Returning the spotlight this week to Lynda Stacey – she has just released Keeper of Secrets with Ruby Fiction.
Lynda has appeared on my blog several times over the years, so this time I thought I would ask her some different questions:-
- What is your favourite holiday destination?
Now then, for me this is a really difficult question because I’m very fortunate and I’ve travelled a lot. I have many favourites, I got married at Shaw Park Beach Hotel in Jamaica (before it was commercial), I spent a lot of years traveling back and forth to Egypt as a Scuba Diving instructor and a new find is the Mitsis Lindos Memories hotel in Rhodes, it’s amazing. It’s small and friendly and they really look after you.
But, if I had to choose one, I’d say that I loved Koomando in Maldives the most. It was like being Robinson Crusoe with a bar and a chef. We went with a group of people, ten of us in total and during the fortnight I put on almost a stone in weight … yes … the food was that good, plus we spent hours as a group chatting while eating.
- Which of your heroines can you imagine being in her shoes most easily?
Again, difficult. I’m a little in love with all my characters and they all have just a little of me in them.
Okay, okay, choose one…
I’d have to say Cassie Hunt in Keeper of Secrets. Probably because she’s my newest heroine, she’s also had a tough life, grew up in a mining village like I did and wished that she could be anyone else in the world… so long as it wasn’t Cassie Hunt. I have to admit, in my younger days I often wished this. But now as an adult I’m quite pleased that my wish didn’t come true… now that I’m older, I quite like being me.
- The most romantic thing that’s happened to you?
I got married on a beach in the Caribbean. We’d both been married before and decided that this time, our wedding would be just for us… and it was.
- A life defining moment?
I was in a huge car accident in 2009. Actually, if I’m totally honest, I was in TWO car accidents in less than 20 mins. My car had come to a standstill on the motorway, a van hurtled towards me and the driver was too busy chatting to his passenger to see me. Being very independent, I managed to get my car off of the motorway and to the top of the slip-road, where a 2nd vehicle ran into the back of me. (😱 Mx)
This accident not only damaged my shoulders to a point where I had to sell my scuba diving school, it was also the moment when I realised that I would no longer lead the active life that I had. I was bored. I couldn’t simply watch television every evening and that was the defining moment when I decided to write…!!
- What aspect of the writing process do you enjoy most?
I love discovering my characters. Giving them a life, a family, a personality, and a history. It’s exciting, like meeting someone for the very first time and like when you meet new people, you learn a little more about them every time you meet them and their personality gets stronger with every page.
- Which would you choose?
- Coffee or tea?
Definitely tea.!! You can’t beat that first cup in a morning.
- Seaside or countryside?
I love the sea. I’ve spent many hours, days and weeks on boats and love to see what’s below the waves. Although, I do choose to live in the countryside. Am I allowed to answer BOTH??
- Shopping or a walk?
A walk… I’m not a shopper.
- Sweet or savoury food?
Sweet. I love puddings of every description which is why I will never be a size 8 ever again.
- Fashionable or comfortable shoes?
At one time I’d have said fashion rules. I’ve totally lost count of the times I’ve walked to a taxi after a night out in bare feet because my feet are in agony. But now, now I’m more of a person that loves her comfort.
- Morning or evening person?
Morning for sure. I’m always the one that’s up first and enjoy that hour before the world starts spinning around me.
- If you had to give advice to a wannabe author, what would it be?
Never give up. Write. Write. Write. Get the words down on the page and get to the end of the story. There is nothing like writing the words, THE END..!
About Lynda Stacey
Hi, I’m Lynda.
I’m the Sales Director for a stationery and office supplies company in Doncaster. I’ve also been a nurse, an emergency first response instructor and a PADI Staff Instructor (which is a Scuba diving instructor who can teach people to be instructors themselves) and now, I’m proud to say that I’m an author.
I’ve always loved to read and at a very early age I decided that one day I’d be an author. I left school at 15, but before I left I went to my careers advice officer and he asked me what I’d like to do. When I said that I’d like to write or become a journalist, he shook his head and asked me which university I’d be going to. It was 1984, there was a miner’s strike and I was a miner’s daughter. There was no way we could afford university and after telling my careers officer this, he suggested that I might apply for a job at Boots, working on the make-up counter. My dream of becoming an author diminished and I carried on with life.
In 2008, I was involved in a car accident that damaged all the nerves in my shoulder. I couldn’t dive, or teach anymore and was left with many hours on my hands. It was then that I once again turned to my love of writing and found that I naturally steered towards creating stories of romantic suspense.
My own life story, along with varied career choices helps me create both unique heroes and heroines. I like to give them challenging back stories and unpredictable plots .
To keep in touch with Lynda you can use the following social media links:
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About Keeper of Secrets
Should some secrets stay buried?
For as long as Cassie Hunt can remember her Aunt Aggie has spoken about the forgotten world that exists just below their feet, in the tunnels and catacombs of the Sand House. The story is what inspired Cassie to become an archaeologist.
But Aggie has a secret that she’s buried as deep as the tunnels and when excavation work begins on the site, Cassie is the only one who can help her keep it. With the assistance of her old university friend, Noah Flanagan, she puts into action a plan to honour Aggie’s wishes.
It seems the deeper Noah and Cassie dig, the more shocking the secrets uncovered – and danger is never far away, both above and below the ground …
Google Books: https://bit.ly/2PfHWDb
Maybe check out some of Lynda‘s other titles:-
Thank you for joining me, Lynda Mx