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What is your favorite place to eat? 

CM – Boston Pizza

What is your favorite junk food vice?

CM – I don’t usually eat bad foods. But, if I’m going to cheat once a week, I will indulge in a hamburger and French fries, pizza or ice cream.

Do you have a favorite book or film?  

CM – Red Dawn and First Blood are among my favourite films of all time.

Any movies that you really want to see?

CM – I’m looking forward to seeing Rambo: Last Blood when it comes to theatres in September.

What’s on your reading list right now?

CM – Right now, I am reading We Own Tonight by Corinne Michaels.

Besides writing and reading, what is your most favorite thing to do?

CM – I really enjoy swimming and lifting weights as well as photography and travelling.

What do you look for in a book when you sit down to read for fun?

CM – The main things I look for in a book before sitting down to read it is a good, well-structured story, lots of action and excitement.

Who are your favorite authors?

CM – My favourite authors are James Wesley Rawles, Matthew Bracken and James Patterson.

What 5 words would you use to describe yourself?

CM – Hardworking, energetic, adventurous, kind, and assertive.

When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head to first?

CM – I usually head to the travel or fiction section of the book store.

Do you have a job other than being an author?  If so, what is it?

CM – I have a couple of jobs. I do labor work as well as freelance writing and work once a month as an invigilator for a college in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

What has been the strangest thing that a reader has asked you?

CM – In all honestly, my mind draws a blank when I think about that one.

What are some of your favorite genres to read and to write?

CM – My two favourite genres to write in are crime fiction and dystopian, post-apocalyptic military thrillers. I am also looking to expand into nonfiction in the near future.

What do you do when you are not writing?

CM – When I am not writing, I am usually working at my other jobs or doing odd jobs around the acreage I live on.

Please tell me about your novel. 

CM – The most recent novel I have written is called Innocent Rage. In this story, Don, an easygoing architect from New Orleans, is falsely accused of murdering his wife. After he’s sent to prison, he devises an elaborate escape plan to break out and track down those responsible for framing him.

What do you listen to when you write?  

CM – I need complete quiet when I’m writing. Therefore, I don’t listen to anybody.

Which is your favorite character in your book and why?

CM – I would have to say the main character, Don Gregory. I believe he has a great personality and refuses to be a pushover.

Dream big… Your book has been purchased to be turned into a movie script and you have been asked to list the people you would most like to play each role.  Who do you choose?

CM – That’s a tough question. As far as modern actors go, Ryan Reynolds might be a good fit to play Don. Perhaps Jennifer Lawrence or Brie Larson could play his wife, Helena.

What else do you have in the pipeline?

CM – At present, I am writing the first book in a duology about a future United States torn apart by civil war.

What genre do you consider your book(s)? 

CM – Innocent Rage is crime fiction.

How did you come up with the title? 

CM – The name just popped in my head one day out of the blue.

How long did it take you to write this book?

CM – It took me about four months to write Innocent Rage.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your first book? 

CM – My first book, Unforeseen Fury, was written in 2011. I would definitely change many things about the story, simply because I was a newbie at the time and didn’t write as well back then as I do now.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your book(s)?

CM – I have learned that the entire writing process entails more than simply writing a book. There is editing involved, as well as research and finding a good cover artist. Then there’s the marketing and promotion side, which is another matter entirely.

Did you have any teachers in school that encouraged you to write? What was their advice?

CM – A teacher I had in Grade 6, Mrs. Linda McGuire, inspired me to write. To this day, she is the best English teacher I’ve ever had.

By Lauren Lynne, author

I’m author Lauren Lynne. The good side of growing up is that you can write whatever you want. The downside... now I can’t read it without my glasses! I have the soul of an adventurer but the heart of a coward when it comes to danger, yet I’m drawn to all things action-adventure, so this particular genre was a natural fit. You won’t find me bungee jumping, cliff diving or doing parkour because, well... I’m a klutz… so I write it. Think of me as an armchair adventure hound. I create characters who are much braver, tougher, more graceful and athletic than I will ever be. When you dream, dream big!

I love working with students who have a thirst for knowledge. I write for young adults because they are the age group I most love to teach. I grew up in a house where reading was expected, anticipated and enjoyed. I want to pass that joy on to my students. I do not write alone, but pull in my boys for real life teenaged insight. I also listen to my students.

I am a native of the Pacific Northwest, with its vivid and varied panoramas. When I’m not writing, I can be found spending time with my family, working with students, reading, gardening or hiking around Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge or the Oregon Coast with my camera. I am also a graduate of both Oregon State and Portland State universities with degrees in education and science. Writing is my passion and I want to share my love of it and reading with you.

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