Saturday, December 1, 2012

Please Welcome Lynda Lee Schab


Lynda Lee Schab got her writing start in greeting cards (Blue Mountain Arts, Dayspring) and from there went on to write articles and short stories (Mature Living, Christian Home & School) and in many places online. As a freelance writer, she works behind the scenes at FaithWriters.com and is a regular book reviewer for FaithfulReader.com, as well as a staff writer for www.SharedSorrows.com. Both books in the Madi series have finaled or semi-finaled in various contests, including the ACFW Genesis, the FaithWriters Page Turner contest, and the RWA Get your Stiletto in the Door contest. Lynda admits she has a lot in common with the character of Madi. Not only are they both addicted to ice cream, chocolate, and computer games, they struggle with the same types of insecurities and continually require a hefty dose of God’s grace. Lynda lives with her husband, Rob, and two teenagers in Michigan.
 
Hello, Lynda. Thank you for joining us here at The Barn Door Book Loft. We're happy to learn more about your book, Madily in Love. Is there a story behind the book?
Well, no story particularly behind this book, unless you count book #1 in the series. Mind over Madi is where it all started and is loosely based on my own personal life. Not the actual events, just the insecurities I struggle with.
What distracts you from writing the easiest?
The better question would be “what doesn’t distract you from writing?” Because I am the Distraction Diva. Doesn’t take much, that’s for sure. Getting in “the zone” takes me a while, but once I’m there, I’m really there.
What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
The stupid things I do. Needless to say, I laugh a lot!
What is your favorite season of the year? 
Fall, hands-down. Not only are the colors in Michigan brilliant, but apple cider…pumpkin candles…spice cake…need I say more?
Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Walk into my bathroom and you’ll have the answer to that question. This is the reason I regularly invite people over. It’s the only way you can get me to clean my house.
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about? 
I love to write about God’s grace, because I have experienced it so abundantly in my own life.
Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
“Be still and know that I am God.” Such a popular verse, but one I recite frequently. I’m not always physically “on the go” but my brain has a really hard time slowing down. I constantly need to slow down my mind and remember to rest in Him.
Your publisher tagged this series as “Delightful. Witty. Entertaining. Real. Poignant. Light-hearted Women’s Fiction at its best.” Can you expand on that at all? How does the Madi Series live up to this description?
 
While I certainly hope my stories are delightful, witty, entertaining, and poignant, the word in that description which I feel is most fitting of this series is, “real.” Women can relate to Madi because she battles with the same things we all do. No, not just chocolate, although that’s one of them! Madi has insecurities that affect her relationships – with her husband, her kids, her mother, her best friend, and God.

If there’s one thing I know is that we all have “stuff.” Maybe not exactly the same stuff as everyone else, but “stuff,” nonetheless. Madi helps us realize there are others out there who probably deal with their issues just as poorly as we do sometimes. But God’s grace is enough to cover our insecurities, our faults, and weaknesses, even when we mess up and our lives feel insanely out-of-control
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When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
The 3rd and final book in the Madi Series is due out in the fall of 2013. It’s titled, Sylvie & Gold. Madi’s best friend Sylvie is preparing for her wedding (and if you’ve read Mind over Madi, you know who she’s marrying). With just a few weeks before the wedding, Sylvie is dealing with a lot: Her meddling and feisty soon-to-be mother-in-law, her son’s sexting issue, planning her mom’s sixtieth birthday party, and her fiance’s ex-wife, who has come back to town after a seven-year absence. Sylvie is normally pretty calm and collected. But her stress card is quickly getting maxed out. The question is whether she’ll completely lose her cool or find the happily-ever-after she longs for.
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All Madi Lee McCall wants is to fall madly in love again…with her husband.

After a rough patch, Madi’s determined to get her marriage back on track. She’s even taking a romance class at church and getting great suggestions…that fail miserably. The distractions are plenty. She has just reentered the workplace as a health spa receptionist. Her 16-year-old daughter, Christina, is pushing the limits, and Christina’s twin, Max, has fallen hard for a girl who isn’t Madi’s picture of a perfect match for her son. Even younger daughter, Emily, is developing a teenager-ish attitude.



 
When her mother-in-law moves in—temporarily, of course—the stress starts to drive Madi a little crazier than normal. What she wants, more than anything, is some peace among the chaos.

Lynda Schab is giving away a copy of Madily in Love. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your e-mail address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.

 



12 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would like to have a chance at winning this book of Lynda's. Please enter me. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

Merry said...

I love witty and real, please add me for Madily in Love!
Worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

cjajsmommy said...

"Delightful" sound like the perfect word to describe this book. Please enter my name to win a copy. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Teela said...

This Book is the perfect book for me after 40 years of marriage! YES!!! Don't we all want that romance back? My pastor hubby is wonderful, but it's me .. after all those moves, I've lost my LUSTER. PLEASE enter me for this book and my fingers are crossed that I win this one!!!! Teelayoung@hotmail.com
http://coffee24tea.blogspot.com

Amy R.S. said...

So happy the second one is out. I have her first one and would love to win the sequel. Please enter me. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

KayM said...

Thank you for the interview. You've piqued my interest in the book and the series!
may_dayzee AT yahoo DOT com

Library Lady said...

I enjoyed reading Lynda's interview. Her series of books would be good to have for the Church Library where I volunteer.
Thanks for entering me in the contest.
Janet E.
von1janet@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Your books do sound delightful. Thanks for having the giveaway.

Rose
harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win/read this book. It sounds terrific.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...


Please enter me in this contest for Lynda's book. A new author to me. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail[dot] com

Lynda Lee Schab said...

Thanks to Sharon for featuring me and my book. And thanks to all of you for taking the time to enter. Good luck!

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