I am delighted to welcome Lynne North to Me, My Books and I for the second time!
I am a children’s author who lives in the north west of England and works as a data analyst for one of the local Health Authorities. I have been a prolific reader all my life, and for many years have spent most of my free time writing. As well as being educated up to degree level, I have completed courses and received diplomas from ‘The Writing School Ltd’ and ‘The Academy of Children’s Writers.’ My aim in life has always been to write, and I have had a sideline of freelance writing for more years than I like to admit to having lived. This has mainly involved published articles in such magazines as ‘Prediction’. I have also completed four children’s novels. ‘Caution: Witch in Progress’ was published by Ghostly Publishing in 2013 and launched at Earl’s Court Book Fair. It is currently available on Kindle on Amazon worldwide. Zac’s Destiny is also available on Kindle. They will both be re-released in paperback shortly by Crimson Cloak Publishing.
I released something completely different on Kindle in 2014, a compilation of 13 macabre Twist in the Tale short stories, titled ‘Unlucky For Some’ and definitely NOT for children! If you enjoy scary, check it out!
A short children’s fantasy, ‘Emily and the Enchanted Wood’ was released by Crimson Cloak Publishing towards the end of 2015.
A very different children’s humorous fantasy, ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’, was released by Crimson Cloak Publishing on St Patrick’s Day 2016.
I am currently working on a fantasy novel for young adults titled ‘Dimensions’.
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Hello again Lynne,
Firstly can you give us a quick introduction to Be Careful What You Wish For?
Finn O’Shea is a leprechaun, a cheerful little chap with a liking for green. Just what you might expect in a leprechaun. You might also expect him to be lucky. Well, no, sorry. He isn’t. Unfortunately, Finn missed out on being blessed by the Good Luck Fairy. Be Careful What You Wish For is a humorous fantasy novel for children of eight years of age and older. Finn is a bored young leprechaun. He lives with his mum and dad in a small village named Duntappin, and goes to the local school there. He spends most of his free time with his best friend Dallan, but craves some excitement in his life. When his great adventure comes along, it isn’t quite as he anticipated and he soon gets far more than he bargained for.
Finn meets many characters from Irish myth and legend during his adventure. The weird and wonderful characters include a fully paid up member of the Banshee Guild, a drunken Cluricaune with a very bad memory, Bog Frogs (but NEVER call them that!), Water Sheerie who are not to be trusted in any way, a food-obsessed Ballybog, a jaunty Pooka who longs to be fearsome, a Merrow who is very long in the tooth and a Dobhar-Chu who proves to be a threat to Finn and his companions! These strange characters will not live up to any expectations, which makes them all the more amusing.
If you want to know more, you will have to read the book!
How did you come up with the title?
Finn longs for something different in his life, some excitement, a break from his safe and boring life. He soon finds the grass is not necessarily greener on the other side. Hence, Be Careful What You Wish For!
Who was your favourite character to write and why?
To be honest I loved all my characters. They all gained a life of their own during the writing, and many deserve to be seen again in another tale. My favourites must be Finn, and his friends Cer and Ber, but maybe just because they figure most prominently in the story, and I was able to build their characters so much that they actually took over what would happen next!
If Be Careful What You Wish For was made into a movie who would you like to play the lead roles?
Oh, so many to choose from. Finn would have to be a good looking black-haired, blue-eyed character. While writing that I immediately saw Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings, so if there is a child actor around who looks just like that, could I cast him please?
What makes Be Careful What You Wish For stand out from the crowd?
I think the main reason is that nothing in the story, nor any of the characters, turn out to be anything like you expect. My books always seem to turn expectation on its head, whether I try to write them that way or not! Though ‘Be Careful’ is a humorous children’s fantasy, it is achieving five star reviews on Amazon from adults who say they thoroughly enjoyed reading it. That’s something I love to see! This book seems to be crossing the age barrier, which is a wonderful thing for an author to be told.
Why did you choose to write in this particular genre?
99% of the time I write fantasy, and most of that is humorous fantasy. It is the genre I feel most comfortable with, and believe I write best. It maybe has something to do with my long time hero, Terry Pratchett who introduced me to the wonders of humorous fantasy so many years ago. There will never be another quite like him.
I agree! Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you let them influence your writing?
Yes, and yes! I’m lucky in that most of my reviews tend to be positive, but there have been pointers made about some books with a more negative slant. I read carefully what reviewers have to say, and try to see my books from their perspective. Whether I believe what they say is correct or not, they must have their reasons for saying it. I strive to improve my writing and avoid any potentially contentious issues all the time.
If you could travel anywhere in the world to do research for a book where would it be?
As I write fantasy, travelling to places for research doesn’t have the same necessity. Fantasy worlds are what the author makes them. I would however like to see places where some of the best fantasy films have been made like Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. I did travel to Stonehenge for first-hand experience for a YA fantasy I am writing, ‘Dimensions’, where my heroine finds herself in another world after entering the wonderful ancient site. My only disappointment to mar the magic of Stonehenge was that I couldn’t get as near to the circle as I would have liked, or touch the powerful megaliths. Maybe one day?
Laptop, desktop or tablet?
Sweet or savoury?
Savoury (but only because I’m diabetic!)
Any last words for your readers?
Many thanks for reading this article. I hope you found at least some of it interesting. If you have any questions I am always happy to answer messages to my website, or on my Facebook page. If you have read any of my books, thank you very much. If you haven’t, do you think I might be worth a try? Thank you for your time and interest…
Thank you so much for answering my questions Lynne, it was a pleasure to have you on my blog again. I particularly enjoyed finding out why you write in this genre!
Now check out the book:
Publisher: Crimson Cloak Publishing
Publication Date: 17 March 2016
“Finn is a bored young leprechaun who lives a quiet life with his family and friends in the sleepy village of Duntappin. He wants something exciting to happen, but never having been blessed by the Good Luck Fairy he soon gets far more than he bargained for. When he least expects his adventure to begin, Finn finds himself a long way from home in dire circumstances. Home begins to seem very appealing all of a sudden. Has he any hope of getting back? This is no fairy tale…
This funny and fast moving story filled by weird and wonderful characters will turn all your expectations on their head, but that’s a good thing, because it makes them all the more amusing.”