My passion for writing came at 40. At the time our youngest was being homeschooled through the last years of high school. I’d written several articles and published a couple books about using the Internet to help with homeschooling your kids. I’m kinda a geek when it comes to computers and such. But that’s another tidbit you can set aside and we’ll go back to why I am writing.
I was not what you would call a natural reader or writer when I was in school. In fact, I still have problems with certain grammar rules—and don’t get me started on punctuation. So, for the Lord to take a completely inadequate person in natural talent ability and turn me around to become a writer, still floors me. And, in a nutshell, that is what happened. God gave me a passion to write stories that would not only inspire and entertain but that would hopefully challenge the reader to go deeper in their relationship with Him. After my first novel, Sea Escape, was published I heard from a couple of the readers that sent the message home to me that I AM doing what God called me to do. The first was a letter from a rapist in prison who thanked me for writing the book because, for the first time in his life, he now realized he’d been wrong. Here he was sitting behind bars, convicted of rape, and still believing he did nothing wrong. I am humbled that the Lord would use my humble little book in such a strong and profound way. The second was from a gal who had been date raped and realized for the first time she was not at fault. Her parents blamed her, her husband blamed her and, most importantly, she blamed herself. God used that little book to convince her that the sin was done to her and she was free from any and all guilt. Talk about the Wow factor in why I write the books I write…you can’t get more powerful inspiration than that.
I love research and I love writing historicals and contemporaries. I also dabble in suspense. Currently I am working with my hubby on a seven book fantasy series for our grandchildren. Who knows if they’ll be published. It’s basically a fun thing to do with my husband for the grandkids. We have eight, by the way. We have three children, two who are married…giving us two more in our quiver, and our youngest son, Tim, who died a year and a half ago. I pause to say, yes, it is a terrible loss and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemies. But I am confident in Tim’s position in heaven and I know I will see him again and get to wrap my arms around him. God does supply all of our needs, including the pain of grief and the encouragement of joy.
So, you know I’m married, have kids, 8 grands, I love research, growing up on the Vineyard and I was given a gift to write. I also love to cook—not bake—cook. My spice cabinet takes up more room than the canned goods, if that gives you a clue about my passion for cooking. I also love to travel, camp and take photos. So on that note I’ll let you go, and I look forward to my next post regarding the tidbits of history that make it into my novels.
Speaking of novels, my next novel to be released is titled “Courting Holly” and scheduled to be released in Oct. 2013. If you like historical tidbits you might like to visit my blog 19th Century Historical Tidbits. You can also follow me on twitter @LynnColeman or you can friend me on Facebook.
In His grip,
Below is a picture of some of my family. It is from the last Christmas our son, Tim, was able to spend with us. He's pictured in the rear on the right side of the tree.