Sunday, October 4, 2015

Today's Authtoberfest featured author is Lindsey Winsemius

1. It’s the zombie apocalypse and writers have got to stick together to survive. Pick 3 authors to be on your zombie apocalypse killing team and tell us why you’d choose them.
Lindsey says: Max Brooks; he's got the big picture concept of what's going to happen in the world. Jaq C. Reed; she's going to keep us positive when we're about to lose all hope. Robert Swartwood; he knows what the Zombies are thinking...

2. If Stephen King and J. K. Rowling were drowning in a river, who would you save first? And now you have to tell us why.
Lindsey says: Neither; less competition for the rest of us. Just kidding. They wouldn't need help; they are both creative genius' and could save themselves. They'd probably end up rescuing me...

3. We authors are voracious readers. My TBR list is approximately 8 miles long. What are you currently reading?
Lindsey says: I am just about to sit down and begin One Second After by William R. Forstchen (I know, I can't believe I haven't read it yet, either). It has been on my list for awhile, and I finally loaded it onto my kindle.

4. What is the one book that you could read a million times and never get bored with?
Lindsey says: Don't tell, but while I am totally addicted to Post-Apoc / Dystopian / Futuristic Sci Fi, my first love is romance. I have probably read Lisa Kleypas' Blue Eyed Devil at least thirty times. Although, Max Brooks' World War Z is a close second.

5. Last year my favorite read was The Martian by Andy Weir. What was your best read of 2014?
Lindsey says: I need to remember all the way back to 2014? Hmm. Daryl Banner's excellent post-apoc The Beautiful Dead was hilarious and so creative, I almost cried when he announced he was following it up with a sequel (or two) which are now the Beautiful Dead series, all phenomenal reads.

6. This year my favorite read has been The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. What’s the best book you’ve read so far in 2015?
Lindsey says: While I've read some really excellent books, like Kaitlyn Davis' The Shadow Soul, I think I might have to go with Jaq C. Reed's The Ungoverned as my fav. While it was her debut novel, it was a strong book with a great environmental angle that I loved and I think we can all relate to.

7. You’re a writer by day and a superhero by night. (Take off those geeky glasses Superman) What’s your superpower?
Lindsey says: I go by the name of Supermom; I don't need to sleep. Apparently ;) My second choice? I've always envied Matilda the power to move things with her mind.

8. I have writing spots all over my house: my desk, my couch, the patio, and my bed. Where’s your favorite spot to write?
Lindsey says: I feel like I should say something exciting like the beach (which is a great place to write, but I get so distracted) or a local tea shop (which is also nice, but the Internet can be too spotty for research), so my favorite place is in my home office at my desk. With a window cracked, my music on, and a glass of wine...

9. We’re supposed to love all of our children equally, but there are some scenes I’ve written that really stick out in my mind. Tell us your favorite scene from your book Reaper.
Lindsey says: I think I had the most fun writing the scene where Aerina and Marcus, my main characters, head "outside" of their carefully protected city-state and do some really fantastic off-roading over the mountainous terrain to get to the outpost towns. It reminded me of my adventurous youth...

10. Sometimes a little too much of myself slips into my characters. Which one of your characters most resembles you?
Lindsey says: I have two characters that both share equally my traits: My main character, Aerina, who is too opinionated and tends to offend people, and is also a little too worried about fitting in; and also Lina, a secondary character (and the star of my current book in progress) who is a pleaser, and tends to be nervous about trying new things. I love to write my characters overcoming the weaknesses I find in myself and struggle to overcome. But dang them, it is always so easy for them...

11. I’ve always got tunes rocking while I’m writing. Tell us five songs that are on your playlist.
Lindsey says: Yes! I was hoping for this question. I love to create soundtracks for my books. Reaper always included Bastille's Pompeii, Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men, Imagine Dragons' Radioactive, Avicii's Wake Me Up, and Ella Henderson's Ghost.

12. If you could tell an aspiring author one tiny tidbit of information, what would you say?
Lindsey says: Can I pick two things? 1) Don't worry too much what other people think. It can be so tough to put your book out there, with your whole heart in it, and hear negative feedback or even crickets. This brings me to my second thing: 2) Be tenacious. Don't give up because you only sell three copies of your first book. Keep marketing, keep promoting, and KEEP WRITING! And I hope to hell you enjoy it all, because it might be awhile before you make any money from it.

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About the Author:

Lindsey Winsemius learned from a young age that books hold the key to new worlds. As a young adult, she was often caught with forbidden romance novels under her mattress.

After studying Psychology and Anthropology at Michigan State University, Lindsey began working as an editor and marketer. Her passion for reading has led her to become part of an initiative to promote independent authors and literacy called Frantic Froggy. She lives in Grand Haven, Michigan with her husband and two young children. She is often at the beach with a book, or making up stories featuring her children.

"Writing about myself is much more difficult than writing a novel. It is easy to craft characters. I'm still learning about myself.

I don't know what I want to be when I grow up. In the meantime, I keep busy taking care of my husband and two children in West Michigan. I enjoy short summers on the lake and survive the long winters by hibernating inside, dreaming up stories. Some of which I actually write.

I'm a freelance editor, a part-time digital marketer, and full-time supermom. I'm very passionate about education, literacy, and supporting independent authors, which is why I am part of

Connect with me on social media or join my mailing list to keep in touch!"


  1. I got a great smile out of your second answer!

    1. Thanks William! And let's be honest, we were all thinking it... ;)

  2. Meredith, thanks so much for featuring me today! I really enjoyed answering your questions, and I've loved reading what other authors have said!