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A TWISTED STRAND
by Lynne Tagawa
Lynne Tagawa is a semi-retired science teacher by trade, the wife of a wonderful husband, mother of four sons, and grandma to three. We all live in South Texas.
Welcome, Lynne. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? Or would you return to somewhere you’ve already been?
Virginia. Our dream vacation is Scotland, but I’m currently writing a series set in colonial Virginia, and I want to know the tiny details—the texture of the soil, the smell of the Blue Ridge trails—that can’t be gleaned from the internet.
What surprised you the most about the writer’s journey—publication, representation, platform building, the writing itself?
Rules. There are rules for fiction that truly startled me: some of the things that pepper my writing are said to be “old-fashioned” by some or quasi-illegal by others. I’ve conformed to some of it, but you will have to pry my semi-colons out of my cold, dead hands. And then there’s “preachiness.” Apparently, I write way too “preachy” for most publishers. That shocked me. I thought, “Aren’t we Christians? Can’t we quote Scripture in a book?” But apparently, the larger publishing houses dislike more than a few verses.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
As a newbie fiction writer myself, I would say to be humble enough to receive criticism and seek it out, but at the same time remember that you have a story to tell and a style all your own. Preserve that. Rewriting is hard work, but persevere, and don’t hold back in cutting excess flab or weak verbs. Finally, write the story you’d like to read—not the latest best-selling genre. Don’t write for the market. Don’t write Amish if your passion is medieval or vice versa.
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains—I’ve been to the beach!
Y’all or You Guys? y’all and all y’all (everyone!)
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Is chocolate-filled croissant not a choice?
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? spring
Laptop or Desktop? Anything with an apple logo
Mug or teacup? Mug, with coffee
Please tell us a little about your novel, A Twisted Strand.
After dragging her heart through a divorce, Rachel Davis is ready to settle down on their South Texas country home, raise her kids, and find some peace. Can she find the secret to making her heart whole again?
William Davis, MD, would do anything to take back his horrible mistake, but infidelity is more than his wife can forgive. He goes home to an empty house in Austin every night, trying his best to be a good dad to his kids from afar.
When Rachel discovers their Jersey heifer dead from a hemorrhagic fever, she quickly realizes that the danger may spread to humans. Working for an epidemiologist, she joins the investigation. Is it natural? Or terrorism?
The family vet sickens, and Will enters the fray. Could this become an epidemic?
Estranged from God and from each other, both Rachel and Will encounter the truth of the gospel and struggle to make sense of it all. Is there hope? And is there hope for their relationship?
Where can readers find you online?
Where can readers purchase A Twisted Strand?
Lynne, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Lynne is offering winner’s choice of a paperback or eBook copy of A Twisted Strand to one commenter to this blog post.
Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through June 26, 2018, and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.
The winners of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Dancing in the Rain by Jennifer Slattery are Connie and Mindy. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
My latest book is out – Her Reason to Smile, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here.