Finding Time with author Lynn Cahoon

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I first met Lynn Cahoon through my Gaim Goal Setting Group and while we’ve never actually met in person I feel like I know her very well. We’ve shared our ups and downs in life and in publishing over the last three years and my goal setting internet friends are some of the people I make sure I stay in touch with during  life’s chaos. From a small band of totally unpublished authors our group now has a preponderance of published authors and one of the most prolific is Lynn. How she finds the time and the energy to do all she does is a mystery to me, but I sit back in awe at all she’s accomplished over the last few years. Please welcome multi-published and multi-genre author, Lynn Cahoon.


I’ve been approached by several people who, after finding out I’m a writer, express their own dreams. They want to write or sing or (fill in the blank here). But right now isn’t a great time for them to strike out on their own. Or try something new.

I wonder when the right time would be.

I used to feel the same way, someday, when things settled down, I would write the great American novel. Then I found out that for some of us, someday never comes. I’m not going all pity party for Lynn here. But having cancer really slapped me in the face and made me realize that tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us.

What would you do if you couldn’t fail?

Failure isn’t a bad thing. It teaches us lessons. Especially people like me who need to experience something to learn it. Writers fail all the time. We fail to snag the agent. We fail to get a request from our pitch.  We fail to win the attention of an editor from a partial.  But sometimes we win.  And those are the good days.

I’ve said before that playing the writer game is like being hooked on crack. Especially after you earn some success, you want more.  Faster responses, more yes’s, and bigger wins.  And the rejections get bigger too. But it’s the work you do when no one’s looking. The day to day word count or the hours of edits to complete a project. That’s where the true magic in writing lies.  In the stuff that’s not sexy. In the days we aren’t hanging out at conferences with other writers, agents, editors, or even, cover models. We work on a sentence or a page and after we’re done, we do it again.

Over and over.

We create something out of thin air and when we’re done, we have a story. That’s the magic.

But the magic only works when we put in the elbow grease.  And treat the process with respect.

So today is your challenge. What are you going to do today to take a step toward your dream?  I’ve got my list, what’s on yours?

a member of the council by lynn cahoonA Member of the Council, Book 1 of The Council Series. 

A rogue hunter, a clueless witch and a mission to save an unknowing world. 

Parris McCall, owner of the dive bar, The Alibi, has finally constructed a life where her little quirks don’t show or matter to anyone. As for her grandmother’s warnings that she’s different, well, she’ll cross that bridge if she comes to it. But when Ty walks into her bar, both lives are instantly changed.

Ty Wallace loves his life. How could he not? He’s a powerful human lawyer by day and the Magic Council’s rogue witch hunter by night. But after he agrees to substitute on his secretary’s dart team, all hell breaks loose. Now Ty has to help Parris admit who she is before her long-lost relatives kill her.

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lynn cahoon authorBIO – Lynn Cahoon is a contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy men, real and imagined. Her alpha heroes range from rogue witch hunters, modern cowboys, or hot doctors, sexy in scrubs. And her heroines all have one thing in common, their strong need for independence. Or at least that’s what they think they want.


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20 responses to “Finding Time with author Lynn Cahoon

  1. Thanks for having me here today Jessica. I love our goal setting group. Even when I may not have time to comment, reading about what others have completed spurs me to meet my weekly goals.

  2. Jessica,
    I’m right there with you. I’ve never met Lynn, but feel like I know her well. Such a great lady. 🙂 Here’s wishing you many sales, Lynn!
    -R.T. Wolfe

  3. Hi Lynn! Thanks for being my guest today. The goal setting group rocks, I’m sure it’s one of the main reasons I’m able to set such high goals and hit many of them. I’m glad it’s worked for you too!

  4. Fantastic and so well said! There’s a huge gap between saying and doing in writing and in life in general. And Jessica, I’m in awe of Lynn, too.

    • You are too kind Laura! I’m a big fan of the daily to do list. And making sure I report success and failure to someone who will press me for results. 🙂 Like you.

  5. Thanks for sharing your experience. Your book sounds fabulous.

  6. What a great post, Lynn. I have trouble with goal setting. It seems to work like Murphy’s Law for me. As soon as I set a writing goal, something happens to throw me off track. However, I keep on writing. I have to do lists also, and it might take me longer to get a task done, but I do get it done. I’ve learned to go with the flow. Thanks, Jessica, for having Lynn on your blog.

  7. This is my first time here. What a pretty blog! Nice to meet you jessica. Lynn, nice inspirational post. Thank you!

  8. Lynn: I meet those dream sharers all the time. I work with some at the day job. While I’m writing, they are doing other things. I was bad last week and cavorted with RT cover models, but I’ve written daily since I came home. Thanks for letting me know I’m not alone.

  9. Lynn, excellent post. How true that we never know what tomorrow will bring, and we should go out and pursue our dreams while we have the chance.

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