August 31, 2009
August 25, 2009
Lynnette, congratulations on your new release, Rocky Mountain Oasis! It must be rewarding to have your hard work validated. How long have you been writing? Tell us about your road to publication.
Thank you! Yes, writing is hard work – but the hard work doesn’t stop once the book is accepted. After that the real fun of trying to write that next book while marketing your previous books begins. Ah! The life of a writer! What better life could there be? I LOVE it!
Publishing houses said, “Unfortunately, we find we must decline the opportunity to publish this project.” Agents said, “With great regret, I must pass on this opportunity….” And I began to realize the mountain I was attempting to climb.
Then in late 2001 a small e-book publisher said they wanted to publish the book! I was thrilled. The contract was good and didn’t require me to sign my first born away, so I signed with dollar signs dancing in my head – after all, the internet was booming! Surely my wonderful story would take off and I would soon be known world-wide, right? Well, ahem, I made about 90 cents before the company went out of business a couple months later, and those were sales to my neighbor down the street and my brother, I think.
When the e-book publisher went belly-up, I was back to square one. By that time, I was homeschooling my two oldest kids and had a toddler to boot. Writing got put on the back burner. 2003 ushered in the birth of our daughter and in 2004 we moved from Idaho to Washington. I was still homeschooling and not writing. But through all those years I just kept praying about Rocky Mountain Oasis. I told the Lord the book was in His hands (I’m pretty sure He already knew this.) And that if He had given it to me just to help me through those tough, stressful years, I would try to be content with that. But I kept asking Him to direct my steps where the book was concerned. I specifically remember praying that if the Lord wanted this book to be published He would need to “drop a publisher in my lap” because I didn’t have time to shop it around again.
My mom is also a writer and she called me up one day in early 2007 to tell me about a new publisher on the scene, OakTara. One of her critique partners, Linda Reinhardt, had just gotten a contract with them. I checked them out and they had super simple submission guidelines, so I zipped up my file and fired it off to them. (Problem – their guidelines didn’t call for zipped files.) By December I still hadn’t heard from them – and I thought, “Well, I’ll try sending it to them with the files unzipped. Duh! (Insert slap to forehead.) So at midnight on December 23rd, 2007 I fired off another cover letter with my now almost 8 year old baby attached. They were the only publisher I’d submitted to in 6 years.
I love to hear author’s stories of what is was like to get The Call. What was it like for you? Did you get an actual phone call or an email?
I got an email. Since OakTara’s guidelines at the time said to expect to hear from them within 8 weeks of submission, I pretty much gave up when I hadn’t heard anything by April. Then on June 9th, 2008 I was having trouble with my email program and couldn’t get it to download email from my provider. So I’d gone online to fix something on the provider end – I hadn’t had email for about a day. I wasn’t even trying to read emails, I’d just gone to the provider to see what the problem was, get the annoyance fixed and get on with my day, but I happened to glance at the new emails as I was looking for something else, and I saw “Rocky Mountain Oasis” in the subject line of one. My hands stilled. I stared at that email subject, and tried to swallow my heart back down into my chest, because I’d actually given up on OakTara getting back to me at that point. It had been so long since I’d submitted to them (6 months) and did I really want to read another rejection right now? Curiosity got the better of me. I opened the email right there online (of course) and the opening line was: “Rocky Mountain Oasis is precisely the type of novel OakTara is interested in – quality fiction, from a fresh perspective – and we’d like to offer you the opportunity to join OakTara’s growing stable of authors.” I’m not kidding when I say I had to read the email a couple times to get it to sink in.
Tell us a little bit about your book.
To find out more about the book, see a video trailer, or read an excerpt you can visit my website at: http://www.lynnettebonner.com/.
You have a sequel coming out in 2010, High Desert Haven. Can you give us a peek into that book?
Where is the God who promised to be a comfort in the Valley of Death? Does he even remember that Nicki exists? And can she believe Jason’s assurances that he had nothing to do with the fire?
Have you written in any other genres?
Your blog has some great posts on marketing. What advice do you have for getting your name out there?
I think the best advice I could give to people would be, “Be bold.” Don’t be hesitant to ask for help with promotion. Generally, other writers are more than willing to help get your name out there, give you an endorsement, etc. Also, there is a plethora of great information available on the web about marketing. Be intentional about learning the best ways of marketing your works.
I think the most joy, for me, comes when someone tells me how much they liked my story.
I would have to say the most difficult aspect of writing is the inevitable rejection. There will be rejection by editors and publishing houses. There will be rejection from readers who think you’ve written a bunch of drivel. Rejection is part of a writer’s life. Developing a hard skin helps, but rejection still hurts.
What has God taught you on this writing journey?
I think one big thing I’m still learning (and probably will be for a long time to come) is that God’s opinion of me is the only one that I need to worry about. If I can take a rejection and then look to God and say, “Okay, Lord. I got another rejection. Help me to remember who I am in You,” that is a giant step in the right direction.
I think one thing I would do differently would be to keep writing even in the midst of rejection. I never completed my second novel until the first one was finally accepted, even though I started plenty of stories as ideas struck.
Ha! Oh goody! Let’s see…
1. More money – I’d like to have a log cabin in the country, build an orphanage in Malawi, take mission’s trips, give my kids more fun things like summer camps etc. (That all counts as 1 right? Lol)
3. A lifetime supply of all types of Swiss Chocolate.
Lynnette has graciously offered a free download of Rocky Mountain Oasis today to a lucky commenter! I will do a random draw on August 1. You have a week to post a comment and please leave your email address, so Lynnette can contact you with instructions if you are the lucky winner!
August 19, 2009
August 17, 2009
August 12, 2009
- The Missing, Seasons of Grace Series #2, Beverly Lewis
- The Shack, William P. Young
- A Cousin's Prayer, Indiana Cousins Series #2, Wanda E. Brunstetter
- Fields of Grace, Kim Vogel Sawyer
- Forgiven, Sisters of the Heart Series #3, Shelley Shepard Gray
- Dawn's Prelude, Song of Alaska Series #1, Tracie Peterson
- That Certain Spark, Only in Gooding! Series #4, Cathy Marie Hake
- A Surrendered Heart, Broadmoor Legacy Series #3, Tracie Peterson, Judith Miller
- A Man of His Word, Hearts of Middlefield Series #1, Kathleen Fuller
- Intervention, Terri Blackstock
- Take Two, Above The Line Series #2, Karen Kingsbury
- The Believer, Shaker Series #2, Ann H. Gabhart
- Green,The Beginning & the End, Circle Series #0, Ted Dekker
- Where Grace Abides, Riverhaven Years Series #2, B.J. Hoff
- A Dream to Call My Own, Brides of Gallatin County Series #3, Tracie Peterson
- The Carousel Painter, Judith Miller
- Lonestar Secrets, Lonestar Series #2, Colleen Coble
- Outlaw's Bride, Lori Copeland
- Angel Train, Wagon Wheel Series #4, Gilbert Morris
- Montana Rose, Montana Marriages Series #1, Mary Connealy
What I find interesting about this list is that 8 out of the 20 is Amish fiction. I confess this is not my favorite type of read, but evidently it is for alot of people. What is so compelling about this type of fiction? Is it the simple life? A simple faith? A cloistered life? I don't know...you tell me.
August 10, 2009
August 07, 2009
August 05, 2009
10. Report on the studies done regarding the cleanliness of public bathrooms. Can anyone say eewww?
9. Gripe about your mother-in-law. (I happen to love mine, and have nothing but praise. But I have heard stories....oh.my.goodness!!!!)
8. Gripe about you mother. (Can't say that I could do this either, as I have the sweetest, most generous mother in the world!)
7. Plastic surgury updates. (though before and after pics might give us something to smile about!)
6. Bed bugs. Those creepy crawlies that news crews love to expose on TV and gross everyone out to where they develop phobias about sleeping in hotel beds.
5. Blog about dieting tips when you have never worn a size greater than 8. Really?
4. Toenail fungus, and where you might have picked it up, and the treatment of it. Please, no pics.
3. Mole and wart removals. (Unless it's cancer, then by all means post so we can at least pray about it.)
2. How to train your cat to cough up hairballs OUTSIDE instead of INSIDE the house!
1. The best ways to pick your nose and not get caught. (Okay, I confess that Jill's post got me thinking about this...and I thought Jill's post was EXCELLENT, btw!!!!)
So there you have it. Surely you can come up with worse ideas than that!
August 03, 2009
Thank you Tabitha, from the Books, Bubs and Writing Blabber blog, for honoring me with the Honest Scrap Award! Tabitha is a sweetheart who has recently written a memoir. Wow, huh? She has alot to offer and I think she's awesome!
So, I'm supposed to tell you 10 random facts about ME. I don't know that I have anything you might not know, but I'll try.
- I hate hair that is not attached to a person's body. It really grosses me out.
- I cannot drink after other people, even my husband. The whole backwash thing when the kids were small cured me of that FOREVER!
- I cannot watch movies or read books that have demons or satanic themes. I get insanely scared, which is weird, because I have power in me that is greater than them. Maybe it's because I know they are real that is scares me....hhmmm.
- I have scoliosis and wore a big metal back brace in 9th and 10th grade. (Think Joan Cusack in 16 Candles...or was that Pretty in Pink.)
- I first spoke with my husband when I was 17 and had just moved to Houston to attend a Bible school. He gave me a dozen roses 2 weeks later on my 18th birthday and we have been together ever since.
- Got married at 19 and had my first child at 20.
- I love, love, love gummy bears and worms.
- I got to meet Frank Peretti on my 30th birthday and got an autographed copy of The Oath.
- I can do the robot most excellently.
- uummm...I have a pair of Cranky Pants, a pair of Fun Pants, a pair of Lazy Girl Pants, and am seriously looking for some Smarty Pants. (as in, O Wise One kind of pants) I thought about some Snarky Pants, but I tend to wear those under my Crank Pants. :)
Please forgive me for not passing this award on. I started back to work today and just didn't have the time over the weekend to get it all together!
August 01, 2009
That is as current as these yearbook pics get. Pretty funny, huh? I just thought to provide you with some weekend entertainment.
Hope you are smiling!