I grew up on a Kansas dairy farm. Our cows didn’t travel. So neither did we.
I longed for adventure. I wanted to visit exotic places and meet famous people. Imaginary trips became my escape from rural isolation.
In an instant, my mind could magically transform a tree house into a medieval castle, hay bales into a pioneer fort, or a dank root cellar into a time portal that could transport me into the ancient civilizations of the Bible.
In my make-believe world, I was bold, brave, and beautiful. The heroes were handsome and romantic. Humanity’s fate hung in the balance. Good always triumphed over evil. And in the end, I left the past in far better shape than I found it.
What is the one title that has significantly impacted your life?
The Bible. My first recollection is of the year I was cast as the angel who announced the birth of the baby Jesus at our church’s annual Christmas service. I loved standing on a box behind the manger watching the story of God becoming flesh unfold. The power of that unbelievable moment in time changed my life.
If you could get a do-over when it came to learning this whole thing called writing, what would you go back and tell yourself?
Writing is a solitary sport. But learning the craft requires a village. For two years after I decided to start writing novels, I wrote alone. But that resulted in 400 pages that will probably never see the light of day. I learned so much about the craft and the business from joining some writer organizations. I think ACFW is a great way to jumpstart those much needed skills.
5 preference questions:
Homemade or take-out? Homemade, but I never turn my nose up at take-out.
Email or snailmail? Love getting a real letter in the mail, but can’t remember the last real letter I wrote.
Online shopping or Black Friday deals? I try to avoid shopping. But I love a good deal.
Books or movies? Tough one. Since I’m stage trained I love stage and screen, but I know the best stories often originate from books and love curling up with one and letting the movie play in my head.
Note-taker or memorization? Rely heavily on notes.
Yes, I’m asking you to play favorites…which of your books is your favorite, published or unpublished? And if this is your debut novel, has your favorite been published yet?
I’ve written several musicals and several books in several different genres, but I have to say I love HEALER OF CARTHAGE and am very proud of the research and work that went into this story.
Places for readers to learn more about you?
Facebook: Author Lynne Gentry https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Lynne-Gentry/215337565176144
Simon & Schuster: http://authors.simonandschuster.com/Lynne-Gentry/412732530
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