Sun and snowdrops in dingle at Dudmaston Hall. Can spring be that far away ?
A great morning at Evesham listening to this fascinating trio.
I did a library talk at Evesham on Friday 9 February along with poet Suz Winspear and non-fiction and fiction author, Helen Barrell.
More about my co-speakers later, but as I was preparing my talk about how I came to be a published author, several things occurred to me.
I began the talk by saying that I am a good advert for several things :
My mother always read to me when I was little. By age seven, my inner life was full of gold ingots, caves and big brothers – did you guess the reading matter? Enid Blyton was our favourite, my nan having acquired a big box of Famous Fives and Secret Seven’s from somewhere. You can imagine what my junior school essays were about. We always went to the library as a…
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I loved answering these questions from fellow Crooked Cat author, Nancy Jardine.
You’ll find me on her blog #5 #Saturday Shorts-with #Lynn Forth
Good morning- it’s Saturday!
And that means a Saturday Short interview.
The days are disappearing so quickly just now that I can hardly credit we’re back to the weekend again. Regardless of what I’ve achieved in my new writing, the mornings are getting lighter and that’s progress in itself (I’ve been consistently editing and writing all week). Though, as well as managing some new writing, I’m also getting to know author friends a lot better – especially those who are popping on here to my blog. Let’s see what we can learn about a fellow Crooked Cat author, Lynn Forth who is popping herself onto my lovely Saturday chair.
Hello Lynn. Take a pew and let’s get going!
Hello Nancy and thank you for inviting me on to your blog. Although I’m a northern girl from Accrington, I have lived with my family in Worcestershire for many years.
Having always had a fascination with words and people, I had a lovely long career as a Lecturer in English at the local College. I left before the paperwork and procedures sucked all the joy out of an occupation I loved. And so now, at last, I can concentrate on my life-long ambition to write.
As an ex primary teacher I’m so sad that many in our general teaching profession have got to a scunnered level, and nothing to do with the students/pupils they were teaching.
When is your best time to write?
I like to wait till the afternoon to start actually writing. I have usually spent the morning warming up to it as I go about all my daily jobs, or exercising at Zumba classes or attending meetings etc. Then, after lunch, I feel the rest of the day and evening is mine to write the words that have been tumbling through my head all morning.
Which social media platforms do you find most comfortable to use?
I’m more of a Facebook fan but do try to keep up with Twitter as well, especially now we can write much more than before
I like Facebook but am not so hot at tweeting. I’m still at the 140 characters stage and have to get used to the ‘more is possible’ scenario.
Please tell us what your latest book is about and its genre.
My debut novel, Love in La La Land is a romantic comedy set in the glittering, glossy bubble-world of Hollywood.
I read your novel not long after returning from the Los Angeles area ( Pasadena) where I actually met quite a few ‘Hollywood types’ at my niece’s wedding who do TV comedy and TV shows that I’m not sure I’d actually want to watch. Individually they are all lovely people but there is a collective hype, that ‘tinseltown’ glow, that just isn’t me.
Did anything in particular influence you to write it?
I’ve always been equally interested in both books and films so have had a long fascination with the adaptation process when a book is made into a film. Hence the idea for my first novel when my author heroine, Jane Jones, rails against all the changes the movie scriptwriter, Jack Clancy, has made to her precious story. I liked the idea of exploring the process from both angles and thinking of all the modifications Jack needed to make to transform one storytelling medium into the other. Both Jane and Jack are creative people, both proud of what they do and so the seeds of their disagreements are sown.
Did it require any specialised research?
I did want to get the setting right. Obviously I’ve have seen a lot of movies set in and around Hollywood, but I did spend quite a bit of time on Google Earth searching round the starry suburbs of Tinseltown to get the ambience of Scott Flynn’s ’s house as accurate as I could. I have been to San Francisco but also researched the possible location of a hospital there.
Who is your main character?
My main character is Yorkshire novelist, Jane Jones, who goes to Hollywood to try to sell her second novel to interested producers. She was really thrilled when her first novel was snapped up and adapted into a film, starring her favourite heart-throb, Scott Flynn. She’s even more thrilled when she gets a chance to spend a day on the movie set actually watching him perform.
What’s your main character’s greatest weakness?
Her main weakness is probably pride and a certain literary snobbishness. This causes her to look down on screen writer, Jack Clancy, as a mere movie hack without appreciating the skills he has brought to the adaptation process.
What’s your main character’s greatest strengths?
But her pride is also her greatest strength, that, and her integrity. In the end she can’t, and won’t, go against what she feels is right, even if it means losing everything.
It’s a while since I read the novel but I warmed a lot more to Jack, than Jane, which might be odd since he’s the one whose been living in the bubble of tinseltown- though it’s because you do ensure that he’s a very grounded guy.
Are you a lover of editing your work?
I quite like editing, up to a point. The story and characters have tumbled out headlong on to the page so I love going back and doing all the polishing and refining which beds it all down and makes everything shine. However, after the umpteenth time of reading, I find it can lose its charm and I worry that funny scenes are no longer making me laugh and sad scenes are becoming trite. And by then, I’m itching to get on to my next book.
What’s your favourite occupation? (apart from writing) Do you have a favourite place to ‘hide’ out from life?
Favourite occupation apart from writing is, as you might expect, reading, especially when ‘hiding out’ on holiday. If I’m away, I feel I can indulge guilt-free reading without the pressure of feeling I ought to be doing something else.
Favourite food and drink?
I have so many favourite food and drinks choices, but I’m a big fan of fruit and nuts, so if they were to be combined in a chocolate bar, served with a nice cup of builders’ tea, that will do me. Not very exotic is it? But I feel my Yorkshire heroine would approve.
Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut is my all time favourite chocolate bar – so long as it’s the original proper full fat taste! I’m not so sure that what it around now has that original yumminess!
If you’d like to add anything else about your recent release please add it here:
My next novel has, in fact, just been accepted by Crooked Cat for publishing in the autumn. It’s another romantic comedy, this time set in Nice and is called Love, Lies and Café au Lait. Can’t wait to start polishing it.
If you love an amusing quick read then I can definitely recommend Lynn’s work.
Love in LA La Land is available as both eBook and paperback from Amazon
You can find Lynn at these places:
Facebook Page: Lynn Forth
Author Page: Lynn Forth Author
Thanks for coming today, Lynn and best wishes with all of your new writing. I’ll be looking out for Love, Lies and Cafe au Lait when it’s available!
Till my next #Saturday Short, have a fine week.
What an up and down start to the year.
Downs first :An emotional funeral in Fuengirola , swiftly followed by a fortnight of feverish flu. Phew.
The Ups: A lovely week in Lanzarote recuperating by over-indulging, over-eating, over- drinking, over- sunning, over-strolling and, if it’s possible, over -reading.
Big Up: My next novel, ‘Love’ Lies and Café au Lait’, has been accepted by my great Crooked Cat publisher for release in the autumn.
Back to ‘normal’ today with my first Zumba session of the year. Let 2018 get properly started now.
Great kick-start to 2018, with three more 5 star reviews. One reviewer commented
Besides some epically funny moments, the author highlights the very topical subject of male supremacy, making this an important read in the current tidal wave of silence breakers
Another said, Lynn Forth, the author, transported me to Hollywood within the first page. I cared about her warmly drawn, authentic characters, and our heroine’s family.
And yet another liked the Nice mix of romance, comedy and drama which kept the pages turning. Looking forward to more from this warm and witty writer.
Some roses to thank these lovely readers who took the time and trouble to review my novel. It means a lot to get comments like these.
More champagne to celebrate the signing of the contract for my next novel, out in early autumn 2018.
It’s called ‘Love, Lies and Café au Lait’ and is set in the sunny South of France.
What a wonderful way to start the new year.
What an exciting year 2017 turned out to be, culminating in the publication of my debut novel, Love in La La Land.
Now looking forward to an equally stimulating 2018 with more thrilling book news soon.