We have another Prism Author visiting today. A warm welcome to Lynn Lovegreen, author of Gold Nuggets, who has joined us to chat about her writing career and this wonderful book.
My husband drove buses in Denali Park for seven seasons, so it’s near and dear to my heart. When I leanred about the hsitory, I thought the contrast between the end of the gold rush and the beginning of the park would be a good concept for a book.
Which is your favorite character, and why?
Boy, that’s a tough one for this book. I’d say Henry. At first, he looks like the golden boy who gets whatever he wants in life, but as you get to know him you see he’s more complex than that.
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? If you write more than one, how do you balance them?
I write young adult/new adult hsitorical romance set in Alaska. That combines my passions for Alaskan history, romance, and young people. I hope to insire young readers while entertaining them with stories of old Alaska.
Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?
My parents were big readers, and I had some amazing librarians and teachers growing up. I felt the power of words at a young age.
How long have you been writing?
Writing seriously, about nine years, but a dabbld in writing before then.
What do you think most characterizes your writing?
All my writing shows love and strength in challenging times, combined with intersting bits of Aalska history.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Revising Henry’s part—I needed to give him more to do, but when I did he had a richer story. I had a lot of help from editor Lisa Lickel, which made it a better book.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
The research! I knew the area, but reading (including Tom Walkers’ Kantishna: Mushers, Miners, Mountaineers and Jane Haigh’s Searching for Fannie Quigley: A Wilderness Life in the Shadow of Mount McKinley) and staying at Camp Denali was a lot of fun and helped me get the details right.
What inspires you?
The people around me, the ones I read about, all the brave and wonderful things people do in the name of love.
How did you get to be where you are in your life today?
I grew up in Alaska, taught English for twenty years, and I’ve been belssed with great family memebers and friends. Being married to the love of my life for over thirty years is a big influence, too.
What did you find most useful in learning to write? What was least useful or most destructive?
Most useful: reading and writing a lot—practice! Then once I had some decent writing to work with: critiques and workshops and such.
Least useful: being told I was writing the wrong genre or style
Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?
I am a full-time writer. I usually write every morning five days a week, but since I’m retired I can plan around yoga class or volunteer work, etc. as needed. I am grateful for the opportunity to plan my day around my passions.
What are some day jobs that you have held? If any of them impacted your writing, share an example.
Of course teaching English exposed me to lots of great books and opportunites to learna bout writing. But almost anyting can be a writing inluence or give a tidbit of information that can end up in a book one day.
How do you find or make time to write?
I give myself a schedule and set the timer.
Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? Summarize your writing process.
I choose the setting first and research,then come up with characters that would fit that time and place. It’s a combination of planning and daydreaming for me.
What do you like to read in your free time?
I’m an electic reader. I like YA, classic literature, romance, history…
What projects are you working on at the present?
I am working on a book about the building of the Alcan Highway, set in 1942. I recently decided one of my main characters was all wrong, so I’m working on a new draft for it.
What do your plans for future projects include?
We’ll see where this new book goes, but I’m hoping to do a series on World War II in Alaska.
Thanks, Lynn, for making time to visit on this blog. I look forward to seeing your future projects. If you want to grab Golden Nuggets, which comes highly recommended, you can find it here