Contributor Interview with Lynn Katz

Everyone, welcome Lynn Katz to our Contributor Interview series, a routine blog feature that introduces you to the wonderful writers whose work will be featured in our upcoming anthology, Byline Legacies.

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“Take your favorite childhood story and rewrite it for an adult audience. Not an easy task in my opinion, but somehow Lynn does it with ease and excellence.”

— Lizzie Thornton, editor for Cardigan Press

[E] Welcome, Lynn, to Cardigan Press! We’d love to know: what genres/age ranges do you typically gravitate toward in your writing?

Most of my writing is for kids—specifically Middle-Grade novels.  I’m about ready to launch my first adult psychological thriller.  I’ve also tried writing picture books—SO HARD! The truth is, I’m all over the place, which, most of the time, is not a bad place to be.

[E] The fact that your poem is about Charlotte’s Web made us want to choose it instantly. Now we see where the idea stemmed from. In what way would you say your submission to Cardigan Press is similar and/or different from your usual writing?

Although I’ve dabbled in poetry, I’d never submitted a poem for publication before I submitted to Cardigan Press. The fact that my poem is about reading my favorite middle grade novel, Charlotte’s Web, tells you where my heart is happiest. 

[E] What an accomplishment! I doubt many people can say the first time they submitted a poem for publication, they were chosen! We definitely are looking forward to seeing it in it’s glory in Byline Legacies. But until then: how can readers best support your writing career?

I’d love for readers to check out my website to learn more about my debut novel, The Surrogate, which launches on May 6.  The book explores the psychological profile of a 16-year-old, would-be mass shooter and the English teacher who tries to help him. As a school principal at the time of the Sandy Hook tragedy, I have continued to grapple with how mass shootings are so ubiquitous in our country and how we can stop them. As a writer, that’s how I grapple-with pen in hand. 

[E] Our lives so often show up in our writing life. We look forward to supporting your book very soon. Thank you so much, Lynn, for hanging out with us! We’re so excited for readers to explore your writing and get to know you!

Everyone, please show your support and at least give her a follow!

Do you know Lynn? Comment below and let others know what Lynn’s writing means to you. If this is your first time meeting her, say hello!

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