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 currently works as a professional editor and proofreader. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and young son. 

Question 1: What was the first story you ever wrote and has it been published?

The first story I ever wrote was called Goldie the Pony. I was about eight years old at the time. It was written out by hand, with drawings, and I stapled it together to make a book. I don’t really think it was suitable for publication! :-)

Question 2: What was your first book published?

The first book I had published was The Heir, book one of the Verindon trilogy. It was published on 1st June 2013. Book two, The Crown, is due out in November 2013.

Question 3: What is your favourite part about being an author?

I like seeing people react positively to my story. There’s nothing more exciting than to have someone contact me and say, ‘I loved your book! It was amazing! When’s the next one coming out?’

Question 4: What is the hardest part about being an author?

Trying to promote myself. Like most writers, I’m an introvert, and it’s difficult to try and sell. But I have to remember that I have a product worth promoting.

Question 5: How do you test out your stories? Or who do you test them on?

When I wrote The Heir I had a group of friends online who read it chapter by chapter. They have become my most ardent supporters, and they were the ones who encouraged me to try and get it published. I dedicate The Heir to them as a ‘thank you’.

Question 6: What writing genre do you like to do the most?

I enjoyed science fiction, but also historical books. And anything I read (or write) must have a hint of romance in it.