Today’s top author of the week is Lynne Shelby.
Lynne can’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing stories. She sent her first novel off to a publisher when she was fourteen. They didn’t publish it, but a very kind editor wrote her a letter encouraging her to keep writing – she’s very glad she took that editor’s advice.
Before lockdown, Lynne enjoyed visiting the theatre, especially West End musicals, and is looking forward to the time when the theatres can re-open. An inability to sing in tune prevents her from singing on stage herself, but when her now adult children were young, she enjoyed a vicarious career as a stage mother, and she now writes books with characters that are musical theatre actors or dancers.
Lynne’s other great enthusiasm is travelling (again before lockdown!), and her debut novel was the result of a trip to Paris and an overheard conversation on the Eurostar. She finds overheard conversations on buses and trains – and in queues at the supermarket – a great a source of inspiration for stories.
Lynne is currently working on a novel inspired by her travels around the Greek islands, and planning her next trip abroad – hopefully to Japan, which has long been on her bucket list – for when we can all go travelling again.
Lynne Shelby writes contemporary women’s fiction/romance. Her debut novel, ‘French Kissing’ was published when it won the Accent Press and Woman magazine Writing Competition.
She has published four novels: French Kissing, The One That I Want, There She Goes and the Summer of Taking Chances.
She lives in London with her husband, and has three adult children who live nearby.
Blurb for The Summer of Taking Chances
It’s been ten years since Emma Stevens last laid eyes on Jake Murray. When he left the small seaside village of South Quay where they both grew up, Emma’s dreams left with him.
Then Jake, now a successful actor, returns to South Quay for the summer…
Will Emma give her first love a second chance?
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