Today’s author interview is with Lynda Filler, a very interesting lady. Take it away, Lynda. To begin, tell us a little about yourself.
Creativity is a way of life for me, poetry, painting, photography, and writing. I spent the first half of my career in fashion—design, buying and selling; and now focus on painting, photography, and writing. I travel whenever I get an opportunity and that’s part of why I love to set my stories in exciting and beautiful locales like Puerto Vallarta where I live and Paris where my darling grandbaby Félix lives. Yes, I’m accused of writing about my personal life and calling it fiction—but as yet I’ve never admitted to any of that! I was told I had six months to live in 2008, and I responded: “My mother told me only the good die young.” So, I’m certain I’ll still be writing and chasing young guys when I’m 90!
When did your first realize you wanted to be a writer?
In my teens. I wrote poetry in my teens, and my first novel in my twenties—BC—before computers. I wrote in longhand and my sis typed my manuscript. I never published it and carried it around with me for years. I threw it out two years ago, by mistake, thinking it was something else.
Who or what inspired you to actually sit down and start writing?
I promised myself in 2009 I’d take six months off work to write. In 2008 when I’d been given 6 months to live, it shook me up enough to commit to fulfilling a dream and start publishing. In ’09, ’11 and ’13 I published 3 poetry collections. Then in the summer of 2015 Russell Blake, NYT and USA best-selling author invited me to write into his JET for Kindle Worlds. Now I have a fifth JET novella out this week, JET-Reborn. I got over my fear of failure and not being good enough, and published 2 more novellas in Toby Neal’s LEI Crime World, then 3 novels and a memoir! That totals 14 so far!
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Ian Fleming author of the James Bond series. I think he sparked a whole genre of writing, action films, and entertainment. Really, it would be difficult to find anyone who’s never heard of James Bond! He paved the way for so many authors to write this type of stories which in turn became movies. Imagine how many people even to this day still watch 007! That’s a legacy!
How many books have you written? 14 Contemporary Fiction, women’s fiction, memoir/self-help, action novellas.
Is there a general theme to your stories?
There’s always a social issue or political challenge of some kind running through my stories. In the JET series, I’ve covered cyber-warfare, Mexican drug cartels, the Hong Kong Triads, ISIL, Syria WMD, Kidnapping, and the refugee crisis. The TARGET in the SUN series, social issues in Mexico like the drug cartels, human trafficking, and human rights, and love. Lie to Me: an exposé on sex for money explores sexual mores, the taboo against women paying men for sex, and love.
The titles of your published books?
The Love Fix, Love Rehab, I (Spy) Love, JET-Exposed, JET-Abducted, JET-Ultimatum, JET-Displaced and now this week JET-Reborn. The Road to San Pancho & Narco Orphans, LEI Crime KW TARGET in the SUN Winner Best in Contemporary Fiction 2017 BTRC, VANISHED in the SUN, Lie to me: an exposé on sex for money and a non-fiction/memoir LOVE The Beat Goes On
What do you consider your best/favorite line(s) you’ve written?
I think some of those lines are in Lie to me: an exposé on sex for money
A. She’d definitely crossed a professional line, but then, this is Mexico and there are no lines.
B. Ten minutes later, a little mascara, black mini, black lycra sleeveless top, gold strappy heels. Braless. Prowling clothes.
C. “Can we get together again?” Layla waited. Omar whispered in her ear. “You pay, I play.”
What is your favorite review of any one of your books?
Excerpt of a review on LOVE The Beat Goes On “This is a book every human alive should read and take away the lessons given. If I could give it ten stars, I would. It’s that good.” J. Sikes
Where can interested readers learn more about you and your books?
Author page on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Lynda-Filler/e/B00JNP2CS6
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