This week I’m pleased to welcome Lynette Sowell. Hi, Lynette. Please tell us about A Season of Change.
A Season of Change is an “urban Amish” romance, set in the village of Pinecraft, in the city of Sarasota, Florida. Jacob Miller is an Amish widower visiting family during Christmas time, when his daughter is seriously injured in an accident. He must stay in Pinecraft for an extended time while she recovers, and he’s face-to-face with the world in ways he never imagined. Natalie Bennett, a former circus performer, works at a circus school and volunteers at the hospital where Jacob’s daughter is. She meets the Millers and embarks on a search to find her late mother’s family. Her mother was ex-Amish and had never told Natalie. Sparks fly between Jacob and Natalie, but there’s another woman who makes sure she remains in the picture—and she’s the logical, proper, Amish choice.
This sounds like a good read, and I really like the cover.
When did you first get the writing itch?
I first felt the writing itch in elementary school, when I began to use my (over)active imagination to write stories during class after I’d finished my work. Usually those stories included many illustrations of horses, because I was an extremely horse-crazy kid.
I loved horses as a girl. I even had a good-sized wood stable with plenty of model horses to play with. Sigh, I’m allergic to horses, so I had to settle for the fake one. LOL not that my parents would have been able to get me one anyway. 🙂
What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
I believe there aren’t any circumstances God can’t use and work something beautiful from. Whatever the pain, loss or unseen curveball that comes our way in life, it doesn’t limit God. I hope readers will see that God often works in unexpected ways, in spite of what we’re going through.
Do you have a favorite season?
I love springtime in Texas. The temperature is perfect (mostly) and everything gets lush and green, and flowers like bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush and other flowers are on the sides of the highways and back roads. It’s a beautiful time for a road trip. Otherwise, New England in the fall is my favorite because of the gorgeous colors outdoors and the crisp weather.
I see how location would influence that answer. Both Texas and New England sound beautiful.
What is next for you?
My next book in the series, A Path Made Plain, releases in November. Also, Elizabeth Goddard and I have a co-authored Christmas novella set releasing in September from Barbour, A Grand Teton Sleigh Ride(Barbour Publishing), which is a generational collection of novellas about the Covington family in Jackson, Wyoming.
I love Christmas stories!
Lynette is giving away one copy of her book to a lucky commenter.
Drawing Rules: You must have a USA mailing address to be entered for a print copy. There must be at least ten qualifying comments for the drawing to take place. The drawing ends 5/18/2014. The winner will be contacted by email on 5/19/14 and have until 5/25/2014 to respond or forfeit–no new winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited by law.
Lynette Sowell is the award-winning author of more than 15 titles for Barbour, Heartsong Presents, and Abingdon Press. When she’s not crafting stories, she works as a freelance reporter and columnist for her local newspaper. She was born in Massachusetts, raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and makes her home on the doorstep of the Texas hill country with her husband, a duo of cats, and a Texas heeler named Mocha. In no particular order, Lynette loves coffee, chocolate, reading, cooking, watching movies, and is always up for a Texas road trip. You can find her on Facebook at facebook.com/lynettesowellauthor and on Twitter @LynetteSowell. She also blogs at NotQuiteAmishLiving.com and InspyRomance.com.