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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Welcome Lynn Squire and Joab's Fire


LYNN SQUIRE is an avid writer who artistically intertwines Biblical truth with colorful narrative. Her childhood farm life, coupled with her equestrian experiences, brings authenticity and heart to her stories. Lynn actively serves her church through her writing in and in other ministries and is currently the president of the American Christian Fiction Writers San Francisco Bay Area Chapter in California, where she resides with her husband and three children.

by Lynn Squire
Published by HigherLife Publishing


Joab black and his wife Sarah overcame the worst of pioneer hardships in order to establish a prosperous farm in Alberta, Canada. But those challenges never prepared them for the tragedy they now faced—a staggering loss and intense pain causing them to doubt everything they had ever believed. In the midst of their sorrow, even their closest friends interpret their sufferings as a result of God’s judgment. Has God abandoned them?

Inspired by the Biblical book of Job, this novel includes a Bible study exploring the perfection of God’s plan and the bounty of His love even in the most inexplicable and intense sufferings.

Readers, buy your copy of Joab's Fire-A Distant Hope today!


Novelists Are a Rare Breed
By Lynn Squire

Novelists are a rare breed of humans with spirited imaginations and unusual behaviors. Even amongst themselves, unique is normal and peculiar is acceptable.

Every novelist keeps her own hours. Several creep in the late hours of the night, while some may crow with the roosters in the morning. Still others give the appearance of normalcy by operating in the middle of the day. I, for one, am heavy into my characters from the hours of 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM when no one else is home. But should my children be present, I crow with the best from before sunrise until mid morning.

Encountering a novelist during her working hours can be a fearsome event. Please understand, in the privacy of her writing world, she transforms into the character she creates on paper. If she snarls at the sight of you, she really isn't mad (at least, with the first encounter . . . a second one, well, let's just say I'm not making promises).

Should you telephone her during writing hours, beware. She may be enduring great emotional trauma for the past several hours as the character whose mind she's been submerged in has. Give her a few minutes to surface and shake off that character's hold.

Don't be surprised if you knock on the door and she appears dressed in the costume of some character or wearing the expression of someone who just slew a giant. This too will pass as your novelist extracts herself from that protagonist (or possibly it's the antagonist). Be patient, but don't stay for coffee. She might be enjoying her work too much.

That said, let me enlighten you. The wisest of neighbors will not intrude upon her until she's closed her laptop or set down her pen for the day.

Perhaps your neighborhood novelist shares with you where she is at in her current project. Take warning, a different creature emerges at each phase of the novel production.

During her research time you might feel safe to visit. However, be forewarned. Don't stay for supper if your novelist is experimenting with poisons. You never know just how realistic she wants her experiments to be.

In the first draft, she is particularly queer. Her characters are not fully developed. She's just meeting them herself. In this phase, her antics are highly unpredictable.

As drafts progress, she settles into each character and each plot line with greater ease. Coming out of them, however, is far more difficult.

When revisions are required by her editor, expect her to roar like a lion, cry like a baby, and breathe fire like a dragon. Eventually, she will calm down and emerge from the process a little more sane and usually happier for having gone through it.

The book release--the happiest stage. You'll find your novelist the most receptive to your visit or call. After all, she expects you to buy five dozen books, encourage your friends to do the same, and invite all your relatives (a thousand of them would be nice) to her book signings. If you don't comply . . . well let’s just say you'd better pray her next novel isn't about a crazed serial killer.

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Thank you, Lynn, for sharing with us today.

Guest Questions: 1. Have you ever called a writer friend in the middle of her writing time?

2. What do imagine William Shakespeare was like when he was writing the three witches in Macbeth?

3. What classic author do you think would be the most interesting to meet? The most terrifying?

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This week, the contest is open to US/Canada residents only.

1 comment:

Lynn Squire said...

Amber, thank you for having me.