Friday, June 15, 2012

Author Interview: Lynda Meyers!

Happy Friday Everyone!
 I hope everyone is having an amazing week!

Today I am happy to present an interview with Lynda Meyers! 
Lynda wrote an amazing book called Letters From The Ledge
You can find my review of Letters From The Ledge here and add it to GoodReads here

Here is the interview! 

1. How did living in New York City influence your writing of Letters From The Ledge?

I think a lot of people have misconceptions about the city. It is definitely fast-paced and impersonal in some ways, but it's also full of human beings, just like you and me. We all have the same hopes, same fears, and we all need each other. I didn't pick the setting of the story per se, that's just where I saw it happening when the scene opened in my mind, but in hindsight I think it was the best place to show that no matter where you are - even in one of the biggest, most bustling cities on the planet, you can still connect. It's possible to find like-minded people to share life with - and even in the midst of millions, you don't have to feel alone.

My next book (Truly, which is set to release Christmas 2012) takes place in New York City as well. However, I have another book that's not yet released that takes place in San Francisco. I lived there for about ten years and it's one of my favorite cities. 

2. Please explain the New Adult genre and why you choose to write a book in that fantastic way?

New Adult is technically targeted to readers 18-25. I'm sure that's not a hard and fast rule, but basically this genre seeks to reach kids just graduating high school through the college years and a little bit beyond. When I was submitting Letters From The Ledge to publishers, I went two full rounds. The adult fiction editors said it was too YA for adults. The YA editors though it was too adult for YA. I was told that if I wanted to rewrite the story so that it focused on set of characters or the other it would stand a better chance, but I was committed to the story as it stood. I wasn't willing to change the story or the characters to fit the market - lucky for me the market changed to fit my characters!

The story actually has three different generations of characters in it - Brendan and Sarah who are seventeen and eighteen, then Nate and Paige who are in their mid-twenties, and Frank and Ginny, who are less prominent characters but are in their forties. In addition to multiple age groups, the story involves complex thematic elements that a broad range of readers have experience with, such as suicide, rape, cutting, drug use, adoption, rejection and father issues, just to name a few.

That wasn't done for effect or with an eye toward broadening the audience, it just happens to be how the story played out. The result, however, is that depending on the age and emotional perspective of the person reading it, there is a broad range of readers. Although I agree that it fits bets in the New Adult category, because all the primary characters fit into that range, so far the book has been read and enjoyed by readers as young as twelve and as old as seventy-seven! Letters From The Ledge is special and unique in many ways, but in my heart I was writing a genre that did not exist at the time I wrote it: 15-30 years olds. I am so happy that New Adult is finally being recognized, and is in fact the fastest growing segment of book sales!

The main character in my next book, Truly, is twenty-five, and a lot of other books I have in mind are geared toward either YA or New Adult, but I am not ruling out books written for traditional adult audiences either. I know a lot of writers try to find a niche market, and in fact their is a lot of advice out there encouraging writers to pick and genre and build a fan base around it. I would rather write what is on my heart at that moment and decide where it belongs on the shelf later. If the writing is good, the fan base will come on its own.

3. Who is your favorite character in Letters From The Ledge?

My favorite is Brendan, for sure. He is my main man - the underdog I love to root for, the kid who does not know how strong and capable he really is on the inside. Who doubts himself but wants so desperately to be believed in. I love Brendan with all my heart. It does not hurt that he is also smart, cut, and really gifted, not to mention hilariously funny! I also like Nate. I feel Nate was Brendan and Brendan will be Nate some day. As we give out and pay it forward, others follow that give and sow into the next generation. Nate is the kind of man that men should be. He is not perfect, but he loves  selflessly, and when he screws up he admits it. I couldn't ask for more than that.

4. What are your future plans as a writer?

I have so many more stories to tell - stories that have been pushing on my heart, aching to be told. I want to write as many of them as I can, but writing is not a constant practice for me. There is an ebb and flow to it right now and perhaps that is because I have teenagers in high school and young adult children who are getting married and going off to college. My relationships always take priority for me. If I hid myself away to write all the time I will miss out on my actual life. 

Life is meant to be lived, and it is because of a vibrant and fully-lived life that I can write when I am supposed to write and live when I am supposed to live. The one balances the other. Unfortunately that makes it kind of impossible for me to predict when a book will be finished or how many more will be written. I only know that I will write as much as my life allows! It is an inextricable part of me and how I process the world. It also connects me to people in ways I simply cannot accomplish on my own. Books are a unique vehicle for one-on-on connection, yet with a global reach. 

5. My signature question!  If you could control any element, earth, water, fire, spirt or air, what would it be and why?

I would pick air - most definitely, because it could affect so many of the others. Air could move water, it could blow out or stoke a fire, and it could be powerful enough to move earth or even people or objects. Seems like it would come handy in a lot of ways!

I definitely recommend trying Lyda's book. 
Thanks for the well-thoughout answers Lynda!
Thanks for Reading!


  1. Great post! I agree about the city I was in NYC last year and it's incredible. It's like its own world and you really feel energized walking in the streets.

  2. Wow great, well thought-out answers!! Great post, you guys!! I am definitely going to try out Lynda's book ASAP. It seems great! And Wow I really want to go to the Big Apple SO BADLY!! It seems so magical and truly like the 'place where dreams are made'. :P Lovely post, Rache! <3

  3. I was intrigued from once I saw it was set in NYC, but totally SOLD once I saw it's a NA book! Great interview. Will absolutely be checking this one out. :D

  4. I can't say I've ever heard of the New Adult genre, but I love the age group! As an older reader of predominantly YA fiction, I've always enjoyed when the characters are are on the upper end of the teenage spectrum-18 or 19- so I'm really excited that there is a whole genre that focuses on college-age characters. WOO HOO! Thanks so much for the interview Rachel and Lynda!

  5. Great interview! I haven't read many new adult books but I imagine I would fit the target market perfectly. Thanks to Lynda for adding some explanation! :) I will definitely have to check out Letters from the Edge. :)

  6. Hi! New Linky Follower :)

    Awesome interview! I've never heard about Letters from the Edge but I definitely want to check it out on Goodreads. This is the first time I've heard about "New Adult" I didn't even realize that particular genre (18-25) had a name.


  7. And you could control the air so it won't mess up your hair. I wasn't aware there was a new YA category this is great too many books sre thrown into the YA category that are meant for older readers so I am happy and now I will hve to check out this book and read more about NY as well!

  8. Oh! I literally just recently learned about the New Adult genre and I think it's such a cool idea for all those adults wanting to read about more mature characters than your average teens, or for teens who want to read about not-yet-adults! :) And I love to root for the underdog sometimes too, so I'm sure that Brendan will steal my heart too! <3

    Thank you so much for the amazing author interview, Rachel! I love meeting authors -- it always makes me want to read their books more! :)

  9. Fun interview. I think I could get into "new adult" reads.

  10. This sounds like an amazing read. I love that it doesn't just focus on one age group but three. The only other book I can think of that did that was The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta, which I adored!! I'm really liking this New Adult category! It opens up a lot more possibilities.

    What a great interview Rachel! Thanks for sharing Lynda! :)

  11. I hope I get to visit NYC one day soon!

    I am really glad that more authors are writing New Adult or YA for older teens, it's a great shift in the market! I checked out your review and this sounds like a book I want to read!

  12. Rachel I love your last question! I think you'll have to ask every author that stops by your blog this! I've been hearing about New Adult novels everywhere I think I would really enjoy books which fit into this category! I definitely going to give Letters from the Ledge a try! Thanks for bringing it to my attention Rachel and sharing this fab interview! :)

  13. Hey Everyone!
    it's so great to read all these awesome replies and know there is so much excitement for the New Adult category! If anyone who commented here is interested in hosting me for a guest blogger or interview or giveaway of LFTL please just let me know! I love getting to know readers and participating in fun blogger activities!

    I can be reached at: authorlyndameyers (at) gmail (dot) com

    Happy Summer Reading Everyone!!



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