Meet Fantasy Author J. Lynn Else!

Hailing from Minnesota, J. Lynn Else is the award-winning author of The Awakening series, beginning with Descendants of Avalon. Read on to learn more about this exciting author!

1. What inspired The Awakening Series? I wanted to create a book series that had multiple lead female protagonists. One where the girls (if there was more than one) weren’t stuck in the know-it-all trope. I’d come up with an idea for a wishing well story, which eventually began to encompass Arthurian elements. Once I added these elements together, it felt like the story fell into place. Then the character came to life!

2. Can you describe your writing style? I have a general idea of what I want, but typically I let the characters guide me. They are the ones making the choices. If I throw an obstacle in their path, I sink into their thought process to figure out what they’re going to do. I am definitely not an outliner.

3. When you’re not writing award-winning novels, how do you spend your time? Sometimes I’m driving around Minnesota as I visit my son who’s in college. Other times, I like to sit and watch True Crime TV with my high-school daughter. I’m a reviews editor for the Historical Novels Society, so I’m often processing submissions and sending out books to reviewers. I also enjoy lots and LOTS of reading!

4. What can your readers expect next from you? I’m writing and illustrating a children’s book. It’s about a lovely little elephant who wants to be a ballerina and joins a dance class. The story is about the love of dance, and I’m excited to see it in print.

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