All posts by Shaun M Jooste

Shaun M Jooste is the published author of the epic fantasy series, Celenic Earth Chronicles, and the horror novel, Silent Hill: Betrayal. He is the Owner and Director of Celenic Earth Publications, a registered company that publishes entertainment media such as games, books, music, films, comics and magazines.

Author Lynette Greenfield’s Radio Interview, Lulu Guest Blog Interview and So Much More!

 

Australian Lynette Greenfield is really rising in the author ranks. She has had very busy months, from the American Book Expo, to announcing a film being adapted from her latest novel, and now several interviews taking place after each other. She has been offered a chance to be a guest blogger on Lulu itself.

One of the interviews was on the Lulu Blog, which you can read right here. Lynette opens up about several topics, such as where she finds the time to write while being a wife and mom, her involvement with the Guinness World Record Anthology  that we launched yesterday, her work with musicians and artists, and her teaching with disability kids.

As a special treat, Lynette has approved Celenic Earth Publications streaming her interview with American radio station, Paperback Radio. We are therefore proud to bring you this interview here below. Lynette has also made a video with images of the interview if you’d prefer, which we’ve placed beneath the radio stream below.

We hope you enjoy it and learn a lot more about this wonderful author and what is still to come.

 

 

Shaun M Jooste

Director: Celenic Earth Publications

 

Exclusive Author Interview: Sensational Lynette Greenfield

A few months ago I did an article on the American BookExpo for another site that we are no longer affiliated with. The books at that time were revealed by Goodreads to be coming out soon. I had included a short video on a book signing being done by author Lynette Greenfield as part of the expo.

 

We wanted to know more about this sensational author and reached out to her. We were blessed when she informed us that she would love to share more details on her writing and novels. So I sat down with her and presented her with a few choice questions.
Also, we had a special announcement to make at the end of the interview.

The interview was enjoyed by so many all over the world that we have chosen to reprint it.


 

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INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR LYNETTE GREENFIELD

1. How long have you been writing, and how many books have you published?

I actually remember the exact day I introduced creative writing into my life, as a self-soothing tool, because it was the day my father died from a brain hemorrhage when I was twelve years old. His death hit me really hard and while I was never truly close with anyone else in my family, it still broke us apart for a long time, in a way that words can only begin to describe. It was a quiet time for me, a confusing time, and in a way, I was quite lost. But writing gave me the clarity I needed. I had a way of describing the pain, analyzing it and dissecting it so that I could begin to try and find myself again. That way of writing has resulted in six poetry editions, four romance/drama novels, and four children’s books. Fourteen in total, with much more to come.


 

2. What started your passion for becoming an author?

I actually never thought of becoming an author until I had so much work that I needed a way of compiling all of my poetry into a neat format. Once I saw what they looked like as an actual book, I was hooked. Then, once I realized my publishing potential, I became excited. And now that I am immersed in the thick of the publishing world and all of the incredible opportunities that come along with it, I’m totally addicted. I’m in love with that satisfying moment when you hold the final draft in your hands after so much hard work. It is an exhilarating and empowering high, I wish everyone could experience.

 


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3. Who or what are your inspirations?

For me, it’s a combination of both who and what. I’m intensely moved and inspired by people who want, then actually act. It doesn’t matter if you’re a race car driver, an architect, or a dog walker. If you have a passion and if you wake up and can’t think of anything but fulfilling that dream, then actually spend every waking hour making it happen, I take my hat off to you. As an example: two artists who inspire me are the street dancers, Les Twins, the French brothers who I came across on YouTube years ago. Back then, no-one knew about them, but I still watched in awe as their passion for dance radiated and made me want to do better with my own dreams. The world knows who they are now because they never stopped working and striving to achieve. It’s people like Les Twins, with drive and positivity, who are my inspiration. My hope is that I am motivating others out there, maybe not on the same level, but certainly in the same way.


 

4. You recently attended the American Book Expo in New York City. Is this your first expo appearance?

New York was my second Book Expo. I also attended the Expo in Chicago in 2016. They were both amazing. At both events, there was just as much anticipation that, at any moment, I might meet that one person who could change my life.


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5. On your Facebook page, there is an image of the book signing at the Expo. I quote “One of the greatest days of my life!” Share with us in detail what it was like for you.

Yes, I said that! It really was. I didn’t think I could feel any more excited than I had at my first Book Expo in Chicago, but surprisingly, stepping into the very beautiful, very large, Javits Center in New York City, was almost indescribable. Chicago was the beginning and meeting fans was amazing, but the crowd in New York was the amplified version. This time, fans arrived with books in hand, waiting to meet me and have a photo with me. My books were gone before my allotted time at the booth and I made connections and friendships that will last a lifetime. I honestly felt like it was the moment I had been waiting for in my literary career.


 

6. You look so calm and collected. Was it that easy to hold your composure?

When you know that where you are is where you’re meant to be, nervousness has no chance of survival. Here’s the thing, I write about very personal experiences that I feel I can deliver without reservation because my novels evolved from poetry and an exclusive, deep, expressive way of thinking. And while it may seem strange to some, that I have an ability to stand tall behind a novel without my knees buckling, what they don’t realize is that it is actually the book holding me up.

My new novel, The Day it Rained Forever, is about gang rape, but it is also about survival and self-preservation. Now that I have a family of my own, and people in my life, and around the world who I influence, the subject matter is more important to me than ever. I don’t necessarily have an interest in changing the world, rather, for my fans and for my kids, I want to make the right choices when it comes to setting an example.

I was raped by four men who used a video camera, but I found a way of turning that into a story of strength and of moving forward, and I am extremely proud to share it with the world. And love the idea that it will be left as a legacy for my kids, to show them that speaking out doesn’t always have to be aggressive or self-damaging. There are ways of making a point through speaking out and hopefully helping others along the way.

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7. What other projects are you working on at this point?

I am currently writing two novels as well as my seventh poetry edition, all at the same time. I’m also collaborating with a US Artist and Producer to create a soundtrack for my latest book. We’re working together on the lyrics. I’m excited about this project because it gives a portion of my work a different dimension. I hope to have it completed by the BEA in 2018 in New York, so I can give copies away at the book signing.


 

8. In our discussion, I learned that you are from Melbourne originally, but I believe you are still in Australia? Do you often travel the world for book signings?

I lived in Atlanta for a while but decided to move back to Australia my home country in 2009. I just couldn’t live without some of my creature comforts, like vegemite! In terms of work, I’ve only traveled to the United States for the Book Expos and Book Cons so far, but talk of possibly attending the BEA in the U.K. has been on the table in discussions with my manager this year.


 

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9. You also mentioned that while studying for a Sound Engineering Course at JMC Academy you met the guys that did the soundtrack for the Matrix!!?

I have always had a very strong interest in collaboration and in finding ways of exploring other genres as ways of expressing myself. Music is just one form and a few years ago I decided to take a course in Sound Engineering. It was such an enriching experience and I learned so much about music and the dynamics of the programs around it.

And yes, while I was there, I met the guys who worked on part of the soundtrack for the Matrix. I was lucky enough to be shown their actual recording for the film and it was extremely motivating. Over the years I’ve actually met and connected with a lot of amazing people in various creative industries. In the early years, around my poetry number book two or three, Keri Hilson the singer/songwriter contacted me online and our discussion about making it in our fields was really encouraging.

But it’s not always famous people or people who end up being famous, who play an important motivational role in my life. There are also influences such as friends and people I hear of who push limits and move forward regardless of the roadblocks ahead. There have been a lot of outside influences in my life, but growing up, ultimately, I only ever had myself to lean on. When my father died, emotionally, I lost my mother as well. I had to go out on my own and find my way and I never had any guidance, but that also meant I never had any restrictions.

Life has a way of pulling you down and trying to convince you that you’re not enough when you’re struggling the most. It constantly tells us that we can’t achieve our goals, no matter how small they are. But by turning grief, sadness, confusion, loss, and hopelessness into something creative and complete, I feel like my past has actually helped me arrive here, and here, is where I feel grateful, calm, and full.


 

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10. You seem to have other interests outside writing then. What hobbies do you have when not working on a novel?

I am not working on a novel, but when I do force a break, I am generally working on something either related to my novels or working in general. I have a side business baking party/celebration cakes and cupcakes. I also have four children and two of them are on the Autism Spectrum, so I am heavily focused on therapy and homeschooling. I am always asked by friends and family ‘How do you do it?’ but in a strange way, keeping busy, keeps me focused.


 

SPECIAL FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

And now it’s time for the special announcement. Just this morning after polishing off this interview, Lynette and I have gone into an agreement for me to adapt her novel, The Day it Rained Forever, into the film. I will be creating the script for the adaptation and the pursuing leads in the film industry to have it produced. I already have one in mind, but will announce here on Celenic Film Studios when it when it becomes official.

You can read more details on this book here 


 

So make sure you follow Lynette Greenfield’s official website, Twitter feed, Soundcloud , and Facebook page to be kept up to date with her work.

 

Shaun M Jooste

Director: Celenic Earth Publications

CEA Greatest Anthology Written is officially available!

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We did it! Our official attempt at a Guinness World Record for the Most Authors Contributing Towards an Anthology of Short Stories has been published! 108 writers, 108 stories and features various genres such as contemporary fiction, romance, historical fiction, horror, psychological thriller, science fiction, crime, mystery…. we’ve made sure to cater for every taste possible!

We are now in the home stretch of the verification of the world record. And you can help us out. We need to reach a goal of 1000 sales as the final goal towards this verification. Even if you cannot purchase the largest volume of short stories you will ever read, please help us in at least sharing our anthology with the world on social media. Every share helps!

So head on over to our Book page for more details on this volume, or straight to our ordering page to decide which method you will use to order your copy. We are still organising a new local event launch in Cape Town after Exclusive Books cancelled our initial event, and will keep you updated.

 

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Halloween Special – Hegis’ Grasp on sale for $1

With the upcoming Halloween the end of this month and with Hegis’ Grasp game about to be officially released, we are running a sale on the ebook on which the game is based. We’re dropping the price to a wonderful $1 to make sure everyone has something tremendously frightening to read come Halloween.

As a treat, you can see a preview for the upcoming game on Celenic Game Studios’ news site, AIR EntertainmentHegis’ Grasp ebook can be purchased our list of official distributors below at the low price $1:

 

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Exclusive Books Launch Cancelled; Online Launch Proceeding

In a strange turn of events, Exclusive Books have advised us that due to further considerations, the planned book launch event for 14 October 2017 at the Canal Walk Shopping Centre has been cancelled. We have attempted to find out what these considerations consisted of, but are not receiving any further information.

Based on the discussions we’ve had with the branch earlier this week, we can only surmise that this has to do with the fact that Exclusive Books do not feel comfortable publishing an anthology of short stories by relatively unknown writers. Translated = Exclusive Books only supports projects that promises them profits for their commercial business, and their business has nothing to do with the writers themselves.

Fair enough. They are a business after all. I just wish they could have made this decision sooner rather than later and now disappointing everyone that was looking forward to the launch. Be that as it may, we are proceeding with the online launch on 14 October 2017 with our official distributors. We will also be pursuing other physical book launches with some of our other contacts in our network and will keep you informed.

Keep an eye out on the 14th for releases online all over the world!

 

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Investment Opportunity – Guinness World Record Anthology

20% RETURN ON INVESTMENT!!

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14 October 2017 is almost upon us! Our Guinness World Record Anthology attempt, CEA Greatest Anthology Written, will be launched at Exclusive Books, Canal Walk, at 11am. The shopping centre will be advertising the event in the days leading up to the launch.

This is now a great opportunity for investors that not only want to make their money grow within 1 day if we meet sales targets, but also to have their names or company listed on the actual advertisements themselves. The investment will go towards printing of the required number of books for the event, and the ROI will be made off the Volume’s selling price.

As this will be such a huge event, held at one of the province’s largest shopping centres within the popular Exclusive Books, and an attempt at a world record, we are sure the sales can be made, with already 120 preorders in hand.

Investors will have to contact us within 2-3 days with an offer to invest, as we will be printing the first load of books on Friday 6 October 2017. We can be emailed at shaunmjooste@celenicearth.com for further financial and event plan details.

 

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Guinness World Record Anthology Official Cape Town Launch Event: 14 October 2017

After a successful meeting with our local Exclusive Books store at Canal Walk shopping centre, Cape Town, we can finally inform you that the official launch of our Guinness World Record Anthology, CEA Greatest Anthology Written, is set for 14 October 2017, 11am.

As the Exclusive Books chain operates as a franchise, we could not obtain an agreement for the Volume to launch throughout the country’s stores. However, we are currently investigating getting Western Cape branches involved to make the volume available throughout the City of Cape Town. I have been informed that potential buyers can ask other branches for the Volume, who will then request Celenic Earth Publications to provide them with stock if the demand is high enough.

The international launch will be also be on 14 October 2017 through our normal chain of distributors as indicated below:

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Those who are able to make the launch event at Canal Walk and have pre-ordered will be able to collect their paperback copies at the event. It is to be noted that the copies that will be for sale at the event will cost more due to standard commercial markups costs, while we try and minimise the retail price as much as possible. You can still pre-order copies through our site as below.

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We hope to see as many of you at the event as possible. Expect to see television, newspaper and radio announcements for the event and advertising in the shopping centre itself in the weeks leading up to the event.

 

Kind regards

Shaun M Jooste

Director: Celenic Earth Publications

Parow East Primary becomes a Proud sponsor of our Guinness World Record attempt

As we’ve said so many times before, we are heartily accepting organisational or corporate entities that want to sponsor the launch event that is happening on Saturday 30 September 2017. We’ve had a discussion with the principal of one of our local schools, Parow East Primary, who will be assisting us with spreading the word of the World record attempt to help us build a great crowd for the launch. This will go a long way in creating awareness, since even social media has its limits. You’d be amazed that more people overseas know about this event than locally.

As soon as Exclusive Books amps up the adverts for the launch, you will be sure that everyone in Cape Town and the greater South Africa will realise what is coming. For now, Parow East Primary will be sharing the news of the event with the parents in the school.

We are proud to have them as a sponsor of the event, and look forward to showcasing their school logo at the event. Thank you so much for your assistance!

As another reminder, today is the last day that any pre-orders will be listed as sponsors within the World Record anthology itself. You can click on the book image below to read more about our record attempt, or on the pre-order button to place your order now.

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Kind regards

Shaun Jooste

Director: Celenic Earth Publications

shaunmjooste@celenicearth.com

 

 

 

Last Chance to Be Named a Sponsor in our Upcoming World Record Anthology

We are reaching 30 September 2017 very very quickly and the pressure is on. Exclusive Books is busy ordering their paperback copies for all their branches around South Africa in preparation for the launch event whereby we hope to sell over 1000 copies. Once we reach this lofty goal, Guinness will then verify all our evidence for our World Record attempt at the Most Authors Contributing Towards an Anthology of Short Stories.

And this is your last chance to be named an official sponsor in the World record anthology itself. Tomorrow the volume is being sent to all our distributors for final approval in order to activate preorders on their systems, and we will not be able to edit it further after that.

So if you want to still have your name down in the record book, head on over to our sponsor pre-order page and place your order today. You will still be able to pre-order until 30 September 2017, but no direct pre-orders received after today will be placed in the Volume.

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Our Guinness World Record attempt breaks news in the Sedalia Democrat news for South Massachusetts

Further to our recent news of interviews done in New Zealand on our World Record attempt, more news of our attempt is spreading around the world. The latest breaking news is in South Massachusetts, by a local newspaper called the Sedalia Democrat. They spoke to one of our writers, Madge Hanes Gressley, who gave them the details of our attempt and her story’s inclusion.

You can click on the image below to read the online version:

It is so great that our attempt at this record is achieving what we actually wanted in the first place: helping writers gain more experience and exposure and showing them that nothing is impossible. Even if we don’t manage to break the record, heaven forbid, we have still achieved our primary goal. Congratulations to Madge on this great interview and helping us obtain awareness.

Remember, if you want to be included in the anthology as an official sponsor, you need to pre-order the Anthology by 20 September 2017, the final date we can send the final document for distribution and printing.

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