Meet The Artist: J. E. Lindsay, Belfast

J. E. Lindsay | Pic by Neala Brennan

Northern Ireland author J. E. Lindsay recently released her debut book Rhythms Of A Young Heart the book of poetry details her deepest feelings as a teenager during her first experiences with love and heartbreak.

Written throughout her teens and released 10 years later, Rhythms Of My Young Heart charts the teenage emotional rollercoaster that most people can relate to.

From love and heartbreak to anticipation for the future and self-acceptance, J. E. Lindsay, 30, allows readers to delve into the mind of a young woman trying to find herself through the most emotionally turbulent years of her life.

Get to know more about J. E. Lindsay:

Rhythms Of My Young Heart FINAL 3DHow did you get started in the industry?
“I think I’ve always been a writer, for as long as I can remember I’ve been writing poetry, songs and short stories. It honestly never occurred to me to make a living out of it, and only recently decided that I should follow my passion because life is too short to be doing something that I don’t love doing.”

What genre / style do you create in?
“My poetry book is mostly love poems, but my novel is a crime thriller. I’m almost certain that any novels I release in future will have some element of crime in them.”

What would you be best known for?
“Hopefully soon enough I’ll be known for my crime novel, ‘Dr Kingston’.”

What would you consider your biggest achievement?
“Honestly, it’s finding someone who is willing to publish my work. I spent so much time reading other authors saying that it’s almost impossible to find a publisher and I thought that my books would go undiscovered, but now there is a platform for me to build a readership.”

What would you consider to be the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your industry?
“That there is way more to writing a novel than just thinking of a cool story and writing it down. It really is a labour of love.”

What has been your biggest challenge to date?
“Finishing my novel. I am a huge procrastinator but I’m almost at the finish line and I cannot wait to have a completed novel in my hands.”

J. E. Lindsay | Pic by Neala Brennan

J. E. Lindsay | Pic by Neala Brennan

Tell us a little about your personal life, are you married, kids, hobbies etc?
“I have been married for 6 wonderful years and I have 2 children, Sophia (4) and Jake (2). I am a stay at home mum and do my writing around my children, so usually when they go to bed as it’s very hard to concentrate on anything other than them when they are around.”

Tell us about your most recent work?
“My poetry book Rhythms of my Young Heart is currently available to pre-order and I am busy putting the finishing touches on my crime thriller Dr Kingston.”

J. E. Lindsay | Pic by Debbie Deboo

J. E. Lindsay | Pic by Debbie Deboo

PLUG !! What would you like us to tell people about?
“My upcoming crime thriller Dr Kingston – set in Belfast. A lecturer in QUB with a wife, quiet life and sinister hobby. Dr Kingston appears to be a model citizen, he has a respectable job, a beautiful home and a loving wife, however, he is harbouring a deep, dark secret. He has been masterfully hiding a sinister hobby for most of his adult life, but when one of his students catches his attention, he becomes careless and clumsy. With detectives hot on his trail, a wife badgering him for a baby and a lustful eye for his student, will he be able to juggle everything without slipping up and getting caught?”

If you had to describe your work to someone who has never heard of you what would you say?
“I would hope that it’s easy to read with a few twists and turns to keep the readers attention.”

What would your advice be to young people hoping to pursue the same industry?
“Go for it. Believe in yourself. Write a lot, read a lot, and keep on going.”

Who do you look up to and why?
“In this industry, I would have to say Martina Cole. She spends a lot of time researching her stories and has always managed to keep me in suspense when reading her books. I think she has got a brilliant imagination and a natural talent for story-telling.”

Find Out More:
Twitter – @jelindsaywriter
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Tina Calder
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