Lynette Eason grew up in Greenville, SC. She attended Converse College where she obtained her Masters degree in Education. During this time, she met the man she would marry—the boy next door! She and Jack have been married 18 years.They have two children. Lynette’s books have appeared on the ECPA and CBA bestseller lists and have won several awards including the prestigious Carol Award in 2013. Lynette is a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America), FHL (Faith, Hope, and Love) and ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and teaches at writers conferences all over the country.
INTERVIEW WITH LYNETTE EASON
S.S: How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for about 15 years. I got THE CALL in 2007 from Harelquin’s Krista Stroever that she wanted to buy my book.
S.S: Do you write full time? If the answer is no, what else do you do? If you are a full time author, what other jobs did you have in the past?
I write full time and I teach full time. Fortunately, I teach from home with an online school so it’s not quite as time consuming as if I had to leave the house and go to a brick and mortar building to teach. I also put in about 30-40 hours a week on my writing. No, I don’t sleep much.
S.S: Tell us about the moment you finally felt like a “real author”?
February 16th, 2007 when I got the call that my book had sold.
S.S.: Who has been your greatest supporter as an author?
My family. My mother most of all, probably. She and my dad are super proud. My husband is also crazy supportive and handles a lot of my PR stuff.
S.S: Do you write in any other genres?
If so, what? Nope, I’m strictly a Romantic Suspense girl.
S.S: How does your faith play into your writing?
My faith comes through in my characters, I believe. Since I write for the Christian market, there’s always a faith element in the stories. But even if I didn’t write for the Christian market, I think I would still have the faith element there. I can’t leave Christ out of anything I do.
S.S: If you couldn’t write, what else would you want to do?
Curl up in to a ball and die? LOL. No, I wouldn’t, but I have no idea what else I would want to do. I don’t think about it.
My current release is Nowhere To Turn. It’s the second book in the Hidden Identity series from Revell. Here’s the back cover copy:
The day Danielle Harding takes her 11-year-old son, Simon, and flees from her abusive husband, is the same day Kurt Harding dies. A relieved Dani believes she and her son are finally safe--but in reality, the danger has just begun. When Kurt was alive, he took something important to a mysterious person. That person wants the item back and believes Dani now has it. As she and her son run for their lives, they have nowhere to turn, until she hires Adam Buchanan of Operation Refuge and goes into hiding. Unfortunately, she won't be able to hide for long . . .
From the first breathless scene, this tension-laced story will hold readers in its iron grip. Bestselling author Lynette Eason propels readers along at a breakneck pace in a race to discover the truth and a better future.
S.S: Where did you get your inspiration for this book?
My editor, Andrea Doering, gets most of the credit for this series. She sent me the idea in a short blurb of an email and asked me if I could do something with it. I took it and that became the first book. Adam, the hero in this current release, showed up and demanded his own story.
S.S: What is the main thing you hope readers remember from your story?
I hope readers take away the love God has for people. I hope they remember that even when hard times hit, God hasn’t abandoned them and that he’s right there in the midst of the storm.
S.S: Who is your favorite character in this book and why?
I adore Simon. He’s just a great kid with a huge heart. He’s been hurt, wounded in a way that no child should ever have to suffer, but he’s a survivor and is going to grow up to be an amazing man of God.
S.S: Who is your least favorite character in this book? Why?
I didn’t like the final villain, the one who was sneaky and friendly to your face, but as soon as you turned your back, you found a knife in it. I can’t stand those kind of people. LOL.
S.S: What are you working on now?
I’m now working on the next book for Harlequin and also the next one for Revell. The one for Revell is the first in the next series which is about a team of female bodyguards. The one for Harlequin is the second in the Wrangler’s Corner series.
S.S: Any writing goals you still hope to achieve?
I’d love to win a Christy, write a book for the ABA, see one of my books turned into a movie. Sure, there are a lot of things I’d love to see happen with my writing.
S.S: Now let’s get a little personal. Name two things on your “bucket list” that you haven’t done yet.
1. Travel to Greece and Italy. 2. Win a Christy. (Ha)
S.S: What is the silliest thing you have ever done?
I can’t think of anything. I don’t really do silly. (That makes me sound so boring, doesn’t it??)
S.S: What is the hardest thing you have ever done?
Write a book.
S.S.: Where can readers find you on the internet?
I’m on Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest.
Pinterest: Lynette Eason
My website: www.lynetteeason.com
S.S.: Anything else you’d like to share with us?
Thank you so much for having me on the Suspense sisters. I have three books to give away! So if you’re interested in being entered to win, leave a comment answering this question: What kind of suspense stories do you like to read the most?
Lynette is giving away three copies of Nowhere to Turn! For your chance to win, leave a comment, along with your contact information.