In The Chair 20: Lynne Shelby

Welcome, Lynne Shelby.

How would you describe your writing style in only three words?

Lynne: Romantic, atmospheric, contemporary


If you could have a relationship with one of your fictional characters who would it be and why?

Lynne: The hero of my WIP (his name right now is Owen, but that may change!) because I always adore the hero I’m writing about – and hope my readers will too!

If you had to exist for a week in one of your books … which one would it be? Would you be a central character or simply watch the story unfold from the sidelines?

Lynne: My debut novel ‘French Kissing’ – I’d be my heroine, Anna, who gets to go to Paris, one of my favourite cities.

Dead or alive literary dinner party: who would you invite, and what would you serve?

Lynne: The guest of honour would be Aphra Behn, because she was one of the first women to earn her living by writing. I’d also invite Ursula le Guin, Lindsey Davis, Georgette Heyer, Jane Austin and William Shakespeare. I’d serve tapas.


If you had to write in a different genre which would it be and why?

Lynne: Historical fantasy – set in my favourite era, the Dark Ages just after the fall of the Roman Empire. It’s a fascinating time, and because the records are relatively scarce there is plenty of room for a writer’s imagination and invention.

What do you dislike the most about being an author?

Lynne: Haven’t found anything I dislike so far!

Favourite word? Lynne: Dream…

Lynne Shelby was in the chair: Author of French Kissing. Published by Accent Press.



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