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Lynne Marshall

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USA Today Bestselling author, Lynne Marshall, used to worry she had a serious problem with daydreaming. Then she discovered she was supposed to write the stories in her head. A late bloomer, Lynne came to fiction writing after her children were nearly grown. Now she battles the empty nest by writing stories which always include a romance, sometimes medicine, a dose of mirth, or both, but always stories from her heart. She is a Southern California native, married to a New Englander for a long, long time, has two adult children she loves dearly, and three amazing grandchildren she adores. She is also a dog lover, a cat admirer, a meandering walker, and an optimistic traveler on this wild journey called life!

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Lynne Marshall I am currently working on a trilogy for Harlequin Special Edition. It is the story of the Delaney brothers of Sandpiper Beach. First book is Daniel an…moreI am currently working on a trilogy for Harlequin Special Edition. It is the story of the Delaney brothers of Sandpiper Beach. First book is Daniel and Keela's story, #2 is Mark and Laurel's story, and #3 is Conor and Shelby's reunion story. Here's the backstory and overview:
Padraig Delaney, the eighty-five-year-old patriarch and grandfather to the Delaney boys, immigrated to the USA in the 1950s where he helped develop lush golf-courses along the central California coast. There he met Mary and made her his wife. They scrimped and saved and bought property in Sandpiper Beach because it reminded him of Sligo Bay way back home in County Sligo, Ireland. Soon after, he and Mary built a small beachside hotel and called it The Drumcliffe.
Sean, Patrick Delaney’s son, and his wife Maureen run the family owned hotel and pub, but they’re looking to retire soon so Maureen can paint to her heart’s content and Sean can golf every single day of the week if he wants to. This leaves the family’s future up in the air unless they can convince their grown boys to take over.
Born and raised around the family hotel at Sandpiper Beach, the three Delaney brothers, Daniel, (33), Mark (31), and Conor (29), are all bachelors. And so far there hasn’t been a single wedding or a hint of a plan for one! Maybe, if they quit rolling their eyes and start listening to their grandpa’s insistent prediction—usually made after a pint of Guinness—that soon they each will find the love of their life, they might finally believe in the unexplained power of love.
Of course, his prediction is based on the fact that the brothers had saved a seal while on a deep sea fishing excursion. Padraig insists that seal was a selkie, and she owes them a favor. Now you may understand the brothers' eye rolls. ;)(less)
Lynne Marshall Don’t Wait Around for Inspiration

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
― Socrates

I’ll tell you what really gets my juices flowing – travel, good…more
Don’t Wait Around for Inspiration

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
― Socrates

I’ll tell you what really gets my juices flowing – travel, good books and movies, music, and everyday life (which includes eating and sleeping). That about covers it, doesn’t it? I’m easily inspired, but that isn’t necessarily translated to the page. Each day is overflowing with beauty and sensations, and all it takes is a flick of my eye or a turn of my ear to discover something new. We may assume that routine is the killer of magic, but it is also necessary. And fruitful. While plodding through the business of daily living, all kinds of surprises crop up. Like with small miracles, we have to train ourselves to notice.
And speaking of our brains, they crave challenges. “What if” is a favorite question for writers. I’d love to see a brain scan light up after that one simple exercise. Oh, and here’s a fascinating tidbit about the importance of fiction and reading.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/opi...
I don’t recommend sitting around and waiting for inspiration to strike before going to the computer and putting in your daily words. Here are a couple of quotes to explain why.
Don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work ~Pearl S. Buck
Inspiration is a selfish fleeting lover that only shows up in the mood. Who needs selfish lovers? Lynne Marshall
Forgive my audacity to include myself with a quote from the incredible author, Pearl S. Buck, but we were talking about the same thing. Writing is work, and if you’re a published author it is also a business. The world would stop if everyone waited for inspiration to do things. Inspiration is a form of fantastical thinking. It is something that young minds thrive on, but as we mature we discover that part about putting bread on the table and a roof over our head. So we must write, and we can’t wait for inspiration to do it.
What about the times we feel blocked? I refer to the Socrates quote at the top of this blog. I suggest that writing block isn’t real, but the state of feeling blocked does require examination. When I feel resistance to moving ahead with one of my stories, I’ve learned over the course of writing twenty or so books that something has been left undone in the prior scene. My brain instinctively knows it and flags it by holding me back. Until I’ve examined the chapter or scene, then stimulate my creativity by moving around (I like to walk, do aerobics and yoga) I can’t go forward. Sometimes this takes more than a day to accomplish. I don’t freak out. I know it is my process.
You can’t think yourself out of a writing block; you have to write yourself out of a thinking block. ~ John Rogers
When I travel or see a great movie or read a wonderful book or hear a gorgeous piece of music I am immediately inspired. But it rarely translates to words on the page. Sure it increases my endorphins and makes me feel fantastic at the moment, but that feeling fades when the endorphins thin out, often long before I can get to my computer. Again, our incredible brains file these feelings away and when we do our hard work of writing, we are often surprised by the gift of those memories.
By all means, store up memories in your brain doing inspirational things, but do the work of writing to unleash those magical moments when you slip into the zone and become your story, only to look up hours later having written pages and pages. Getting in the zone doesn’t happen often for me, but often enough to get books written.
In the end, there is nothing worse than thinking up a great story but never putting it on paper. To refer to the famous Descartes quote – I think therefore I am. A book cannot exist in a brain, it cannot only be “thought” but must be written to exist. And there is nothing sadder than a book that doesn’t exist.

So go forth and WRITE! And whatever you do, don’t wait for inspiration to strike. You can quote me on that.

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“Ann Patchett about the lack of a fiction Pulitzer winner this year.

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Lynne Marshall I have the good fortune to be a guest at 1Rad Reader Reviews this Friday, July 28th, 2017 at 7 p.m. I did an extensive interview about my current TULE book - Her Baby, HIS LOVE. If you have a chance visit here, and also share the website if able.
http://www.1rad-readerreviews.com/201...

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Lynne


Thomas Thanks for becoming a friend fellow GR author! Congrats on your success. :)


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Lynne Marshall Amy wrote: "Hi Lynne! Thanks so much for accepting my friend request. Hope you're having a wonderful day!"

Great to meet you on GR, Amy!


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Amy Armstrong Hi Lynne! Thanks so much for accepting my friend request. Hope you're having a wonderful day!


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Lynne Marshall Congratulations to the winners of my Goodreads contest for Too Close for Comfort: Angie, Lorraine, Renee and Betty. Rest assured, your books rae in the mail. I hope you enjoy them, and if you have time, leave a review (good or bad) at Goodreads.

Thanks everyone for entering my contest.


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Lynne Marshall And thank you for accepting!


Booklover Hi Lynne:)Thank You for the friend-vite:)


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Lynne Marshall I'm so happy the three book giveaway for One for the Road went so well. 1187 entries and the three winners' books just got mailed out.
Thank you to everyone for entering, and I hope you enjoyed reading the book blurb. Special thanks to those who added One for the Road to their "to be read" list.
all the best,
Lynne


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