YGR: What inspired you to write the novel?
Gwenna: I have a sequel to Lost and Found that I'm writing on- titled Then and Now. I'm also working on a futuristic Vietnam story that is a romance as well- VN2. And I'm researching a WWII piece and another Vietnam piece. I've got my hands full!
YGR: What is your writing process like?
Gwenna: I research and outline pretty much at the same time. I'm always interviewing and recording and getting information about either Vietnam, WWII, the military branch such as the Army or Marines. I'm very devoted to making sure I have the "language" right for the time period when it comes to the military. While I'm doing that, I'm developing out the characters- I keep a notebook with complete discriptions and backgrounds and everything I need and want to know about them. Once I have that and the outline in place, I start actually writing it, but I'm never done researching, that's endless and I love it anyway.
YGR: Where do you get your inspiration?
Gwenna: There was a newspaper article I read about ten years ago concerning the Vietnam War that I found fascinating. I was looking for a new idea for a novel and this seemed to reach out and grab me. Then I found an old eighties television program and well, it really took off from there. Next thing I knew I couldn't get enough information about Vietnam, the military and the music. Eventually, I started to find out about gays in the military and well, here I am!
Gwenna: Hmmm- I don't know about wierd. I did get my open water divers' license when I was working on an ecological thriller! (Many, many years ago.)
YGR: Where can we find you on the net?
YGR: Where can we find out more about your books?
Gwenna: Lost and Found is published by Lyrical Press, Inc at www.lyricalpress.com