Feature: Lynette Noni, YA author

My best friend Lyn just signed a publishing deal with Pantera Press. She was nice enough to answer a few questions about herself and her experiences.

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

In a nutshell, I’m a 27-year-old Australian girl who loves reading, writing, the beach, chocolate, and anything even remotely related to Disney. I also sing – often without realising I’m doing it. (Yes, I’m that crazy girl who hums to herself in the supermarket queue).

2. When and why did you start writing?

I’ve dabbled in one form of creativity or another ever since I was a young child – playing instruments and song writing, sketching, painting, scrapbooking, sewing… You name it, I’ve probably tried it. But after graduating from university I was left with some free time before travelling overseas and, quite simply, I was bored. Martin Luther said, “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” So, that’s exactly what I did.

3. Can you tell us about Pantera Press and your upcoming novel, Akarnae?

Pantera Press is an independent publishing house based in Sydney, Australia, committed to discovering and nurturing debut authors. They offered me a contract after reading my manuscript, Akarnae, which is the first in a five-book young adult fantasy series. It’s about a girl who finds herself stuck in a parallel world where she attends Akarnae Academy—a school for people with extraordinary gifts—while she searches for a way back home.

4. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Probably the best advice I can give is that you have to remain positive and always believe in yourself – no matter what. The publishing industry is both competitive and subjective; one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Be prepared to face rejection over and over again, but if you truly believe in yourself, then nothing will stop you from doing everything you can to pursue your dreams. And hopefully it will be well worth the effort in the end!

5. What are your future goals as an author?

I may have begun writing because I was bored, but I continued writing after that because it turned out to be something I was passionate about. I love writing so much – I love being able to experience new worlds right alongside my characters and journey with them as their stories develop. So, I guess you could say that my main goal is to never lose that feeling, that sense of wonder. I never want to take what I do for granted, because it’s… well, it’s everything. And I want other people to live those experiences with me as they read my books, meet my characters, and explore my worlds.

You can find Lyn’s blog – here.

If you would like to be featured/interviewed on this blog,  shoot me a quick email at the address provided on my contact page. 

About Jodie @ Words Read & Written

Book blogger & aspiring author.
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54 Responses to Feature: Lynette Noni, YA author

  1. Dixie Minor says:

    This post is so upbeat and encouraging, I appreciate the positive tone and the advice. Thank you both, Jodie and Lyn!

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  2. Dixie Minor says:

    This post is so upbeat and encouraging, I appreciate the positive tone and the advice. Thank you both, Jodie and Lyn!

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  3. bkpyett says:

    Jodie, what a lovely thing to do. I looked up Lynette’s blog. It is wonderful to read of success stories, to give us all hope that it does/ can happen! May you be next!!

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  4. bkpyett says:

    Jodie, what a lovely thing to do. I looked up Lynette’s blog. It is wonderful to read of success stories, to give us all hope that it does/ can happen! May you be next!!

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  5. “I may have begun writing because I was bored…” That line jumped out at me. It’s the same reason why Tolkien started writing Lord of the Rings.

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  6. “I may have begun writing because I was bored…” That line jumped out at me. It’s the same reason why Tolkien started writing Lord of the Rings.

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  7. kirkesmorgan says:

    Great entry! Wishing your friend luck and you continuing luck!

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  8. kirkesmorgan says:

    Great entry! Wishing your friend luck and you continuing luck!

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  9. Widdershins says:

    WTG Jodie’s friend, Lyn! 😀 … there’s nothing like putting ‘published author’ on your resume. Savour every moment.

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  10. Widdershins says:

    WTG Jodie’s friend, Lyn! 😀 … there’s nothing like putting ‘published author’ on your resume. Savour every moment.

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  11. jeezusgut says:

    Good for her. Very upbeat and positive outlook concerning the whole publishing process, but would it be possible to give a bit more insight as to how she was able to obtain a deal and what kind of questions/concerns the press had about her work. Just asking.

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  12. jeezusgut says:

    Good for her. Very upbeat and positive outlook concerning the whole publishing process, but would it be possible to give a bit more insight as to how she was able to obtain a deal and what kind of questions/concerns the press had about her work. Just asking.

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  13. rlsharpe says:

    Thanks for sharing this Jodie, and congratulations to Lynette. It’s great hearing other people’s publishing stories 🙂

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  14. rlsharpe says:

    Thanks for sharing this Jodie, and congratulations to Lynette. It’s great hearing other people’s publishing stories 🙂

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  15. Congratulations Lyn! May you get your hearts desire x

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  16. Congratulations Lyn! May you get your hearts desire x

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  17. I so enjoy reading about new authors. Thanks, Jodie.

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  18. I so enjoy reading about new authors. Thanks, Jodie.

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  19. leesha0304 says:

    Great and positive post! 🙂

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  20. leesha0304 says:

    Great and positive post! 🙂

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  21. iamccsmith says:

    I love hearing success stories, thanks for sharin’!

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  22. iamccsmith says:

    I love hearing success stories, thanks for sharin’!

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  23. Jodie,
    Thanks for sharing this success story. It re-energizes us aspiring authors!

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  24. Jodie,
    Thanks for sharing this success story. It re-energizes us aspiring authors!

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  25. Geraint Isitt says:

    Congrats to Lyn on her debut novel and congrats to you for such a heart-felt piece. Well done to you both.

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  26. Geraint Isitt says:

    Congrats to Lyn on her debut novel and congrats to you for such a heart-felt piece. Well done to you both.

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  27. danniehill says:

    Great success to you both!

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  28. danniehill says:

    Great success to you both!

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  29. Harliqueen says:

    Congrats to Lyn, what an achievement 😀

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  30. Harliqueen says:

    Congrats to Lyn, what an achievement 😀

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  31. jpkenna says:

    Just wondering if there us anything out there like Pantera available to American writers. Could this be a re-invention of the vanished and sorely-missed traditional publishing houses?
    Good work, Lyn!

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    • jodiellewellyn says:

      I’m not very familiar with small publishing houses in America, but I’m sure there is plenty. Have you checked the Publishers Marketplace?

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      • jpkenna says:

        Good call. I’ve had e-queries sent out by a service that does so on a mass scale, but that doesn’t help one to get to know the specifics of each publishing house. By the way, I’ve contacted Pantera. Even though they only consider Australian authors, they sent a very prompt, courteous reply.

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  32. jpkenna says:

    Just wondering if there us anything out there like Pantera available to American writers. Could this be a re-invention of the vanished and sorely-missed traditional publishing houses?
    Good work, Lyn!

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    • jodiellewellyn says:

      I’m not very familiar with small publishing houses in America, but I’m sure there is plenty. Have you checked the Publishers Marketplace?

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      • jpkenna says:

        Good call. I’ve had e-queries sent out by a service that does so on a mass scale, but that doesn’t help one to get to know the specifics of each publishing house. By the way, I’ve contacted Pantera. Even though they only consider Australian authors, they sent a very prompt, courteous reply.

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  33. Lynette Noni says:

    Reblogged this on Lynette Noni and commented:
    My first ever ‘author’ interview – how exciting! Thanks, Jodie!

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  34. Lynette Noni says:

    Reblogged this on Lynette Noni and commented:
    My first ever ‘author’ interview – how exciting! Thanks, Jodie!

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  35. congratulations and best of luck.

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  36. congratulations and best of luck.

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  37. cricketmuse says:

    It’s great to hear about debut authors, especially in other countries. Great enthusiasm inspires us to keep writing and sending out our manuscripts!

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  38. cricketmuse says:

    It’s great to hear about debut authors, especially in other countries. Great enthusiasm inspires us to keep writing and sending out our manuscripts!

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  39. Good advice – particularly the bit about believing in yourself enough to wade through the rejections. Good luck with your book release.

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  40. Good advice – particularly the bit about believing in yourself enough to wade through the rejections. Good luck with your book release.

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  41. I remember commenting about your success! I’m so proud of you and I don’t even know you, lol. You inspire me so much!

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  42. I remember commenting about your success! I’m so proud of you and I don’t even know you, lol. You inspire me so much!

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  43. hijabirani says:

    Congrats to Ms Lynette Noni. And may you be granted a similar opportunity too. I was at Pantera Press and I came across few authors whose books I’m now really interested in reading. Best of luck, you two~

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  44. hijabirani says:

    Congrats to Ms Lynette Noni. And may you be granted a similar opportunity too. I was at Pantera Press and I came across few authors whose books I’m now really interested in reading. Best of luck, you two~

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  45. Great story about going after your dreams. Congrats

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  46. Great story about going after your dreams. Congrats

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