not easily found on your website?

More Than A Job is about a woman who worked in group homes for adults with developmental disabilities. I worked in the disability field, both in disability rights and in programs like the one in the book, for more than more than 30 years. I am developing some guidelines about writing characters who have disabilities, because of that experience.

Do your fictional characters develop on their own, or do you have their lives planned out in advance?
A little of both! I find that even if I have the plot mapped out and the character develop written down, the characters often go off in unexpected directions. In More than a Job there is a significant event in Paige's life that wasn't in my mind in advance at all.

Do you base any of your characters personalities off people you know, and if so, do you tell them?
Not consciously, but sometimes a friend or family member will remind me that an event or conversation or characteristic is from someone in real life. I think my writer's mind tucks away memories that might make good stories, and then pulls them out when they are needed without my conscious action.

When did you discover you are a writer? Was there a specific catalyst?
I've always written stories. My mom kept some of the imaginative ones from grade school and always declared I was a writer. When I was 14 I was in a class that went on a field trip to a nearby prison. All the people wrote their impressions, and I was chosen to put them together to submit to a youth magazine. The article about our trip, with comments from my classmates, was the first thing I published. By the time I graduated from college, ten other articles were accepted by that publisher.

What’s your favorite place you’ve visited?  Do you have a “must see” destination on your bucket list?
I love British Columbia. Vancouver and Victoria are beautiful, diverse and interesting cities. Scotland and Ireland, especially areas of our ancestors, are definitely on my Bucket List..

Thank you for stopping by Lynette.  Is there anything else you want to share?
Stay tuned. If you enjoy More than a Job, there are two more books coming in 2012.


Lynn said...

Thanks for hosting me today, Tina. Enjoyed your questions - different from any other interview I've done.

Kathleen Ball said...

sounds like such a great book- congrats!!

Linda Swift said...

Hi Lynette. Your book sounds like my kind of read. And your cover is beautiful. Congratulations on your first published book of fiction and I wish you much success and many more books to come.
Linda Swift

Patty said...

My bucket list places to visit are pretty close to home right now. I don't seem to have the mental capacity to think beyond a few months ahead! LOL I'd like to take my family to the mountains and go camping. Doesn't sound like much, but I think it would be great. :)

Kathleen Ball said...

great interview!!!