Happy 100! Lynne Graham Shares her Wisdom After Writing 100 Books
Now that's a lot of candles! This month, with the release of her romance Bought for the Greek's Revenge, Lynne Graham has reached a pinnacle many authors only dream of — she's published her 100th romance! Those 100 titles have sold more than 35 million copies worldwide. Listen, that's a lot of tropes! To celebrate such an amazing milestone, today Lynne's here to share what she's learned over the years. Congrats, Lynne, on a truly spectacular achievement!
I can’t quite believe I’ve reached my 100th book with Harlequin! It’s been an incredible experience, made all the more special by the wonderful editors, writers and readers I’ve met along the way.
Sharing what I discovered writing one hundred books has really made me sit and think. I feel that I’ve learnt so much from each and every book I’ve written, but I’ve put my top ten favourite discoveries here just for you.
- I can plan and plot to my heart’s content, but every now and then my characters like to surprise me by doing the unexpected!
- Writing takes courage. Courage to make the first step, courage to pick yourself up from the floor after your first rejection, courage to listen to good advice and throw out half of the story if need be, and courage to rewrite.
- And whilst writing takes courage, love does too. I do love writing about strong alpha males, but my husband is the only one I need.
- I can’t write a thing without coffee.
- My dogs are the best plotting partners I know. If I’m stuck in my writing, I take my three lovely dogs out for a walk and by the time I get back, my head is full of what to do next.
- Always keep your eyes open, you never know where you’ll find inspiration.
- Pintrest is absolutely wonderful. It’s amazing to be able to pull all the beautiful images that suit your story in one place and for people to access it and see them too is just fabulous.
- A good editor is invaluable.
- Writing is hard work and can be isolating. The friends that encourage and support you and the family members who understand that writing really is a full-time job are worth their weight in gold.
- A happy-ever-after never gets old!