An Interview with Author Lynette Ferreira

 

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We are back this week with the lovely Lynette Ferreira, author of numerous books including a series of short stories, The OtherWorld

Harvey Jones
Please tell us a little about yourself.

Lynette Ferreira
I was born in South Africa, but I now reside in Northern Ireland. I am hoping with all my heart to move just a few miles north, to live in the Republic of Ireland and maybe my wishes will come true before the end of this year. This year, I’ll be halfway through a century, and even though I am over-the-moon happy I have managed to survive all these years, it’s still daunting when considering what I’ve done with all those days, all those hours. Did I live up to my purpose? I write stories mostly for young adults, and I always try to keep it motivational. When young people email me, telling me, ‘It is as if I am meant to read your stories.’ it makes every dark circle under my eyes from lack of sleep, every wrinkle and every grey hair worth the effort. I don’t think I’ve ever grown up, really. I still remember my first crush fondly and it still upsets me that he never noticed how awesome I am. I still remember my first kiss, how it felt going to a new school, making new friends, everything. It is as if my mind stopped churning when I reached the age of fifteen, and only started warming up again when I wrote My Recycled Soul. Recently, my stories are starting to get a religious theme as well, but perhaps that’s okay and just maybe it ties in with the motivational theme. I like listening to boy bands, but recently I have considered that maybe it’s not because they are boy bands, maybe it is just the kind of music they sing. I like songs which are lyric driven with an amazing chorus, which I can sing out loud. I also like music from the 60’s and obviously, Country Music. Depending on my mood, sometimes I even listen to songs of praise. As I get older, I am supposed to start eating healthier, but I have developed a fondness for takeaways – the horror! I suppose it might be because I would rather write than cook.

Harvey Jones
Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Lynette Ferreira
I don’t want to lie, but I honestly don’t know. It just happens.

Harvey Jones
What book have you read that has left you with a lasting impression

Lynette Ferreira
The only book I have ever read more than once was From The Corner Of His Eye by Dean Koontz. I just love that story and I suppose there is something about the way it’s written which resonates with me. It’s about Bartholomew, who is born on a day of tragedy and all agree that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful they have ever seen. At the age of three, he is blinded when surgeons remove his eyes to save him from a fast-spreading cancer. As he copes with his blindness and proves to be a prodigy, his mother counsels him that all things happen for a reason and that every person’s life has an effect on every other person’s, in often unknowable ways.

Harvey Jones
I read ForNever and was intrigued by the storyline, how did you come up with this plot and is there a sequel?

Lynette Ferreira
There are two sequels to ForNever – hopefully published by the end of 2017. As you know, in ForNever, Heather has to choose between Jayden and Kieran. She has to choose true love to break the spell. In ForNever 2, it’s about revenge and dark magic, and a plot to have Heather murdered so that it can start all over again. In ForNever 3, Heather goes to the past. At the end of the trilogy, the series will be representative of the story, because as the reader finishes book three, they could start book one again, and it would always be a continuous circle.

Harvey Jones
What are you working on now?

Lynette Ferreira

For expanded distribution, I am working on re-publishing The Vampire Virus and Insight, both novellas which have been fleshed out and are now novels.
The Vampire Virus is part of The Vampire Pirate Saga, a series with stand-alone stories, and not necessarily following one after the other. It is a series with the same characters. In The Vampire Virus, they are trying to find the fountain of youth and inadvertently he becomes known as Jack the Ripper.
In Insight, Daryl has super-emphatic powers, while Samantha lives in an abusive environment. It is a teen social issues/romance kind of story.
For Amazon Exclusive, I am working on The OtherWorld, a series of short stories published weekly and available to read for free on Kindle Unlimited. It is about four girls who live in Strangely, who have powers of the magical kind. Eventually, they will have to go to New York to save Abby who has been stolen by Gorgon, where they will battle demons and try to save humanity.There is lots of love, drama, angst and all things amazing. *SPOILERS* Emily and Zara fall in love. Jenny falls for a demon she cannot and may never, ever have. Abby becomes so much more than just a girl who loves a boy. Also, this story has been classified as New Adult, so it will become steamy!
Harvey Jones
I know you self publish so what advice would you give to authors who want to self publish?

Lynette Ferreira
Be prepared to work very long hours; always study and learn to keep up with the latest trends about Social Media and advertising; learn to make promo banners and videos; become a bookkeeper; learn how to use PhotoShop; familiarise yourself with filling in tax forms; and a list of skills so long it becomes mind-boggling. Oops, I didn’t even mention actually writing the story. The majority of authors (self-published and house-published), will never live in a mansion, will not be able to retire rich, and most probably cannot afford to buy groceries without a partner who supports and feeds them or having a second income. Royalty shares are dismal and if you think you’ll get rich quick, you are going down the wrong route. However, if you don’t mind being dirt poor, and it is your dream to share your stories, just do it.

Harvey Jones
Who is your favourite author and why?

Lynette Ferreira
Am I supposed to say a classic author, like Shakespeare or Bronte, as so many other authors mention? Because truth be told, they aren’t – and to be honest I have never read any of their books, although I have watched the movies. When I was a young girl, I devoured Mills & Boons books. As I got older, in a time before eBooks, I only read Dean Koontz and Stephen King. Now, with so, so many books on offer, I don’t read a particular author any more. If the book has an amazing cover with a title that grabs my attention, I’ll read the story.

Harvey Jones
Do you enjoy doing all the work for your books, covers, editing etc?

Lynette Ferreira
I do enjoy having control of my stories, my writing style and the covers. A long time ago, I was published by another and I did not like the cover they chose, but I did not have a say and had to go with what others told me was right or wrong. Doing everything can be time consuming, and I would rather write and leave everything else to someone else. Maybe, one day, when I am rich I’ll have some people to assist me, but until then I have to do it all myself. Sometimes it is nice to pump up the volume on my playlist and just sit back to create some banners and book covers.

Harvey Jones
Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of your writing?

Lynette Ferreira
Does walking for a purpose count? If yes, I do enjoy walking. I love reading fiction, and I am one of those people who have an over-active mind which won’t stop solving the world’s problems so I have to read when I go to bed, as it focusses my mind on one thing and helps me to fall asleep (much healthier than having to take sleeping tablets). I used to work 24/7, but recently have started taking Sundays off, so I enjoy spending this time going for drives in the countryside with my family. Leaving the built up city makes my soul feel able to breathe. I can also watch nine years of a series in a week.

Harvey Jones
Would you give us a glimpse of one of your books – a little taster so to speak?

Lynette Ferreira
I’ll post the beginning of Unbreakable, due for release later this year:
He watches the amber, iridescent light of the street lamp above him shine down upon the old, grey side-walk. Pinkish, brown bubble-gum circles decorate the grey slate. The rain falls incessantly down and the glow around the street light grows larger and larger. Rivulets run down the slight incline toward the deep, dark throat of the city. All the pain, suffering, and sins are being washed into the cesspool down under. For a while, the city will have a clean gleaming look to it, until the persistent stench of humankind smother and taint it again.
On a step in an alcove to a barbershop, huddled against the door, he sits. His blonde hair is dirty and streaked with filth. It hangs across his forehead and clings to his neck; it curls over the edge of his used-to-be green sweater. His blue eyes are dull and tired. He struggles to keep them open and he has a dirty grey blanket wrapped around his shoulders. His legs are pulled up against his chest, because although it is summer, the rain falling relentlessly in the streets in front of him, has brought a chill with it.
His stomach hurts from hunger, because it is a struggle to get small change from most people. They think he will waste it on drugs. Considering they are all on their way home to a warm meal, a loving family, a cosy bed, so even if he used the spare change they dug out from the bottom of their purses for drugs or alcohol, would that not ease his own personal suffering. How judgemental they are. Tonight when they go home, they will swallow their prescription drugs and sleep the slumber of the righteous.
He is not here because he has a drug problem. He is not here because he has a drinking problem. He is here, because he has no family. He grew up alone.
Hungry and lonely – the faith and believe he once had in other people, soon proved to be empty hopes.
Sometimes he will see the pity and fear in people’s eyes. Fear that at any moment, in the blink of an eye, they could be plunged into the same situation as him. Mostly though they avoid him, quickly pull out a few cents, and hand it to him, putting it cautiously into his dirty outstretched hand.
When he ran away from the system. he went into the big, wide world with a basic education, no skills and nowhere to live. For fifteen years, he lived within the confines of the orphanage, only leaving every Sunday with all the other boys to go to church and then herded back through the large ornate gates back to his room. A room he shared with nineteen other boys. Meals were always served at the same time, every day, three times a day. A strict, scheduled day. Then suddenly it was all gone.

Harvey Jones
Please can we have links to your author page etc?

Lynette Ferreira
Lynette on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lynette-Ferreira/e/B002XZVFSQ
Lynette on Lulu Press: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/lynetteferreira
Lynette on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLynetteFerreira/
Lynette on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LynetteFerreira
Lynette on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+LynetteFerreira
Read Free Chapters: http://lynetteferreira.blogspot.co.uk/
Leave a Review: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4088448.Lynette_Ferreira
Harvey Jones
Finally thanks for sharing a little of yourself with us today. Is there anything else you would like to say before we go?

Lynette Ferreira
Thank you for taking the time to interview me and sharing it on your blog. It’s been fun 🙂

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