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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Lynne Tagawa, Historical Fiction


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Lynne Tagawa
Lynne Tagawa is married with four grown sons and three marvelous grandbabies. A biology teacher by trade, she teaches part-time, writes, and edits. She’s written a Texas history curriculum in narrative form, Sam Houston’s Republic, and two novels, A Twisted Strand and The Shenandoah Road. Lynne lives with her husband in South Texas.

Welcome, Lynne. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
For one thing, I hope they grasp a sense of what it was like to live in that time and place—but that’s what we always hope for when reading historical fiction, isn’t it? But an important theme is the spiritual journey of the characters. It fits in well with the time of the Great Awakening. Obviously, not everyone was affected by the revival, but many were, even if only tangentially, like Benjamin Franklin, who makes a cameo appearance in the story.

What has no one asked that you would like to share?
The music of the time period was interesting to explore. You see, both Congregationalists and Presbyterians sang from “psalters,” which were the psalms rewritten so they had a “meter.” They sang them to traditional tunes. Hymns were newfangled but increasing in popularity. Franklin’s printing of Isaac Watts’s hymns was selling well.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it?
Sometimes my story feels forced or two-dimensional. I have to step back. Recently I bought a book that clarified my mind on some things. It was just what I needed. A single idea from a book or another writer, or just a random thought—I make an adjustment, and now my story feels alive, vibrant. You have to be passionate about your characters and theme or your reader won’t care either. That’s my only true experience of writer’s block. Of course, there’s the kind where you’re distracted and it’s hard to be creative, but that’s more a time management problem.

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains—I’ve been to the beach!

Y’all or You Guys? Y’all

Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Croissants.

Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Spring

Laptop or Desktop? Anything that’s a Mac.

Mug or teacup? Mug.

Please tell us a little about your novel, The Shenandoah Road: A Novel of the Great Awakening
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?

“Lynne Tagawa transports readers into the faith and hope, and sorrows and fears of 18th-century colonial America. While other books feature the raw grit of frontier colonial life, this book goes deeper and reveals the heart.” —Douglas Bond, author of numerous books, including War in the Wasteland and Hostage Lands.

Where can readers find you online? 

Where can readers purchase The Shenandoah Road

Lynne, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Lynne is offering a paperback copy of The Shenandoah Road to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through November 13, 2018, and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Jungle Fire by Dana Mentink is Susanne. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 

NEW RELEASE! Mary Ann’s Miracle, Book #3 of the California Bound series. This sweet romance novella is set in the 1950s and is out in eBook.  Available at 

From the back cover: When Mary Ann Williams was a teenager, her daddy fell from the lofty pedestal on which she had placed him. It will take a miracle to restore her trust in him and all men…

You can read more about the book here and you can read the first chapter here.


  1. I enjoy historical stories, so I know I'd love this! I would also prefer the croissants! I follow.
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  2. Hi Jo and Lynne, I enjoyed learning about your likes, Lynne, and I agree with most except I would take the biscuits, if they're made from scratch. I hope to win The Shenandoah Road. Historical fiction and The Great Awakening!
    Thanks for sharing & Blessings, Y'all!
    Jo,I follow you.

  3. Historicals are some of my favorite books. I would love to read this one. Thank you for the opportunity. mauback55 at gmail dot com

  4. sounds like a great book. Shelia sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

  5. Hi Lynne. I'd love to win a copy of your book. It looks intriguing. Thank you for the opportunity for this giveaway.

  6. ...and I forgot to leave me email address!


  7. I would love to win a copy of your book. Sounds like a great read. I like reading these kind of books. Oh I hope I win.
    My email is: don(DOT)stewart(AT)zoominternet(DOT)net

  8. Looks great 👍 Thanks for Sharing this book with us 😍

  9. I'm a Follower also 😊💖😊
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  10. 18th century America is always a historical period that I enjoy reading about.
    I am a follower.