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Multiple Award Winners at the US 2014 Literary Classics Awards.

Multiple Award Winners at the US 2014 Literary Classics Awards.

Four of our fantastic authors won awards at the 2014 Children's Literary Classics Awards. The international competition, run out of the US, was created to ‘honour excellence in children's and young adult literature, thereby encouraging a passion for reading while promoting education, imagination and character in young readers.’

Congratulations to all of the authors who have been acknowledged for their fantastic work, including:

Without Me by Kayleen West (Picture Book/Preschooler - Silver)


Firelight of Heaven, by Lizbeth Klein (Fantasy Fiction/YA - Silver)


The Heir, by Lynne Stringer (Science Fiction/YA - Silver)


Motive Games, by L.D. Taylor (Faith Based/YA - Silver)

 

All of these titles are available in bookstores, libraries or click on the links above to buy online now.

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Verindon Trilogy complete! Win the final book!

Verindon Trilogy complete! Win the final book!

The final book in the popular Verindon Series: The Reign has just been released and you can win a copy!

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Music: a writer’s muse...

When Lynne Stringer writes, music is a constant inspiration.

With the upcoming release of The Reign, the third and final book in the Verindon Trilogy, Lynne talked about how much music helped her write.

“Each of my books so far have featured a ‘playlist’,” she said. “A playlist is like a soundtrack. I often have scenes laid out to a particular piece of music and I play them together in my head, with the piece of music accompanying the action.”

So strong is the voice of the music, Lynne has changed scenes to fit them.

“In The Heir there is a scene near the end which I had already written. Then I heard Muse’s Map of the Problematique and imagined the scene with the song. So powerful did the influence of that piece of music become, I adapted the scene to fit it more effectively.”

A similar thing happened in the second book in the trilogy, The Crown, with another of Muse’s songs: Glorious.

“Muse has definitely been a huge inspiration for me where writing it concerned. Their music is so emotive and is a great aid in the creative process.”

It also happens prior to writing. When Lynne was considering ideas for the story that became The Reign, a song helped make one scene come to life.

“I wasn’t completely sure where it was going, but I let Thom Yorke’s Hearing Damage inspire my imagination. It wasn’t long before I had the whole scene worked out in my head.

“I think music will always play a part in my writing. I’d like to thank all the artists out there for inspiring me, and I’m sure I’m not the only one!”

The playlists for Lynne’s books can be found on the Verindon Trilogy’s website: www.verindon.com.

The Reign is available in all good bookstores or buy online now.

 

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The Moral Dilemma

By Lynne Stringer

Most books have some kind of moral in them. Even the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales (I didn’t realise just how grim some of their stories were until I was an adult trying to read them to my son!) so it’s not like it’s a modern thing. Stories with morals have been around for a long time. Jesus told parables to demonstrate a moral and I’m sure it wasn’t new then, either.

But can books go too far? Can a story have too much moral in it?

I’ve also noticed, in recent days, that some stories are being toned down. As a child, I remember hearing the story of The Little Red Hen. She tries to get the other animals on the farm to help her make some bread, but they’re all too lazy to help. Then, once the bread is made, they all come to join her in eating it, but she refuses to give them any because they refused to help. I recently heard this story retold on Play School and they’d softened it up, so that the other animals were simply busy, but did come to help at the last minute, so the hen shared the bread with them and they all agreed to help more next time.

I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.  Was the moral in the original version demonstrated too harshly? Were they right to water it down? Or is the new version a wishy-washy, politically correct tale? Which version is better?

I think the answer to that will vary for each one of us. Personally, I like a story with a bit of a moral, even if it’s so subtle it’s difficult to see. Sometimes they are the better stories, as you’re not even aware you’re picking up a moral, and sometimes, you never will be. Perhaps it is another reason we should be careful what we read, in case something slips in, unbeknownst to us.

I think we should always try to be aware of what the stories we read are trying to teach, whether they are doing it subtly or brazenly. But enjoy each story for its own sake as well.

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An interview with Lynne Stringer

An interview with Lynne Stringer

Lynne Stringer has been passionate about writing all her life, beginning with short stories in her primary school days. She began writing professionally as a journalist and was the editor of a small newspaper (later magazine) for seven years, before turning her hand to screenplay writing and novels. Lynne currently works as a professional editor and proofreader. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and young son. 

Question 1: What was the first story you ever wrote and has it been published?

The first story I ever wrote was called Goldie the Pony. I was about eight years old at the time. It was written out by hand, with drawings, and I stapled it together to make a book. I don’t really think it was suitable for publication! :-)

Question 2: What was your first book published?

The first book I had published was The Heir, book one of the Verindon trilogy. It was published on 1st June 2013. Book two, The Crown, is due out in November 2013.

Question 3: What is your favourite part about being an author?

I like seeing people react positively to my story. There’s nothing more exciting than to have someone contact me and say, ‘I loved your book! It was amazing! When’s the next one coming out?’

Question 4: What is the hardest part about being an author?

Trying to promote myself. Like most writers, I’m an introvert, and it’s difficult to try and sell. But I have to remember that I have a product worth promoting.

Question 5: How do you test out your stories? Or who do you test them on?

When I wrote The Heir I had a group of friends online who read it chapter by chapter. They have become my most ardent supporters, and they were the ones who encouraged me to try and get it published. I dedicate The Heir to them as a ‘thank you’.

Question 6: What writing genre do you like to do the most?

I enjoyed science fiction, but also historical books. And anything I read (or write) must have a hint of romance in it.

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Unknown assassins, a new world and forbidden romance = The Verindon Series

Unknown assassins, a new world and forbidden romance = The Verindon Series

The second book in the Verindon fantasy series, The Crown has just been released and you can win a copy!

 

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“Getting one book published is exciting. Two is way beyond that. And three is out of this world!”

So says author, Lynne Stringer. Lynne’s debut novel, The Heir, was published on 1st June 2013. The first book in the Verindon Trilogy, The Heir covered many bases, combining the young adult, science fiction and romance genres.

Now Lynne is looking forward to the release of the second book in the trilogy, The Crown, which is due out on 1st November.

The Crown follows on from The Heir’s story,” said Lynne. “It takes place about five months after the events in the first book.”

Lynne is looking forward to seeing the reaction The Crown will receive, especially considering the positive response that The Heir received.

The Heir has all five star reviews on Amazon,” she said, “And its rating on Goodreads is 4.31 out of five.”

Friends have also been positive about the book, even those who said that they weren’t into science fiction.

“I had a number of friends who read it just because I wrote it. They didn’t like that genre, but they’ve been amongst the most enthusiastic of all the readers.

“One friend who bought a copy of The Heir came up to me the next time I saw her, grabbed me by the shoulders, and said, ‘Where is The Crown?!’ She’s desperate to see what happens next!”

Lynne’s pleased that her fans won’t have to wait long until the third book in the series is out.

“I know that the people who love The Crown will be dying to get their hands on the last book, The Reign. Fortunately, they only have to wait until May next year. I assure everybody it will be worth the wait!”

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Available from all good bookstores or buy online now. Verindon VIP Book pack also available: includes The Heir, The Crown and a free shirt!

For more information on the Verindon Trilogy visit www.verindon.com

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