To introduce Fang Fridays we have a wonderful guest author, Gena Dee Lutz. Welcome to the Fang Chronicles Gena, we are excited to have you so let’s get started.
Do you have a blueprint you follow when beginning a book?
I just sit in front of a blank screen and start writing. I let whatever wants to come out have free rein over the first couple chapters. After that, I try to create a plot board for the more crucial chapters. I usually end up going back to rewrite the first chapter after I am finished with the first draft of the manuscript.
Is there a message in your books for readers?
If so what? – I guess in way there is. I tend to write about strong female characters. Some start off that way and others need to find their strength. I guess my message to my readers would be to never give up. There is a strong alpha wolf in all of us just waiting for the chance to emerge and run free.
Did you learn anything from writing your book? If so what?
I did. I learned that anything is possible. One of those things being that even an undereducated, grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, somewhat timid woman, can find the strength and courage to sit down and write her-self a book.
Do you ever experience writers block and if so what helps you get past it?
Oh my goodness yes. It’s a regular part of my writing process. Sometimes I am stalled on a scene for days. My mind is stubborn and likes to mull things over…get the scene and what happens next just right. I just go with the natural course of my brain and try not to push myself to much. I would rather get the scene right, give the story its due respect; instead of rushing to the finish line.
Back in high school, would you put yourself with the nerds, jocks, preppy, goth, or choose another group? Tell us why?
In school I was…hmmm. I guess I would have to say all of the above. I had friends in each one of those classification. I never herded myself into one group. I guess, as is the same with my books, I always preferred to be ‘Indie”.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
I would advise them to never give up. Writing a book takes patience and a very vivid and wild imagination. If you are blessed with those two attributes…the rest can be learned.
Describe yourself using three words and then please elaborate.
Wonky- Oh boy…let’s just say that if there is a normal, un-fun, bland way of doing things…I will do the exact opposite. I am the person who comes up with all the bright ideas like…“Let’s play quarters”…that EVERYONE regrets they agreed to do the next day. Yeah, I am that gal!
Paranoid- When I enter a room I already have all exits mapped out for a quick escape. Every ‘bad’ scenario has already run through my head by the time I sit down at a table or wherever my body lands. Not to mention, I usually have devised a brilliant plan on how to either…run from any impending dangers…fight…or have found the perfect hiding spot in case of an emergency. Just think of my mind as if its a flight attendant on crack. I blame all of this craziness on my Writers Brain.
Loving- I am a hugger. I love good people…just want to eat em’ up! I believe in good Karma…sending out good vibes…and am blessed to have a ton of people who allow me to love them in my own special way.
At what point in your writing career did you actually consider yourself an author?
When I received my first review on Amazon. I actually screamed while jumping out of my chair. The whole house came running in to see what was wrong. With tears in my eyes I said… “Someone actually liked my book.” I got a lot of hugs that night…it was great.
What’s your biggest motivation to write?
At first it was to prove to myself that I could in fact write a full length novel. After that, I realized that writing books is my calling. I love every minute that I spend writing. I think that in itself is true motivation.
Please tell us about your latest book release or the book you are currently working on.
My current WIP is titled Roxanne Desired. It’s book 2 in The Prime Wolf series. The first draft is almost complete.
Author Bio ~ Gena D. Lutz spends most of her time conjuring up characters and figuring out devilish ways to torture them, in between several cups of café mocha. She is a mother, wife, and hunter of the dreaded dust bunny. This book is the first step towards living her dreams of being a full time writer.
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Thank you Gena!