JB Lynn is the author of Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman featuring hitwoman Maggie Lee, and her newest book in the series, the aptly titled Further Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman in October. JB was kind enough to answer a few questions about her writing, the new book, and more!
Please welcome JB to the blog!
The second book in your series, Further Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman, just came out in October! What was your inspiration for Maggie Lee?
I read a story on the news about a woman who’d hired a guy to kill her husband and I found myself wondering, “Why don’t you ever hear about hitwomen, just hitmen?” and then I wondered “What on earth makes someone become a contract killer?” Maggie was born out of my curiosity about those two questions….well, that and the fact I’ve got an odd sense of humor.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? Will you tell us a bit about your background?
Yes, I’ve ALWAYS wanted to be a writer (well, at least since I was five). I’d written magazine pieces, short stories, website content and screenplays before I found way to novels.
When you started your series, did you already know how many books you wanted to write, or did you just decide to see where Maggie took you?
I actually sketched out the plots and Maggie’s journey of six Hitwoman books (and I’ve got another 3 rolling around in my head) before I sat down to write Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman. I can’t begin a piece without knowing how it’s going to end.
What are some of your biggest literary influences?
That’s such a tough question to answer because I can’t list everyone and I read so widely. I’m a fan of Stephen King and James Patterson in terms of getting a clear, clean story down. I love the choices made by Lisa Lutz in her Spellman Files mysteries. I adore how David Sedaris can find the absurd in any situation.
Every year I still re-read the book that was my favorite when I was a kid, Horse of Two Colors by Glenn Balch.
A lot of people have compared my books to those of Janet Evanovich, I’m embarrassed to say that I’d never read one of her books until I shared my first draft of Confessions with a critique partner and she said it reminded her of the Stephanie Plum books. (whoops!)
If you could read one book again for the very first time, which one would it be?
That’s a terrific question! I’d say it’s a toss-up between To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (I think I was too young to completely appreciate it the first time I read it) and Thank You for Smoking by Christopher Buckley.
What are you reading now?
Right now I’m reading a book that was recommended to me, MYSTERIA, which is a series of linked novellas by Mary Janice Davidson, Susan Grant, P.C. Cast and Gena Showalter. And I’m re-reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.
I read in your bio that you’re a runner. Does running help get the creative juices flowing for your writing?
You’d think it would, wouldn’t you? But sadly it does not. (Maybe because I’m a terrible runner, I don’t actually enjoy it and I’m ridiculously slow.)
BUT the discipline it takes to train for a half marathon (13.1 miles) comes in handy when I’m struggling as a writer. My training requires me to run even when I don’t feel like it (especially then!) and I often have to write when I don’t feel like. I actually keep my finisher’s medals by my desk to serve as inspiration that I can accomplish what I set my mind too!
What else do you like to do when you manage to find some free time?
I’m a big reader, an enthusiastic cook, a compulsive Scrabble player, a dog lover, and someone who’s constantly on a self-improvement kick. I’m actually tracking my goals and progress at http://jblynn.wordpress.com and I’d love for others to stop by and tell me what they’re working on.
What’s next for you this year? Is there anything you’d like to share about upcoming projects or events (or anything at all!!)?
Lots of writing! There will be a Hitwoman novella released in the Spring and I’m launching a new series: Pride Falls – where suburbia meets the supernatural and mysteries abound. The first book will be about a Crime Scene Cleaner who can see ghosts….think The Ghost Whisperer meets Sunshine Cleaning.
Keep up with JB: Website | Twitter
About Further Confessions of a Neurotic Hitwoman:
Take three wacky aunts,
two talking animals,
one nervous bride,
and an upcoming hit,
and you’ve got the follow-up to JB Lynn’s wickedly funny
Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman
Knocking off a drug kingpin was the last thing on Maggie Lee’s to-do list, but when a tragic accident leaves her beloved niece orphaned and in the hospital, Maggie will go to desperate lengths to land the money needed for her care.
But the drug kingpin is the least of her worries. Maggie’s aunts are driving her crazy, her best friend’s turned into a bridezilla…and a knock on the head has given Maggie Dr. Dolittle abilities—she can talk to animals. Unfortunately, they talk back.
It’s just another day in the life of this neurotic hitwoman…