Lyn Lysaught is married with 3 adult children and lives on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.
She is a reading/language specialist, having taught ESL (English as a Second Language) in Primary schools for many years. Lyn’s career has included teaching in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. She is passionate about introducing all children to the joys of books and reading.
Lyn’s interests, other than writing, include yoga, reading, going to the beach, and travelling to as many overseas destinations as possible.
Lyn’s first children’s picture book ‘Just Like Maisie’ features Maisie, a clever little beagle with a mind of her own. Maisie joins her unsuspecting owners Mr and Mrs Harris on an exciting holiday to London, Paris and Rome. During the trip, Maisie needs to disguise herself in all kinds of imaginative ways to avoid detection. Can Maisie avoid being recognised and sent back home?
Talented illustrator Daniela Frongia has filled this book with bright, colourful illustrations and humorous situations that perfectly convey Maisie’s cheeky personality.
Maisie’s fun adventures continue in Lyn’s second book, ‘Play It Again Maisie’.
Maisie travels the world as a famous concert pianist, performing at the Sydney Opera House, the Vienna State Opera and Carnegie Hall. Can Maisie really play the piano or is she tricking her owners Mr and Mrs Harris once again? Will the concert audience discover her secret or will she continue to outsmart them?
Illustrator Daniela Frongia once again has created bold, expressive illustrations filled with colour and humour.
'Maisie's Moon Mission' is Lyn's third book in the series.
Maisie dreams of travelling to the moon. Much to the surprise of Mr and Mrs Harris, Maisie becomes an astronaut. However, the exciting but dangerous moon mission doesn't go as planned after Maisie meets some scary moon monsters. Will Maisie's moon mission be a success or a failure?
Kids will love looking for the tiny, purple moon monster hidden on every page.
Books in the Maisie series are suitable for 3 to 6 year olds.
Lyn has also published a mystery/detective junior novel. "The Case of the Phantom Thief’ is the first book in the new ‘Inspector Maisie, Super Sleuth’ series.
This light-hearted, imaginative story features Inspector Maisie, a famous beagle detective, and Harris, her well-meaning but unhelpful assistant. Together they attempt to solve a series of baffling robberies at 8 Tulip Lane.
Who is the thief? What is the motive? Are any of the 6 suspects guilty? So many questions… so few answers…
Can Inspector Maisie and Harris solve this mystery, while being constantly hindered by the incompetent Dogsville Police Department?
Daniela Frongia has created a cast of amusing characters to entertain the reader. Her humorous illustrations are scattered liberally throughout the text to assist with comprehension.
This book is a fun read suitable for 7 to 8 year olds.
‘Just Like Maisie’, ‘Play It Again Maisie’, 'Maisie's Moon Mission' and 'Inspector Maisie, Super Sleuth' are all available from www.lindyloubooks.com www.inhousebookstore.com.au and www.amazon.com.Learn More About Lyn
I have a lot of picture book drafts that haven’t gone anywhere, but that was part of my journey. I may go back to rework a couple but I’m more likely to move forward to something else.
I have begun to research ideas and characters for a middle grade novel that I will continue working on and write sometime in the future. That would be more challenging as I haven’t written for that age group yet.
My writing space looks cluttered but is actually quite organised … lots and lots of folders. The trick is finding the one I’m looking for!
Creativity is wonderful in all its forms. There is something supremely satisfying in realising that you have created something unique.
Once you understand this, you just need time, perseverance, determination and a lot of hard work.
Writing is not easy but the rewards are great!
My greatest success has been realising a dream that I never thought would come true. It has been so creatively satisfying and amazing to share Maisie’s adventures and Inspector Maisie’s super sleuthing with so many children since Just Like Maisie was published in 2016
What is your favourite book from your childhood or teenage years?
I really don’t plan much for the picture books. I get an idea for a story and then I write. I usually write the first draft in a few days but it’s a long way to the finish line!
I use a picture book template and sketch an illustration for each page. I am fairly specific with how I imagine each illustration and the end result is very much a collaborative effort with my illustrator. This is also when I do the online research, getting ideas and images for scenes and characters. Sometimes I make a small mock-up book. This gives me more of an idea of page turns, etc. and what the actual book would look like.
For the Inspector Maisie books, I plan a rough synopsis for each chapter before I begin writing. This way I know where the story is going. The plot is a lot more complicated and the books take a lot longer to write. I do a fair bit of research during the writing process.
The best part of publishing my books has been sharing them with enthusiastic kids. I’ve loved encouraging their creativity and doing my little bit to actively promote their love of reading.
Supportive family members have given me a push now and then, but honestly, my writing journey has been very much self-driven.
The love of writing comes from a place within and the determination to keep creating also comes from within ourselves and not from others. It is lovely to have support but the ability to forge ahead, no matter what, is what really counts.
Loved my experience with the team at InHouse.
All the staff that covered…
Loved my experience with the team at InHouse.
All the staff that covered every area for my book was quick to do their individual jobs, responded quickly to emails, happily made changes when necessary. Understood my purpose and mission for the book which gave me confidence that I chose the right publisher.
Really good all round!
Wonderful, wonderful Inhouse Publishing has so far produced two of my books,…
Wonderful, wonderful Inhouse Publishing has so far produced two of my books, working round the clock at the last minute to make it all happen on time, as at this pre-arranged launch at Queensland Terrace in 2019. Extraordinary capable and generous, we are lucky to have them here in Queensland.
I have collaborated with InHouse Publishing for over five years now and…
I have collaborated with InHouse Publishing for over five years now and find them to be a professional, ethical, and caring family-run self-publishing business who have helped many authors realise their publishing dreams. Highly recommended!
I engaged in-house publishing to deliver my second book the little book…
I engaged in-house publishing to deliver my second book the little book of Human. From the first conversation to the delivery of the product I was incredibly impressed with the care that the entire team showed towards me and in particular their willingness to understand the human behind the book. The way the process moved seamlessly from one department to the next tells me that this is a team who cares for each other, and in turn this is felt by me the customer. With book three now into concept stage I know I’ll be giving in-house publishing a call once the manuscript is done. You won’t go wrong if you engage them.
As a published author of 11 books with International and Australian publishers,…
As a published author of 11 books with International and Australian publishers, I turned to In-House to get a specialist subject book produced I
could not get any agency interested in. I was so happy with the results and their professionalism I have since published 3 more books with them and will do so again. I recommend anyone who has a story they want to tell to seek some advice from In- House Publishing.
I am so thrilled that I went with InHouse Publishing to print…
I am so thrilled that I went with InHouse Publishing to print my book. The finished product is better than I had imagined. They did the cover design, type-setting and print. Working with this team, you know you are in safe hands. They are friendly, timely, skilled and most importantly they listen. It was wonderful to collaborate with them to bring this book to life. I can't thank you all enough - Nevada, Chrisstie, Tahni, & Caroline. Their processes are down to a fine art!