I know Author Lynne Stringer as a fellow Knight of the SciFi Roundtable, an active writer’s group on Facebook. She writes YA sci-fi and contemporary drama. Please welcome her to No Wasted Ink.
Hi, my name is Lynne Stringer, and I love writing! I especially love writing science fiction with a young adult focus. I enjoy creating new worlds and exploring new characters.
When and why did you begin writing?
I wrote my first book when I was about eight. It was called Goldie the Pony and was written in felt tip. It wasn’t very good, but I kept at it. I loved it when they asked us to write a story in English at school. It was my favourite thing to do. That hasn’t changed.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Not until I wrote my first full-length manuscript when I was in my twenties. It helped that I started to work as a journalist for a small magazine around this time. It made me feel legitimate.
Can you share a little about your current book with us?
The Verindon Alliance takes place in the same world as the trilogy I released in 2013/14. Verindon is a planet where, during the time the trilogy takes place, they have more advanced technology than we have. There are two distinct humanoid species on this planet—the Vendel and the Verindal.
During the time of the trilogy, they live in peace, although there are some tensions and problems beneath the surface. However, The Verindon Alliance is set about a thousand years earlier, at a time when Verindon didn’t have much greater technology than we have today. It was also a time when the Vendel and the Verindal were still at war, so that’s part of the conflict in this novel.
What inspired you to write this book?
The events featured in The Verindon Alliance are referred to in my trilogy. I had loosely sketched out what happened but wanted to see if I could write it out completely.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t like writing outlines, although I have an outline in my head. I usually sit at the keyboard and see where my characters take me.
How did you come up with the title of this book?
With help from my publisher. I suck at titles. We work together to try and come up with the best ones we can.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Racism is something that features in every novel I’ve set on Verindon, as it’s a huge issue there. One thing I featured this time more than I did in the trilogy was implicit bias—how the bias that a person’s been raised with, that has become a major part of their development, is so hard to overcome. It’s a major theme in the novel. The Vendel and the Verindal have to work together. If they don’t …
Are experiences in this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No, it’s all from my imagination.
What authors have most influenced your life? What about them do you find inspiring?
I’ve loved a lot of the classics. The Brontës are authors I’ve long adored. They wrote a lot of vivid, emotive books. There were no aliens in their stories, but they still spoke to me. In the science fiction world, I like Timothy Zahn and Vonda McIntyre.
If you had to choose, is there a writer would you consider a mentor?
Probably Charlotte Brontë. I would love to talk to her for hours about Jane Eyre.
Who designed the cover of your book? Why did you select this illustrator?
My publisher has some talented people they use to design their covers. Shame on me—I don’t know their names!
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Don’t be in a hurry to get published. You need to take your time and get it as right as you can the first time. Read a lot, write a lot, listen to advice. Find a good professional editor (this is not an optional extra; it’s essential). Always take stock every step of the way before you make a decision.
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
The Verindon Alliance
Publisher: Rhiza Edge