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lynnheadshot.jpgWelcome to The Dark Phantom Review! It’s nice to have you here.
Thanks for having me as your guest. I’m honored.

Why don’t you start by telling us a bit about your book, and what inspired you to write such a story?

“Excited Light” is about a little boy who has to endure living with a mother who’s an alcoholic. The father is long gone and the boy, Alex, often spends his nights alone when his mother is late coming home. He talks to his toy duck, Dudley. One night, Dudley answers him and Alex gets divine guidance. Alex has some adult friends who watch over him and try to stop his mother’s drinking. She gets into a horrible romance that ends up with her in the hospital near death, and it’s Alex and Dudley who attempt to work a miracle.

I leave the question open as to whether Alex is talking to angels or not, but there’s an angel on the cover. People who don’t believe in angels have told me that they considered angels a metaphor for hope—and everyone believes in hope

What inspired me? Well, I had an angel experience of my own long ago. I have never forgotten it.

How would you describe your creative process while writing this novel? Was it stream-of-consciousness writing, or did you first write an outline? How long did it take you to write it?

This one came pouring out of me. I never outline. I worked as a journalist for more than 20 years and journalists don’t outline—so the whole idea seemed absurd to me. I spend a lot of time thinking and then it all comes out in one fell swoop.

This novel took me nine months to write, but I spent a lot more time going over it and revising . Frankly, you are never done, but there has to come a time when you say “enough.” It’s not stream of consciousness if you are talking about that writing style. It’s the standard third-person, past tense. I did do a lot of mental plotting. However, I do allow those little moments of surprise to happen when the story turns in a different direction or a character begins acting in a way I hadn’t anticipated.

Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? What seems to work for unleashing your creativity?

Never had it. I had to write every day no matter what when I was at the newspaper, so I take same attitude toward fiction. It’s the Nike school of writing: Just do it!

How was your experience in looking for a publisher? What words of advice would you offer those novice authors who are in search of one?

This book was shopped by an agent in New York . All the publishers turned it down because “the angel fad was over.” I still believed in the novel, dusted it off, revised it again and self-published it via the American Society of Journalists and Authors and their arrangement with iUniverse. It’s professionally edited and proofed. Plus that ASJA Press imprimatur means something. ASJA is pretty picky about who gets to be a member.

My advice about getting a publisher is to get a good agent first. I have a new one and he’s working right now, shopping another novel I wrote.

My only regret is that I didn’t take the time to investigate more small, independent publishers for “Excited Light.” Although iUniverse has been great, there are limited things you can do with a self-published novel.

What type of book promotion seems to work the best for you?

I’d like to say the Web, but I have had my best success in personal approaches. When the book first came out I sent e-mail to everyone I knew in the world and told them to buy the book on a certain day. On that day I got to number 515 on Amazon.com.

When I can get over my nervousness, I also have success in selling just by asking people. I sold three copies in the locker room at my tennis club, which was a big surprise to me!

What is your favorite book of all time? Why?

That is nearly impossible to answer. I read so much—a book a week, usually. Alice Hoffman’s “Practical Magic” was the one book that told me it was time to write my own novel. I love Hoffman and really adore her magical style. She pulls it all together in this wonderful, quirky novel.

Do you have a website/blog where readers may learn more about you and your work?

My website is www.lynnvoedisch.com and my blog is www.xanga.com/bastetmax. I hope to tie the two together soon.

Do you have another novel on the works? Would you like to tell readers about your current or future projects.

I’m working on a fascinating project about a certain class of women of Egypt who had roles second only to the Pharaoh in power. I’m doing a story on one of these women and alternating it with a contemporary story. It’s pretty complicated to explain, but my wonderful writers’ group encourages me to continue. I do know the ending—I’m just not sure how I’m gong to get there! But I will. I’m very tenacious.

Thanks for stopping by! It was a pleasure to have you here!
–The Dark Phantom

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