Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Author Lynne Gentry - Day 1 Interview

Lynne Gentry has written for numerous publications. Her newest novel, Healer of Carthage, is the first in The Carthage Chronicles series. She is a professional acting coach, theater director, and playwright with several full-length musicals and a children’s theater curriculum to her credit. Lynne is an inspirational speaker and dramatic performer whose first love is spending time with family.

Welcome to PASTimes, Lynne. Tell us a little about what you write.

I write stories that launch modern women into ancient adventures. History fascinates me, especially the stories of people who’ve done great things in the face of incredible odds. When I read the accounts of these heroes, I wonder what if that had been me? Could I have summoned the courage to do what they did?
Are you a full-time writer or do you hold a day job? What is the biggest challenge/obstacle you face in protecting your writing time?

I do write full-time but I still teach private acting lessons for children preparing for professional auditions. Writing is a solitary sport and unfortunately I’m a very social person. My biggest obstacle is turning down the enticing offers to socialize.

What historical time periods interest you the most and how have you immersed yourself in a particular time period?

The rise and fall of the Roman Empire intrigues me for two reasons. First, Rome was the government in power during the time of Christ. It’s amazing how much politics played into the crucifixion of my Savior. Secondly, the Romans influenced so much of what we know today. Government, architecture, and medicine just are of few of the legacies they have handed down through the century. It’s curious to me that the founding of Rome was based upon family values, deep religious commitment, a strong work ethic, patriotism, and high moral virtues. Sound familiar? I think studying the rise and fall of Rome can give Americans deep insight into our future.

Introduce us briefly to the main characters in your most recent book.

Dr. Lisbeth Hastings is a bright, driven, 28-year-old medical intern who counts science as her god. Raised by her archaeologist father, she has spent her life entertaining herself in the far corners of the world. She longs to be the doctor her mother was before she disappeared, but a tragic mistake early in her career shatters her confidence and threatens her dream.

Cyprianus Thascius is a handsome Roman noble who is struggling to jettison his pagan beliefs for his newfound faith. Generous and kind, he opens his home to the old bishop who has become his mentor. But can he open his heart to spitfire God has placed in his path?

What are you working on now?
I’m editing Book #2, Return to Exile, in The Carthage Chronicles series and writing Book #3, Valley of Decision.

A reader once asked me this question, and I thought it was a good one. Is there ever a time when you feel like your work is truly finished and complete?
No. I’ve had to read Healer of Carthage again to jump into the edits of Book #2 and I think … oh, I wish I could rewrite that sentence.

Don't miss the rest of the interview tomorrow. Lynn is giving away a copy of her novel HEALER OF CARTHAGE. To enter the drawing, answer this question in the comments: We love our modern conveniences. If you went back in time, which modern convenience would be the hardest for you to do without?