Where do you find your inspiration?
I've written a number of manuscripts over the past few years, full-length novels that are in different levels of editing. And I've written quite a few short stories and novellas, all of which have been published (or soon to be published). However, I've only done NaNoWriMo once. The push to write at such a fast pace, in such a short time, is both freeing and terrifying. But, I figured I'd give it a try once. And as a result, I completed the first draft of His Womanly Ways a couple of years ago.
This novel is unlike my usual fare of works, and perhaps that's why it came so fast to me. I let myself go and just saw where the plot would take me. And it turns out that it took me to quite an interesting place. The only thing I knew going in was that I wanted to do a genderswap book, but one that was unlike those I had read prior. I have always been interested in the genre, but I find most of it jumps straight to objectification rather than exploration. You're turned into another gender, so the first thing you do is feel yourself up and try to have sex with the nearest willing person? I don't buy that.
Essentially your body doesn't match your inner self anymore. That should cause some kind of journey to either accept or reject the situation. That's what I tried to do with His Womanly Ways. Alex didn't ask for this to happen to him, and the process is gradual, as is his acceptance of the changes. His mind doesn't match the image he sees in the mirror, and that's important to realize.
How do you fit in writing in such a busy life?
I can definitely attest to having a busy life. I'm working full-time, going to graduate school for my Masters degree, doing media reviews, and working on contractual edits for my numerous releases coming this year. So, yes, I continue to stay busy! But I do push to find the time to write new works, so I schedule out all my time. I have to, else I wouldn’t get anything done. I set aside a certain time every weeknight to focus on writing, and then might schedule extra writing sessions throughout the weekend. When I’m on deadline, that writing time might be spent writing something new, cleaning up a proof copy about to go to print, or tweaking a few plot elements based on my writer’s group feedback. But I commit to the process consistently.
What stories inspired you to write?
At the end of this novel, there are two recommendations for similar books, both of which I adore:
Tiffany Twisted by Alison Tyler – This was the first erotic novel that I can remember reading and loving, and possibly this is because it's a genderswap. A girlfriend and boyfriend switch bodies and deal with the fall-out, as well as the exploration of being in each others' bodies. Alison is probably responsible for my writing career as K. Lynn as well, since it was a call for submissions to one of her anthologies that got me started in the process, and I was immediately accepted. She has been my editor for a number of other anthologies and I've loved the process.
Girl by David Thomas – Quite a hard book to locate, since it's older, but I was determined to read it after seeing the positive reviews online. The premise sounds outlandish, with the main character going into surgery to have his wisdom teeth removed and accidentally has a sex-change operation, but every single review talked about how sensitive it was to the transgender issue, well-researched, and approaching the subject with both humor and respect. This was one of the motivations I used when writing my book. Like the main character in Girl, Alex didn't ask for his situation, but he's trying to deal with it the best way he can.
When you finish writing a book, how do you say goodbye to the characters?
I don't, not really. I tend to leave most of my stories open, with the possibility of returning to the characters if they wish to tell more of their story. And the trend in my writing is that the end is actually the beginning, whether that's starting a new relationship or a new phase in the characters' lives. For Alex, this is very much true. His life isn't tied up in a neat little bow at the end of the book, and he's not sure where it will lead him, but he's open to seeing where this path takes him. I have hope for him, though. I think his journey's going to continue to be interesting. So, I leave an ear open for my characters, and if they decide to share a bit more of their lives with me I'll write about them.
What are you working on next?
It is a very busy few months for me in publishing. Not only do I have this novel coming out, but in the middle of June I have a story in an anthology from Torquere Press around the concept of LGBT parenthood, I have a novella coming out from Less Than Three Press on July 1st that focuses on a transgender character and her potential romantic involvement with a certain coffee shop employee, I have a novella from Dreamspinner Press out also in July that is about a blind artist and his emerging romance with a veterinarian, and I have another novella coming out later this fall that is about a noted novelist who is getting over the death of his long-time partner and not looking for love, but love finds him anyway. You can see all my releases on my website (WriterKLynn.com).
Alex is a womanizer. He makes no excuses for it. Yes, he picks up women at the local bar, leaving them with just a memory of a good night and a good lay, but he hasn't had any complaints yet. That is, until he picks up the wrong woman. Not satisfied to be tossed aside as just another notch in Alex's bedpost, she curses him, wishing he “knew what it was like for a woman.” And he's about to find out what she means, embarking on a genderswap journey that he can't stop.
Alex starts slowly gaining secondary female characteristics. Waking up with his cock gone, replaced by a vagina, was bad enough. Then it gets worse, as his body becomes more like a woman than the man he used to be. Alex tries to hide the changes he's going through, for fear that someone will discover his secret, but keeping this quite literally “under wraps” might be impossible before the curse runs its course.
With the help of his female best friend, Eve, Alex tries to deal with who he is becoming. He feels like he's lost his identity, his mind not matching the body he now has. But Eve sticks by him, and they become closer as Alex's changes progress. What started out as friendship may become something more before Alex's journey is over. Perhaps this curse was actually a blessing in disguise.
His Womanly Ways is a 65,000 word genderswap novel with adult language and adult concepts.
Read an excerpt here: https://www.torquerepress.com/fiction/hiswomanlyways.html#sample
Release Date: May 27, 2015
About the Author:
K. Lynn has been an avid reader and writer since childhood. While in college, K. Lynn increased her involvement in LGBT issues and writing within the LGBT fiction genre. She has become a long-time fan of the authors that seek to explore the commonality that exists within all sexualities and genders. Most of K. Lynn's work features LGBT characters, many of whom are in established relationships and show how love perseveres through every trial and tribulation that life holds. She also has a particular interest in seeing transgender characters gain a larger foothold within the LGBT fiction genre, hoping that the market for these works expand in the future. Contact K. Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter
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