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Lyn Kelly is the author of Dark Lands:Requiem, the first in a planned series of novels.  A graduate from the University of Texas in Austin, Lyn has been published in various regional and national publications.  He is also a marathoner, having completed 12 marathons to date.  He and his family reside in Keller, Texas.  Feel free to contact the author at lyn.kelly@xerox.com.

Interview with Lyn Kelly

Did you read a lot of fantasy books growing up?

Growing up I was a movie fanatic. “Jaws”, a movie I have seen over 100-times, was the impetus for my love of movies. From there I grew to appreciate comic books. Titles such as “The Avengers” and “X-Men” were staples in my collection. My best friend, then and now, is a comic book artist and that helped me become even more fascinated with the medium. That just led to my appreciation of television shows such as “The Night Stalker” (with Darren McGavin). I had an overactive imagination and all of this just fed it. So that was my introduction to the fantasy realm. It was not until I got much older that I read such classics, or at least what I construe as classics, as The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Harry Potter series. Those two works “spring boarded” my writings towards a fantasy slant.

What is the worst book-to-film adaptation?

I really did not appreciate what they did with the Robert Ludlum’s Bourne series. I know the movies achieved both commercial and critical success, but they basically only retained the feel of the series in name only. The books, especially The Bourne Identity, were so well-written and so engaging. I thought the movies cheapened the legacy. I have not read Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle, but my understanding is that the movie did the first book a huge disservice.

Name a book that you'd blush to be seen reading on the bus.

No offense to the legion of fans out there, but I would not want to be seen reading The Twilight Series. My wife, my daughter, my mom, my mother-in-law, and basically every other female I know loves the series. Everyone has tried to explain the allure, but I just do not get it. If I want to watch vampires and werewolves fight, then I’ll put a copy of “Underworld” in my DVD.

Did you ever read a book and then wish you had all that time back?

Numerous times. However, once I start a book I feel that I absolutely must finish it and that has lost me countless hours so to speak.

Your bio mentions that you've run 12 marathons. Do you think being physically fit enhances your imagination and writing ability?

I would not say marathoning enhances my writing ability, but it does allow my imagination to flow. I started running consistently in college. Before then it was sporadic. I used to go running and think through math problems. Sometimes the answer would present itself; sometimes it would not. But running always allowed me to vet out tension. These days my wife and I run together. Saturday mornings we will go on 10 to 20 mile runs and that is our time together to talk, argue, and just basically reconnect. When you have four kids reconnecting is exceptionally important. It is also a time when I discuss ideas I have for existing and/or future books. She is a great sounding board. She is an even better “soul mate”.

What is the best writing advice you've ever been given?

Write what you want to write about, not what the market dictates is popular.

Which deceased author would you most like to take out to dinner?

Robert Ludlum.

Did you ever regret wanting to be a writer?

No, I do not regret wanting to be a writer. However, there is a lot of heartbreak in being a writer, especially when you are not a known commodity. In almost all other careers (teaching, medicine, business), if you work hard then you will generally reach your goal. Not so in writing. This day and age, and I’ve been told this by more than one agent, if you are not already an established writer (such as a J.K. Rowling, Tom Clancy, or Christopher Paolini) or a celebrity, then your chances of being published are virtually non-existent. It is more who you know, than what you can do. I contend that there are writers out there with more skill and grander imaginations than most of the current crop being pushed by the publishing houses, but we will never know of them because they do not have relatives in the entertainment industry.

Do you find it difficult to sit down and write for weeks, months, or years on the same book?

No. The most difficult part of writing is finding time to write. Writing is not my “day job” unfortunately so I have to write when the time presents itself.

Do you have any quirky habits regarding writing?

I have OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) so I have too many quirky habits to detail in one setting.

If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?

My kids ask me this one all the time. It usually comes down to two powers: one selfish and the other more benevolent. The selfish one would be teleportation. It would be fantastic to be able to move from locale to locale by just thinking of a particular destination. The other, more benevolent, power would be the ability to find a missing person just by looking at their photograph. There are countless cases of people who went missing and were never again seen. Being able to find these people, living or dead, would help the respective families be able to move on and close that painful chapter in their lives. I would choose the latter ability because it would be much more helpful.



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