It’s a pleasure to welcome author Jenny Lynch to talk about her new book.
Thank you for joining us- tell us about your new book Hearts on Fire which releases on 25th July 2022.
“Hearts on Fire” is my new novelette, which began its life as a (long) short story. I wrote it to submit to Dragonfly Publishing earlier this year. They’d put a call out for submissions for a romance anthology. Unfortunately, the anthology is not going ahead, but I was offered a contract for my story to be published as a stand-alone novelette. I was rather flattered…and extremely excited!
This fun-filled little book is going to be launched on Monday 25th July, at 2pm, at the Gosnells Bowling Club on Albany Highway, Gosnells. The event is free and anyone is welcome, but registration is essential through Eventbrite.
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Are you writing anything else?
I’m currently writing another children’s Christmas book for Pink Ribbon Books (my fundraising project). Plus, I’m always writing something—whether it’s flash fiction, short stories or rhymes for my writing group (Gosnells Writers Circle), or a piece of writing for a writing competition.
Some quick-fire questions. Late nights or early mornings?
Definitely late nights (and lazy sleep-ins with breakfast in bed).
What’s for breakfast?
I’m not a huge big breakfast fan unless it’s for a special occasion. So, usually just cereal or toast, and definitely a nice hot cup of tea or two.
Night out or Netflix?
Netflix…or other streaming services, of which there are now plenty to choose from.
G &T or Tea/coffee?
Tea at home mostly, but a nice, large flat-white coffee when out. I must admit though, I am rather partial to a G&T on the odd occasion…with lemon or lime, and lots of ice.
Spending time with family and friends is always a perfect way to spend a weekend. The simple things in life are usually the best.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Believe it or not, a teacher…which I never did become! I studied computer programming and systems design instead, gaining a Bachelor of Business degree. My husband and I ran our own computer consulting company for 34 years.
What is for dinner tonight? Can you cook? What would you rather be eating?
Dinner is whatever my wonderful Masterchef husband is cooking. I think tonight might be green chicken curry. I can cook (if I have to) but truth be told, I have been known to burn boiled eggs…more than once!
What brings you joy? Lifts your spirits and chases away a down mood.
Spending time with family and friends; doing good deeds for others; fundraising for worthy causes, especially breast cancer research—which is why I created Pink Ribbon Books. I donate all profits to the Breast Cancer Research Centre-WA, as I am a breast cancer survivor. It’s my way of ‘giving something back ‘for my good health.
I’d have to say, my mother and late grandmother. I can’t think of anyone else who could reach the height of their pedestals. Whatever good values I possess, they were instilled in me by these two remarkable women.
If you could choose three people (living or dead) to invite for a dinner party, who would they be and why?
J.K. Rowling (because I admire her literary success and creative imagination)
Celeste Barber (because that crazy woman cracks me up! She’s the only celebrity I follow on Instagram, and she’d be the life and soul of the dinner party.)
Regé-Jean Page from season one of Bridgerton (no explanation required J!)
I applaud your choice!
Do you have any non -writing-related interests?
I’m a wedding celebrant, so I enjoy being part of couples’ special day, creating a beautiful ceremony and taking care of all the legal paperwork. I also TRY and exercise, so I belong to a local walking group and exercise class.
Questions about Writing.
What writing resources have been most helpful to you?
Joining a local writers’ group has taught me so much about writing. We not only learn from various workshops, but we learn from each other, simply by sharing our written work. We have been taught how to edit each other’s work too, and that has been extremely beneficial to me.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known at the beginning of your writing/publishing journey?
How to ‘show not tell’, and what POV and head-hopping are!
What is the most difficult part about writing for you?
Trying to think up plots and characters that are unique but still believable, so that my story is unlike any others.
Did you do any research for your current book?
Of course. Google is my best friend!
Do you have a favourite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special?
From my novelette “Hearts on Fire”, I adore the character of Lizzie. She was such a fun grandmother to create! I hope I’m just like her when I’m in my eighties.
From one of my children’s picture books, “Bootsie and Snudge”, I adore the two cute little elves who help Santa out when he’s tired and has become forgetful. Obviously, the elves’ names are Bootsie and Snudge and they are adorable. Personally, I think ABC should turn them into a cartoon show…they’d certainly give Bluey a run for his money.
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions?
I certainly think it would be hard to ‘show’ and not tell if the writer lacked emotions.
Best writing advice: edit, edit, edit and then when you finish, edit again! And then get someone else to proofread your work.
Worst advice: Write what you know. With the internet at my fingertips, I have written lots of stories about places and events I’ve never visited or experienced. All you need is a little bit of online research time and a lot of imagination!
Best money you have spent as a writer?
My annual fees at my writing group and an online ‘Writing and Editing’ course run by Nas Dean. I learnt so much from that course.
Do you have a favourite author and why?
I have several favourites actually: Jane Harper, Trent Dalton, and Liane Moriarty to name a few.
What are you reading now?
“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens. I absolutely love it and I can’t wait for the movie to be released here in July. (But I always read the book first…that’s a golden rule!)
Favourite quote (does not matter the source)
“Believe you can, and you’re halfway there!” (Theodore Roosevelt)
Favourite book/story you have read as an adult?
“A Fortunate Life” by A.B. Facey. I can’t find enough superlatives to describe how much I loved this extraordinary book. It’s an autobiography of Albert Barnett Facey’s life, growing up in Western Australia in the early 1900s. I have actually read it several times now. It’s modestly written but is such a moving memoir, I highly recommend it to everyone. It certainly opened my eyes to how hard life was back then, and how privileged we are these days.
Favourite book/story you have read as a child?
Absolutely everything and anything written by Enid Blyton.
Jenny’s book is available on Amazon for pre-order before it is released on 25th July.
I was lucky enough to read an early copy and I enjoyed it. My review appears on Good reads.