Monday, 8 April 2013

My Writing Has Gone Full Circle - Lynne Garner

When I started to write professionally I wrote solely for craft magazines. After a year or so I  decided to see if I could get a craft book published. To my amazement I found a publisher willing to give me a chance and my first craft title was published. This book was based on the many hand-outs I'd written for the craft classes I was teaching. 

After a few years I'd had several adult craft books published so I decided to try something new. So I changed focus slightly and started to write activity books for children. After this I moved my focus to picture books. Over a 14-year period I had 21books traditionally published.

Then along came the revolution of the eBook. This opened up a brand new world and I was able to turn a project I'd been working on for years into an eBook. This book is a collection of short stories featuring the trickster character Anansi (Anansi The Trickster Spider). Sales were better than I expected, so I created a second collection of short stories - Anansi The Trickster Spider: Volume Two.  I decided that fiction was for me and perhaps those days of non-fiction were long behind me. Typically 'life' came along and changed that view.

I was contacted by a publisher I'd written a few children's activities books for. They asked if I wanted to submit some ideas for similar books. I did and at Christmas I signed a contract. I was then lucky enough to be employed by a local arts centre to run some craft sessions for them. So over the last month or so I've been writing  hand-outs and making samples. And guess what I've now had the clever idea of turning these hand-outs into a new craft title.

So my writing seems to have gone full circle. Well perhaps not quite full circle. This craft book will be my first non-fiction eBook. I've got a lot of work to do before it's complete but I'm as excited about this craft book as I was my first.      

Lynne Garner


Reb MacRath said...

I'm happy for you, Lynne. You followed your bliss and it took back home. All the best to you!

Lynne Garner said...

Reb - Thanks!