ICYMI Author Spotlight: Lindsey Winsemius!

Name: Lindsey Winsemius
Genre/s you write: Romantic Suspense / Dystopian
Birthday: September 12
Number of books out: 3

What are you currently working on?
I always have way too many projects going on at once. I just completed my adult Dystopian Romance series and am in the midst of writing a contemporary romantic suspense series; each book will be standalone but have interconnected characters. The first book is a mafia romance (which is my guilty pleasure read!) that takes place in Chicago. 
I’m also working out a YA book about a teenager living with a father who is a functioning sociopath. I’m excited to put to use my background in Psychology for this one!
I’m also excited to write a new Dystopian / apocalyptic book that will be a sort of prequel to my series, which will explain how the world came to ruin and the society that is the focal point of my 3-book series came about.
Why did you choose to become an author?
This is always a tough question to answer. I didn’t really choose to be an author. I’ve always loved writing, even as a child, but doubted my ability to create a career out of it, so I followed other paths. Through my “big girl” job as a marketing manager, I had the opportunity to do market research on the indie publishing industry. As I tried to understand this unique and growing industry, I thought “what better way to know what it is like to be an indie author than to actually become one?” And so Reaper was born, my first book, which I published a year ago.
Writing has become a strange addiction to me. After each book, I tell myself I’ll stop and go back to my normal life. But then the need to write becomes too strong to ignore, and once I’ve started writing a book, I am compelled to finish it. I don’t write for money or notoriety, because God knows I haven’t gotten much of either anyway😉, but because I love the process, I love the people I’ve met along the way, and I love creating new worlds where before none had existed.


 What part of the writing process comes easy to you? Which part is difficult?
I try to be a planner, rather than a “pantser”, but even when I take copious notes, the characters always have a mind of their own and follow a different path than I had originally planned. This is both frustrating and wonderful at once. I love when I’ve created such strong characters that their decisions and actions become their own, and I’m just the one recording it all. But this does make it challenging, because I’m constantly changing elements of the plot to fit the characters. My books are first about people and their relationships; the action and suspense is always secondary in importance to me.
I will also add that it is so difficult to decide when a book is ready to be released. I could keep tweaking my novels for years and never be fully satisfied, but at some point, I need to just release it. In my mind, it can always be better. 
What inspired your first novel?
The opening scene of my first novel, Reaper, came from a dream I had that seemed very real. I have difficulty sleeping, and to settle my over-active mind at night, I create stories in my mind. I’ve done this since I was a child to help calm myself; I go to my fantasy world where a story is always waiting. I began creating the story surrounding this dream each night, and it was still in my head when I decided to try my hand at writing a book. I tried to find a time period to fit this story, originally planning for it to be a historical romance. However, when I couldn’t find the right era to fit the intrigue of the plot, I created my own time in the near future which would fit the story. And here is my confession: Until I wrote Reaper, I did not read Dystopian / post apocalyptic books. Now, I love the genre.

What is your favorite genre?
My favorite genre is Romance, and I’ll take it however I can get it: Romantic Suspense, Dystopian Romance, Futuristic, Historical… I love it all. I’ll read any book that has a good love story in it.
Do you have a job besides being an author?
In my real life, I’m a full time stay-at-home mom to two precocious children, part time digital marketer for an amazing marketing software company that has generously supported my writing habit, and a huge nerd for statistics and psychology.
What are your 3 life essentials?
3 things I can’t do without on an average day: Coffee, wine, and my computer (not necessarily in that order).

I want to use this “anything goes” section to thank Cassandra for her support of indie authors, and all the amazing readers, bloggers, and fellow authors that have offered their advice, support, and a shoulder to cry on along this fantastical journey.
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 I also love to hear from readers, authors, and bloggers, so contact me anytime through my website or on Facebook. Watch for my upcoming Romantic Suspense novel Just to Keep You coming next spring. You can request an exclusive sneak peek on my website.

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