Welcome Lynda J. Coker…Let’s start with when did you start writing?
I started writing at the age of 55 after retiring from my secular job. Of course, with hindsight, I now realize that I should have been writing all along. Just think how many first drafts I could have finished in those wasted years.
What genre/genres do you write?
I write Contemporary Sweet Romance. While I love to read across many genres, my writing seems to have found a home in this corner of the publishing world.
If you are a pantser, how do you handle when you write into a corner?
I am a confirmed, certified, and devout pantser. And when I find myself in that dark and dusty corner, I usually just sit and pout while I devour a bowl of strawberry ice cream. The ice cream gives me the comfort I need as I mull over my dilemma. You know, of course, that’s it’s never my fault that I end up in that corner, it’s always those traitorous characters that foster rebellion at every turn of the plot.
What is your favorite part?
Dirk Savage is a steamroller kind of guy, and I love the way he gets under Stormee’s skin with the smallest look or gesture. (I’ve included an excerpt in the media kit that would fit here, if you’d like to use it.)
Why are your hero and heroine perfect for each other?
They are polar opposites in personality. And while that will always present a problem initially, it’s those very different qualities that, when blended together, creates an unbreakable bond. Their strengths and weaknesses fit like gears, supporting and motivating the other.
What’s your favorite TV show or movie of all time?
I seldom watch TV, and my favorite movie of all time was Gone With The Wind. However, what I do enjoy is Asian Drams, especially K-Dramas. Talk about romance…they have it down to a fine art.
If you could chose a period in history to be born in, what would it be and why?
I love the present. No matter who we are, no matter the ethnic background or gender, opportunities abound around every corner, if we only have the ability to see them.
What was the most embarrassing thing your husband/boyfriend/partner/friend ever did to you in public?
I must have a pretty tame set of friends and a thoughtful husband because I can’t remember any of them ever embarrassing me.
What is the one place you have never visited but would love to?
I’ve always wanted to visit Austria and Australia. I think I have an obsession with A’s.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could chose any famous person (living or dead), who would you chose to be stranded with you and why?
I had to laugh at this question. My first choice, of course, would be my husband since he takes such good care of me. But since he can’t be described as famous, I’ll have to choose Barbara Cartland. She was a wonderful and prolific writer that inspired my love for happy-ever-after romance. I’d like to spend hours in conversation with her, delve into her imagination, her sense of romance and sensuality that made reading her many books such a pleasure for me.
Cake or Chips—Chips
Steak or Veggie Burger—Steak
Chocolates or Roses—Roses
Boxers or Briefs or Nothing at all—All three. They each have their own enticement
And since I write both, I have to know which you prefer… Vampires or Cowboys—Cowboys, definitely cowboys…after all, I’m a Texas girl!
Lynda J. Coker
Dirk Savage never fails to acquire what he wants until he encounters Stormee Waters and a backwash of trouble…
Stormee Waters knows about hard times. Needing to care for her aging grandmother and teenage brother, she moves to Houston, Texas and takes a writing job for a popular magazine. Her first assignment is to interview a successful business man for a series of articles entitled, Make My Man Texas-Sized. Her target, Dirk Savage, appears to have the right criteria. He’s adventurous with the air of a conqueror. Admired by his peers and coveted by beauty queens and debutantes, he’s just the type of man that Stormee needs to make her first article sizzle and sell. But can she handle the heat when she catches his attention?
Dirk Savage is used to acquiring what he wants, except in the illusive quest for the one woman who can fill his heart. The shock of discovering her in the naive young woman assigned to interview him sets his jaded emotions on high alert. Can he convince her that his pursuit is genuine?
She came back to reality and placed the box on the foyer table, picked up her purse, and stepped through the door. The evening light cast a deep shadow across the man at her side, giving the illusion that he became one with the darkness, and something more she couldn’t define. When he escorted her to a sleek, black sports car of indefinable origin, something more took on solid proportions in her imagination. Every tingling cell in her body warned her against the power of his striking personality. That feeling barely registered before another followed. Dirk Savage didn’t play by anyone’s rules but his own. She nibbled her lower lip and stole a glance at him as he helped her to fasten the seat belt.
“Don’t look so dismayed. I’m not going to ravish you, at least, not before we’ve had our dinner.”
Still leaning over her, with nothing but a thought between their lips, his low chuckle reached to the very bottom of her toes. Embarrassed by his scrutiny, she turned her head.
Fifteen minutes passed. He’d made no small talk, and she welcomed the silence. They’d cleared the congested part of town and cruised through an exclusive residential area. Expensive homes perched along the river’s edge.
She’d been sure he was taking her to the trendy Stardust Restaurant until he drove through the gated entrance of one of the private residences.
He stopped the car under the home’s massive front portico and vacated the vehicle, coming around to open her door. As if a stone placed to seal the entrance, he stood in the open space.
Stormee’s breath stuck in her throat as a hand slipped under her chin and raised it for his inspection. He seized her gaze with his, exposing her to an unrelenting examination. Endless seconds passed as she endured the visual bondage. She could only imagine what her face resembled since the heat in her cheeks seemed to be spreading through her whole body.
Lynda is an author of contemporary romance that lingers in a reader’s mind long after they’ve closed the book. She lives in Northeast Texas with her husband of fifty years. They enjoy traveling, trying new foods, spending time with family and friends, and doing community service work together. When she feels the need to take a break from writing, she enjoys creating fabric art. She offers an open invitation to view both her writing and fabric art on her blog.
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