Interview with Lynne McAnulty-Street

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Losing myself in the story.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The suspense novel arose from a "quick-write" exercise posed at the local writers group; I wrote so much and so well I Had to keep working on it; the schooling memoir arises from a deep disgust at the modern NZ schooling approach - all assessments and little teaching, for lower standards of literacy & numeracy; the anthology is sheer vanity.
What is your writing process?
A cross between plotting and by the seat of my pants. I am speedier when handwriting, but the tedium of then having to type it up slows the process down. My ideas (for settings, characters, action...) come from my imagination, which sometimes works overtime.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, or drawing
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My work - as an editor and indie publishing consultant
Describe your desk
Efficient - two computers, an 'in-out' rack, colour printer within reach, spin the chair and I'm at the dining table! Just...don't ask about underneath the desk!
When did you first start writing?
Back in c. 1983, when I Wrote the content of a weekly newspaper's half-page weekly children's feature; these days, children's pages are created from content bought in, and no longer reflect the community at all. I was told by the editor that adults were telling him they would also read the feature!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I spent the first six years on dairy farms, the last being in the Waikato region. Then a semi-rural town in the Wairarapa until I left home for Teachers College. I don't feel either location influenced my writing (except the schooling memoir); I was influenced by people rather than places.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Believing what I write may not be commercially viable. Full stop. End of story. Next question
What do you read for pleasure?
Crime - especially C J Carver, Stuart MacBride, M K Arlidge; also nonfiction
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"Mister God, This is Anna", by Fynn - the lively spiritual journey of six-year old Anna in inspiring; the 'Hinges of History' series, by Thomas Macall Hill - I've not read the whole series yet, but those I have are a fascinating look at major events in the ancient world; "Poisonous Whispers", by Jana Begovic - Jana broke the norms of romance publishing, by creating a literary saga; "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron - it is a life book like no other;
Who are your favorite authors?
Stuart MacBride, Jana Begovich, London Saint James, Deborah Garland, Stephen Fry, C J Carver, Fynn ...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I troll
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle app for PC (but I prefer print)
Published 2018-01-19.
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