How do you do it?
This is the most common question I’m asked when people learn my story for the first time. How do you juggle being an international author and self-promoter, all while traveling for book signings, raising four children; two with disabilities, running a cake business, and homeschooling?
How do you find the time to do it all, they ask. What’s your secret?
No-matter how many times I answer, my response always seems to deliver a certain sense of inadequacy. The truth somehow falls short of exposing a hidden potion behind my innate ability to fill multiple roles at once. The illusion is that I am actually a real person with realistic goals. I just run beside passion and persistence and I never let them win. I’m not the best writer and I will never proclaim to be. I simply and wholeheartedly believe in myself enough that my ability to stay focused on achieving never wavers through adversity. Some might say that being a mother is the hardest job on earth, so the idea of adding other roles seems like straining energy on borrowed time. But there’s nothing wrong with borrowing as long as you give back; so long as you offer up results. I simply manage my life one second at a time; one word, one hug, one errand, one interview at a time.
For those who are unsure that it can be done, believe me, it can. Despite appearances, my path hasn’t always been easy, but writing has constantly remained central to my survival. When I was younger, I suffered through being raped by four military men, who also videotaped the ordeal, but I bravely made a decision to use what happened to me to help others. Through the drama novel, The Day it Rained Forever, I have been able to heal, help, and move on. When my son was suddenly diagnosed with Autism, I felt like he was taken from me and I had to find a way of bringing him back. I did it through the publication of the children’s book, I Will Always Love You No Matter What. And from the back seat of a car, at twelve years of age, I recall watching my father grasp his chest with both hands, struggling for air. I watched as he fought to live for me and, in that moment, I vividly remember thinking to myself; I’m going to lose my dad. I had to find a way of saying goodbye, and I did that through the novel released last year, entitled, The Night Birds.
Through my adversity, I have come to realize that the struggle is a misconception. It all just takes time. Success and dreams are within reach if you just keep writing, while remaining true to yourself. Good things will eventually come. Writing is my lifeline and the process of self-publishing has been made all the more enjoyable by Lulu Publishing’s online publishing tool and their tireless support team.
And speaking of good things, I am proud to announce that my novel, The Day It Rained Forever, has been picked up by the talented screenwriter Shaun Jooste. Shaun and I recently signed a contract allowing Shaun to adapt my novel into film! Shaun is also managing a Guinness World Record attempt that I am taking part in, to break the world record for the most amount of authors in an anthology.
I also, recently, had the incredible privilege of attending the 2017 Book Expo America in New York City. While there, I had a chance to thank fans for their dedicated support and encouragement throughout the many years I have been writing. It was truly the highlight of my year. So I am elated to also announce that I will be doing it all again in 2018 when I attend the BEA in New York City for another book signing and meet and greet. You can hear more about my experience at the BEA and all about my journey as a self-publisher, in an author interview I did last week with Paperback Radio.
No matter what happens in my life, I will never stop striving to better my craft, to deliver passionate, exciting stories, to my audience. My fans have always stood behind me and I refuse to let them down. I’m exactly where I know I need to be and the view is incredible. Here, I look up and hope that my father is looking down on me knowing, if nothing else, at least I gave it my all.
Lynette Greenfield was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up in both Brisbane and Melbourne. Her love of writing came when tragically, her father passed away at the age of twelve. It was then that she discovered an intensely personal love for poetry, never once writing for an audience, quickly appreciating the healing qualities words had on her life. She went on to study creative Arts at the Brian Chandler’s School of Art and Design and creative writing and photography at the University of Technology in Queensland. Her first publication was a poetry book entitled, Moments with Me. She has since published many more poetry books and has also gone on to write romance novels, mystery, and children’s books. Lynette attended to Book Expo America in 2016 in Chicago, signing her debut novel, An Ounce of Expectation. And attended the BEA again in 2017 in New York to show her novel, The Night Birds. She will also be attending the 2018 BEA in New York City to showcase her latest drama novel, The Day it Rained Forever. With 25 years of writing behind her, Lynette is now an established Author, but is always seeking out new challenges in her writing career, enjoying working with other artists including musicians, songwriters and illustrators. When she isn’t writing, she is teaching children with disabilities, specializing in Autism and one of her children’s books entitled, I’ll Always Love You No Matter What, was written for a child with Autism.
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