This week we are joined by Lynn Kellan, author of “Clear as Glass.” Her first full-length novel, out October 22, 2014, was the winner of five Romance Writers of America chapter contests.
Poised to become her overbearing father’s right-hand man, Jaye Davis is tired of being a faceless drone, writing software. She’d rather help real people—like the family who owns a struggling glassblowing factory in the Appalachian Mountains. While she’s there, she might figure out how to squash the secrets gnawing at her.
Mitchell Blake and his father keep butting heads about expanding Blake Glassware, and now Mitch has to deal with his father’s consultant, Jaye. Arguing with this doe-eyed woman makes one thing perfectly clear: she has the power to shatter his safe, lonely life.
Lynn has agreed to answer a series of random questions, helping us get Behind the Pages of her most recent work.
So Lynn, who is your favorite character in the book?
My favorite character in Clear as Glass is Jaye Davis. She’s funny, smart, and won’t back down when Mitchell Blake initially tries to convince her Blake Glassware doesn’t need her help. She’s the first one who sees that she and Mitch aren’t that different – he is stifled by an overbearing father, just like she is. This private kinship is the first thread that binds them together.
Is your personality more like your hero, Mitchell Blake, or the heroine, Jaye Davis?
There is a lot of me in Jaye whenever she cracks a joke or has a visceral reaction to an emotional scene. I must admit that I fell in love with Mitch when I wrote the book, so being part of the heroine was a fun way to participate in the story. (Don’t tell my husband.)
What is your favorite scene?
The hot tub scene toward the end of the book. I don’t want to give too much away, but there is a bear wandering around in the back yard while Mitch and Jaye argue in the hot tub. When I discussed this scene with my critique group, much hilarity ensued because everyone wanted to know what the bear was doing! We still refer to that discussion as the “Where’s the bear?” chat.
Where did you get stuck when writing this book?
Gosh, there were so many places. I always get stuck. Heck, I got stuck right now when I was trying to think of an answer to this question! However, I had the most difficulty tying up all the subplots at the end of the book. The final chapter, in particular, gave me panic attacks. I rewrote the last scene a number of times, but all that angst crafted a satisfying ending.
What’s up next?
Currently, I’m finishing a three-book erotic series written under a different pen name. I hope to finish that project at the end of 2014 and then I’ll polish my next contemporary romance to release in 2015. The book is already written, and it’s titled The Perfect Flaw.
For more information on Lynn Kellan or her work, visit her website. Clear as Glass, published by Wild Rose Press, is available on Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Nook, and in print