Lindsey Gray was born with a fascination for the written word. By the time she was 12 years old, she had typed several short stories on her parents’ Apple IIE computer.
Like many young writers, her early aspirations were eclipsed by every day life. The itch to write however has always lingered in the background and over the last few years her desire to create has grown, to the point it can no longer be denied.
She returned to her, now up-to-date, computer and the words flowed into what has become her first published novel, Lies Inside.
A mid-west native, Lindsey lives, loves, learns, and writes in Kansas with her husband and two amazing children by her side. When she has a moment or two, she also enjoys cheering on the Green Bay Packers, reading and spending time with her friends and family.

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Where are you from?

Born and raised in Wichita, Ks.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

When I was very young, I wanted to be several different things. Among them were a writer and a  performer. I started writing short stories in middle school as well as singing and performing. When I entered High School, my ambitions changed. I had my mind made up that I wanted to become a doctor. That dream was crushed in the worst way. My biology teacher laughed and told me in no uncertain terms I was not smart enough. I was crushed, but that is when I was bitten by the acting bug. I performed in dozens of plays and musicals throughout high school and college, yet the urge to write never left. Now, all these years later, that dream has finally come true.

Tell us a bit about your family.

My husband, Steve, and I have been married for 8½ years. We have a 7 year old daughter, Sydney, and a 20 month old son, Gavin. As an addition, we have a carmel colored lab/boxer mix dog named Shelby.

What is your favorite food?

Calamari. Weird, but true.

Tell us your latest news.

After finishing “Lies Inside”, I jumped right into finishing and editing my next novel, a Supernatural/Science Fiction adventure entitled “Redemption”.

When and why did you begin writing?

I was very young. By the time I was 12, I was typing things up on my parents computer. I began writing because I simply could not. I had so many stories floating around in my head, it was the easiest way for me to get them out.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I had spent a long while flailing around, looking for someone who saw something in my work. I got many “Thanks, but no thanks” letters. It wasn’t until I submitted the “Lies Inside” synopsis to The Writer’s Coffee Shop and received the green light that I finally felt that I had earned the title.

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

I hope that people will understand that there are many people in this world who can destroy you for their own selfish reasons. Those people can do so much damage that sometimes it takes their victims years to recover. I want my readers to see hope, know there is always help out their and never give up fighting for the right to live your own life on your own terms.

How much of your work is realistic?

I tried to make “Lies Inside” as realistic as possible. I did a lot of research on the area where the story takes place as well as the legal aspects that come into play in the later half of the story.

Are your works based on someone you know or events in your life?

No.

What are your current projects?

I’m currently working on my second novel, “Redemption”, that will be released this Spring and voicing the audio book version of “Lies Inside”. Then I will jump right into the “Redemption” sequel, “Revisited”. I have ideas for at least 2 more novels after that, but nothing is firm yet.

What is the hardest part of writing?

Finding the time to write. I finished the original manuscript for “Lies Inside” while I was on bed rest during my pregnancy with my son. I also have a full time job, two children, and a husband so it is sometimes hard to find time to just sit and get it out.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

I get a lot of inspiration from my dreams, so if I don’t sleep well it is always hard for me to get things going. At that point, I take a hot shower and go to bed when the kids do so I can get a full nights rest.

How did you deal with rejection letters?

It was hard. I would get all excited and nervous. I always tried not to get my hopes up, but it was still painful, especially when they were not very nice about it.

What were your feelings when your first novel was accepted/when you first saw the cover of the finished product?

I had promised myself over and over I wouldn’t cry, but when I pulled the book out of the box it was mail in, I began bawling like a baby. My son actually put his hand on my cheek and wiped my tears away like I do when he cries. It was a very sweet moment and one I’m sure I will never forget.

Can you take us through the steps for one of your books getting published?

After I was accepted by the publisher, they set me up with an editor. From there, we worked on fine tuning everything. Throughout the editing time, I also helped design the cover of the book.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love spending time with my family. I’m a complete movie buff, so I love going to the theater. I’m getting really into baking and cake decorating right now. It’s hard work, but the results are so rewarding. I’m a huge Green Bay Packers fan and spend a lot of time cheering them on.

What does your family think of your writing?

Everyone is very supportive. Most of them say “It’s about time you did something with it all.” I’ve carried a notebook with me for at least 15 years. It was always there whenever I needed to jot something down. It’s funny to read some of the things I came up with as a teenager.

Do you think Americans are reading less than they have before?  Why or why not?

I think the availability of books in digital formats has help increase the number of books Americans are reading these days. The ease of reading from your computer, phone, or eReader makes it easier to read on the go.

Do you see writing as a long- or short-term career?

I am hoping to make this into a long-term career. I have ideas coming at me all the time and with a little development, I think I have enough to go on for years.

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