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Author Spotlight: Lynn Garcia Carmer

Charm School Role Play: Lesson 7 by Lynn Garcia Carmer

CJC: How did you get started as an author and what made you want to pursue that field?

LGC: I’ve always loved romance novels, since I was a preteen hiding under the covers to finish my latest book. I continued my guilty pleasure into adulthood, and literally two weeks before my best friend’s wedding—I flew across the country to attend a writing conference because I thought, I can do this! 13 books later, I’m still loving it.

CJC: What do you find to be the most rewarding and challenging part of being an author and what hurdles have you overcome while striving towards your goals?

LGC: Writing is a solitary venture, and I’m a rare extroverted author. For me, it’s hard to always write alone…staring at that blank page is the worst, lol! But I’ve met so many amazing readers and authors because of my books. Those experiences outweigh any of the bad. I’ve jumped over the usual hurdles, navigating The Zon, cranking out the books (cranking might be a stretch—I wish I wrote faster) and of course balancing my other job and my family. Nothing most working women and men face every day.

CJC: Which novel has been your favorite to write and why?

LGC: Usually my newest book becomes my favorite, but not always. I love book 1 of my charm school series, Charm School After Dark: Lesson 1. But I also love my newest Scifi series, Veras: Nozaroc Alien Warrior. That will be out very soon.

CJC: For first time readers of your work, which book would you recommend?

LGC: Charm School After Dark: Lesson 1. Four sisters inherit a bankrupt charm school. But who goes to charm school anymore? So, they devise a plan to teach naughty, adult after hour classes to keep the school open. Each sister teaches her own class and has to find a temporary “hot and hunky” test subject to help her research the class. The first class is on, mouth hugs. (I’ll give you a second to figure that one out, lol!) Others are on Toys, Sensation Play…and more. They are all super-spicy Rom-Coms that will definitely give you all the feels.

CJC: If one of your books were made into a movie, which would you select and who would you like to star in it?

LGC: I really love Book 4 in my charm school series: Charm School Billionaire Bad Boy: Lesson 4. It’s about an arrogant, bossy, and salty billionaire who tries to take over the charm school. (Because, you know, that kind of stuff happens all the time in real life, right? Lol!) The heroine Dacey has absolutely no filter, plus she’s ready to give up her V card to the grumpy billionaire. Now she just has to talk him into helping her research her class on Video Lovemaking.

CJC: For those looking to become an author, what advice would you give them?

LGC: I would say, Go for it! If it makes you happy to get the stories running around in your head, down on paper, don’t let anyone stop you. Chances are you won’t be a millionaire with the first book…or the second…or with any of them! Lol! But it’s a wonderful community and so satisfying to write those last two words at the end of a story: The End.

CJC: If you could co-write a book with any author, who would it be and why?

LGC: All of them. Every author I meet has an amazing and unique voice—and I love all of their worlds. Plus, I’m a team player, so if anyone is interested, hit me up!

CJC: Favorite motto?

LGC: Fake it till you make it.

CJC: What do you do to overcome writer’s block?

LGC: You mean after I eat my way through several gallons of ice cream, and binge the latest reality television shows? And cry a little bit—or a lot? I write through it. There is always something to explore. It might be a character analysis, or backstory, or just anything connected to the book that will spark an idea to help you get back to the real manuscript.

CJC: In one word, how would you describe your writing style?

LGC: Erratic!

CJC: Which do you find harder to do… writing the blurb for your story or selecting the cover?

LGC: Writing the blurb. Absolutely. I’m the worst at those.

CJC: Which author inspires you the most and why?

LGC: I have worked with so many amazing authors, but I’m currently obsessed with Eliza March. She’s an amazing indie author, as well as an editor and author for Wild Rose Press. I love talking to her and picking her brain. One of the best parts of writing in the romance world is all the accomplished, hard-working women you meet. Talented, super-smart…and Eliza is no exception to that.

CJC: What is your writing process like?

LGC: All. Over. The. Place. I’m a mess. After all this time, I should be more organized and better at it. But I’m not.

CJC: What new projects are you currently working on and what are your goals for the remainder of the year?

LGC: I’m so excited to pivot a little with my writing. I’m currently working on a fast-paced, and super-steamy SciFi romance series that will be out in the next month or two. My Nozaroc Alien Warriors are powerful aliens with giant, vibrating…well, you’ll have to read them to learn the rest. 😉

CJC: Any final thoughts you would like to share with the CJC Photography readers?

LGC: I loved working with Christopher on book 7 in my charm school series, Charm School Role Play. He made the process easy and so much fun. And I would just like to add that it isn’t always easy to find models of color for book covers. I write multicultural romance, and it has been a struggle at times. When I spoke to Christopher about it, he worked with me and found the perfect model. Now I LOVE my cover.

CJC: Thank you so much Lynn for featuring Ethan and I on Charm School Role Play which is out now!

Stay up to date with all of Lynn’s latest releases here.

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