Month: October 2015

Lillie, A Motherless Child

Greetings!

Today, I’m hosting author, Lynn Hobbs, on my blog. Join us as we talk about Lynn’s new book, “Lillie, A Motherless Child”.

Hi Lynn, let’s start off by having you give us some background on you and your writing.

How long have you been writing and how did you get started?

I was born and raised in Houston. My family moved to Northeast Texas when I was a young teenager. I was amazed at the difference in living in the small town of Jefferson, and wrote large letters back home to my aunts, uncles, and cousins. These were business-size envelopes that I stuffed beyond capacity and had to secure the back flap with scotch tape. In reading my descriptions of everything I experienced and witnessed, they encouraged me to continue writing. This led to writing poems and short stories. I became a published gospel songwriter, and published poet. My passion for writing continued. I felt pulled into writing with more depth and began writing novels

What do you enjoy most about writing?

I always pray for direction before my fingertips touch the keyboard, and enjoy when the pace of writing quickens as the story unfolds with meaningful dialogue and scenes.

You have a new book. Tell us a little about Lillie, A Motherless Child.           

Lillie, A Motherless Child is the true life story of my mother, Lillie Fritsche. One of sixteen siblings born in the depression era, her own mother passed away when Lillie was seven years old. Follow her journey from a motherless child to an inspiring woman of faith. Book includes treasured family photos, and some of her favorite, handed-down German recipes. I hope you will enjoy this glimpse of her life narrowed down to 430 pages. Paperback is in large print. Kindle e-book edition is in regular print.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

I want to offer readers a story with morals, without profanity, for all age groups and gender. My goal in writing my Running Forward Series; a faith and family saga, was to show a Christian viewpoint by the action of my characters facing modern day issues. My goal in writing Lillie, A Motherless Child was twofold; to share moments no longer lost in time; and to display her faith and determination in all she encountered. My current work in progress is a second Christian Fiction series.

Where can readers purchase your books?

All of my books can be purchased on Amazon.com, and on Kindle.

http://www.amazon.com/Lynn-HobbsAuthor/e/B006XOYXOE

Connect with Lynn on her website and social media:

www.LynnHobbsAuthor.com

Contact Lynn at https://www.facebook.com/Lynn-Hobbs-Author-Page-284186908279247/

Facebook regular, timeline page https://www.facebook.com/lynn.hobbs.3367

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=AAIAAAi5Z38BXIiXci62TilERK27pSkY8gdGV0M&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LynnHobbsAuthor

Thank you for being with us today, Lynn. We wish you the best in your writing.

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Perseverance is Key

I’ve been trying to write since 1988. I think most writers meet with some kind of hindrance in practicing the craft, whether it be family obligations, job, or health problems. But when I sold my first piece to a magazine in 1989, I was hooked. Nothing could stop me now. I wrote and submitted like a crazy person, selling a manuscript now and then, usually for a meager sum to a small periodical. Rejections poured in, but I was determined not to give up. For one thing, writing isn’t a hobby for me, it’s a calling. I believe God has things for all of us to do. Mine is writing.

During a family gathering at our house one evening, I passed around a short, published article of mine. I hoped my family would be proud of the accomplishment. And most of them were, but one individual read it and said, “Is this all there is to it? I thought it was going to be something big.” I felt as though I’d been kicked in the stomach. That statement haunted me for a long time. It didn’t keep me from writing, but it sure cut a swath through my self-confidence.  Was it really worth it? Could I write or was I only kidding myself?

Around this time, I wrote a children’s piece and sent it to a colleague who edited for a living. She felt it was ready for publication and encouraged me to submit it. I dutifully sent it out but it kept coming back over and over with the statement, “It just doesn’t fit our needs.” Over a period of ten years, I submitted that piece thirty-one times. I wouldn’t stop because I had a lot of respect for the woman who edited the piece. Kathryn knew what she was talking about. On the thirty-first submission, I received an acceptance—from a magazine that had rejected it several years earlier. It made a believer out of me. Perseverance is the key.

I’ve always worked but sometimes only part time. But the day came when my husband needed to retire. That meant I needed to work fulltime. An opportunity presented itself at the bookstore where I was employed. The manager/buyer was retiring and a replacement was needed. I jumped at the chance. The only thing I enjoy as much as writing is bookselling.

My writing suffered, but I managed to put enough material together to turn in to my critique group every other week and eventually finish a novel. I found an agent who took me on in spite of the fact I was an unknown and had only published nonfiction. As time passed without an acceptance, I thought about telling him to forget it. Maybe I had been fooling myself into thinking I could write. Just as skepticism was about to get the best of me, I received an email with a contract attached. My novel had been accepted. I remembered the children’s article I submitted thirty-one times before it sold. It pays to be patient. Had I not learned the lesson of perseverance early in my career I might not be the author of a soon-to-be-released new novel.