Brenda Lyne

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Brenda Lyne is the pseudonym of author Jennifer DeVries. Jennifer lives just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota with her two busy kids, two cats, two fish, and probably a partridge in a pear tree. She is living, breathing proof that it is never too late to follow your dreams. Sister Lost is her second novel.

  1. Tell us about the featured book. What is it about, and why did you choose to write this story?

    Sister Lost was inspired by the true story of Latanisha Carmichael, a New York City toddler who was killed by her own mother in 1979 and her body hidden in a closet for twenty years. The story captivated me, leaving me to wonder what it would be like to live in that house -- and to be the twin brother the little girl left behind. It’s a fast-paced, spine-tingling story that also explores timely topics such as family dysfunction, domestic violence, trauma, healing, personal growth, and redemption. I like to write flawed female protagonists who find their way to their own personal happy ending – maybe because that’s the journey I’m on myself!

  2.  Tell us a little about your writing process. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching, outlining, or planning before beginning a book?

    I might take a good month or two to get to know my characters, plot out their stories, and then sit down and write the outline -- but I’m learning that while the outline provides a solid foundation for a story, it’s never static. It often changes as I write, because no matter how hard I try to know everything that will happen in my story, sometimes events pop up that I didn’t anticipate. Sometimes that requires me to go back and tweak the outline so I can make sure the story stays on track. I’m in the same camp as my hero Stephen King when it comes to research: because I’m writing suspense fiction, I usually need just enough information to write authentically without getting too bogged down in details. I typically do my research as I go, and Google serves me well. I don’t know how authors ever did this job before Google!

  3. Are there any writers or authors who have influenced your writing? If not, who are some of your favorite writers?

    Stephen King is my hero, and is a very strong influence on my writing. Not the super-gory horror stuff (although I do love to read that; “It” is my favorite of his books), but more the psychological and paranormal explorations of life and death (“Bag of Bones is my other favorite of his novels). I also appreciate a good crime thriller/police procedural along the line of John Sandford, P.J. Tracy, and Kathy Reichs.

  4. When you’re not writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?

    I have two kids, ages 14 and 12, who keep me very busy with their sports and other activities. I also grow a mean vegetable garden and am a world-class thrift shopper.

  5. Do you have a website or social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) where readers can learn more about your work? Please feel free to list or link them below.
    Website: https://brendalyne.com
    Facebook: Brenda Lyne Books
    Twitter & Instagram: @akabrendalyne