Spotlight Feature:

About Loni:

Born in north-central Michigan, Loni Lynne still loves the quiet woods, lakes and rivers in Otsego County and the Victorian era bay side houses of Little Traverse Bay. But after decades of moving around the country as a child and twenty-five years of marriage to her personal hero, she calls western Maryland her home.

Serving in the United States Navy didn’t prepare her for the hardest job ever, being a stay at home mom, to her two wonderful daughters. After years of volunteering as a scout leader, PTA officer, and various other volunteer positions, all while still writing snippets of story ideas, her husband decided it was time for her to put her heart to finishing a story. He gave her a laptop, portable hard drive and his blessings to have a finished manuscript, ready to be sent out to the masses in one year. He created a writing monster.

Wanted: One Ghost became her first published book in 2013. The sequel, Distilled Spirits is more ghosts, romance and some of the characters from Wanted: One Ghost coming back to say hello.

With the help of her friends, family and friends of the romance writing community, Loni Lynne is pursuing her love of telling stories written from her heart.

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Question & Answer:

  • What was the simplest romantic gesture you’ve ever received?

I was 17 years old and I had just moved to Texas and was out to a honky-tonk with my folks to listen to some music when a tall, nicely dressed young cowboy came up and asked my Dad permission to dance with his daughter. I thought it was the sweetest, purest gesture–not so much ‘romantic’ but gentlemanly gesture. It’s stayed with me all this time.

  • What was the hardest scene you’ve ever written?

I think romance scenes are very difficult to write. They are special, intimate and need to be done the right way if they mean anything to the story or the characters. They are people with feelings just like anyone, it should be just as special to them and their reader. It should catch the reader’s breath as it does the characters. That’s difficult to accomplish–and still tell the story.

  • Who’s your favorite character? Why?

In my books? It would have to be James Addison from Wanted One Ghost. He’s a British Colonial ghost from pre-Revolutionary War America having been wrongfully accused and murdered for treason. He was the town’s founding father, a rake with the local ladies, yet the very ideal gentleman of his time. He’s now charming the modern ladies of Kings Mill and learning about all the modern ideals of women and men. He was my first hero to write about. There is always something about your ‘first’.

  • Tease me with the sexiest quote from one of your books.

“I should padde your ass for tempting danger, Angle Face. But you would enjoy it too much, and that would only make me hotter.”
–Mike Linder from Immortal Wounds –Guardian of Dacia Series

  • If you could, how would you help the Indie Writers Community?

I’ve talked with other Indie Writers about the idea of working on a writer’s co-op. A place where those with start up groups (cover artists, editors, formatters, PA’s/marketers, web designers, etc) can share their information and sources. I think a one-stop place for answers to many questions that new or anyone in the changing Indie writing community could be made aware of is important.

  • Why did you choose your genre?

I think my fascination with the paranormal and ‘what if’ set it off. My love of History and a touch of mysticism led me in this direction. The romance was just always there in the background.

  • What was the first romance novel you read?

My first romance novel was when I was 18 and on a fishing trip with my parents to Galveston, Texas. I picked up a book, I can’t remember the name but it was a Zebra Historical by Kesington. It might have been one of Victoria Thompson’s–possibly her Bold Texas Embrace. I know I definitely read it and many others of hers at the time.

  • Name one song that always makes your writing playlist.

I really don’t have a writing playlist (I know *gasp*). But I’m very eclectic when it comes to music. I was raised by a mother who played classical and church piano/organ, and Broadway Musicals, a father who played drums and jazz sax (Big Band and Jazz with Buddy Holly and 70’s Mixed in), 80’s Pop and Southern Rock and I was a Country and Western DJ for a radio station in the late 80’s in western Oklahoma my Junior year in high school. There could never be ‘one’ song.

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