(Z) Frequent followers of this blog may see Lindy Zart’s books on here every few months. Well, she’s fabulous. I jump on her blog tours and reveals in a heartbeat. If I had asthma, I’d probably need an inhaler each time she announces a new release; that’s how excited I get. Her intricately developed characters, clever dialogue, various plot decisions, and great personality are like a magnetic pull to my Kindle shelf. I’ve had the joy of
stalking following her on Facebook for a little while now and love how down to earth she is. Anywho, I’ve asked her a few fun questions about her writing process and life so you can get to know her just as well as I have!
Hi! Thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview for Livre It To Me. Let’s start out with something easy. What have you written?
A dozen or so, of varying sub-genres. You can find them all here: http://www.lindyzart.com
What are you working on at the minute? What’s it about?
I’m working on a spin-off of Roomies, and it’s about Blake—the anti-hero brother of the main male character in Roomies.
When and why did you decide to become a writer?
I’m not sure if I can pinpoint a specific age or time that brought me to this decision. I have loved reading since I was four, and I began to dabble in poetry and short stories around the age of twelve. Writing was, and is, cathartic to me. I wrote, and loved it, and kept writing.
What is your favorite genre to write in and what draws you to this genre?
I can’t honestly answer that. Different genres call to different parts of me. I like to laugh, I like to feel intense emotion, and I like to make the reader become a part of the story along with me, like they’re observing me create it, and experiencing it as I do. I want them to think about what they’re reading. I even like to make readers cry at times.
Out of all the characters you have created, who are you most drawn to?
Again, tough question. I feel like Kennedy from Roomies is the most fun. I was seriously laughing as I was writing her story. And I love the positivity of Delilah in Unlit Star. Lola from Safe and Sound calls to my inner child, the scared girl who no one saved. Lily from the Incomplete/Complete books is every insecurity in myself I’ve ever had. Maggie from Within This Frame is the part that realizes her worth, and that is a thing to treasure. Sara in Take Care, Sara is lost, full of guilt, and I’ve been there. Where I thought I was unforgivable, and somehow, moved on from it. Beth from Steady as the Snow Falls is told she can’t do things, and so, she does. She finds out she’s brave, and I’ve had to do that. In Smother, Reese hates herself, can’t understand her childhood, and has to learn to love herself. We all need to love ourselves. Distrustful and snarky Bianca in Dating Husbands opens up her heart, in spite of being afraid to love after being hurt. Honor from Ordinary, Unremarkable, and Insignificant is just that—honorable. I strive for that; to do good, to be good, to be a better person than I was the day before. I’m drawn to all of them, because they are all a part of me.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing your first book?
I started a lot of stories through the years, but I got distracted by life, and always put them aside. I told myself I was going to start one, and finish it. And I did.
What/who are your muses?
Music, coffee, life.
What is your writing process typically like?
I have over a dozen WIPs started, and depending on what is calling to me, I focus mainly on one, and rotate through the others. Right now, though, it’s all about Blake. I gave myself a deadline, and I’m making it. I don’t outline. I have a beginning in my head, an ending, and the middle is malleable. Sometimes I jump around, if a certain scene is screaming to be written before I forget. I have notes everywhere. Little bits of scenes, conversations. My head is a mess, but it’s a mess I understand.
What goes into your cover-selection process?
I want covers different from the majority. Catchy at times, simple at others. Striking. No nudity, no complete faces. I like abstract. Unique.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
I don’t know if that’s really a thing? I mean, I guess it is. I’ve never had it. For me, if I’m stuck, it means something in the story needs work, is off, doesn’t flow, etc. I take a step back, work on something else as I think over the problem, and find a resolution. And then I fix it. But I always keep writing.
Do you personally prefer to read e-books or traditional paper/hard back books?
Paperback all the way.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a lot! And I’ll forget some if I attempt to write down all of them (and I’ll be here for hours), so I’ll name the first five that come to mind. Karen Marie Moning. Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Cassandra Clare. Marie Lu. Sarah J. Maas. (YA is my favorite genre to read.)
What books are you currently reading?
None, presently. I re-read Red by Erica Spindler last week. Her first book ever, and it’s my favorite of hers.
Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to edit it or do you prefer to finish it all at once?
I finish the rough draft, but yes, it isn’t complete for at least another month or two. All the while, though, I am working on it. Or thinking about it. Reading, changing things, adding things, removing things. Listening to feedback from betas and editors. If that really answered your question…
What’s your favorite quote?
Write drunk, edit sober. (Thought to be said by Ernest Hemingway, but possibly not, and possibly not in those exact words. But I like it!)
It’s 1am and you’ve been writing all night. What three items are on your desk?
Dude, my bedtime is, like, ten at the max.
When you aren’t writing, where can we find you?
With my boys, walking, binge-watching television shows I like. Camping in the summer. Reading. Drinking coffee. Drinking wine. Eating pizza.
Tell me a joke.
My grandpa told me this one when I was kid…
What do you get when you mix a Pomeranian with a Shih Tzu?
A shitty palm.
What is your favorite book and why? Movie?
This is not a fair question. I have too many favorites. I will say that I really enjoyed the Vampire Academy books by Richelle Mead, and I didn’t think I’d like the movie, but I did. It was quick-witted and action-packed. Not a lot of lovey-dovey stuff or depth, but entertaining all the same.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write every day. And when you feel like giving up, push harder to reach your dreams. If you don’t, you’ll regret it.
Thank you so much for taking the time to do an interview with me, Lindy!
For anyone interested, Lindy’s books can be found here:
Steady as the Snow Falls — Amazon Link
Roomies — Amazon Link
Within This Frame — Amazon Link
Unlit Star — Amazon Link
Dating Husbands — Amazon Link
Safe and Sound — Amazon Link
Incomplete (Book 1) — Amazon Link
Complete (Incomplete Book 2) — Amazon Link
Smother — Amazon Link
Take Care, Sara — Amazon Link
Ordinary (Anything But series Book 1) — Amazon Link
Unremarkable (Anything But series Book 2) — Amazon Link
Insignificant (Anything But series Book 3) — Amazon Link