Lynette Greenfield is an Australian author, mother, entrepreneur, and most recently is delving into the world of publishing! Somehow, we managed to wrestle her away from all these jobs and did a quick interview to gain some insights into her writing, her motivation, overcoming adversity, and her work ethic.
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.
The Day it Rained Forever
“I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me.” The Day it Rained Forever is a fiction, drama novel that, while written beautifully, may also make you feel uncomfortable, as it tackles the violence and unpleasantness of gang rape. Alia Cannes, a psychologist and writer, who lives a normal, simple, working class life, finds herself in a terrifying situation one evening, when she agrees to accompany a man at a bar to his hotel room. There, her night turns into a living nightmare, but that’s where the violence ends. The Day it Rained Forever is the compassionate, loving guidance of Erik, who reaches into the darkness to the sufferer Alia, offering hope and helping her in her silent search for a life free from the memory of her past and the violence she endured. The aim of the book is to help survivors find the courage to speak out. The author remained sensitive to the subject so no use of vulgar language has been used.
What drives you to write?
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, at 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, titled 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 a 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.
Go to where the readers are
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.