Sunday, June 12, 2011

with Lynn Squire

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Lynn!
People talk about life before children—what was your life before writing?

Before writing fiction, life flowed from changing diaper to toilet training to cleaning up messes back to changing diapers and maybe doing a little gardening when time allowed. Before I broke into nonfiction writing, life galloped along from one horsemanship student to the next, and back home to clean, cook, and enjoy time with my husband. Now my life neither gallops nor flows…it moves at the speed of light.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Finding time, at least right now in my life. Ideas flood me; characters demand my attention; but next to my family and my church, they just can’t compete. So I created a corner in our bedroom next to the window where I escape to in the morning hours when the kids are at school, I can’t see the mess in the kitchen and the living room, and I can close my eyes, press my fingers to the keyboard and immerse myself into another world…until I get an email or a phone call or a whining dog demanding to be liberated to the backyard.

What book have you recently enjoyed reading?
Sarah Sundin’s A Memory Between Us. Sarah’s writing provides a trustworthy escape to extraordinary places in the past. Her stories sink you into World War II where she shows how lives touched by evil are liberated by God’s truth.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
Sergeant Dixon. He interested me because he comes at things differently than I do. I put my faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the salvation from my sins as a child, but Sergeant Dixon fought against God for most of his life. He asked tough questions and made me really stop and think about how someone who doesn’t have faith might consider disasters that come upon those who do trust God.

If you were a dessert, what would you be?
Trifle. This dessert has many layers and uses up leftover cake…well, that’s what my mother made it with. Here’s a link to a recipe for Black Forest Trifle: www.joyofbaking.com/BlackForestTrifle

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
“Kids! You’ve gotta see this!” And then I’d laugh and laugh while they all come running in to see what Mom’s laughing about.

Tell us about one of your favorite memories or moments in your life.
There are so many, but the one I go back to on a stormy night with a cup of hot tea in front of the fire is the day when I got saved. I read the take home paper for VBS the night before. It asked the reader when she was saved. I didn’t know a date, and I was quite concerned. The next day I couldn’t wait until the lesson was over and the teacher would ask anyone who wanted to be saved to stay behind. I didn’t hesitate to go forward and ask her how to be saved. She took me through The Wordless Book, which is a book of color pages used to help children understand about sin, Christ’s shed blood for that sin, how His blood can was away our sin, what heaven is like, and how one can grow after one is saved. The peace and joy that I felt when I left the room was something not even my sister could steal from me when she complained about making everyone wait. I have a passion for the Lord, which began that day almost forty years ago in that little country church, and it still drives me today.

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
I looked blankly at this question for a few minutes, wondering if I should really share my quirky personality. Last night I explained to my husband that I’d much rather clean toilets than fill the car or van up with gas. He thought I’d flipped my lid. There isn’t a lot I dread. Earthquakes, tornadoes, bombs, you name it, doesn’t scare me. I tend to have a “bring it on” kind of attitude toward those things. People, on the other hand…In truth, perhaps the thing I dread the most is having people I love and admire tell me that I’m not good enough for them or for them to disagree with something I believe is very important. My personality makes me stand tall with my feet shoulder-width apart in these situations, but inside I’m crying out to God to help me stay true to Him, whatever the cost.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I love to write about redemption. Even after a person is saved, there are times when we need to see God’s redeeming love in our lives. When tragedy strikes, most of us find ourselves grappling with a loving God allowing such things to happen. Yet, because He loves us He allows hardships to come our way so that we might gain a deeper and stronger knowledge and understanding of His love and mercy and grace. He wants nothing standing between Him and us. Not only that, but He wants us to be strong, and the only way for our faith to gain strength is to exercise it. The more we face trials and see victory as He sees it, the stronger our faith becomes.

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Deuteronomy 31:6.
Seems God often takes me down roads less traveled. This spring has been no different. At times, I have felt very alone, the road ahead shrouded by fog. My husband and I have taken steps of faith that we’ve never taken before, sacrificing, praying, and hoping God will bless, but knowing even if He doesn’t, He’s still good and He’s still our Sovereign Lord.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I do not have a timeframe right now for my next novel, but I estimate in about a year’s time. However, I will have a booklet released this summer entitled, A Week of Faith more Precious than Gold, Seven Short Stories and Devotionals. This booklet provides the reader with stories of faith under fire meant to inspire them to stand strong in the face of opposition.

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14 comments:

Meredith said...

Great interview. I've also come to dread the gas tank fillups--but only because we recently got a locking gas cap, have three drivers for the truck, and I always end up riding with the guy without a key! lol!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Good interview! I'd like
to win this book.
Sunny

Lynn Squire said...

Oh Meredith, I hear your pain. LOL

I must confess, that my issue is more that I can't stand still long enough to fill a tank...though last night, when I got my husband to fill the lawnmower, my issue was inability and the dislike of having gas spill all over me (which is what usually happens when I do it myself).

Lynn Squire said...

Sunny thank you! I'm glad you liked it.

Marianne said...

Thanks, Esther and Lynn for a great interview and post. It's been a while since i dipped into a biblical story, but i think i'd like to start with this!
mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com from Peace River Country, Alberta

Lynn Squire said...

Thank you, Marianne. I hope you enjoy it.

ann said...

Really nice interview.
Would like to enter for Joab's Fire. Thanks\

amhengstATverizonDOTnet

Lynn Squire said...

Ann,

Thank you for coming.

Hoomi said...

Nice interview, Lynn!

Lynn Squire said...

Thank you!

Lynn Squire said...

Hey Marianne, I just noticed you are from Peace River area. I hope you weren't affected by the fires in Northern Alberta.

apple blossom said...

love to be entered thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

cjajsmommy said...

Great interview. Thanks for being so real with us.

Teresa M said...

Thanks for the great interview Lynn, loved the purple polka-dotted monster answer. Sounds like what I would do faced with that situation. LOL! Would love to win your book. :) tsmathews61@gmail.com

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