1. Tell us about your newest release.
This is hard because I could spend the next thirty minutes answering this question. I love to talk about my book. But, in a nutshell, Stay is about a couple, Alexa and Julian, who meet in South Beach, Florida and find that they can’t stay away from each other despite the fact that neither was looking for a relationship. They have an undeniably intense physical and emotional connection that pulls them close and pushes them apart at the same time. They’re both wary of love and struggle to believe what they’re feeling is real and can last. I tackle some real life issues about love, loss and friendship in Stay and have created sort of a rollercoaster ride of a story that will keep you guessing how it ends, until the end.
2. What makes your story special to you?
Stay is my very first novel and really the first thing I’ve written that I’ve shared with anyone, so there isn’t anything that isn’t special to me. I’ve just embarked on the writing journey and loving every second of it. This story is close to my heart, because although it IS fiction, it’s derived from inspirations of places and people I know. It allowed me to take a trip down memory lane in many cases and put in down on paper.
3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Although I just started writing novels, I think deep down I’ve always wanted to do this. I’ve always written poetry and have had a few jobs where writing was a key component of my duties, but the time was never right to take on the monumental task of writing a real book. This past year, for many reasons, the time was finally right, so I started to write Stay. Now I have to write, and can’t believe I waited so long to really start.
4. What is a typical writing day like?
If I’ve learned anything on this journey it’s that there isn’t anything typical when you’re trying to be a writer! I don’t do this fulltime (although my family would argue), so I fit writing in whenever I have time. I usually write early in the morning and late at night. Oh, and in my car, at the kitchen table, during commericals…
5. Do you have an interesting writing quirk or habit?
I have to listen to music when I write. I find it makes me more in touch with the mood of the book and my characters. I listened to the same song every single time I sat down to write Stay. (All In by Lifehouse). I have a new song for my second book, Hold On (Already Falling by Tyrone Wells), that’s always on when I start.
6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned as a published author?
Honestly, everything has been a surprise because I had no clue what to expect. Each day I wake up and learn something new. But if I have to pick one thing I guess I would say that I had no idea that people would be so supportive and touched by my words. I’ve connected with people on so many new and different levels. It’s been an awesome experience.
7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
I got caught up in the Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared To You craze and I will always appreciate what E.L. James and Sylvia Day did to bring erotic romance to the masses, but as far as writing influences, I can’t really think of any in particular. I can tell you that I have been an avid reader my whole life and I read all genres. I really judge a book by its ability to move me and I just love authors who use the written word to touch people’s souls. There are so many out there. As far as my friends go, I have a core group who read my initial drafts and pushed me to continue. They know who they are and how much I love them!
7. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
My family is awesome. Once they realized I was serious about this and had some talent, they all jumped on board. They’re proud of me and it means the world to me. My youngest son, who is twelve, sat with me the other day and read some of my reviews. When he was done he gave me a kiss and told me. “Good job, Mom!” There’s nothing better.
8. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
When I’m not writing, working my real job or being a mom of very busy kids, I play tennis. I love to read, although that has taken a back seat lately. I also love college sports (I’m a huge Florida State fan), and I love to travel. The beach is my favorite place to be, always…
9. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?
I am sooo close to being done with the second book in the Alexa Reed Series, Hold On, and if all goes well it will be out in late March.
11. How can readers connect with you online?
I can be found at hilarywynne.com
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Have you ever woken up one day and said, “Today’s the day I’m going to do (insert thing here)?” Well, I did, and the result is my first novel, Stay. I always thought of myself as a decent writer, and then a trip down memory lane through my ninth grade book of poetry confirmed it. I realize that I have always had a romantic side and a way with words. With support from my husband and kids (and an unspoken agreement to leave me alone for a few hours every night), I embarked on this incredible writing journey.
I’m originally from sunny Southern California and spent my summers in South Florida. I attended college at FSU and received my Masters in New Mexico. I finally settled in the Washington, DC area. My happy place has always been anywhere near the water.
When I’m not writing, I help run a business with my husband, watch an inordinate amount of sports (my kids play something 365 days a year), indulge my competitive spirit on the tennis court, and spend time with my awesome family and friends.
I am an avid reader, but find my characters feel neglected when I hang out with other author’s characters for too long. When I do read, historical fiction is my favorite genre. I love traveling and experiencing different cultures, places, and times.
I feel so blessed that my love of books inspired me to finally do something that I forgot I had always dreamed about doing.
My someday has arrived!