Today we have a very special guest: author, Lynette Noni!
Her debut novel, Akarnae is set to be released on 1st Feburary 2015.
With just one step, sixteen-year-old Alexandra Jennings’ world changes—literally.
Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities. Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her… but he’s missing.
While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae Academy, Medora’s boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts. She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and the friends who embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can’t ignore her fear that something unexpected… something sinister… is looming…
Hi Lynette! How’s life been?
Life is amazing, thank you so much for asking! Everything is very exciting right now with the upcoming release of my debut novel, so I’m walking around with a constant smile on my face!
So, tell us a little bit about yourself . . .
Well, I’m 28 years old and I live on the Sunshine Coast in QLD, Australia. When I’m not reading or writing (which, let’s face it, is most of the time), I like to hang out with my friends, go to the beach, bake yummy foods containing way too much chocolate, and watch Disney movies.
Your debut novel, “Akarnae” will be released early next year. Tell us all about it. What kind of heroine are we expecting? What kind of story should we prepare ourselves for?
AKARNAE is a young adult novel about a 16-year-old girl, Alexandra Jennings, who steps through a doorway and finds herself stranded in a fantasy world called Medora. While searching for a way back home, she attends Akarnae Academy, a boarding school for people with extraordinary gifts. She makes friends—and enemies—and she discovers… Well, you’ll have to grab a copy when it’s released to find out what she discovers!
As for what kind of heroine Alex is, she’s the best kind, of course! Courageous and kind, daring and adventurous. But mostly she’s just a normal girl who is thrust into a challenging set of circumstances and has to try and survive as best as she can. If you need a comparison, maybe think of someone in between Katniss from The Hunger Games and Tris from Divergent.
Should we be expecting any hotties?
*Laughs* You’ll just have to read it and find out! But don’t worry—you absolutely won’t be disappointed! *Winks*
What are your favourite books/series?
Gosh, this is an impossible question! (No, seriously—it’s impossible!) I’m such a massive reader and I’ve encountered some incredible books over the years, but to be a total walking cliché, I guess the series that has impacted me the most is the Harry Potter I literally grew up with those books and they carried through over an entire decade of my life—and beyond, with the movie releases. That kind of impression tends to stick with you!
Have you always been a reader/writer as a child?
Absolutely! Probably not as much as I am now, but I’ve always loved reading. Writing is a newer passion, or at least novel-length writing.
How do you write?
I’m the kind of writer who needs total, complete silence because I’m so easily distracted. I’m not kidding—I’m like that animated dog from the Disney/Pixar movie, UP, who’ll be in the middle of a conversation and then suddenly be like, “SQUIRREL!” It’s sad but true. I’ve always wanted to be one of those cool, suave authors who can go out to a swanky coffee shop and write The Next Amazing Novel, but nope. That’s just not me. Cue: sigh.
What was your reaction when the news arrived about your novel being published?
*Laughs again* I actually thought it was some kind of prank, honestly. Then after I realised it was a legitimate offer of publishing, I think I went into a state of shock. I was on my way to a medical appointment when the email came through so I was in with the doctor when it actually hit me as being real, and I remember jumping to my feet and doing an actual twirl (to my unending shame) and I was like, “I’M GETTING PUBLISHED!!!” … I may or may not have completely weirded out my doctor, but I couldn’t help it!
What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
If writing is something you’re passionate about, if it’s something you love, if it’s something you just simply have to do, then no matter what, never, ever give up. Even if you face rejection after rejection, just remember, it only takes one person to say ‘yes’ for your dreams to come true. So keep on dreaming, keep on writing, and try to enjoy the journey!
We’ll all be waiting for February 1st to snatch a copy!