Thursday, October 11, 2018

Talkshow Thursday: Author Lynn Tagawa

Talkshow Thursday: Author Lynn Tagawa

Linda:  Thanks for joining me today. Congratulations on your most recent release, The Shenandoah Road. I love that your story is wrapped around the Great Awakening which was a fascinating point in our country’s history. What was your inspiration for the story?

Lynne: Another author. My friend Douglas Bond wrote something in the time period for teens. I thought, “Wow, it can be done well. He does a great job at including scriptural truth without overwhelming the story with it, and it inspired me to tackle the same time period—for adults. My unique tweak was to choose protagonists with different backgrounds. I had no idea how different Bostonians were from those in Williamsburg and so forth. My young lady from Boston meets a Scots Irish backwoodsman, and things happen from there.

LM: You are an author and an editor. How difficult is it to turn off your internal editor while you are drafting a story?

Lynne: Good question. Typically I write a scene, come back and do a basic revision the next day, and then leave it alone for a bit. Or try to.

LM: You have written contemporary and historical fiction which require different types of research. Can you describe a time you had an “aha” moment?

Lynne: Halfway through writing The Shenandoah Road, I stumbled across more information about a (real-life) character, the minister in the valley. Turns out he was highly skeptical of the “enthusiasm” generated by the Great Awakening! Another plot twist!

LM: What do you do to prepare yourself for writing? For example do you listen to music or set up in a specific place?

Lynne: No, I’ve rejected the “muse” theory. I simply tell myself, “Need to write a bit today,” and I open up the file. I find that once I’m writing, things start flowing. The biggest obstacle is leaving off too long. The story starts to fade in my head.

LM: What is the quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?

Lynne: Color my hair red. That is SO not happening again.

LM: LOL! Here are some quickies:

Favorite Color: blue
Favorite Food: is coffee a food? Like espresso?
Favorite Actor/Actress: Tom Hanks / Sandra Bullock

LM: What is your next project?

Lynne: A sequel! I am already working on what (Lord willing) may become a trilogy.

LM: Where can folks find you on the web?

Author and Editor website:
Devotional blog:

Book blurb: 
John Russell’s heart aches from the loss of his wife, but the Shenandoah Valley frontiersman needs to marry again for his daughter’s sake. At first he believes he has found the right young woman, despite their differences in background, but his faith falters when time reveals she isn’t quite what she seemed. Can he truly love her? And what about his own failings?

Unlike her disgraced sister, Abigail Williams obeys the Commandments. At least, she thinks herself a Christian until a buckskin-clad newcomer courts her. He treats her kindly but also introduces her to a sermon by the controversial preacher, George Whitefield. Her self-righteousness is shattered, and she wonders about their relationship. If she confesses her lack of faith, will John continue to love her?

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