Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She's an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she's sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)
A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left my job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since.
When Lynsey's not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she's daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they're meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…
1.Have you always wanted to get into writing? Always! I’ve been writing since I was young, but it was only after I quit my job in April 2013 that I decided to really give it a go. I’d written and submitted a story before, but was rejected. I started writing my book, Just the Way You Are, just after I quit and I signed with Carina UK in December 2014.
2.Who are some of your favourite authors? My main favourites are Mhairi McFarlane, Graeme Simsion, Kirsty Greenwood, Lucy Robinson and Harriet Evans. I love the way they tell stories and their unforgettable characters that stay with you long after you reach the end. Natalie Butterworth from Yours Truly is probably one of my favourite characters of all time. I’ve also just started reading Dorothy Koomson and have a feeling she could become a favourite too.
3.Who inspires you? My wonderful friends and family inspire me every day (cheese alert!). My mum and my best friends Jenny and Katja are three of the funniest women I know; I can get ideas for a whole story based off things they say in conversation.
4.What are some of your favourite books? My all-time favourite books are The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and I Remember You by Harriet Evans. I can read them over and over again and still find new things to love about them.
5. Can you tell us a little about your book? Sure! It’s a contemporary romance novel about a young journalist named Ava, who goes on a quest to find the sender of some mysterious love letters. There are delicious romantic heroes, plenty of love letters, a sprinkle of magic and a jazz singer named Ivy St Clair. It’s being released on May 8th by Carina UK.
6. What do you do when you're not writing? I enjoy spending time with my family, including my dog Dixie a.k.a my fluffy baby. I also enjoy seeing my friends, eating more cake than necessary and watching Jesse Eisenberg movies.
About the book
Publication Date:8 May 2015 Dear Ava,How do you start writing a letter to someone, six years after breaking their heart?
Ava is unlucky in love as well as in life. The new office bitch has landed the dating column Ava wanted, and she can't remember the last time she had a second date. It's a good thing she has best friends Max and Gwen to pick up the pieces.
Deep down, Ava knows the reason why one date never turns into two - she's in love with someone else. Someone she's never even met.
It all started six years ago, with a letter from a secret admirer, Mr Writer…but then they suddenly stopped and Ava was heartbroken.
Now the letters have started again and Ava knows it could mean winning back the dating column at work. This time she's determined to unmask Mr Writer...and find out once and for all if he's Mr Right or Mr Very Definitely Wrong!