AN audience of more than 180 was treated to a revealing talk from best-selling author Lyn Andrews at the latest fundraising event organised by the Isle of Man Fund for the Blind.
The 18th Authors’ Breakfast, held at the Mount Murray in Santon, proved the most successful yet, attracting the largest audience so far. The total sum raised by the event, supported by the Lexicon Bookshop, is still being added up, but is expected to top £4,000.
Special guest Lyn, who ranked in the top 100 best-selling paperback authors in the UK, gave the audience an absorbing talk about her life in literature. Lyn was introduced to the audience by vice chairman Eleanor Shimmin.
Afterwards Lyn, who moved to the Isle of Man 12 months ago, signed books for fans. She said: ‘I have very much enjoyed this event. It was lovely to meet so many people and support Manx Blind Welfare Society.’
Renowned for her vibrant, heart-rending novels, Lyn has been writing for more 30 years and has had more than 40 books published. During her talk she revealed that, despite her massive success, which saw her last paperback in the Sunday Times Top 10 best seller for several weeks, she didn’t come from a literary background – her father was a policeman, her mother a hairdresser and, after leaving education, Lyn first became a secretary. She told the breakfast gathering it was after her triplets started school that, with more time on her hands, she began to read and found much of what she was reading was badly written and historically inaccurate.
Convinced she could do better, she started writing historical novels at her kitchen table, initially without telling anyone. When the genre went out of fashion, Lyn gave up writing and took a job with Marks and Spencer in Stockport. However, she returned to writing following advice from her editor, who told her to write about what she knew.
That led her to the first of the novels she is now famous for, The White Empress, published 22 years ago.