#TuesdayBookBlog Switching Genres – From #Fantasy to #WomensFiction with Lynette Creswell @Creswelllyn

I’m delighted to have author, Lynette Creswell on my blog today. The last time Lynette popped over for a chat, it was to talk about her fantasy novels – you can read that interview HERE. Since then, Lynette has been busy penning a women’s fiction novel which she released in September 2016.

Lynette Cresswell

What’s your occupation?

Apart from being a writer, I work part-time as a medical secretary at my local hospital. Believe it or not, this actually has its advantages. It’s a great place to meet people and I know most of the staff. This means that whenever I have a new book coming out, I am lucky enough to have a great fan base already set up, one which encourages and supports me.

What are your hobbies?

Writing is my biggest hobby and passion, (don’t tell my husband) however, I also enjoy photography and dancing. I have a large family so getting time to write can be hard, especially at weekends.

Where do you live?

I live in a small town called Immingham, near Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire. It’s close to the coast and not too far from Scarborough and Whitby, which are two of my favourite places to visit.

Do you have any Children/Grandchildren?

Yes, I have five sons and seven grandchildren who all keep me very busy.

What is the most interesting part of being a writer?

I think the best part of all, is meeting so many amazing people. Ever since I published my first novel back in 2012, doors have opened for me, which allowed me to meet people of all walks of life. Since becoming a writer, I also hold creative writing lessons in schools, which is not only rewarding, but inspirational too.

How long does it take you to write a book?

That’s a good question and one which depends on how much free time I have. Usually a book takes me between 4-6 months to write, however, it has taken me much longer in the past. My first book took me years to write, and the next, eighteen months. Now that I’m kind of getting the hang of it, I like to think I’m getting a little bit quicker at jotting things down in the correct format.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

It’s all or nothing these days. Especially since the grandchildren came along. I do have most afternoons to myself though, so I use these precious hours to write as much as possible. Of course I’m always getting interrupted with one thing or another, and it’s usually my family doing the interrupting, but I persevere. I can’t deny, much as I love them, I could murder them at times, especially when I’m in the middle of a complicated scene or storyline.

How many books have you written?

Altogether, I have written five books. Four fantasy: The Magic Trilogy and Clump a Changeling’s Story and my new book: Cracks in the Glass, written especially for women’s fiction.

cracks-in-theglass-pile-of-books

What was the most surprising thing you learned whilst writing your books?

That I’ll pretty much do anything to write. I steal time, cut corners, plot and scheme to get back to my WIP. I make quick meals so that I can write longer, turn down most social invitations and restrict my Facebook/Twitter time. I’ve learned that I am addicted to writing, and without it I would shrivel up and die. I believe that when you feel so passionate about the written word, you know it’s in your blood.

If you were to hold a celebrity dinner party, who would you invite and why?

I remember having this question before so I’ll try and think of someone new. Hmm … let me think … I know! I would love to have dinner with David Bowie. Why? Because he was such a great artist and a very talented musician. I loved the fact that his lyrics were bizarre, yet fascinating. He got his audience hooked on sentences that didn’t even make sense. He was a very clever man and I think as an eccentric, (him, not me – but then again …) he’d enthral me and I would be in complete rapture in his presence.

What is the title of your new release?

My new novel for women is called: Cracks In The Glass. I’ve switched genres and taken the plunge. It’s a risky business after writing four fantasy novels, but I don’t wish to be seen as a one-trick-pony. This was a story created inside my head from one real life event. The motive captured my imagination and this singular moment in time, sparked a chain of events, ones which were far darker than anything I’d ever thought of before. As I slept the characters came to life, stole my attention, so I wrote them all down and created a brand new story.

Here’s the synopsis:

Mia Stevens is a young girl on the verge of womanhood. Her mother is about to remarry, but her fiancé comes with serious baggage. His two sons are notorious for being troublemakers, the eldest, Jacob, wanting what he can’t have—Mia and his freedom.

Everything rides on the wedding, but Mia refuses to attend. Jacob sees his chance of a new start slipping away, and to frighten her into being cooperative, threatens her. Terrified he’ll do it again, she runs away to London, where she meets and falls in love with Ethan, a student.

When circumstances force her to attend her mother’s big day, her past comes back to haunt her. Attacked and left unconscious, Mia’s life spirals out of control. A new baby, a lost love and a life entwined with deceit and lies is only the beginning. Dark, suppressed secrets begin to unravel, and the only person who can help save her is a man who’s already dead.

Here’s The Official Book Trailer to Cracks In The Glass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8hLPRXFrFI

How can we grab a copy?

That’s easy, the book is available from Amazon and you can purchase Cracks In The Glass via Amazon Kindle or in paperback form.

Kindle Link: Getbook.at/CracksintheGlassKD

Paperback Link: Getbook.at/CracksintheGlass

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Where can we connect with you?

You can find me on Facebook: Lynette Creswell Author

Twitter: @Creswelllyn

My website: Lynetteecreswell.wordpress.com

If you have a question or would like a signed copy of Cracks In The Glass, you can reach me via my email at Creswelllyn@aol.com

Thanks for joining me, Lynette 🙂

14 comments

    1. Thank you Carol,
      I’ve really enjoyed switching genres. It’s been such an interesting journey and I’ve leaned so much. I will definitely be writing more Women’s Fiction in the future.

      I confess I love and adore my grandchildren. They really are the light in my life and I’d be lost without them.

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  1. Great to see others are doing it too, Lynette…. I’ve tried to alter genre by going into it slowly, making my ‘women’s fiction’ include the odd abduction and murder, but am going to have to hold my hands up and admit to a total genre change for my next books – a post apocalyptic series. After which I will go back to a psych thriller and a dark family drama I really want to write….

    This is the joy of self-publication. We can write what the hell we want. And perhaps changing genres will be the new black… 5 years ago my multi-POV books were considered unsaleable by agents. Now, the world and his wife are doing it. I can feel a blog post coming on…!

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    1. Thank you Carol,
      I’ve really enjoyed switching genres. It’s been such an interesting journey and I’ve leaned so much. I will definitely be writing more Women’s Fiction in the future.

      I confess I love and adore my grandchildren. They really are the light in my life and I’d be lost without them.

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    2. Thank you Terry,
      It’s been a great journey and one I’d do all over again.
      I totally agree with you about the freedom we have has indie authors. There is no pressure on us to write what the publisher insists is current. I can go back to writing Fantasy whenever I wish without any reprisals.
      My first book Sinners of Magic has so many POV changes it could make you dizzy and yet, readers adore that story. We are told only one POV at a time. It’s certainly restricting and you can’t convey emotion in the same way. Perhaps it’s coming back into fashion? That would be fantastic and certainly less constricting.

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  2. Thank you Shelley for inviting me on your blog today. I enjoyed it just as much as the first time.

    I always enjoy your interviews and you’re such a great support and inspiration to so many writers.

    Thank you again for the interview, and I look forward to reading all about your next author.

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    1. Thank you Sacha for leaving a comment.
      I think sometimes you just have to follow your heart when writing. I know I certainly had to and I have no regrets. The world of creative writing is evolving day by day, and I certainly don’t wish to be left behind. Thank you also for adding Cracks In The Glass to your TBR list. I hope the book proves to be a gripping read.

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