Lindsay has graciously offered to give away a paperback copy (US ONLY) of this new release. You can enter by using the Rafflecopter link at the end of the post. (Giveaway ends March 23, 2018. If you are the randomly chosen winner, I'll contact you and pass on your information.) Here's Lindsay...
The story behind the story...
The very first thing that sparked this story idea was a feature story I heard on the radio about a woman who went skydiving because her heart donor had always wanted to. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool if someone fulfilled all the bucket list items on someone else’s list?” From there, Megan’s story began to form in my mind. I actually dreamed up her twin sister Crystal’s story much later, after my agent challenged me to make her more than an antagonist. Since I grew up with a mother who was chronically ill for much of my childhood, I was easily able to imagine what it was like to grow up with a sick sister—and how it might have affected Crystal in the long term.
Q & A with Lindsay...
Q: Let's start with a few serious questions. What message do you hope readers take away from your story?
A: I truly hope everyone who reads Megan and Crystal’s story knows without a doubt that reconciliation is possible, that fear is a liar, and that we were made to experience freedom. In addition, I want readers to come away with a new desire to live their own lives to the fullest.
Q: Definitely some important takeaways! What can you tell us about your next project?
A: I turned it in February 1, and it won’t release until next February (everything in publishing takes a long time!). It’s called The Secrets of Paper and Ink (don’t you just love that title?!) and it’s about a broken woman who travels to Cornwall, England—the setting of her favorite author’s novels—to find the courage to write her own story.
Q: I love the title, and I can't wait to read it! Finally, what's your favorite writing-related book?
A: Anything by Susan May Warren is a goldmine. I learned how to write a novel primarily from attending My Book Therapy workshops and reading Susie’s craft books. The Story Equation is one of her best!
Q: Now, a few fun questions. What's one thing about you that would surprise your readers?
A: It might surprise them to know that I was in a Christian rock band in college. J Now I’m more of a musical theater nerd, but I had some fun back in the day rocking out on the microphone!
Q: Ooh, I wonder if anything can be found on YouTube 😃 Do you have any writing rituals (such as a particular pen, outfit, or music) you must have or do when writing?
A: Not really—I just really crave silence. I usually write when my kids are napping and I’m down on the couch curled under a blanket (if it’s cold, which it currently is!) plunking away on my laptop. I do always make sure I have a tumbler full of ice water and/or iced tea right next to me, as well as a notebook and pen on the side table in case any thoughts come to me. I process things better when writing them down by hand (though I’m not one of those people who writes an entire first draft by hand or anything like that!).
Q: Who are three fictional people you'd like to meet?
A: Anne Shirley (for her spunk), Elizabeth Bennet (for her wit), and Melanie Hamilton Wilkes (for her ability to see the best in people)
Q: Great choices! Thanks so much for stopping by, Lindsay. I'm sure my readers will enjoy getting to know a bit more about you and your latest release.
Link to my review on the RTBookreviews website
(I rated it 4.5 stars - TOP PICK!)
Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time. Connect with her at www.LindsayHarrel.com.
Where you can find her online...
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