In Conversation With Lyndsey Gallagher

Lyndsey is a contemporary romance author from Ireland. Two of my other clients recommended me to her after a bad experience with another editor. Lyndsey had already published a couple of books, which we have since revamped and republished. My work with Lyndsey inspired me to create my ‘published package’ – a service for good books that simply need a bit of a polish to please readers. It’s never too late! Lyndsey’s successful Professional Players Series follows members of the Irish rugby team and their adventures in love. I love working with her and always look forward to her next book landing in my inbox!

Name: Lyndsey Gallagher

Did you always want to be a writer?

Yes, but I never thought I would actually become one!

What age were you when you wrote your first book?

 31

What do you do when you aren’t writing?

I’m an exercise addict – unfortunately, I’m also a chocoholic and very partial to a glass of wine. I like to think they all cancel each other out but my jeans tell me otherwise! I devour about three romance novels a week, not just for research but because I’m a total sucker for a happy ever after.

I have two adorable but crazy kids who keep me busy and I also still take patients three mornings a week – I’m a registered Dental Hygienist.

What are your ideal conditions for writing? Do you have any rituals or special equipment?

I just need peace, and it’s not as easy to come by as it used to be!

I write on a Mac, I use Vellum to format and Canva for the front covers. It took me ages to get to grips with the technology but once I did, I was empowered by the creative freedom it provided me.

How did it feel to complete your first novel?

It was a rollercoaster of mixed emotions to be honest.  I was predominantly terrified, then excited, then empowered. My first novel was based on a very personal experience and it was terrifying to put it out into the real world for people to read. Once I did, I realised if I could do that, then I could do anything I set my mind to.

How have you found the whole process – writing, editing, publishing? What is best/ worst part?

The best part is holding my book in my hands, meeting some fabulous authors along the way and seeing the sales on my KDP account each day.

The worst parts for me are editing and reading negative reviews (there’s always one!)

I had a horrific experience with inadequate editing services, until a friend recommended Aimee Walker to me. Having Aimee on board and the support of a few good author friends has changed my life.

What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Every time I finish a story I’m proud. But three of my novels have received bestseller Kindle flags (even if it’s only for a few days!) and seeing that little orange flag makes every single minute spent at my desk worth it.

What are your plans for the future?

Take over the world – one romance novel at a time!

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