About Lucy May Lennox:
Lucy May Lennox is a connoisseur of novels featuring men with physical disabilities. After growing frustrated with all the cliches, ignorance and stereotypes, she decided to write her own positive take on disability. She also loves immersing herself in earlier historical periods and imagining the lives of people who don't usually make it into the history books. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest USA with her husband and children.
What inspires you to write?
I've always known I wanted to be a writer, since I was very young. Ideas pop into my head all the time. My characters just sort of arrive on their own. I'm often inspired by what I find lacking in classic literature of earlier ages, and the kinds of people and events which were ignored or viewed with prejudice.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have young children so my only time to write is at night after they go to bed. I try write consistently every day but it doesn't always happen. I don't use any apps or software, just standard word processing. I usually have a basic outline written out in the same document, then slowly fill it in. I take a pretty straightforward approach. I try to visualise each scene in my head as I go, like a movie. And I do many, many revisions and edits. I try to get as many beta readers as I can. Giving feedback to other writer friends has helped me a lot in revising my own work.
How do you develop your characters?
My characters do feel very real to me, although they don't talk to me. I try to have the key traits and arc of the main characters in place as I sketch out the plot, before I begin writing, because that's the most important part. I usually have to make some adjustments or dial up or down certain traits as I go along, but the most important parts are always there. Sometimes scenes with dialog pop fully into my head, sometimes I have to work out more slowly how to show character development or how a conversation will go.
What authors inspire you?
I love well-researched, densely written historical fiction: Patrick O'Brian, Susannah Clarke, Georgette Heyer. My favourite classic novels are Vanity Fair, Tom Jones, Tristram Shandy, Jane Eyre, and Moll Flanders. I prefer to read slowly so I don't keep up with a lot of recent novels. But I read lots of comics, especially web comics. My favourite historical fiction set in Japan are all manga: Ooku the Inner Chambers by Yoshinaga Fumi, Vagabond by Inoue Takehiko, Sakuran by Anno Moyoco, Momo and Manji by Sakura Sawa.
How do you keep going in the midst of distractions?
I don't know! I think I get distracted a lot. I don't try to publish a lot of books. It's ok to go slow. I try to write every day, even if it's just a few sentences.
What are your hobbies when you need a break from writing?
Mainly cooking and baking. I love making everything from scratch. I used to sing opera but haven't had time since I had kids. I hope to go back to it when they are older.
What romance genres do you write?: historical fiction
Do you write in genres that are not romance related?
Yes, I mainly write historical fiction, but some contemporary as well. Even if I'm not writing exactly in the standard romance genre, there is always a central love story and positive ending in my novels, either HEA or HFN. I like reading and writing upbeat, positive, hopeful stories. I don't do heavy angst.
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Audiobook
Where to find out more about the author
Link To Lucy May Lennox Page On Amazon
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