Welcome to my weekly Author Spotlight. I’ve asked a bunch of my author friends to answer a set of interview questions, and to share their latest work.
Today, Meraki P. Lyhne – Meraki P. Lyhne is a Danish author with a love for the paranormal and space opera. She has been writing space opera since 2007, but paranormal erotic romance is a new love. Closing the door to her writing-den, she delves into elaborate stories and research ancient religions, mythologies and arts of the world to be inspired, so she can create new creatures of the paranormal. But, when real life manages to barge through the door to the den, she studies to become a physical therapist.
Thanks so much, Meraki, for joining me!
J. Scott Coatsworth: When did you know you wanted to write, and when did you discover that you were good at it?
Meraki P. Lyhne: In the seventh grade I wrote a short story which I just for kicks handed in to my teacher. He gave it back the next day and told me I should pursue writing. I didn’t think a lot of it until my oldest brother sent me a signed copy of his debut. That’s about the time I figured out what my teacher had meant.
When I discovered I was good at it? Well…Dunno, I’m still striving.
JSC: How would you describe your writing style/genre?
MPL: Always with a psychological or existential theme. It doesn’t matter what genre I try out, and I write almost any or attempt any just to evolve.
JSC: What was your first published work? Tell me a little about it.
MPL: My first published work was a sci-fi short story for a contest. It was published in a magazine. It was a prompt and I was never satisfied with it. Short stories have never been my thing and probably won’t ever be. I feel too limited by it—too limited by length and characters.
JSC: What’s your writing process?
MPL: Daydream and drink coffee, jot down notes while drinking coffee, researching while drinking more coffee…Coffee is actually a common and repeating character in my books, and only one has ever notices and she noticed because she doesn’t drink coffee. Oh, yeah, I procrastinate a bit, too. When I write, and get into it, I write after a schedule. And drink more coffee which in these times tend to get cold in my cup.
JSC: Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours.
MPL: When I stall in a story, I sit and stare at the screen and play the flute.
JSC: If you could sit down with one other writer, living or dead, who would you choose, and what would you ask them?
MPL: I have no idea. Right after having read a story that really moved me in some way I always want to sit down with them and chat. At the moment it’s the two authors of Flesh Cartel because they managed to help me kick a personal boundary. See question eight.
JSC: What action would your name be if it were a verb?
MPL: “Create” I guess.
JSC: What kind of character or topic have you been dying to try to write, but you’ve never worked up the courage?
MPL: Oh, I’m working on that one right now, actually. Untouchable Beauty was an attempt of mine to write something darker but the characters didn’t agree. This time they did. Enough for me to know I have to publish this one under a different name.
JSC: If you had the opportunity to live one year of your life over again, which year would you choose?
MPL: Neither. I’m grateful for all I have experienced and how it all turned out.
JSC: What are you working on now, and when can we expect it?
MPL: I always work on multiple things. The follow up of Untouchable Beauty is underway. So is Saving Starfish, which is the #4 in Chronicles of an Earned, and I’m playing around with that very dark and twisted thing which I won’t even set a date on.
And now for Meraki’s upcoming book, due out on 10/14: Untouchable Beauty:
Business school is not for Daniel. Not after making the cover of Teen Model. The only problem is that his parents don’t agree, and Daniel skips school to set his plans for fortune and fame in motion. Meeting the award-winning photographer Heimli will change his life, but not in the ways the nineteen-year-old young man expects.
At the age of four hundred thirty-six, Seldon has fed on more beautiful men than he can remember. Living in seclusion from the human world, humans are brought to the Incubi and Succubi as slaves to be fed upon. Amongst these slaves are the rare Untouchables. When Seldon is entrusted with the safe-keeping of one, he has his work cut out for him—especially since this Untouchable gets on his nerves. And under his skin.
Meraki is giving away an eBook copy of Untouchable Beauty – just comment with your email at the bottom of this post to enter. 🙂
Meraki P. Lyhne is a Danish author with a love for the paranormal and space opera. She has been writing space opera since 2007, but paranormal erotic romance is a new love. Closing the door to her writing-den, she delves into elaborate stories and research ancient religions, mythologies and arts of the world to be inspired, so she can create new creatures of the paranormal. But, when real life manages to barge through the door to the den, she studies to become a physical therapist.