Lynette Ferreira writes Young Adult Fiction with unexpected twists and breathtaking endings.

I write under my own name, as Lynette Ferreira and I am a published author of twenty (mostly supernatural inspired) love stories for young adults and teens. 

Lots of times, you’ll read or hear authors say they have been writing since they were little. Although I have always had a big imagination, as I grew up, I never, ever considered the option of being an author.

Sometimes, young people just know what they want to be when they’re all grown up, but I was not one of those fortunate ones. 

When I was little, I wanted to be a Veterinarian, but my mum said I cried too easily so I wouldn’t be able to handle being a Vet. 

When I finished school, I wanted to be an Optometrist, but it turned out I needed Biology, Maths & Science of which I had only chosen Biology and Maths as my matriculation subjects. 

I decided then to go to Teacher Training College, and in my third year, I fell pregnant. In those days, it was the eighth deadly sin to fall pregnant without being married and the only way I could have continued studying to be a teacher was to get married or give the baby up for adoption. 

Once I had my baby, I did not go back. 

So, for the next twenty years, I worked in the back offices at a bank, working myself up from a Switchboard Operator to a Personal Assistant.

I only realised I had a talent for story telling when I was in my forties. 

Before the day I sat down and really started writing, I had ideas for stories but I was always too busy doing other things to really put my focus into story writing. I would write a few words, then crumple the paper and bin it.

I am a firm believer that there is a moment for every thing, and everything else in my life had to converge in just the right way for me to be able to sit down and start writing my first story, called My Recycled Soul.

From that moment it was as if I was always supposed to be a writer. 

As if I had always been a writer.

So, the moral of my story is that even though you might feel you don’t know what you want to do with your future, things always have a way of working itself out. 

You might be one of the lucky ones who know what it is that will give your life purpose and meaning, but for some of us, it will take some time to realise exactly what our destiny is. 

We cannot all be doctors and lawyers, the world needs story tellers and editors and copywriters.

As with any other job, writing a book can be hard at times, but it is a love of words and how they fit together that makes it an amazing job. 

The way you can take words and string them together to make a sentence, then repeat that hundreds of times, and by the time you finish your story, all those words created a new world, with people who only exists on paper, shaped by words. 

We are all very lucky to have the internet now. Ten years ago, you had to have someone who loved your story before it was shared with the world. Now, there is the option of self-publishing. I once had a publisher, but I am now exclusively self-published.

If you need any pointers in self-publishing, get in touch and I'll see how I can help you - without any strings attached.

Now, you can read the first chapters from my story called Paper Hearts, and from what I’ve just told you about me, you will be able to see how I have taken pieces of my own life experiences and poured them into a story.