Sunday, November 13, 2011

with Lynda Lee Schab

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Lynda!
Is there a story behind this book?

Well, there is a lot of me in my main character, Madi. Insecurity is something I’ve always struggled with. As a child, I was very shy. As a teenager, I was insecure about everything, which resulted in a lot of rebelling and contributed to hundreds of my mom’s migraines, I’m sure. As an adult, early in my marriage I experienced some of the insecurities Madi deals with, regarding her husband and his faithfulness. That isn’t something I deal with anymore today, but I still have similar insecurities about what others think of me, as well as doubts about God’s love for me. Other ways I’m like Madi is that we share bad eating habits, a love for coffee, a tendency to waste hours of time playing computer games, and an insane fear of spiders. Other characters in the book are based on people in my life (a dangerous thing to admit, I know!). So, I guess to answer your question, there’s not really a story behind the book, but behind the characters.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
My favorite genre to read is mystery, but I also enjoy many others, like women’s fiction (I’d better, since I write it), chick lit, romance, suspense, and young adult. I prefer contemporary, but can get drawn into historical if the characters grab me from the start. Recent books I’ve read and enjoyed are The Edge of Grace by Christa Allan, Remembering Christmas by Dan Walsh, Hello Hollywood! by Janice Thompson, and She Makes it Look Easy by Marybeth Whalen.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Oooh…interesting question. I imagine I would be soft rock. I’m mostly on the quiet side, but the edge is right there, ready to burst out at any moment.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Well, I don’t know how quirky this is, but it could certainly be considered embarrassing. Several years ago, when my kids were 7 and 4, my husband and I were looking to move. I was driving with my mom and the kids and we spotted an Open House sign. I asked my mom if she wanted to stop with me to take a look. We saw the sign in the yard, with a few cars parked on the street, so we pulled up, got the kids out of the car and walked up to the front door. We opened the door only to see a bunch of balloons and presents, and a living room full of people. Yes, the owners were moving (hence the sign in the yard) but we’d walked into a birthday party! Fortunately, everyone laughed and informed us that the Open House was down the street. My mom and I laughed about it but my son – 7 at the time – was horrified. Once we got back into the car, he kept saying “It’s so not funny, Mom!” Poor thing. What a terrible mother I was to humiliate her son like that.

We’re just thankful we didn’t enter through the garage (which was open) and walk into the kitchen and start going through cupboards or something.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
I am a half-procrastinator. Sometimes I do things I dread right away to get them done, and sometimes I put them off. I guess it depends on my mood and how stressed out I am at the moment. The more stressed out, the more likely I am to put them off and reach for the chocolate instead.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
Anything I don’t have to cook. Seriously. If I could afford it, I’d eat out for every meal. Dining out with family and friends is the best way to go because you can focus on each other instead of the dirty dishes. However, when I do cook for family (and I do from time to time), all are in agreement that my chicken casserole is the best. Here’s the recipe, if you’d like to try it yourself:

2 Cups (or one box) macaroni, uncooked
3 T. margarine
2 Cans Cream of Mushroom OR Cream of Chicken soup (I use one of each)
1 Cup Milk
2 Cups grated cheddar cheese
4 Cups cooked chicken, diced
1-2 Cups carrots, steamed
1 t. salt
¼ t. pepper

Prepare macaroni and drain. In saucepan, melt margarine. Add soup, milk and cheese to margarine and stir until cheese melts. Combine macaroni, cheese mixture, steamed carrots, cooked chicken, salt and pepper. Pour into a 3-4 Qt. casserole dish (I use the Pampered Chef deep dish baking stone). Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Makes 6-8 servings.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
My favorite verse is Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.” I recite this verse often! Because my mind is always so busy and distracted, I tend to stress out a lot. I need to keep reminding myself that God is God. He’s in control. And everything will be okay.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I am currently writing the second book in the Madi series, titled, Madily in Love. Basically, Madi really wants to rekindle the romance in her marriage, so she signs up for a Revitalize Your Marriage with Romance class at church. There, she receives great suggestions on spicing up her relationship with her husband, but when she tries the tips, things don’t go as planned. I’m only a few chapters in, but I’m already having a lot of fun with the storyline.

What is your favorite and least favorite part of being a writer?
Favorite: The creative process. Thinking a story through from beginning to end and then seeing my vision come to life through the characters and situations I create.

Least favorite: Definitely the self discipline it requires. Time management is something I’ve always struggled with. Making myself sit down and focus when I know the basement needs cleaning, laundry is piling up, my office needs to be organized, or I want to watch the episode of Survivor I missed the night before is my biggest challenge.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?
That’s easy: Apply the Butt Glue and just write. Discipline has never been my biggest strength, but that book won’t get written unless I park my behind in the chair and start typing. Even when I don’t feel like it. Even when I have a million other things to do. One of my favorite quotes on writing is “You can fix bad, but you can’t fix blank.”

You can purchase Mind over Madi from Amazon.

Lynda is giving away a copy of Mind over Madi. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


marybelle said...

Fancy crashing a birthday party. What a story you had to tell that day. I wonder if you stayed long enough to look through the house.


CarlybirdK said...

This book sounds very good. Madi sounds like a character that a lot of women can relate to. Thank you for the giveaway.

cjajsmommy said...

Oh Lynda, the last part of this interview had me in stitches. I could tell you some hilarious stories about trying to do some of the goofy things those marriage workshops encourage, but this is not the place. I already want to read the second book and I haven't even read the first book yet. I really want to win this one!

wfnren said...

Really want to win this book, my Grandmother's name is Madeline and my granddaughters name is Madalynn, called Madie. Love the character.


Merry said...

So many books have an ulta-confident heroine, it's so nice to have one that struggles with confidence. I look forward to reading Mind Over Madi. Please include me in the drawing!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Chris B said...

I can't wait to read this book

Marianne said...

Thanks again, Esther and Lynda for the chance to win this novel. i loved the interviews and like to read novels where the main character is more like me, like this one.


Rebecca said...

This looks like a great book. I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance.


Amy said...

Madi sounds like a great character, and one that I can relate to. This book sounds great.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Karlene Jacobsen said...

I love the birthday crashing story. We nearly did that with a party this past summer while looking for another home, and we DID walk into the garage. LOL.

This new chapter in your life has got to be exhilarating-fun. How often do you ask you family, "Am I awake? If this is a dream DO NOT wake me."

So happy for you.


apple blossom said...

love to be entered thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Lynda Schab said...

Yes, Karlene, I do pinch myself once in a while, just to be sure this isn't a dream. I am so thankful for the doors God has opened and I give Him all the glory. :-)

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to comment. Good luck in the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Way to go, Lynda!
I'd like to win this book.


Michelle Sutton said...

Since your contest on my blog isn't until August, I'd love to win it here to read it in the meanwhile. :)

Jo said...

That was so funny about you crashing that birthday party! Got a good laugh out of that even though your son was so mortified.

I have been waiting for this book to come out. I want to read it. Sounds great and am glad to see that it is part of a series.


Suzanne said...

Great interview, Lynda. Loved getting to know you better this way. I've experienced plenty of insecurities in my life and sure I will empathize well with Madi. Would love to win a copy!
Suzanne :O)
shartmann5 @ yahoo . com

Courtney said...

This sounds like a great book!! And your Chicken Casserole sounds really yummy!!! Great interview!

kcmelone at yahoo dot com

Lynda Schab said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful comments. Like I said in the other Book Loft comments, I wish everyone could win! Hope my book blesses you, touches you, or simply entertains you. :-) Thanks again, Patty & Esther for featuring me on The Book Loft!

The Loopy Librarian said...

Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway. Would love to read your book.

allisonmoyer (at) yahoo (dot) com

Laura J said...

I love the cover!

laurelprincess12 at gmail dot com

Teela said...

I would LOVE to win this book Mind over Madi! How cute the jacket is!

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