Join me in a talk with Author Lynette Endicott.
When a high school writing assignment resulted in publication of an article in a youth magazine, at age 14, Lynette Endicott was hooked. Writing has always been part of her life; journaling, grants for work, or newsletters for non-profits where she worked have kept that alive.
She has been part of the Disability Rights movement since 1979, and continues to consult with organizations that serve people with disabilities.
Lynette grew up in Illinois, met her husband in Western Nebraska (they’ve been married since 1974), lived 25 years in Kansas where their daughter was born, and has been in Fresno, California since 2000. She has a son-in-law (who lives with her daughter nearby), and with the kids has rescued two dogs, three cats and a bird.
During the fun collaboration with Tami Dee, Lynette and Tami learned that they each owned a calico cat and a cockatiel — and both appear in the Time After Time Saga. Paula’s cat, Slainte’, appears in Animal Instinct and both a cat and a bird appear in Survival Instinct.
Shirley: Tell us about your heroine. Without sharing any spoilers, give our readers a hint about what makes her tick; why it's important to write a book about her; if she is strong or weak or otherwise, and how she might handle conflict.
Lynette: Eliza O'Malley is a teenager when her father returns from Wyoming territory to take her and her brother Allen away from Ireland and their mother to the wild West of America. She is based on my husband's great-grandmother. When my mother-in-law and I were conducting family genealogy research we found newspaper stories and other history which, combined with the stories she's heard first hand and her own recollections, helped us get to know the strong, successful woman that Eliza became.
Even though some of the story is fantasy (there is a time traveling enemy after all) the foundation of the story is the real life of our family's Eliza.
Lynette: My 6 year-old dog and I volunteer as a Therapy Dog team. Ollie is a Tail Waggin' Tutor and children read out loud to him to improve their reading.
Shirley: When you aren't using your creative juices to write, what do you do for fun?
Lynette: I have a large flower garden and a vegetable garden. This year we have a winter garden, and are still enjoying fresh salads. Fresno isn't as mild as southern California but we enjoy a much milder Winter than we've had anywhere else we've lived.
Shirley: As a writer, what do you put off doing?
Lynette: Oh, my. I put off sitting down to do the first draft of the story. I write the draft fairly quickly -- often in a week -- but it takes my full concentration to keep the story rolling. I enjoy letting the story rattle around in my mind with lots of optional directions and scenes -- and once I sit down to write they have to be more structured.
Shirley: What sort of message are you sending in your stories if any?
Lynette: No matter the circumstances we can prevail -- through love.
Shirley: What is your favorite type of book to read? What is your least favorite type of book to read?
Lynette: I love reading almost anything. From historical to modern romance, from fantasy to science fiction to mystery to history to nature. I read it all.
Shirley: Please share a short blurb of the book you have out now that you hope to share with one of our readers and let us know where we can find you and your books.
Lynette: The third book in the Time After Time Saga, by Lynette Endicott and Tami Dee.
When Eliza O'Malley leaves Ireland for America her mother hopes and prays she will escape the heartache that was inherited with the Heartmark.
It was not to be. As she keeps house for her father and brothers, and holds the family together through Wyoming winter and a terrible tragedy, she is being watched by a neighbor who will do anything in her power to keep Eliza from her true love.
Shirley: Thank you for sharing with us at A Pen for Your Thoughts.
Please drop Lynette a note, and we will put you on the list for a free copy of her book.
The name of our winner will be drawn at random from our entries.
To visit with Lynette and read more about her books:
Amazon Author page (for paperbacks of the Starting Over Series) http://www.amazon.com/Lynette-Endicott/e/B008E8P1AO/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1384806342&sr=8-1
And from Desert Breeze Publsihing
Thanks for having me, Shirley. Always a pleasure to visit a fellow-author.ReplyDelete
Good interview. Do add me to your list. I would really like to read one of Lynette's books. Janice IanReplyDelete