May 6, 2011

Interview with K. Lynch

Why did you develop your trilogy, originally published in three books, to be put into one book?
The reason I combined the three books into a trilogy was to allow a meaningful introduction about the history of the founding of Berneau. This was where all the events culminated in the ending. I just thought it would make things sort of interesting to begin with the history from the late 18th century and bring it into modern times – similar to what James Michner does, but in a smaller sense.
It provokes thoughts of romance, mystique, greed and malice. The story begins in the middle of the French revolution and continues through current times. The events emulate the most noteworthy of the seven deadly sins as well as the consequences thereof.

How does it feel to be writing romance as a man?
Writing about romance from a male point of view is very challenging. I find that women, by their nature, are much more thoughtful and considerate in describing their characters. I sort of wanted to do that, but may have been a little bit more realistic since the affairs dealt with true events.

Why did you decide to write a romance novel?
I actually initially began this venture for my own enjoyment. The reviews for the first part, THE MILLION DOLLAR THERAPIST, were encouraging; however, and many of the reviewers wanted to know what happened to the main characters. As a result, I added two more parts.
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
In the second part, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HORIZON, I write based largely on personal experience. The medical occurrences are derived largely from personal knowledge withunderstandable changes in names and places.
What kind of research did you do?
I did extensive research into almost every facet of the book. This includes details of the French revolution, banking practices in the 1800’s, Spanish trade routes, and indigenous Caribbean tribes. For parts of the book taking place in more modern times I researched out life on a rural farm, personal aircraft (including the pilot’s manual for Learjets), the most exotic golf club brands, current politics, and ancient boats as used in modern times. The medical portions included were drawn on my own knowledge of medicine acquired from the last 40 years in practice. I also drew largely from my military experience as an airborn flight surgeon in the early ‘70’s.
Would you like to write a different genre than you do now, or subgenre?
Not really; I recently published a book on Kachinas, but it was just describing my own personal collection.
Please tell us about yourself (hobbies, pro background, etc.)
I am a medical doctor, now specializing in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology. I attended both Johns Hopkins and USC School of Medicine in the 1960’s. My hobbies include shipbuilding, collecting nautical antiques, antique rifles and antique medical equipment. I also collect Hopi Kachina Dolls. I have read extensively on surgical techniques of the 1700’s and 1800’s. I have also read extensively on art of the indigenous American Indians, especially that of the Hopi tribe.
Who, if anyone, has influences your writing?
I really admire Nicholas Sparks – I just want him to write a book with ahappy ending and stop being so realistic.
Among your own book, have you a favorite hero or heroine?
All my female characters are my heroines –Carol Lindsay, Dianne Merrill, Sophia Bergeron, and Mme. du Boulier. Their personalities are derived from personal prior relationships. I was so enamoured with Mme. du Boulier that I “re-incarnated” her as Mariana in the final part of my book.
Which comes first, the story, the characters, or the setting?
In this particular case I believe one of the main characters, Carol Lindsay, came first.
What are the elements of great romance for you?
To me the elements include true love, sensuality, humor and extreme intimacy. I strive to describe these situations without being graphic.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
I love being in full control of the outcomes. Paradoxically, I think some of my characters got a little out of hand.

K. Lynch is a Southern California native. When not crafting his next work of fiction, the author is a medical doctor with more than thirty years in private practice. He has come to devote his spare time to his original love – writing.

He has trained at Johns Hopkins and USC School of Medicine and has since been engaged in the practice of medicine. He currently works as an interventional radiologist. He was also active as an ER doctor in the mid-seventies and was an airborn flight surgeon during the Vietnam Conflict.

Lynch began writing romance novels about four years ago. Much of what occurs in his book, Beyond Ecstasy: A Trilogy, are based on actual true events with time and names altered. All details have been researched in full – with the exception of the mythical tribe of the Pitacaci and the Island of Berneau, as depicted in Lynch’s story.

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