Thursday, December 17, 2015

Get Lost with CHRISTMAS GRACE and Leslie Lynch

I'm so pleased to welcome Leslie Lynch to Get Lost in a Story!  She's a 2013 Golden Finalist - a Lucky 13 with me and is a fascinating woman!  She is the first woman I ever met who flies with the Civil Air Patrol!

Before we get to my questions for Leslie, don't forget to check the end of the blog for Leslie's question to you.  (There is a giveaway!)

Meet Leslie Lynch

Award winning author Leslie Lynch gives voice to characters who struggle to find healing for their brokenness—and discover unconventional solutions to life’s unexpected twists.
Leslie lives near Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband and her adult children’s cats. While not engaged in wrestling the beautiful and prolific greenery of their yard into submission, she flies as a volunteer for the Civil Air Patrol, loves the exuberant creativity and color of quilting and pottery…and, of course, writes.
See - fascinating - right?
Let's talk about your latest novella -- CHRISTMAS GRACE.  (I love the title!) 
The Story Blurb
No one wants to celebrate Christmas this year.

Not Ella McKendrick, who, on the cusp of success as a potter, is tasked with her husband’s company
party on too-short notice. She gives up her first pottery sale to pitch in, but the joy of the season is diminished.

Not Gertie Wycliffe, Ella’s mom, a new widow who is doing everything she can to avoid her first Christmas alone. No one understands the grief and terror she feels—maybe because the craziness of a seventy-four-year-old woman signing up for skydiving lessons is all she lets them see.

Not Natalie Shaw, Ella’s pregnant daughter. Natalie’s husband is deployed halfway around the world, and she believes that ignoring the holiday might blunt her loneliness.
 Then disaster strikes, not once but twice. Three generations; three untenable situations. Three women who come together for each other, and remember what’s most important about Christmas.

This gave me chills!  And I love the cover.

Sneak Peak (Check it out!)

Buy -- Amazon 


NAN: How often to you get lost in a story?

LESLIE:  All the time! The better question would be, when am I not lost in a story! I read, read, read, and unless it’s remarkably badly written, I love to meet new characters and travel to new places via books.
Oh yeah!

NAN: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you’ve met?

LESLIE:   I am blessed and honored to know a number of military personnel and law enforcement officers. Oh – and a couple firemen. Some of these people have awards for heroic actions (well deserved), but not one of them will mention them. Each and every one lives their lives with the same courageous values on a day to day basis, though, continuing their acts of heroism without fanfare.
What wonderful courageous people you know!

NAN:  Since we're talking about heroes, what's your favorite trait about your hero in CHRISTMAS GRACE? 

LESLIE:    Tough question. There are three guys in the story…and I love them all (eventually, in one case.) Virgil, however, is in a class by himself. He’s an adventure-loving guy who just makes you happy when he’s around. 
Sounds like someone I want to meet!

NAN:  How did you come up with the idea for your book? 

LESLIE:   CHRISTMAS GRACE is a conglomeration of my personal experiences. I’ve watched as my mother, aunts, and other women friends have grappled with widowhood. The struggle to go on, and to redefine one’s purpose is a major one. I’ve seen couples lose the spark that kept their marriage lively, and learn to rediscover it. And I was Ella to my daughter-in-law’s Natalie while she was on bedrest with a high risk pregnancy. The seeds of all my books come either from my personal life, events I’ve witnessed, or issues I’ve read about.
And this makes the conflicts so real! 

NAN:  High Heels or Hiking Boots? 

LESLIE:    Hiking boots. I love the great outdoors and love to hike. I hate dressing up, and high heels hurt my feet. Give me a trail over a dress up occasion any day!
I guessed this one!

NAN'S GOTTA ASK:   What is one of the most instructive experiences you’ve had as an author?

LESLIE'S  GOTTA ANSWER:   Proofing my audio books. That is a real thrill, along with being a bit of work. I have collaborated with the extremely talented Carol Dines on Hijacked, Christmas Hope, and Christmas Grace. 
That sounds amazing and hard!

Thank you for joining the crew today, Leslie!

Twitter: @Leslie_Lynch
Goodreads:  Leslie Lynch

LESLIE LYNCH WANTS TO KNOW:  CHRISTMAS GRACE focuses on the complex relationships of mothers and daughters. Would you like to share a funny or poignant story about a woman who is dear to you?

Commenters - LESLIE  is giving away a print copy of CHRISTMAS GRACE  (North America only)


  1. Thanks for having me as your guest today, Nan! I'm excited to be here. And I'm looking forward to stories readers might share about relationships with the women in our lives whom we love!

  2. I'm so glad you're here, Leslie! Christmas Grace sounds wonderful! I'm trying to think of stories about my mother, but all I can say is she was incredibly brave to come to this country after knowing my father for only 5 or 6 months when he was stationed in England during WWII. They wrote for 3 years, but still to come and marry someone based on so little time together seems amazing!

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  4. That's a true leap of faith, Nan! And true love, too. What an inspiring legacy. Now I know where your romantic imagination comes from! �� (That emoticon is supposed to be a heart; don't know what it's showing up as on the blog!)

  5. Great interview, Leslie and Nan. I'm with you on the hiking boots, Leslie. To answer your question, my mother. She taught me to love books, and my first memories of her were getting lost in a story as she read to her children. She was an unintentionally funny woman. Think of Edit Bunker, and that was her personality.

    Merry Christmas to both of you!

    1. I love your characterization of your Mom's personality! I'm sure I would have loved knowing her - as I love knowing you! My mom encouraged library use - I was "allowed" into the adult library as a sixth grader as I had exhausted the children's library, and she wrote the state library to request boxes of books to be sent to me during the summer, when we couldn't leave the ranch often enough for the trek into town. I owe her a huge debt for that. She was funny, too, although it was more intentional and a bit sly. She loved her "gotchas"! Thanks for stopping by, Sandy.

  6. like to bake with mom
    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. I loved to bake with my mom, too. Our specialty was chocolate chip cookies (real butter, extra chocolate chips and lots of walnuts) and peanut butter fudge. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. My mom and next door neighbor used to share bags of books. I would carry them back and forth and sneak out the ones I wanted first :) My mom was a great reader! Miss her :) I've got your wonderful book on my kindle...can't wait to enjoy it when things slow down a bit over the holidays! Happy holidays, Leslie@

    1. I'm finding there are many layers to you, Miranda!!

  8. Miranda, I never would have guessed that of you! Er, on second thought, you DO have a mischievous sparkle in your eye!

    Thanks for buying Christmas Grace already; I hope you find some quiet time to read soon! The holidays are fun, but they can be a challenge! Merry Christmas!

  9. I have my Christmas Grace, and hopefully I'll get to sneak away and read it during this holiday season. :) Fun learning more about you Leslie! And another great interview by Nan.

    1. Wow, Amy! I'm surprised so many visitors to the blog already have a copy of Christmas Grace! Thank you for your support and interest, and for stopping by the blog. It's great to see you here! Happy holidays!

  10. What a wonderful interview, Nan and Leslie. And now I have another Christmas book to read by the fire. I can't wait!

    1. Yay! So nice to see you here, Sharon! Hope you have a perfect fire to read by. Happy holidays!

  11. Hey, all, in my time zone it's getting close to bedtime. I'll check back in the morning to see if anyone else stopped by, and will draw a winner for a copy of Christmas Grace sometime tomorrow. Check back to see who wins the giveaway! Thanks for stopping by to visit with Nan and me. Again, thanks, Nan, for inviting me to join you today! Happy holidays!

    1. It was so great having you visit, Leslie! Merry Christmas!

  12. Aaaaaaaand (drum roll.*.*.*.*.*.*) The winner of the print copy of Christmas Grace is: bn100!!! Congratulations, and enjoy! I'll contact you via your email address for the particulars. Thanks again for visiting Get Lost in a Story! Merry Christmas!