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!
Great interview! I love hearing more about your newest book, and will eagerly be awaiting the next in 2020. My boys loved Sandra’s books when they were little as well. Now they like things like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and one son is very into sports books by Mike Lupica. When I was younger I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder and Louisa May Alcott.
What a fun variety, Laura. It’s so wonderful your boys love to read! 🙂 Thanks for joining us today. Good luck in the drawing!
I don’t have any kids, so I can’t answer that.
Oh, that’s fine, Patty. I’d love to hear what was one of your favorites to read yourself as a kid. If you’d like to share. 😉
Night Before Christmas Pop-Up Book
How fun! Love it, Barb. 🙂
Polly Puppy at Christmas Time. Very cute story.
I haven’t read that one, Vera, but it does sound cute!
I had three girls who all LOVED being read to. We would go yard saling to find books to add to our collection, as well as frequent our library every week. Jamberry. Starting School. Big Sarah’s Little Boots. Burnt Toast on Davenport Street. The Berenstein Bears books. Froggy books. Clifford the Big Red Dog books. I could go on and on. We actually gift our girls with one childhood book every year at Christmas – starting them on their own collections.
Sounds like a wonderful collection, Arletta! And I LOVE the idea of you gifting your girls a childhood book each year. What a special thing to do. Merry Christmas!
Oh my, the new book sounds fantastic! One of my kids’ favorite books was If you Give a Pig a Pancake. So fun to read! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!
Ok, now I’m going to have to go find that book. It sounds like so much fun! 🙂 Good luck in the drawing, Melissa. Thanks for stopping by.
There were so many. She loved a book calle The Apple Book. She also loved the ThenBoxcar Children when she got older.
I’ve heard of those, Faith. Thanks for sharing!
Lambert the Sheepish Lion was one kid favorite. So many memories come to mind.
Great interview Lindsay
I had to laugh at that title! Children’s books have the funniest names sometimes. I’m gonna have to look that one up too now. 🙂 So fun to see you stop by, Cara!
My favorite book as a kid (before Harry Potter came along) was Charlotte’s Web.
I’ll need to get a copy of that for my girlie someday! Thanks for visiting, Katherine. 🙂
Definitely, Grover for our middle daughter when she was little. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JVK0-4HQTY “the Monster at the end of this Book starring lovable, furry old Grover” She loved it over and over and over. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
How cute! Thanks for sharing, Kathleen. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!
No kids but my niece is starting to read and she devours her books.
I have lots of nieces and nephews too and I love getting them books for Christmas! They always make perfect gifts for kiddos. 🙂
‘‘Twas The Night Brfore Christmas
I can’t wait to read that to my toddler this Christmas Eve. 🙂
My kids loved The Mitten by Jan Brett and The Gingerbread Man.
Fun fun! Thanks for stopping by, Merry!
I do not remember my daughter’s favorite! Shame on me! She did like Little House on the Prairie books as she got older. My favorite was Pokey Little Puppy.
I remember Pokey Little Puppy! So cute! And it’s hard to beat the Little House books. 🙂
The Berenstain Bears
They were a favorite of mine too. 🙂
My children loved to read many books. It’s hard to choose just one. I will go with the Terrible Tongue Twister by Dr Seuss. My youngest daughter would take it to school for the teacher to read on some kind of ‘free read day’ and I always got a stern talking to from the teacher when I picked my daughter up those days about how tongue tied she would get reading the book. I always wanted to say “Well, duh!” 🙂
Haha, I LOVE that, Anne. How funny! I’ve not read that particular one, but I love Dr. Seuss. My daughter and I have enjoyed several of his! Thanks so much for sharing!