Today on the blog, we’re delighted to welcome Lynda Renham, author of romantic comedies with the emphasis on comedy, including Pink Wellies and Flat Caps, The Dog’s Bollocks, and Coconuts and Wonderbras. Welcome, Lynda.
I’m thrilled to be featured on The Write Romantics blog. Thanks so much for inviting me.
Ooh, there’s a question. My writing process is quite odd actually. I can be in the car, in bed, or sitting in the doctor’s surgery, when ideas come to me. So often the characters come first. It may be someone I meet or hear about and then the plot kind of unravels in my head. My husband often chips in with ideas and then I’m off. The title is always the last thing to come to me. Quite often right after the book is finished.
Do you ever find it hard to write such fast-paced, laugh-out-loud books, particularly when you’re struggling with real-life problems?
Absolutely, I struggle a lot during personal difficult times. Although I do feel that often my best work is written when under stress. I do make myself work no matter what though and wrote ‘Pink Wellies and Flat Caps’ when my house was in bits around me and a huge extension was being built. That book was my biggest seller.
You excel at romantic comedy, but do you think you’ll ever write in another genre?
I have. I wrote ‘The Diary of Rector Brynes’ which is a serious contemporary novel. I have written another called ‘The Cello’ which is unpublished. It is also a serious novel. I would love to write more but I’m not so sure they would sell.
Comedy is very difficult to write, but you make it seem effortless! Do you use beta readers to test their reactions?
Yes, I have two beta readers. I love them to bits for their honesty and constructive criticism.
Is there any subject matter you’d shy away from?
I don’t like violence, so that would not feature in my books. I’m very tongue in cheek about sex in my novels and make it humorous. But I never go over the top with the sex. I would love to write erotica one day. That is a genre I would love to try.
You seem to have a very loyal following on social media. Do you get a lot of feedback from readers?
Yes, I get a lot of feedback from my readers and I love it. I adore them. They are very loyal and lovely to boot. I answer every message I get and am in touch with a lot of my readers.
With so many novels on the market, it’s difficult to make new releases stand out in the crowd. What approach do you use in marketing your books?
I use Facebook, Twitter and blogging. That’s about all. I have done the odd book blog tour but not often. I feel I could use Goodreads more. I send newsletters to my readers and email them when a new novel is out but that’s about it really.
You’re quite a prolific writer. Do you write full-time, or have you got another job as well?
I write full time and love it.
What would you say has been the best thing that’s happened in your writing career so far?
Having several top writers review the books and having Fay Weldon, one of my all-time favourite authors like my author page. That made my day. And, of course, seeing my books hit the top 20 humour chart when they are released.
Finally, if you could have one writing-related wish, what would it be?
I can just imagine what that would be like, having read The Dog’s Bollocks and laughed out loud throughout!
Thank you very much for joining us on the blog today, Lynda.
Lynda’s latest release, Fudge Berries and Frogs’ Knickers, is available now and can be bought here.
You can find out more about Lynda on her blog here.