Meet Lyn Cote, Wife, Mother, Author
You Can Add Grandma to that and Hybrid Author
Dawn at the Lake
Have you noticed life does NOT STAY THE SAME?
We have a grandchild now and I’m not only writing for traditional publishers, such as Harlequin and Tyndale House Publishers, but I’ve also begun self or indie publishing books i’ve written that have either reverted to me or ones that publishers didn’t think FIT THE MARKET.
It’s an exciting adventure, putting up books myself. But I still like to work with publishers too. So that’s what it means to be a hybrid author.
You all know what it means to be a grandmother! 🙂
And my husband and I are still enjoying living on the lake in the woods. What do you think of that pink dawn?–Lyn
This winter has been the coldest in years in northern Wisconsin. The lake in front of our house is frozen many feet thick and snow has piled up around drives so high that we have to creep out into the lane to see if there is anyone driving down the road. But winter can’t last forever. We may miss having spring again, but summer will come.
And I am busy writing another series of brides, “Quaker Brides” for Tyndale House. The first titled, Honor, will debut in September. Quakers or the Society of Friends have fascinated me for years. I think it’s because they kept themselves as a distinct group for nearly three hundred years. Their distinctive Plain speech and dress made them stand out but more than that their desire to live according to the Inner Light or Christ’s light set them apart.
It led some of them to champion for sweeping changes in our society, most prominently abolition of slavery, a woman’s right to be considered an adult equal to men, and prohibition. The last one turned out to be the wrong way to end the destructive effects of alcohol abuse but the first two causes shaped the social landscape of the 19th and 20th centuries. The Quakers who participated in these reforms or social revolutions were just a small percentage of their fellowship, men and women unwilling to turn a blind eye to injustice. I hope that I may be found as faithful as they were.
This year is filled with “brides”–The Wilderness Brides. The former is being published by Harlequin in its Love Inspired Historical line. The first book, Their Frontier Family out 11-2012, has been on Amazon’s Christian Historical Fiction bestselling list since then. The second book, The Baby Bequest, will come out in August 2013. I’m very grateful for these opportunities to continue writing. I’m also grateful when I receive emails from readers who have enjoyed one of my stories. Sometimes I feel like a chef who prepares a gourmet meal but who never gets to see anyone eat and enjoy it. 🙂 So thanks for the emails and comments on the blog. They mean a lot!
My journey to publication is like so many other authors. Years of hard work and rejection and then finally making the connection with the right agent and then getting THE CALL from an editor who wanted to publish my first book, Never Alone in 1998. I did most of this in the “Olden Times” 🙂 before the Internet so it took me longer, over a decade. But I am the type of person who finds it hard to let go of a goal. I usually get where I’m going because I just won’t drop it. (Though many times I did ask myself why I was beating my head against a brick wall.)
Now so many more opportunities have opened up for authors with the Internet and Print on Demand books and ebooks. On my “For Writers” page, I offer suggestions about what books and organizations might be of help to the aspiring author. Just because more opportunities for information and more routes are available does not mean that less preparation is needed to find a readership for your books. That is my main advice.
I’ve won a few awards–finally. I’ve won the HOLT Medallion twice (2000 and 2012) and American Christian Fiction Writers’ CAROL Award (2011). I take these honors as encouragement from Our Creator to keep writing. As is true of most writers, I have developed a voice or brand. My brand is “Strong Women, Brave Stories.” This brand flows through all three of the kinds of romance I write: contemporary, romantic suspense and historical. My books always include three elements:
- a strong, usually crusading, heroine who does not fold under pressure.
- authentic detail, especially in my historicals
- a multi-cultural cast of characters.