Monday, January 24, 2011

Meet Lynn Dove

A guest spotlight by Shellie Neumeier.
An Interview with Lynn Dove – author of the “Wounded Trilogy”
Lynn has been kind enough to offer a free copy of Heal the Wounded. Comment below to enter the drawing which closes February 13th and the winner will be announced in the weekly winners post on February 16th.

 
Lynn Dove is a graduate of the University of Calgary, where she earned her Bachelor of Education degree in 1981, she has spent the last thirty years teaching children in the private and public school settings. In 2007, she earned a Masters of Religious Education degree from the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary, in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada.

Tell me something about yourself?
I am a Christ-follower, a wife, a mom, a soon-to be grandmother, a teacher and a writer (in that order). I wear so many different “hats” that I find prioritizing them tends to focus me better. I have been married to my best friend, Charles for 32 years and we have three wonderful children: daughter, Laurelle (husband, Matt) are expecting our first grand baby in February, and we have two live-at-home teenagers, Brett and Carmen. I have been a teacher most of my adult life, and I still substitute from time to time at the private Christian school my teenagers attend. I love volunteering and working closely with the youth in our church as well. Lastly, when I’m not writing, I’m reading. I love to blog and when I’m not blogging, I’m working on my next book.

Do you have a life verse that you have claimed and why is it so meaningful to you?
My husband, Charles and I have claimed this life verse: “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 Through our nearly 32 years of marriage, this verse has sustained us through all the ups and downs of life knowing we may make our plans but God is always in control… AND He allows U-turns!

What led you to write your “Wounded Trilogy” books? Why did you target youth with these books?
Having been an educator for over thirty years, and I discovered that there are still very few good contemporary Christian books for a young adult audience.

Youth today are under such a spiritual attack from the enemy. He wants to destroy their spirit and he does it subtly by surrounding them with worldly messages that make them question their looks, their intelligence, as well as their hope for tomorrow. I wanted to write books that deal with relevant themes, but with a definitive Christian message running throughout: the hope in Jesus Christ.

I also wanted my young readers to know that everyone makes mistakes; Christians are not excluded from that. Scripture teaches us to “love one another” even when they make mistakes, however our actions speak louder than our words at times. I have seen wonderful young people crumble from the constant barrage of cyberspace bullying, malicious gossip and innuendo. Insensitive words and blatant lies can lead to deep emotional scarring sometimes with tragic consequences. My books deal with gritty topics such as “cutting”, bullying, gossip, family violence and cancer. We are not excluded from tough situations just because we are Christians, on the contrary it is exactly in those tough times that God comes alongside us and helps us. I want my young readers to understand that they are never alone; God is their ever present comfort and strength in everything they are going through.

Could you tell us a little bit about your books?
Shoot the Wounded, the first book of the Wounded Trilogy, is written for youth and young adults. It addresses how lies and gossip destroy a person's spirit and speaks to the heart of relevant themes such as bullying, teen pregnancy and family violence. The story points the characters, and ultimately the reader, to hope in Jesus Christ. STW was a finalist in the 2010 Readers Favorite Book Awards.

Heal the Wounded, is the much-anticipated sequel to STW and the second book of the Wounded Trilogy. HTW delves even deeper into the real world of teenagers trying to live out their faith in the midst of upset and struggle. Heal the Wounded, continues to follow the characters, Jake, Leigh, Mike (Jake's best friend), and Tim (Ronnie's brother) each of them dealing with the aftermath of their friend’s death in the first book. Jake is especially dealing with a variety of disappointments (“Job” experiences I call them) that cause him to question why God allows bad things to happen to good people. A new character is introduced into the story, Cassidy, a young cancer patient whose unquenchable spirit and faith impacts Jake, Leigh, Mike and Tim in a way that allows them all to experience God's grace and the power of His healing in each one of their lives.

Both STW and HTW have been selected as helpful resources on the world’s largest anti-bullying website: www.bullying.org

I hope to have Love the Wounded, the final book in the trilogy published next year. I am also writing an autobiographical account about my experiences and personal battle with breast cancer, and I am working on putting that book proposal together to submit to prospective publishers next year.

Don't forget to comment below to win a copy of her latest book, Heal the Wounded. Then join us tomorrow for more about Lynn Dove.



You can purchase Heal the Wounded from Amazon.

Lynn is giving away a copy of Heal the Wounded. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

11 comments:

lgm52 said...

The author interview was interesting.
This sounds like such a good book, for me and my teenage granddaughter to read!

apple blossom said...

sounds like a good series

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Marianne said...

i love that this author is from Alberta. would love to win one of her books. i subscribe by email, i am a follower by google friend, via networked blogs and on facebook. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

Linda said...

I am thrilled that you are tackling hard issues for teens. They need all the help they can get to make it through the rough teen years and thrive! Thank you in advance for writing this series! It's one my nieces and nephews need to read.

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Linda said...

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Joanne Sher said...

This sounds very good. Please enter me :)

Lynn Dove said...

Thanks Shellie, for having me here at the "Book Loft" today! I hope your readers will join me tomorrow as I celebrate the launch of Heal the Wounded. They can hop over to my "Journey Thoughts" blog to catch the excitement there too!
Blessings to you!
Lynn

Anonymous said...

I'd like to win this book!
Sunny

Meredith said...

Great interview. These books sound great!

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