Friday, May 23, 2014

Interview with Kate Lynd, author of Blackout

Where are you from and what do you do when you’re not writing? 

Shepherdsville, KY, I like going to the movies are watching television. Haunting bookstores and finding a good meal.

How did you come up with the idea for this book/series?

 I wanted to write a really dark and gritty continuing series that had a father/daughter, mentor/protégé dynamic and I love thrillers with vulnerable, bad ass women at their core.

Tell us about the writing process—what were your favorite and least favorite moments? 

The beginning is the hardest because you’re putting your ear to the ground listening for that character’s voice to tell you the story. Best? When you’re in the zone and the rest of the world falls away and you’re experiencing the story as if it’s happening to you.

What’s your favorite cure for writer’s block? 

Orange slices, the candy

Can you please share an excerpt?

From Blackout:
Find it HERE!
            The memories were more than I could take. I wretched and vomited in my mouth a little bit. I spit it out.
           “Did you hear that, James?”
            Like a thunderclap everything went still. The George of my small memory was the George standing outside of the box. I was sure of it.
            “You’re imagining things.”
            I tried to control my breathing. If they opened the box, I was as dead as if they left it closed. How to crawl out without either man noticing was what my oxygen-starved, fear-saturated brain now scrambled to do.
            “No, I heard that.”
            “You need to lay off the liquor and smoke. It makes you paranoid.”
            I was holding my breath. I was young, but I wasn’t stupid. George was a monster and the man with him, James, didn’t seem to want to be bothered by his conscience. How was I going to survive being thrown into a raging river and weighted down to its bottom?
            “I heard something I tell ya.”
            “Let me smell your breath.” My heart hammered in my chest, and I broke out into a cold sweat. “You’re drunk. Get out of here. I’ll take care of this.”
            “I don’t like it.”
            “I don’t really give a fuck what you like, George. I got this. Now get the fuck out of here.”
            The second voice was becoming familiar. I gravitated toward it.
            “I’m going to get you out of this. I don’t know how or when. But I’m going to get you free. But you have to trust me.”

What’s your next/current writing project? 


Here’s a totally random question for you: You’re one of the stars on a new reality show called Not Quite So Deserted Island, but you have to do something that sets you apart from the crowd. Do you: A) Streak through every shot naked, screaming that the British are coming,  B) Catch fish and eat them live, head first, during every tribal council meeting, or C)  Steal your competitor’s toiletry items and bury them in random places on the beach, but make it look like one of them did it instead.

A)     Streak naked through every shot, screaming the British are coming.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 


Kate Lynd/Amy McCorkle and is 3 time Amazon Bestselling,  award winning author, screenwriter, and  blogger.   2nd place finisher in the 2011 Preditors & Editors Reader’s Choice Poll for Best Romance Short Story for No Ordinary Love. She was a 2012 Top Ten Finisher Preditors & Editors for both GLADIATOR and Another Way to Die. Winner of the 2013 Fright Night Film Festival for Best Sci-Fi Screenplay Bounty Hunter.  She also writes as Amy McCorkle. Her books include Another Way to Die, a 2012 Moondance International Film Festival Semi-Finalist, 2013 Moondance International  Film Festival Semi-Finalist, Gemini’s War, GLADIATOR , Bounty Hunter, Set Fire to the Rain, ORACLE(the sequel to GLADIATOR),  and her memoir, Letters  to Daniel.



  1. Hi Kate/Amy. Nice interview. I wish some of your boundless energy would rub off on me. I wish you much success with all that you do.

    Looking forward to meeting you in September.

    1. I look forward to meeting you in September too!


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