Welcome, Lynn, pull up a chair and make yourself comfortable. I feel in need of a little normality, so tell us, who is your ideal man?
Then I'll have the humor of Jon Stewart, the face of Johnny Depp, the sexual confidence of Adam Levine, the body of Hugh Jackman, the charm of Colin Firth, and the voice of Alan Rickman
Not given it much thought then, eh? ;-) Does anybody know of a computer geek that could Weird Science this up for us? Hmmm. The voice of Alan Rickman?... Great choice.
So we have your current fanciful man, a godlike creation of our ravenous minds, but what about when you were younger?
*Bursting at the seems trying to hold in riotous laughter as vivid Woody Allen scenes spring madly to mind*. That sounds... (How do you put 'completely insane' without causing major offence???) very... imaginative, Lynn. I'm guessing he wasn't as old as this when you first fell for his seductive charms, though? ;-) So where were you at career-wise around this time, Lynn, dare I even ask?
So, not a professor then? Never mind, one out of two isn't bad. Someone who actually realised their childhood dream. That's nice. And we'll get back to your dream in a second, but before we do, just one last question. What books were important to you through your childhood?
Childhood: Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire. I still love that spotted beast, whatever he is. That’s a creature who knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to say it.
Early Tweens: I loved The All of a Kind Family series by Sydney Taylor. I had no sisters, and that family was bursting with them. Those books, set on the Lower East Side, planted the seed that made me move to New York City the minute I left college.
Late Tweens: All of the books by Judy Blume. They helped me feel connected in the world, during confusing times. All of the books by John Irving. How inappropriate is that? Hello parents of Gen Xers: Why didn’t you monitor what we read and watched on cable? Anyway, I read The World According to Garp when I was 15, and it changed my life. I realized what power a writer had, and it lit the fire in me to truly make sure I became one. I took a detour through the acting and performing world, putting off sticking my neck out for decades. Being a novelist was what I wanted the most, so it scared me the most. I’d say I wish I’d done it as my first career, but I firmly believe that nothing happens before its time. My time is now.
I haven't had the pleasure of reading this yet, as it's only been out a couple of weeks, but I hear it's been described as 'a country house romance for the modern age, a must-read for fans of the scandals and drama of Downton Abbey and the charm and wit of Helen Fielding.' Can't wait.
Well thank you so much for baring your soul to us today, Lynn. Good luck with your writing and let me know if you ever become a professor.
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