Interview with Lynette Creswell
Posted by Elizabeth Delana Rosa
Lynette was born in London, England, and from the tender age of five she was raised by her grandmother and given books to help keep her quiet. Lynette found she had a passion for reading and subsequently started writing once she began school. Whilst at junior school Lynette’s teacher was so impressed with her writing skills that her stories were often read out to her classmates and her teacher told Lynette that she should try to develop her writing ability further.
Lynette never got that chance to further her career as a writer but once she was married she began writing bedtime tales for her young sons. Lynette’s husband was so impressed with her ability to capture their imaginations that he encouraged her love of writing by buying her a laptop in the hope she would write something more substantial. So with a little push in the right direction, Lynette decided her first novel would be something that all children love to read about (and most adults too) – magic!
Lynette’s inspiration came from several writers, firstly from childhood books written by Enid Blyton. ‘The Enchanted Wood’ and ‘The Faraway Tree’ were her first real taste of fantasy and later on Stephanie Meyer’s ‘Twilight Series’ captured her own vivid imagination. Her first novel, ‘Sinners of Magic’ was published in 2012 and still receives outstanding reviews. ‘Betrayers of Magic’ became the second book of the trilogy published in 2013 and last but my no means least, ‘Defenders of Magic’ will be the final chapter of this magical saga and will be available by December 2013.
Lynette now lives in North East Lincolnshire with her husband and two dogs. Her two small granddaughters, who both live locally, are the apple of her eye.
Crystal is no ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Ever since she was a small child she’s been able to sense things, feel when danger approaches and now she’s gone one step further and saved a boy’s life by summoning a supernatural being.
Little does she know it but her natural parents are powerful immortals – secret lovers in a magical land where procreation outside their own realm is forbidden. The Elders punish Amella and Bridgemear by banishing their newborn child to the world of mere mortals.
Years have passed and dark and troubled times have descended upon the Elf Realm. Crystal is visited by a shape-changer and tricked into believing that if she returns to the Kingdom of Nine Winters she will find the answers regarding her newly revealed birthright.
Soon she is caught up in dangers greater than anything she could have ever imagined while those who fight at her side battle to protect her from a wicked sorcerer turned insane and one who is willing to take her to the very edge of destruction …
The forest seemed calm and settled for the night until a storm broke high above the whispering trees, causing dark shadows to sweep across a narrow mud track. A solitary figure hurried along the darkened trail. Hunched over to protect himself from the biting wind, he dragged the hood of his cloak down over his brow. A lock of hair managed to escape his grasp and it danced to and fro across his forehead until he grabbed hold and pushed it behind a pointed ear. An unexpected flash of lightning filled the night sky, revealing his two crimson eyes, and he pulled his hood closer to block out the sudden blinding light. A second spear brought forth a curse as he tried to regain some of his night sight, struggling to penetrate the darkness yet again.
Betrayers of Magic
Finding the separation from her immortal people too much to bear, Crystal soon returns to the Kingdom of Nine Winters.Her homecoming coincides with the Feast of the Four Quarters Festival where the magical realms come together to choose this year’s new apprentices who will join, if chosen, the Supreme Circle of Mages.
On this very special day, the princess meets a bold and courageous apprentice named Niculmus DeGrunt who is like no one she has ever met before but is there something sinister lurking behind those mysterious dark brown eyes?
Outside the city, trouble is brewing and there is unrest within those who deem themselves above the law. Conspirators take matters into their own hands and soon the royal family is forcibly separated. Everything will hang in the balance when Crystal has no choice but to search for the lost Book of Souls and free the fourth mage from inside it.
Beware! The power of the revengeful mage is about to be unleashed …
The word swept across the city like a harrowing disease. The Wanderer was to be set free from prison and the paid watcher waited not a moment too soon to tell the world of his imminent release. As the morning sun glowed with an orange-gold light, the deadbolt was drawn back inside the prison and the strong timber door thrust open. The gaoler, guarded and alert, shot his eyes in the direction his prisoner should take if he wished to taste his freedom. He felt his lips tighten when he saw someone draw an arm close to his face. It was caked in a layer of dried dirt and he watched the prisoner block out the streaming rays of sun with the back of his filthy hand.
The gaoler turned towards him, a look of distaste clearly visible on his old, leathery face and he
In the final instalment of the trilogy, Crystal will face her greatest challenge yet. There is a war coming and Elveria is after her blood. He alone knows he will do anything to prevent her from taking her rightful place, for if she is one day Queen and Niculmus is by her side, a peace will come to their troubled land that will leave him powerless and forgotten.
After following the princess back to the ordinary world, an accomplice tricks Matt into giving Crystal a potion which he believes will make her fall in love with him forever, but the ruby-red liquid is nothing more than a deadly poison. Crystal is taken by Abaddon to the very gates of Hell but much to his dismay, she will not take her final breath. Lost between worlds, Crystal’s only hope is for those left behind to find a way to bring her back to the light before it’s too late.
Each step they take will bring them closer to the truth, lead to a battle and, more importantly, decide the fate of Crystal and the Kingdom of Nine Winters …
The cave was creepy, dark and isolated and was a place which had long since been forgotten. In the lengthening shadows, small sea creatures skittered across the cool, damp sand, tumbling over moist seaweed and piles of rotting driftwood in search of microscopic organisms on which to feed.
Within the swirl of activity, something much bigger stirred and a deep-throated rattle vibrated against the cold, damp walls. From within the darkness a dragon raised itself on all fours and gave a huge roar of discontent. A scorching flame of red and gold shot from its two nostrils, a heat so ferocious that any creature which had the misfortune to walk in its path at that very moment was simply burnt to little more than a cinder. Just as quickly, the flames died away and the huge beast limped with purpose to the very edge of the cave. The bright light of morning reflected from its cornea, replicating the light, like a mirror, and two horizontal slits closed to protect two very large, vertical eyes.
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be an Author? I think I was about five years old. I wanted to write stories and write books from the moment I could hold a pen.
2. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing your books? For me, the most surprising thing I learned was that I had such a vivid imagination. I could create adventures and plots in my head and I somehow managed to make them sound interesting and more importantly make them work.
3. Where did you get ideas for your books? I know this sounds really boring but they are just there, in my head. I sit down at my computer and decided what characters I would like to have in my next book and then the plot just appears to come to me as I write – just like magic!
4. Out of all the books you have written which is your favorite and why? I truly don’t have a favourite. I think they are all unique, even though they are part of a trilogy.
5. What do you think makes a good story? I personal think that no matter how fanciful your story might be, your reader has to believe in what they are reading. Whether it is a story which is a magical adventure or a historical romance. The elements you create, whether this maybe the plot, the characters or the way you write, no matter what it must be believable.
6. What inspired or motivated you to write? When I was a small child, my only escapism was reading, and I have always loved how a great story can grab your attention in seconds and somehow enable your brain to forget everything which exists around you. There are many amazing authors out there, but for me writers such as Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Anderson and Enid Blyton had the most amazing ability to draw my young mind into their worlds, and I think my respect and admiration for them made me want to try to become a writer too.
7. Who are some of your favorite Authors? I adore modern day authors such as Stephen King, Dean Koonz, Stephanie Meyers but I have a special fondness for the classical writers such as Charles Dickens and the Bronte sisters.
8. If you could pick one actor to play a character in your book in the movie version, who would it be?
That’s such an easy question for me. I would choose Chris Hemsworth to play the magician Bridgemear. I see this magician to be a little like Thor with his powerful magnetism and unique persona. The strength of his character is phenomenal and yet there is a softer, more vulnerable side to him.
9. What kind of TV shows do you like and do you find that as a Fantasy Writer that you gravitate toward True Blood, Vampire Diaries, Lost Girl and others that center around Preternatural or Supernatural Creatures? I must admit I do love True Blood and at the moment I am deeply into Sleepy Hollow. Having said that, I also adore period dramas such as Downton Abbey and The Paradise. I have an fixation with the past. I love history especially the Edwardian and Victorian times. I have always wished that someone would invent a time capsule so that we can travel back in time and see for ourselves how these people lived their lives – like a ghost from the future.
10. If you had one piece of advice for an aspiring Author what would it be? I would say – go for it! Firstly though, try and find a mentor if possible who can help and guide you along the way. I mean let’s face it; couldn’t we all have done with someone who was willing to help us when we first set out on this rather rocky road? I know I would have found it invaluable to have someone who could have pointed out certain facts to me like the difference between mainstream publishing and self-publishing and who could have told me how hard marketing my own book would be. However, I have to say that no one could have ever prepared me for how awesome I felt when I received my first 5 ***** star review!
11. What would you like to say to friends and family of Authors (not just your own)? Writing a book takes months of dedication and it takes authors away from their children, family and friends. It can be a lonely journey, our need, to tell a story and tell the story we must. It’s in our blood, in the very bones of our body and the urge to create something on paper never leaves us. Yet our families and friends are our rocks without their understanding, devotion and loyalty most of us would not succeed. Thank you to those who believe in us, care about us and most importantly support us. You are all truly wonderful people.
12. Is there anything else you want to share with your readers? Yes, I would like to tell you a secret … well, it’s not really a secret, but I bet your nose moved a little closer to the screen J I would like to let you know that my next book which will be out next year, is already underway and will be called ‘The Tale of Clump, A Changeling’s Story’.
All the best to everyone and thank you Elizabeth for inviting me today – it’s been a pleasure.