1. Tell us about the very first story you ever wrote. How old were you? Did you have an audience already in mind, or was it just one of those stories that comes? I'm not sure if it's the first, but it's certainly one of the first stories I wrote was titled, Patty and the Country Ghost. I was nine or ten when I wrote it. I printed it, illustrated it, and bound it together with ribbon between shirt cardboard. There was no audience in mind as I wrote it for my own entertainment. I find it somewhat amusing that my first published novel, Ghost for Rent, was about a girl who lived in the country and had a ghost in her house. This was written for a specific audience as it is a middle grade paranormal mystery.
2. You took a divergent root into the publishing world as both an author and editor. Is it easier for you or harder knowing what is in store when you submit manuscripts? I was an author long before I became a paid editor. It's still really hard to edit my own manuscripts. It's amazing what I miss when I'm doing my own editing. When the stories are your own babies, you don't often see the mistakes. It takes someone who isn't attached to the words to find the errors. I would say it's easier now for me to submit because I can understand the process and how many manuscripts are received in by a publisher. You really have to be good to get your work accepted. With so many choices, your story has to really shine and be professional.
3. Do you have a critique group read your stories before submitting them, or do you do your own polishing and preparing, and then leave it to the submission process? I've never worked with a critique group, although for a while a few friends and I who all wrote would get together to talk about writing. I do my own polishing and editing before I submit the story. After the story is accepted, the hard work comes when the editor points out all the weak places.
4. As an editor is it difficult to shut off that part of yourself when you are writing? Does it make the wait time between submission and decision harder? I don't let my inner editor get in the way of my writing. I usually write longer works in spurts and when I start the new day, I go over what I wrote the day before. Sometimes, I make minor changes, but mostly I do it so I know where I am in the story. I'm not much or a note taker and I don't outline. Waiting is never easy, but I don't think that's changed since I became an editor myself.
5. You have just received a beautiful cover for your soon to be released Muse It Up book titled LOVE DELIVERY. What was your reaction when you received the mockup from your cover artist Delilah K. Stephans. Did Delilah hit it right off, or did the two of you have to make adjustments to your final cover? Delilah hit right off. There was a question as to whether my whole name would fit on the cover, but she got it on there. The only other problem was the title had a misspelling which was a breeze for her to fix. Delilah is amazing and I'm thrilled she was my illustrator for the cover.
6. Tell us a little bit about your story. Where does it take place?Tell us about your hero and heroine. Love Delivery is the story of two people who’ve been hurt in love before and hesitate to take a chance, yet are drawn to each other. It takes place in an unnamed town and the surrounding countryside with the main action taking place in the donut shop where Ann works, her city apartment, and Tom’s country home. Here’s a short blurb: Cats and a villainous ex-wife? What more could the delivery man bring to the new love in his life?
Ann works as a waitress in a donut shop. She’s happy with her single life and her cat, Mittens, but she finds herself interested in the handsome man, Tom, who makes deliveries to the shop. Tom is also attracted to Ann, but unfortunately, Tom comes with some baggage including five cats, Maria, his vicious ex-wife, and Maria’s adorable daughter he calls Kitten.
When Maria, a newly hired waitress in the donut shop, learns Ann and Tom are beginning a relationship, she does everything she can to tear them apart. Ann starts to have doubts about her budding romance, but Tom is determined to make it work, despite Maria’s interference. Will Ann and Tom’s love prevail, or will the evil ex-wife win in the end? Love Delivery delivers a sweet romance which will bring tears to your eyes but a smile to your lips.
I know this is the first book you have releasing from Muse Publishing. Is this your first published book ever? If not, tell us a little about your other books and where we can find them. My first published book is a middlegrade novel, Ghost for Rent. It was published by Hardshell Word Factory, but I recently requested a reversion of rights. I’ve contracted the sequel, Ghost for Lunch, with 4RV Publishing and they would like to have both books in their house. My second published book is A Past and A Future, which is a collection of eight short fantasy stories and eight short soft science fiction stories. It’s available in print from Sam’s Dot Publishing (http://sdpbookstore.com/anthologies.htm) and from Smashwords as an ebook (
7. Do you have a favorite author? If so what is it about this author’s writing that makes him/her your favorite? What was the last book by this author you read? I actually have four current favorite authors: George R.R. Martin, Jim Butcher, Kim Harrison, and Devon Monk. Of these, the last books I’ve read are all the most recent in their various series books. I like the strong writing style, the action, and the characterization all of these authors use. I’m also very much a fantasy reader and each of these authors delivers.
8. What comes the easiest for you, writing or editing, and why do you think that is? The writing definitely comes easiest (even though I’m an editor myself), and that’s because it’s always hardest to see your own mistakes. It’s also hard to cut your precious baby up into little pieces and throw away the extra words.
9. What did you do before venturing into the publishing world? Most of my working life has been spent as an executive secretary/office manager. My last position before retiring was the Office Manager/Chief Legal Secretary for the Columbia County District Attorney, here in Oregon.
10. How does your family respond to you being a writer? Do they get it? Have any of them read your work? Bought your work? Of my immediate family, all of them are proud of what I’ve accomplished. I do believe they all get it. Both of our children are working on advanced degrees and have published work in conjunction with their studies. My husband, as a science teacher for many years, published a manual of chemical experiments with a colleague. So, in many ways, we are all involved with writing.
My daughter was the one who was my inspiration for writing my first novel, Ghost for Rent. As a youngster, she didn’t think I was a “real” writer because I didn’t have a book, only magazine publications. All of the family members have read some, but not all of my work, and none have purchased work but accepted gifts of my books.
11. Do you have a website, or a blog address you can give my blog visitors where they can find and follow you? Yes. My website is http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.yolasite.com, and my blog is at http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com
12. Any upcoming appearances or news you want to share with your readers?
13. When you and I discussed your coming over here to my blog today, you mentioned a blog tour. For those who haven’t a clue what that is could you explain it? A blog tour is much like doing a book signing, except the author doesn’t go anywhere and can visit with readers while wearing jammies and bunny slippers. I contacted a number of bloggers, like yourself, and asked if they would be willing to host me as a guest. Many of them sent me questions to answer about my work, others have requested that I do a guest post about my work or something related to my book which I am touring. Then, each day during the blog tour, I am “visiting” a different blog. I will stop by to read and respond to comments posted by readers. I think of blog tours as a great way to get to know other authors and to reach people I don’t reach on my own blog. In return, I offer authors an opportunity to appear on my blog to promote their work.
14. Do you have a list of places set up yet for your tour for us to mark on our calendars? Yes. Thanks for asking. Here are the tour dates and stops, some of them have already occurred, but folks can go back and read the earlier posts if they’d like:
July 29 -- Lin Holmes, http://linsownblog.blogspot.com/ Stationary Trailer Day!
August 12 – Ginger Simpson, http://mizging.blogspot.com/
Marva Dasef, http://mgddasef.blogspot.com/
August 13 -- Elaine Cantrell, http://elainepcantrell.blogspot.com/
August 14 -- Janie Franz, http://janiefranz.wordpress.com/
Ciara Gold http://ciaragold.blogspot.com/
August 15 -- Joanne Tropello , http://joannetroppello.weebly.com/blog.html
August 16 -- Long and Short Reviews, http://www.longandshortreviews.com/
August 17 -- Nicola Sheridan, http://www.magicalgains.blogspot.com/
Celia Yearly, http://www.celiayeary.blogspot.com/
August 18 -- Su Halfwerk, http://www.suhalfwerk.blogspot.com
August 19 -- Lin Holmes, http://linsownblog.blogspot.com/
August 20 -- Janice Seagraves, http://ladyjanice.blogspot.com/
August 21 -- Joylene Butler, http://cluculzwriter.blogspot.com/
August 22 -- Roseanne Dowell, http://roseannedowellauthor.blogspot.com/
August 23 -- Tina Donahue, http://www.tinadonahue.com/blog/
August 24 -- Grace Elliott, http://graceelliot-author.blogspot.com/p/guest-blogger-spot.html
August 29 -- P.L. Parker, www.plparker.blogspot.com
15. Okay, I have to ask you one technical editor’s question. What is the one mistake authors make you really wish they wouldn’t? My biggest pet peeve would be switching point of view in the middle of a scene. Almost everyone does it, but it really throws the reader out of the story. The other thing is writing in a passive voice. The active voice is so powerful, as authors we really need to perfect it in our writing.
16. I’ve asked you just about everything except the most important question of all, when will Love Delivery be released? Does it have a Muse BookstoreBuy Page yet? If so, do you have its address? Release date was August 12th. The buy page is: http://tinyurl.com/4ajo9wz
Thank you Penny for visiting me on my Lins Own Author's Platform today. It’s been a privilege spending time and learning about you and your exciting book. I am looking forward to
Love Delivery releasing, and as one of the lucky authors you’ve helped through the editing process, I want you to know what a pleasure it has been having you as my very first ever interviewee on my brand new Blog. I hope you’ll come back and let me interview you again.
Lin, it’s been a pleasure both working with you and being a guest on your blog today. You are amazing and an inspiration not only to me, but to many authors who have the privilege of being published by MuseItUp Publishing. Thank you for all you do.