Five Questions with Lynetta Halat
1. When you think of your favorite books, what is it that draws you to them and makes you want to read them over and over again?
a. Emotion, passion, imperfections...I love a story that reaches in, shakes me up, and makes me question my beliefs, my sanity, my perspective.
2. Did you consciously decide to write the genre you write, or did it choose you?
a. I never consider genre when brainstorming or outlining a story idea. My first book, Every Rose, is New Adult Contemporary while Everything I've Never Had (current WIP) is Adult Contemporary. The next several I have sketched out are a mixture--some NA, some Adult.
3. If you could sit down for a drink and a chat with any writer, who would it be, and why?
a. I really, really want to sit down and have a cosmo with Kristen Ashley. I would love to pick her brain about all those Alphas. I'd be thrilled to hear her thought process and figure out how she keeps all those storylines and characters not only straight and but also so distinct. Oh yeah! And she just plain rocks!! Could you imagine having a sit down with her?!
4. When you are not writing (or reading) what is your favorite pastime?
a. There are other pastimes besides writing and reading?!?! Kidding...kinda. These two things consume me, so when I'm not reading or writing, I'm spending time with my boys and my husband. We like to go boating, watch movies, and enjoy theatre. One of my proudest accomplishments, as a parent, has been passing on my love of the arts to my kids!
5. At what point were you sure that your book was ready to be published, and how did you go about making it happen?
a. I'd like to take this moment to give S.C. Stephens a huge shout out! Her website has a plethora of information for the newbie! I literally followed her directions step-by-step. I can't wait to meet her and tell her how helpful she's been to me and, I'm sure, plenty of others. The biggest lesson I've learned thus far, though, is the importance of marketing your book ASAP. I had no idea that I could start this process early (long before my book was even ready) and hype is huge! Build it, relish it, live it.
b. As far as knowing it was ready, I just...knew. I will say that I was tweaking it right up until I pushed that submit button, though. Ask my bestie, I was driving her batty! One of my absolute favorite lines was added about thirty minutes before going LIVE! Now...You get the exclusive...My last minute favorite quote is...Michael hesitated for the briefest of moments before he proceeded to completely blow my mind. "When we finally have our time together, Lorraina, I want to know that it's different for you. That I'm different from the boys you date."
What do you do when you realize you were foolish enough to throw away true, unconditional love?
Lorraina Dabney turns her back on her creativity and tumultuous upbringing to embark on a college career that will lead her to law school and to becoming what she values most in life—a controlled, powerful, respected woman. When she stumbles upon her childhood friend's artwork, she feels inspired to reconnect with him and her former self. This onslaught of emotion will send Lorraina in a tale-spin to figure out exactly why she abandoned all that she was, all that she could've been.
Coming from his own chaotic upbringing, Michael falls quickly and deeply in love with Lorraina at a tender age. Even her rejection can't stand in the way of his obsession. When she starts to date other boys, however, Michael finally relents, causing him to spiral further into a world filled with violence, drugs, alcohol, and women. Realizing that this lifestyle will only lead to his further estrangement from Lorraina, Michael sets about to turn himself around before going to get his girl.
Michael Bang will have Lorraina questioning everything.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmLz3zXuOzo (fan-made book trailer)
http://www.vimeo.com/61753839 (professional book trailer)
For as long as she can remember, Lynetta Halat has lived to read and has written countless stories and plays since she was a young girl. A teacher by day and an avid reader and closet writer by night, she has always dreamt of penning books that people could connect with and remember; and her first novel, Every Rose, is the perfect catalyst to launch her into the world of publishing. Her love of the English language prompted her to pursue a master's degree in English from Old Dominion University in Virginia. A self-proclaimed "Coast Girl," she lives in Mississippi with her adorable husband, two amazing sons, and two loveable dogs. She is currently at work on her second book.