I was born in Burgersdorp, South Africa, the eldest of three children. After a school career that involved a lot of moving around (I even lived in Namibia for two years during the Border war), I married young and settled in Durban, South Africa (predictably this did not last long).
However, I did (eventually) kiss the frog who turned into a prince, and live my happily ever after .
For a really long time, I worked as a Personal Assistant at an international financial institution. Then lived in Ireland for eight years. After our family moved back to South Africa, I thought I would write my eldest daughter a short story in which things always worked out in the end. My daughter was distraught at leaving her friends behind and moving to the other side of the world. I have always been better at writing how I feel than saying it out loud. The short story grew and grew until I had written more than 80,000 words, and so I discovered the one thing that made me happy and that I would do all day long even if I had to do it for free.
Born into a family of readers, I had never known a time I was not reading. As the eldest of three children (and the only girl), there was never a time when I was not making up stories to keep myself entertained. I love reading stories where I have to read between the lines, and my absolute favourites are books and movies with gasp! endings.
My debut indie book, 'Recycled Souls' was chosen as a Quarter Finalist (top 250 from 5000 entries) in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards (Young Adults) 2010. In 2011, my story, 'The Great Divide' (L.O.V.E. / When we Love) was also chosen as a Quarter Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards (Young Adults). Since then I have written a lot of stories.
About a decade ago, we moved to Northern Ireland, and I now call the beautiful walled city of Derry/Londonderry (almost at the top of the world) home where I live with my family, and one (annoyingly) chatty Chantilly cat, named Alvin.
Since March 2020, I am writing sweet romance stories as Lynette Ferreira. I also write horror as Stephen Simpson, and urban fantasy as Rosaline Saul. You can also read Free Flash Fiction under my pen name: Elizabeth van Heerden.
Under my own name Lynette Ferreira, I write sweet romance novels.
But, what is a sweet romance novel, some of you might be asking.
Well, a sweet romance book is usually about two people falling in love, with obstacles, but they are usually about the excitement of falling in love with someone, and how the relationship develops. Sweet romances are usually not dark stories.
Now... I know. Some of my stories do have dark social issues like suicide (Pocketful of Hope) and death (The Reaper) but I always try to make sure there's a ray of light and hope at the end of the book.
When I finish a story, and have to leave behind characters who became a part of my life for such a long time, I feel super sad. Those characters became friends whose emotions I felt. I cried with them, laughed with them, and fell in love with them. It's like moving away to another town and leaving old friends behind.
However, when I move out of the way, they all get the opportunity to tell you their story.
Find a sweet romance story you'd like to read over here.
Early 2020 I decided to separate my horror books from my sweet romance stories because I thought readers who like reading about falling in love, surely would not be interested in reading my horror with gasp! ending books.
I decided to use the name Stephen Simpson, because my dad's second name was Stephen and my mum's maiden name was Simpson. I wanted the new pen name to still be a part of me, my DNA, and not a random name I pulled from the sky.
Sometimes, my mind goes to weird and creepy places :) and then I have to write those stories.
My horror stories creates an eerie and frightening atmosphere, and is often supernatural in nature, though it can be gory and slasher horror too.
To find my horror books, please visit Stephen's page over here.
After I separated my horror books from my sweet romance books, I thought: Why not go all the way :) So, in the middle of January 2020, I moved all my fantasy stories to a new pen name, as well.
I couldn't think of a new name, so I went to an anagram site where I tried to refigure my name into a new name. The site gave me: Eileen Irene Fry.
I thought this was an awesome pen name, but when I asked the people who know whether these things are good or not, they said it's too long, and who am I to argue. This meant I had to take another trip back to the anagram site.
Back on the anagram site, I entered my dad's first name, Lionel, and my mum's first name, Susara. The site spat out the name Rosaline Saul, and immediately I loved it. It just sounds like someone who writes fantasy fiction. It was like it was all meant to be!
These stories by Rosaline have a gloomy tone which combines fantasy with horror and dread. In a nutshell, basically, almost all her stories are vampire related, bar one or two.
To find my stories by Rosaline, please visit her page over here.
Over the years I have written quite a few Flash Fiction, which are very short stories. Flash Fiction is also known as sudden fiction, micro fiction, or short-short stories.
A lot of people have many different opinions on the number of words there should be in these stories, but I like to keep mine at 500 words, which makes them really short, and punchy - with gasp! endings (my favourite).
As I was on a mission to have multiple personalities, ahem, pen names, I decided to unpublish all my Flash Fiction from retail sites like Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. I now post them on my website where you can read them for free. You can even download them from Smashwords, if you want to own them.
My pen name for Flash Fiction is, Elizabeth van Heerden. A name I did not pluck from the nether, either. It is part of my DNA, too. Elizabeth is my second name, and van Heerden in my maiden surname.
Have a minute or two spare? Want to read some short-short stories? Visit Elizabeth's page over here.
When I was re-inventing my life as a writer at the beginning of 2020, I decided to unpublish all my short 5,000 word stories from retail sites like Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.
They are all on my website now where you can read them for free. You can even download them from Smashwords, if you want to own them.
Soon, I'll be posting more short stories which have been collecting dust in yellow folders on my desktop. They are beginnings of stories which I ran out of ideas for to carry on writing. Some are prologues for written books yet to be published.
Please visit my website page where I keep them for you to read, over here.
What readers are saying about my stories...
"Great read from a great author."
"This author knows just how to pull the reader in."
"I found this author very appealing. As I had never read this author before, I was quite skeptical that this read would grasp my attention. Not only was I pleasantly surprised by the ease in which I became engrossed in this book, but I found myself eagerly anticipating what would be revealed in forthcoming chapters."
"Lynette has become one of my favorite Indie authors as all her books that I have read draw you in and you don't want to put them down because you just have to know what is going to happen next!"
"Lynette is a very talented author and her books capture the imagination and draw you into the story so that you feel like you are a part of it."
"A great write from a great author, this book will fill you with delighted surprise and leave you with a warm glow."
"Ferreira is clearly a talented writer with an excellent handle on grammar, pacing and description."
"The author takes you on a journey and as the reader you never want it to end!"
Some achievements worth mentioning...
2020 My Life Hereafter Litpick Five Star Review
2017 The Shape of My Soul Reader's Favourite Five Star Review
2017 My Life Hereafter Top10 Authorsdb book
2017 The Vampire Pirate's Daughter Top10 Authorsdb book
2016 The Girl in Room Thirteen - Quarter finalist in Authorsdb Cover Contest
2015 Soul Drifter- Quarter-Finalist in Authorsdb Cover Contest
2013 The Tokolosh chosen as Staff Pick at Readwave
2013 All Over Again chosen as Creative Writer's - Editor's Pick on Scribd
2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel awards Quarter Finalist (The Great Divide)
2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, Quarter Finalist (Recycled Souls)
2009 Recycled Souls reached #89 on the Amazon (Paid) Bestseller List