Writer Interview: Lynne Hale

Lynne Hale

Lynne was born in Malaya and cruised back to England, sleeping in a hammock, slung from the rafters of a troop ship. She spent her first birthday at sea and it was during the voyage that she learnt to walk. After they arrived in England, they found a beautiful home a short stroll away from a river, and from the end of their road they could see the Liver Birds across the water. Lynne became fascinated by the shore line and found crossing the river Mersey by ferry a real treat. Lynne has always had a love of animals, and their next home was in Shrewsbury right on the banks of the Severn. This meant their garden was often waterlogged, but Lynne adopted a huge toad as a pet and would pick it up and carry it with her. She even caught flies and slugs to feed it on before returning it to its ditch each night.

Lynne met her future husband at work and at lunch time the pair would often go and sit at Day’s Lock on the Thames and watch the boats. They dreamed of some day owning one. They were married, and Lynne was pregnant with their first child when her husband converted a long wheel base Land Rover so they could head off for a three-week adventure across Europe to explore the lakes and mountains.

Their love of adventure and travel was passed down to their daughters. When their daughters were young they wanted to go on holiday abroad, but the family couldn’t afford it. However, the ever resourceful Lynne and her husband found a cheap all-inclusive boat and train trip to Amsterdam and watched the joy on their children’s faces as they explored the streets and canals. A few years later they managed a proper family holiday and went camping at Interlaken, staying between the two lakes where they had the most spectacular views of the Jungfrau Mountain. Being adventurous, the family chose to ride different forms of public transport to explore the countryside and discover stunning waterfalls, rather than drive.

As I mentioned Lynne loves animals and has many pets who are actually the inspiration for the animal books. The Intrepid Pony Escapes is about her pony Intrepid. She’s had many dogs and her large lurcher is the star of her book Lurching Through London. She’s also had cats, guinea pigs, gerbils and hamsters.

Just as interesting as the adventures Lynne has had, are some of the jobs she’s had. Her first job was as a destructive tester of cloth. The samples came from all over the country, and she’d use a rain machine, Velcro tester and a lab to test the material. On her first day she was handed a packet of paper knickers with instructions to do a burn test in the lab. At first she thought it was a newbie prank. Whilst working at the lab, Lynne earned a Science TEC Level2.

Lynne has had a really interesting life and in my opinion that can sometimes create the best and most imaginative of writers. With so many pets to care for, a husband, two beautiful daughters and five grandchildren, Lynne is always busy. So I was honoured when she agreed to sit down and interview with me.

INTERVIEW

1. What are you working on right now?

The sequel to The Intrepid Pony Escapes, it will probably be called The Intrepid Pony Bolts.

2.Can you tell us a little something about it? 

Zoe is frightened by her new pony’s unpredictable bursts of speed, particularly when he takes off towards a busy road. While she battles with her pony and tries to work out why he gallops off conflict arises between two riders. To make things worse, a close friend becomes seriously ill, shortly after her parents split up . How can Zoe cope with all the conflicting emotions, support her friends and enjoy riding her pony again?

3.Tell us, why do you write? Where do you draw your inspiration from? 

All my stories are loosely based on my own life. I used to read pony books and think my life was more like a novel than those unreal plots.

4. When I write, I require Jaffa cakes (and lots of them), do you have a writing must-have? 

When I write I lose track of time. I don’t require anything but my husband keeps my thirst quenched with coffee. However chocolate doesn’t last long if its within range of the keyboard.

5. What is your favourite book? 

Just one book? The pony book must be The Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell.  Sahara by Clive Cussler tops my adventure list and Looking Good Dead by Peter James for crime.

6. Which author’s career, alive or passed on, do you admire most, and why?

Jane Austen. Genteel women were supposed to write letters and useful communications, but not novels. She wrote wonderful romances with wit and described her characters so well you could see them. Her work has withstood the test of time, but still delights her readers. I admire the way she must have written everything by hand with a quill pen. One page would take so long that I would forget what I was trying to convey.

7.Tell us something about yourself…an annoying habit or party trick perhaps? Can you speak a foreign language or have a hobby? 

For the last seven years my husband and I have explored the canals and rivers of England in our narrow boat. It’s a wonderful way to see our country and its abundant wildlife. Coots, herons, swans and Moorhens populate the busiest canals. Sometimes a kingfisher flies ahead of the boat, its wings a vivid flash of blue. Towns look different from the water. So far we have moored in London at little Venice, and close to the sea life centre in Birmingham. We have been through long tunnels and over high aqueducts.

This year we hope to continue our water wanderings somewhere in the north of England. The biggest challenge will be crossing the Pennines with 83 locks in 24 miles and tackling the longest tunnel in England which boasts of being at the highest elevation whilst being the deepest underground.

8.Do you have a blog, website or social networking account people can go to if they wish to learn more about you or your work?

Intrepidpony.blogspot.com is my blog. The blog mainly focuses on our narrow boat trips. I also have  a Facebook page under the name of LottieLurcher

9. What are your writing plans for 2016? 

Another of Lottie Lurcher’s adventures. It should be ‘Lurching through Wales’ but I fancy doing ‘Lurching Down the Trent’ first.

10. And now, for the most important question of all: Jaffa cakes – love them or hate them? 

I hate them – even though I love chocolate.

 

To follow Lynne and her work please follow the links below:

Facebook: LottieLurcher

Blog: Intrepidpony.blogspot.com

Twitter: @lynnehale14

It was an honor to interview Lynne, she’s had an interesting life and it’s always fun to interview writers from all walks of life. Even if some of them are crazy and don’t love Jaffa Cakes! Thanks Lynne!  🙂

Interested in checking out Lynne’s work? Then the Intrepid Pony Escapes  can be bought from her using pay-pal by emailing intrepidpony@btinternet.com Lurching through London can be bought from her using pay-pal by emailing lottielurcher@btinternet.com

 

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