Interview with Jane Doe, Hero of “Mercy’s Sunset” by Lindsay Luterman

Mercy's SunsetWhat do you want?

I want to make the right decision. I know I have to pick a life, but it’s hard. I have been three very different people. Now, I have to decide which life has been the most important to me.

What do you need?

I feel like I need more time, or someone to tell me that I am making the right decision.

What do you want to be?

I want to be done with this whole process. I want to continue on into the afterlife and be sure that I made the right choice. I don’t know what comes next, but I want to be a soul that has found peace.

What do you believe?

I believe in love… that’s for sure. I fell head over heals in each one of my lives. I understand that life is too short to take love for granted. I believe in the love of two lovers, and I believe in the love of every other person who is important in your life.

What are you afraid of?

I am afraid of choosing one life. How will I know if it is the right one?

What do you regret?

I regret a lot of the crap I pulled in my three lives. Watching them again, I understand how human I really was.

What, if anything, haunts you?

Love haunts me, as it haunts us all. But truthfully, I think I haunt myself.

Where can we learn more about you?

From Second Wind Publishing:!lindsey-luterman/cwpl

Interview With Lindsay Luterman, Author of “Mercy’s Sunset”

Mercy's SunsetWhat is your book about?

Mercy’s Sunset is about the afterlife of Jane Doe, a soul who has lived three lives. Now, she must choose which life effected her the most, and who she wants to be in the afterlife.

How long had the idea of your book been developing before you began to write the story?

I believe the story had been developing in my head for about a year or so before I finally sat down and started writing it.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

It was an image in my head: a girl running in the rain. I was in the passenger seat in a car when the image came to me. My mind was wandering. The girl in the rain seemed to have so much depth to her, ore than one lifetime to tell about. I started rolling with that.

How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the book?

Each of Jane Doe’s lives hold a different piece of me: Olivia’s stubbornness, Alex’s quirkiness, and Mia’s nervousness and star sign.

Tell us a little about your main characters. Who was your favorite? Why?

While I really enjoyed creating Jane Doe, I think I will have to say Thyme. She guided Jane Doe through revisiting her lives, and as the story unrolled, she gained a lot of depth to her character. Thyme was very fun to write and explore.

Why will readers relate to your characters?

Each of Jane Doe’s lives holds a girl who has a very distinct character trait that is easy to relate to. Each girl is rebellious and lively, constantly searching for love while learning to embrace themselves.

How long did it take you to write your book?

I wrote this book while working on other projects, so I worked with it on and off for about two years before it finally all came together.

How much of a story do you have in mind before you start writing it?

I had most of the story in mind, and each end of Jane Doe’s lives, before I even started writing it. However, the story always changes at least a little bit once my fingers hit the keyboard.

Did you do any research for the book? If so, how did you do it? (searching Internet, magazines, other books, etc.)

I researched images of what the characters might look like. Finding pictures that were similar to the characters’ descriptions allowed me to create their story in so much more depth.

Is there a message in your writing you want readers to grasp?

Yes: life is so short! We often worry about all the little things when we have what is truly important right in front of us.

What words would you like to leave the world when you are gone?

Follow your dreams! While it may be cliché, this message it what I have embraced my entire life. Don’t ever let anybody tell you what you are capable of because you can do anything you set your mind and heart to!

Where can we learn more about Mercy’s Sunset?

From Second Wind Publishing:!lindsey-luterman/cwpl