Tell us something about yourself.
I’ve been married to my husband, Andy for twenty-seven years and we have five sons and eleven grandchildren.
Where do you live?
I live in a small town called Immingham, near Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire in the UK. It is close to the coast and not too far from Scarborough and Whitby. Two of my favourite places to visit.
When did you first realize that you were a writer?
At junior school. I wrote a story about a penny that travelled the world. The teacher was so impressed she read the story to the entire class. When I saw my friends listening to every word, I realised I wanted to write more.
What inspired you to write your latest novel?
I’ve written six novels so far and fancied writing something different. Last year I entered a short story competition and won first prize. Naturally, I was elated, but this gave me the confidence to write more. Before I knew it I had a further two stories published in magazines and a third shortlisted for the Floella Benjamin Trophy Cup. I enjoy writing short stories and within eight months I had enough for a collection.
Who is your favorite author?
Oh, I have many. Charles Dickens will always be in my top five alongside the Bronte sisters and Jane Austin. Their books are beautiful, using captivating, figurative language. Victorian literature had an impact on society and subtly affected the world.
In the twenty-first century I enjoy Jojo Moyes (Me Before You), Barbara Erskine (Lady of Hay) and Margaret Atwood (Handmaiden’s Tale).
Have you ever written a “real life” person into one of your books?
Oh, yes, hasn’t every writer? Of course I changed their name otherwise I would get sued, especially if I turn them into a cold-blooded killer.
Tell us more about the collection.
My new collection is diverse, dark-humoured, and deliciously bite-sized. A compelling collection of 7 thought-provoking and humorous short stories to keep the reader reading long into the night. You’ll find some of the stories have been previously published in magazines and anthologies. The collection is engaging, the characters linger in your mind and are the perfect companion for any fiction lover.
Cat Thief and other Short Stories:
- Cat Thief: A Witch’s Tale: When a love potion goes wrong, Evie doesn’t want to put it right. But why? (First published in Scribble Magazine - 2020).
- Forty Years Too Late: We all keep secrets from loved ones but sometimes skeletons don't lay hidden forever.
- Seventeen Pound and Thirty-Four Pence: An act of kindness from the last person you expected.
- Lonely-Hearts: Love hits you when you least expect it.
- Glimpse into the Future: A young Romany gypsy has foresight. After dreaming the murder of a young woman, can Rosa decipher the clues in time to save her life? (First published with Hammond House Publishing – 2019).
- Close Call: A duty firefighter is called to a house to coax a jumper down off a roof.
- Orange Truffle Surprise: Revenge is a dish best served cold. Especially when your husband is caught having an affair.
In this collection it has to be Evie. She’s the witch in the story Cat Thief. Her love potion goes haywire and things don’t go to plan but she doesn’t get ruffled under pressure. I admire her for that. Most of us would suffer a meltdown.
Describe the worst criticism you ever received as a writer, and how you overcame it.
In the early days when I wrote my first book I couldn’t afford an editor. Like most writers, I was just starting out and honing my craft. Once the book was published, I received a couple of negative comments stating that the editing could have been better. I wasn’t ruffled because I was aware of my limitations. I still received glowing reviews from readers and that’s all that matters to me. I find readers are more forgiving than those who work in the publishing industry. Readers simply devour the story whilst those with a critical eye enjoy pulling grammar, punctuation and storylines apart. Nevertheless, you’ll always find typos in books, even bestsellers.
Remember to be kind to authors. All they want is to share their story with you.
How do you stay motivated to write?
Writing is in my blood. I can’t stay away from the computer for too long. My mind likes to create new characters which readers can connect with. That alone is motivation enough.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on four children’s stories about hedgehogs. The first story is called Hoglets Christmas Magic and should be published by the end of the year.
What is the most interesting part of being a writer?
I think the best part is meeting so many amazing people. Ever since I published my first novel back in 2012 doors have opened which allowed me to meet many people from all walks of life. Since becoming a novelist I hold creative writing workshops in schools and I’m the team leader of a local writing group.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Believe in yourself and your ability to write because if you don’t nobody else will.
Where can readers connect with you?
Facebook: Lynette Creswell Author
How can we grab a copy of your new short story collection?
The ebook is available from Amazon. If you don’t have a Kindle you can still download a copy by using the Kindle app on either your phone, tablet or computer. Just go to your app store on your phone and look for the boy sitting under a tree reading a book.
You can find Lynette Creswell's complete collection on Amazon here.
Thank you for joining us, Lynette! Wishing you all the best on your new release, Cat Thief.