About the Author
Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years, and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time.
1. What is your favorite dessert?
Ooo, that’s easy. Ice cream for sure (chocolate chip cookie dough, to be exact)!
2. What is your beverage of choice?
Usually water or unsweetened peach iced tea.
3. What is your favorite movie and/or TV show?
The 6-hour BBC version of Pride & Prejudice. I could watch it over and over (and have!).
4. Where is your favorite place to go on holiday?
Anywhere there’s a beach—Maui is my recent fave.
Author Related Questions
1. Who or what inspired you to become an author?
I’ve always gravitated toward writing, ever since I was a child and learned to read. But it wasn’t until I discovered Christian fiction in college that I found my niche.
2. What did you want to be when you grew up? Did becoming an author ever cross your mind?
When I was younger, I dreamed of being a lawyer, but then I realized I’m horrible at thinking on my feet (so the courtroom wasn’t for me!). I’d always loved writing, so I studied journalism in college and worked a variety of writing and editing jobs. But I didn’t seriously consider becoming a published author until I was doing my master’s in English and took a creative writing course (not my first)—and remembered how much fun it was to write fiction.
3. Who are some of your favorite authors? Do these authors inspire your own writing?
I really love Rachel Hauck, Katie Ganshert, Beth Vogt, and Susan Meissner. And yes, they inspire my own writing in that I strive to be as poignant as they are. But I recognize that everyone writes differently and has different strengths.
4. When you are not writing, what other "hats" do you wear?
I wear the hat of mommy to two little boys, wife, freelance editor, online English instructor, and every other kind of headwear that comes with those roles (cook, chauffeur, maid, etc.). ;)
Book Related Questions
1. What inspired the idea for The Heart Between Us?
The initial idea came from a radio story I heard about a woman who went skydiving because her heart donor had always wanted to.
2. What do you want readers to take away from reading The Heart Between Us?
Fear, bravery, and freedom play a big role in this book. Ultimately, I want readers to come away hopeful, knowing that freedom and courage can be theirs if only they reach out and embrace it. I also want to inspire people to live their own lives to the fullest.
3. What is your current WIP? What can you tell us about this project?
I just turned in the first draft to my publisher on February 1! It’s since been given a title (The Secrets of Paper and Ink), and it’s about a broken woman who travels to Cornwall, England—the setting of her favorite author’s novels—to find the courage to write her own story.
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