Monday, November 22, 2021

An Interview with Author Lynda Young


An Interview with Lynda Young

What's your writing advice/top tip for writers?

Normally my top tip would be, “Just write!” I say it often because it’s so important to 
spend the time actually writing rather than dreaming of one day writing, or 
spending all your time and effort on courses, seminars, and help books. 
But today, I have a new top tip that is equally important:

Read! And not only read, but read the genre you want to write. I’m truly astounded 
how many times I come across writers who don’t read. They think it takes time 
away from their writing, or they simply aren’t interested. There are so many 
benefits to reading, I couldn’t possibly list them all here. One of the major 
benefits is learning what works for your market. While “How to Write” books 
and courses are helpful, there is no substitute to reading the real deal.

For my 365-day devotional, Cling to God, I read so many devotionals and inspirational 
books. I worked out what I liked best, what I didn’t like as much, what left me 
feeling encouraged and stronger in my faith, and I applied everything I learned 
to my own book. In other words, I wrote the book I wanted to read, one that also 
fit within reader expectations.

Where do you find inspiration?

Each morning I read a few verses of the Bible, contemplate on the words, and 
occasionally jot down inspired thoughts in a journal. This is how Cling to God started. 
I hadn’t decided one day to write a book of devotionals. The idea evolved after filling 
the journal. There was enough there to share with others. I began reading them 
out during Bible study and as devotionals before church meetings. That’s when 
the idea grew into a book. 
But of course, ultimately, my inspiration came from God.

Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what music inspires you?

Silence is preferable but not always possible. When I need an escape from noise, 
I’ll listen to instrumental music. I can’t write if there are lyrics. The words distract 
too much. The kind of beat varies depending on mood. I love anything that tugs 
on the emotions. Epic sounds with swelling crescendos are great, or deep drums. 
Usually something modern. If I’m after something softer, then flutes work a 
treat or something tribal. As I said, mood has a lot to do with it.

Coffee, tea, or hot cocoa?

While I love the smell of coffee, I don’t drink it. When I’m trying to steer clear of sugar, 
I’ll have a herbal tea, a green tea, or a genmaicha (a Japanese rice tea). 
Otherwise, it’s hot cocoa all the way. The richer the better. No cream or 
marshmallows. Just a mug of dark chocolate yum.

What is the current book you are promoting?

Cling to God: 365-Day Devotional. This special book is a year-long journey with 
inspirational messages and uplifting scripture to help you spend time with God 
each day. It includes short Bible-based teachings that will encourage and refresh. 
It is faith building and thought-provoking with reassuring reminders of God’s love.

A great companion for individual worship or for group Bible study.

The perfect gift book or personal keepsake that will be cherished for years to come.

365 days of inspiration and Bible wisdom to lighten your heart.
365 devotions to bring you peace in uncertain times.
365 ways to Cling to God.

Start each morning with Cling to God to brighten your day and draw closer to God.

Thank you for stopping by, Lynda. I agree, we all need to read and write. :)

Have you picked up your copy of Cling to God yet? 
I recommend it.
I purchased extra copies to give to family for Christmas. 

In addition to this interview, I have a fall sale going on. Details are here:
A young woman, a spaceship in disguise on Earth, and a galaxy at war. What more do you need for 99 cents? The sale is limited but can be found here:
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Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Thanks for having me, Tyrean!

Lee Lowery said...

Awesome interview! I'm enjoying Lynda's devotional every morning. 💙

Jemi Fraser said...

Great interview!
I don't understand how people can write, but not be voracious readers. For me, they go hand in hand.
I'm another who loves the coffee smell, but doesn't like the taste :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Lynda - you're welcome!

Lee - Glad you liked the interview. I love Lynda's devotional!

Jemi - same. I do understand that reading can be difficult, and so audio-books can be helpful, but I can't understand not wanting to read in some form or fashion when we are also writing.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tyrean - lovely to see Lynda here ... and to read her thoughts about 'going about writing', as too developing that book, as she has done with her Devotional.

Lynda has definitely found her voice - an essential for a published author - cheers and all the best to you both - Hilary

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great interview! I don't understand how writers can write but not read either.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Exactly how I write - I write the book I want to read.
I can do lyrics in my music though!
Congratulations, Lynda.

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Lee, I'm so glad you're enjoying my Devotional.

Jemi, I know, right! And it's so good to know another non-coffee drinker. There aren't a lot of us around :)

Hilary, thank you for your kind words

Natalie, it's crazy, huh.

Alex, yep, writing what you want to read is the way to go.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

On my Christmas list!

cleemckenzie said...

Thanks for the great interview you two!

Nick Wilford said...

Great interview. Never can underestimate the importance of reading.