Alright all you aspiring authors, new authors and especially you seasoned ones. It is with great honor and pride that I am able to introduce to you today someone I have come to love and admire. She’s a mom, a wife, a sister in Christ, amazing blogger, wonderful friend and now…. (drum roll, please)…now she is among the finest as she takes a bow. I introduce a brand new published author!!
I couldn’t sleep last night as I shared in Lynn’s excitement. I know the feeling of seeing your very own name printed on the front of the book you’ve poured yourself into for so long. It is such a pleasure to have Lynn joining us today on Kat Logic. Let’s jump on in and get started.
Katrina: Thank you so much for being here today. As I mentioned, this is your very first novel. Tell us a little bit about how you’re feeling write now as you hold “Forsaking the Call” in your hands.
Lynn: am not sure there are words to describe it! When the UPS man gave me the package, I had to fight not to throw my arms around him! My hands were shaking when I opened it and pulled the book out of that envelope. It felt like I was in a dream. I called my mom right away, and then emailed my best friend Lori. I danced around the house with the book. My 19-month-old son looked at me like I was crazy! When my husband came home from work and I was able to tell him about it, I told him I felt better than I did when our kids were born—“I couldn’t happy dance after the c-sections!” I remember my dad asking me, in the sarcastic-proud way that is Dad, “What’s the big deal? It’s a book. You’ve seen those before.” I was crying and could barely choke out the words, “But it’s the first one with my name printed on the cover.” I feel happy, proud, blessed. Seeing my name on the front of a book is such a dream come true.
Katrina: (smiling and extending a hug) How does your family feel about you now being a published author?
Lynn: I (asked) the question to my two oldest sons as they were getting dressed for school this morning. They both smiled and said, “I feel great about it, Mommy.” Andru, my oldest, has been telling everyone he sees, “My Mommy published a book. Forsaking the Call. You should buy it.” And I do mean everyone—teachers, school friends, grocery store clerks. His excitement about the book gets to me. I am not sure I liked the comment he made about wanting to be a writer like Mommy instead of having “a real job” like Daddy when he grows up….
My husband has told me how proud he is of me. I have battled depression for years, and he said he has never seen me as happy and focused as I have been since I learned Forsaking the Call was going to be published. This has actually helped him to be more supportive of my writing time. We have been sharing the household chores with less arguing and he is even taking over all parenting duties at least once a week—which I appreciate more than I know as he works 10 hours a day in a hot shop and would rather just rest when he gets home—so that I can write.
And then there’s my parents…. They have listened to me talking and dreaming about writing for more than half of my life. Now they are sharing in my excitement over it. I showed the book to my mom after she gave me a tour of the house they are remodeling. She took the book out of my hands and took over to the crew working in her kitchen. “This is my daughter’s new book,” she told them. She hugged me and I am not sure which of us cried more. Dad, well, he is a man! He is not known for showing his emotion much. He didn’t say much more than, “Good for you,” when he saw the book, but I know him well enough to read his face. I could tell he was as happy and proud as Mom.
And I can’t talk about my family without mentioning how supportive my church family has been. On Sunday morning, the pastor’s wife called me to the front of the church. She presented me with a beautiful, glittering, pink poinsettia plant and congratulated me on the book in front of everyone. Mom even stood up and said, “In case you don’t know, that’s my baby!” And my oldest sons joined in with, “Yay, Mommy!” It was touching.
Katrina: Tell us a bit about your family and yourself.
Lynn: Talking about myself is not something I am good at. I can talk about my kids, my parents, my books without a problem, but talking about me…. The words do not come so easy. But I will try.
I am 32-years-old and live in Jackson, MI. I’ve lived here basically my whole life and can’t really imagine living anywhere else. My husband and I met in Mr. Mueller’s homeroom at Parkside Junior High School on the first day of 7th grade, though it took a few years for us to really even become friends. Our first date was to our Jackson High School Senior Prom in 1994. We were married 6 years later.
John and I have three sons; Andru is 7, Robin is 5, and Seth is 19 months. With three rambunctious boys, we rarely have quiet moments in our house! But I can’t imagine life any other way. Those boys are just the best blessings God could have bestowed on me. Sometimes, like when they are fighting or Seth is trying to climb the Christmas tree, I have to verbally remind myself that they are blessings!
A normal night at home involves Mommy being a jungle gym! Seth loves to climb on me, and Dru and Robby often argue about who is going to sit closer to me as I write. I like to listen to the boys read to me, and we often do puzzles together. The boys love computer games. We often play the hidden object games we find on-line together. The boys like to see if they can find things before I can find them.
Lynn: Forsaking the Call is loosely based on the life of my best friend’s husband. When she first told me about his involvement in the church and the end of that involvement, I knew the story needed to be told. I just needed to find a way to do it that would not make him feel judged or uncomfortable.
The book is about Joel and Hannah Hawkins. Things in his past have really soured Joel on church and God. He has made a good life for himself, his wife, and their twins without the help of God. He sees no reason to have God in his life at all. Hannah works in the NICU at the local hospital. She begins to wonder about God through the miracles she sees in the lives of the babies she works with and through the life of her best friend, Connie. When she finds herself on bed rest due to a very difficult pregnancy, Hannah’s interest in God and the Bible grows. This causes a huge rift between Hannah and Joel.
Katrina: What has been your greatest challenge in seeing this book completed?
Lynn: My greatest challenge…. Gosh. I think it was probably just believing that my manuscript was good enough. I like it and I am pleased with it, but will others feel the same way? In some ways, I have felt like I am wasting my time putting together something that no one else will care about. Even as I answer these questions, I am unsure if I should be doing it.
Katrina: What has been your greatest blessing?
Lynn: The greatest blessing is just knowing that I can give back to the people who have supported me over the years. I dedicated this book to the four people who have been my biggest cheering section, the ones who have believed in me and pushed me on, even when I didn’t believe in myself. It was the only way that I knew they would allow me to repay them for always being there.
The greatest blessing, though, is what I am doing for my church. My writing would not be possible without the gifts God has given me. To thank Him, I have pledged all of the profits from my book for the first two months it is in print to the church. It’s not much, but it is great to be able to do it.
Katrina: Where did you come up with the idea of the cover?
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