Courtney Lane has been creating her own little world since she was very young. When she was eight years old, she began to bring her worlds to life with a pen and paper.
While many of her works touch several different genres, she has an archetype when it comes to the female protagonists in her stories — they have to have certain brand of strength, be deeply flawed, and harbor layered personalities. In her books you will find themes that reflect the darker side of life with a tremendous amount of depth and complexity. She also has an affinity for characters that aren’t necessarily the girl or boy next door, or the people you’d encounter in everyday life. In other words, she prefers to explore characters who aren’t easy to fall in love with.
Currently, Courtney can be found either working on her next book, playing the latest role-playing game on her X-Box (preferably a game by BioWare), or spending time with her family.
What inspired you to start writing?
I was bullied a lot as child. When you’re outnumbered, it’s hard to vocalize how it feels. I’ll never forget; my third grade teacher, Mrs. Snell, gave the class a writing assignment. It felt cathartic to venture into my own little world where I controlled what did and didn’t happen. I’ve been writing stories steadily since that day.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Yes and no. I think we tend to let external factors and our doubts prevent us from telling our stories. If I ever feel uninspired, I read one of my favorite novels or binge watch arthouse French Films. It’s my tried and true method to bring back my inspiration and remove me from self-deprecating thoughts about my work.
What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
Being true to who you are and what you want to write about. It’s easy to look at the next author and try to emulate their success by adapting their writing voice as your own. I think everyone’s writing voice is unique and you should tap into it by writing the stories that you love and telling them how you want to tell them.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
For me, there isn’t a plot without the characters so it usually happens simultaneously. I don’t write in a linear sequence nor do I outline. By the time I open my laptop to type up the story, the entire book has already played out in my mind. I almost always write the ending first and then go back and insert scenes here and there as I remember them. Usually my brain works faster than I can type and I’ll jot down gist of the scene so I don’t forget it when I come to it later.
Are you working on anything at the present you would like to tell us about?
I’m working on several projects at once, at the moment. One is a continuation of what was supposed to be a standalone book. Another is a dark paranormal romance that takes place in the same world as a novella series that’s no longer published. The next is a contemporary romance that will be released under a pen name.
What are you reading now?
Justine by Marquis de Sade
What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
Hand down Bret Easton Ellis. He changed my literary life. I adore how he writes unapologetically flawed and often nonredeemable characters. The worlds he builds and the characters he creates leap off the page. They stick with you long after you’ve read the book. His stories are dark, raw, and thought-provoking. It made me feel like it was okay to take it there with my writing.
What is the hardest part about writing for you?
The balance. Writing itself is a very labor-intensive process once you’ve written the core story down. But what happens during the revision, marketing, and distribution can be pretty time consuming. It’s hard to find a good balance between my personal life, responsibilities, and writing. It can sometimes be an 18-hour a day job. The connection and feedback I receive from the people who support me definitely make it well worth it.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A lawyer. I love a good debate. I completely strayed away from that path 🙂
Book Title: The Starkest Truth (Breaking Insanity #2)
Synopsis: After her recent nuptials, Nikki Brenton is quickly thrust into a world she once avoided. Unable to adjust, her unhealthy addictions begin to tempt her and threaten to poison more than her sanity.
Nothing has ever been peaceful for Eric Brenton, and his life with Nikki is no exception. The past he suppressed has returned to wreak havoc on his life. He quickly discovers he can’t avoid his past, because it’s ready to attack him where he is most vulnerable.
When the truth is as subjective as reality, the line between trust and doubt is tested; for Nikki and Eric the line may come dangerously close to disintegrating.
The Starkest Truth is not a standalone and must be read after the first book in the series, The Sordid Promise.
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