Lynne’s top tip for aspiring authors: Make sure you get all your books professionally edited and take your editor’s comments seriously.
Lynne Stringer has been passionate about writing all her life, beginning with short stories in her primary school days. She began writing professionally as a journalist and was the editor of a small newspaper (later magazine) for seven years, before turning her hand to screenplay writing and novels.
Lynne is the author of the Verindon trilogy, a young adult science fiction romance series released in 2013. Her latest novel, released in October 2016, is Once Confronted, a contemporary drama.
Find out more by visiting Lynne’s website.
Why do you write? I write because the ideas in my head knock on the inside of my skull, demanding release. There is no peace for me until they’re out.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer? I would be a professional editor, which is actually my day job. It’s nice that I get to help other people make their books better.
What was your toughest obstacle to becoming published? Overcoming the thought that anything I wrote would be terrible just because I wrote it. When I first got a contract to have my debut novel published, my default reply if anybody asked me about my book was to say, ‘Yes, I’ve written a book but you probably wouldn’t like it.’ I had to get out of that habit pretty quickly, let me tell you! However, it took a while for me to realise that my stories were worth something and deserved to be printed and read.
How involved have you been in the development of your book? Did you have input into the cover/illustrations? I’m fortunate that my traditional publisher—Wombat Books/Rhiza Press—allowed me to have a significant level of involvement. My publisher asked my opinion and took my ideas seriously, resulting in what I feel are the best covers for my books.
What’s the best aspect of your writing life? When someone contacts me to ask me for more information about one of my characters, you know, that background stuff that doesn’t make it into the book but that people can obsess about if they love the people I have created. Nothing beats the joy I feel satisfying that desire for them.
—the worst? Having to go and ask for signings in bookstores or anywhere where I know it’s likely I’ll get a knockback. Also, seeing the places where unknown authors can place their books diminishing as small, independent bookstores close down and the big boys, who won’t play with unknown authors, getting all the sales.
What would you do differently if you were starting out now as a writer? I would have tried to learn a lot more prior to putting pen to paper … or fingers to keyboard! While I learn best on the job, I think I could have been a bit more prepared beforehand. But then, as I said, I tend to learn best that way.
What do you wish you’d been told before you set out to become an author? That it would be hard and that it would probably take years and at least six books before I got anywhere and even then, getting ‘somewhere’ wouldn’t mean it got any easier.
What’s the best advice you were ever given? Make sure you get all your books professionally edited and take your editor’s comments seriously. You don’t have to accept them all but don’t just disregard them because they’ve requested changes. That’s their job.
Sarah hates the prestigious high school she attends. Most of the other students ignore her. School is only made tolerable by the presence of Dan Bradfield, the boy she adores. Dan is the heir to his father’s multinational computer company, but he is dating Sarah’s best friend, Jillian.
When tragedy strikes, Dan is the one who is there for Sarah, but she can’t shake the feeling there is something strange about him. Is he protecting her from something? Is there something going on that she doesn’t know about?
And did she really see a monster in the bushes?
Sarah is desperate to uncover the truth, but it could take her to another galaxy, and change everything she believes about who she is. Will it bring Dan and Sarah closer together or tear them apart?
The Heir is available on Amazon.
After a normal day turns disastrous, Madison Craig tries to put her life back together. She’s jumping at shadows and finds even familiar places terrifying. Can she forgive the men who hurt her?
Her friend Evan Mansfield sees no need to do anything but hate their assailants. He struggles with bitterness, but Maddy wants to move on. But what will she do when one of the men asks for forgiveness? Is it the only way forward for her?
Once Confronted is available on Amazon