Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Day 2 Author Interview with Lynne Gentry

Lynne Gentry has written for numerous publications. 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.

Describe your workspace.
I love to be in the center of the action, so I write on a laptop at the kitchen table. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve just barely saved my computer from a cup of spilled coffee.
Describe your dream workspace.
It would have wall-to-wall windows, plush carpets, long work spaces to spread out all of my research books, soft music, and an incredible view of the mountains. Sigh.

If you could be a character from your favorite historical novel, who would you be?

I would like to be Lisbeth. I admire her brains, her tenacity, her spunk, and her willingness to dive into any situation. She’s much smarter and braver than me.

What is the biggest misconception the general public has about authors?
I used to write and produce musicals. The process would take over a year. I’ll never forget what someone said to me after one of my successful opening nights. “That was good. So what are you doing next week?” Sometimes it feels like non-writers think good stories just happen, but it takes hours and hours to create something from nothing. 

What is the biggest misconception beginning writers have about being published?
That once you’re published the hard work is done. But, in truth, the hard work has just begun.
What would you like readers to gain from reading your book?
We are all broken. We all make mistakes we regret. But the forgiving power of Jesus Christ has made it possible for us to put the past behind us and march toward the future with confidence.

Thanks for joining us here on Favorite PASTimes. Any final words for readers or writers?
Our lives are a chapter in a bigger story. Maybe you feel your chapter has taken a wrong turn. Maybe two or three. Or maybe you’re lost and not sure how to get back on the right page. Here’s the thing I know for certain: Even when we take a wrong turn and end up somewhere we were never meant to be, if we ask, God will rewrite our story. You do not have to journey alone.

Healer of Carthage:
First-year medical resident Dr. Lisbeth Hastings uses her father’s bizarre summons to escape her tragic mistake.

While Lisbeth searches the haunted cave of her father’s archaeological dig, she falls through a hidden portal. When the currents of time spew her onto the slave auction block in third century Carthage, her arrival ignites a fierce bidding war.

Unable to escape, Lisbeth becomes the property of Cyprian Thascius, a wealthy Roman entangled with a group of people under siege from political persecution and a deadly plague.

Lisbeth resists using her medical skills to combat the epidemic until she stumbles upon a buried secret. To save her family, she must unite with Cyprian to save Carthage. But every revolutionary step they take in the past threatens their future.

Author contact info:

Facebook: Author Lynne Gentry
Simon & Schuster:  

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?


Lynn Lovegreen said...

Nice interview, Lynne. Sounds like a great book!

Linda Catlett said...

Great interview. If I went back in time, the convenience I would miss might depend on how far back. I think electric light is probably an innovation that has influenced the reading world greatly and would certainly be missed by those of us who read constantly. Of course, the advent of the printing press would qualify as well. As for recent technology, I think I would miss the internet because of the access to so much information at my fingertips as a lifelong learner. I would love to read your book and am definitely adding it to my wishlist.

Audra said...

Great interview -- the book sounds fascinating, too!

I love hist fic for precisely this reason -- there's a great deal I couldn't live without, from sanitary water in my hot showers, to flush toilets, to my e-reader and my smart phone. Subways, the internet, vaccines... the list goes on and on. :) Camping is as rough as I can manage!

Susan P said...

I love my plush carpet in personal spaces too. :)
I still think the working bathroom/toilet would be my convenience I'd miss the most. I like not having to got to an outhouse!
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