Stringer’s novel, Once Confronted, won Silver in College Fiction in the 2017 Literary Classics Book Awards contest! Learn more about this author and her award-winning book below.
Congratulations on your achievement! When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was about eight, penning a little book called Goldie the Pony. It was written in felt-tip pen and I remember loving the experience of writing a book. I tried to write a few novels in my teens but didn’t manage to complete a full-length manuscript until I was in my twenties. Interestingly, the book that became Once Confronted was the third full-length original story I ever wrote.
What’s the target age group for your books?
Seventeen years and up, although I think teens of any age would enjoy it and I know many adults have!
What inspired your award-winning book?
Once Confronted was first written seven years after I was the victim of an armed robbery. I’d been exploring the storyline in my head for some time, and I think it came from the desire to be more like my protagonist, Madison Craig. She’s far braver than me and I wished I had that kind of bravery myself.
Describe one of your characters with a cliché or a famous quote.
Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
Do you have plans to, or have you already, released an audio edition of your book?
I’d like to but considering the level of quality I’d want I daresay I wouldn’t be able to afford it!
Who would you cast as the voice actor for your main character?
Emilie de Ravin, especially since she’s Australian. She wouldn’t have trouble with the accent. 🙂
Who are some of your favorite YA and/or children’s book authors?
Enid Blyton inspired me to write as a child. I’ve also loved LM Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, Veronica Rossi and Stephenie Meyer.
Do you have any quirky writing habits?
I differ from many other authors in the fact that I hate writing outlines and refuse to use them. The only outline I have is in my head and often the characters take control once I start writing.
How do you balance writing with book promotion and everything else there is to do in life?
It’s hard to find a balance, that’s for sure, especially since I need to have a job that earns money and writing doesn’t often do that! Fortunately, I work as a professional editor so that keeps my writing skills honed.
Do you have anything special you’d like to say to your readers or fellow award-winning authors?
Never give up.
Lynne Stringer has been passionate about writing all her life. She was the editor of a small newspaper (later magazine) for seven years, and currently works as a professional editor and proofreader.
Lynne wrote her debut novel, The Heir (Verindon #1), in 2010. It was quickly followed by two sequels to complete the Verindon trilogy, a YA sci-fi romance series. Her latest book, Once Confronted, is a contemporary drama set in Australia and was released in October 2016.
After a normal day turns disastrous, Madison Craig tries to put her life back together. She’s jumping at shadows and finds even familiar places terrifying. Can she forgive the men who hurt her? Her friend Evan Mansfield sees no need to do anything but hate their assailants. He struggles with bitterness, but Maddy wants to move on. What will she do when one of the men asks for forgiveness?
“Once Confronted is a moving story that sheds light on the trauma experienced by victims of assault. Author Lynne Stringer has crafted a powerful book with an important message of healing and forgiveness.” —Literary Classics Book Awards
This book is available on Amazon.