Welcome to the blog, Lindsay. I’m so happy to have you here today. Congratulations on your upcoming release, The Secrets of Paper and Ink. I LOVE the title!! 🙂
Your story includes three heroines. Which of them reminds you the most of yourself and why?
I loved each of them in their own way, and honestly, parts of each remind me of myself: Emily’s tenacity to pursue her dreams, Sophia’s extreme love of books, and Ginny’s optimism, for example. However, in terms of challenges, I probably relate most to Ginny, who has often found her belonging in a variety of places—in the approval of others, in a man, in a job, etc.—and not in God. I often struggle with finding my identity in whose I am and not in the labels I give myself or in what I do.
They all sound like ladies I want to meet (and learn alongside).
Which is easier for you to write – historical or contemporary? Can you tell us why?
Honestly, contemporary! The Secrets of Paper and Ink is my first venture into any sort of historical writing, and even though I’ve read a lot of Victorian literature, I found myself double- and triple-checking word usage and facts to ensure I didn’t have any anachronisms sneaking in. It was a bit stressful. 🙂
Did you come up with the title? If not, can you share with us the previous title you had picked?
Unfortunately, I am not that clever. LOL. I am not normally great at titles, though I did come up with the title for my last book, The Heart Between Us. Someone on my publishing team came up with the title of The Secrets of Paper and Ink, and when I heard it, I literally got shivers. I knew it was the one. A few of the titles I suggested were The Story Tree and When the Waves Crash In. (The story takes place in Cornwall, England, so the ocean is a bit of character in and of itself.)
I love hearing the variety of titles for one story. I think you all picked a great one! 🙂
From one mama of little ones to another…. What is one of your children’s favorite books?
We love anything by Sandra Boynton. A current favorite (of my 18mo) is Belly Button Book. My 4yo is very into The Berenstain Bears, which is fun, because I loved them as a kid!
That is so funny! The Belly Button (Be-Bo) book is one of my daughter’s favorites too. Makes me laugh every time!
With Christmas just around the corner, can you tell us what’s one of your favorite Christmas songs?
Oh man, there are so many that I love (especially since I’m a singer), so I’m going to give you a few answers. In terms of non-spiritual songs, I have always loved The Grinch, because I was obsessed with the cartoon when I was younger. If we’re talking classic Christmas songs, O Holy Night is probably at the top of the list. And if we’re going with a more contemporary song, Winter Snow by Audrey Assad is so lovely. I could listen to it on repeat.
Okay, now I’m off to re-listen to all of those! 😉
Thank you so much for visiting with us today, Lindsay. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming project you can share with us?
Thanks so much for having me! I just signed a contract for a book about widowed sisters-in-law who run a New Zealand ultra-marathon in honor of their thrill-seeking husbands—and who learn that grief and healing must take each one on a different journey. It will probably release in 2020. I just completed the first draft of it and would love your prayers as I edit! Grief is a subject that’s dear to my heart, and I especially want those who have grieved the loss of loved ones to come away from the book with hope.
Oh, Lindsay! We will definitely be lifting you and this special book up in prayer. Hugs to you and your heart for this story. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!
Lindsay has graciously offered to give away a print copy of The Heart Between Us. Enter below and it could be YOU! 😉
Thanks for entering! Contest is open only in the U.S. and ends December 18, 2018. The winner will be notified by email. Happy Reading, everybody!