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This week we are featuring Lynette Sowell, author of A Season of Change (Abingdon Press)! To enter to win a copy, leave a comment on this post. 

Lynette SowellWhat is the smartest writing advice you ever got?

Finish the book!

What was your biggest break?

When a fellow writer (Rachel Hauck) invited me to join in on a proposal for a novella collection for Barbour, back in 2005. I was the only unpublished one in the group at the time. I haven’t looked back since. Not that I haven’t had doubts, like all writers do at some point, but I find my best breaks have come because of my fellow writers.

I’m inspired by…

Wide open spaces, nuggets of history trivia, a great book that keeps coming to mind after I’ve finished reading, true inspiring stories I see in the news.

My great adventure has been…

Packing everything I owned in my car and moving to Texas when I was 24, to spread my wings.

Describe yourself in one word:


If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save?

My laptop. I was going to say our pets, but they’re not things; they’re part of the family. But with my laptop, I can work anywhere. We have too many photos to save at once. After our home was broken into more than 10 years ago and we were robbed, I learned that things are replaceable.

What has been your most surreal, “pinch-me-I’m-dreaming” moment so far?

I distinctly remember when I arrived in Pinecraft for the first time for a visit in January 2012. I remember seeing the bicycles, the three-wheelers, the ladies in cape dresses and head coverings, younger women wearing flip-flops, the men with beards and suspenders, and thinking: “Wow, I’m really here! Oh, thank You, Lord!” And I did want to pinch myself.

What drives you to succeed?A Season of Change cover PK

I don’t like being wasteful—of time, talent, or whatever God has blessed me with. Being successful to me is making use of all those wisely.

Best Forgotten Custom:

Sitting down to breakfast together in the morning.

Best Way to Break a Sweat:

Going for a long walk.

Best Style Icon:

Jacqueline Kennedy.

Best Time-Waster:

Candy Crush. (Shhhh)

Best Indulgence:

Buying snow crab legs from the seafood department and eating them all by myself.

Best Advice

“People aren’t as concerned with me as I think they are; they’re too busy worrying about themselves.” I can’t remember who I heard say that, but the older I’ve gotten, the more I realize it’s true.

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