Friday, November 04, 2011

Spotlight: Lynne Gentry and REINVENTING LEONA

I’m honored to welcome my friend Lynne Gentry, author of REINVENTING LEONA. I met Lynne at a conference several years ago through another close friend, Lisa Harris. But it wasn’t until about two years ago that I really got to know Lynne—she’s not only an incredible person, but she’s an awesome writer. Her voice is exceptional and when I feel like my writing is sagging, I’ll read Lynne’s work to give myself that nudge I need to bump things back up.

Not only does she have an incredible writing voice, she has an amazing talent for characterization, and no wonder, considering her theater background. When I can’t get a handle on my characters, I often ask Lynne and she’s quick to offer assistance. In fact, I credit her with assistance in one of my ideas that recently sold to LIS.

If you’re starting out as a writer, or even if you’re multi-published, there is always more to learn from Lynne’s blog, STAGE WRITE WITH LYNNE GENTRY.

Today, I invite you to watch this video Lynne generously shared with me on characterization.

Learn how giving secondary characters choices can up the tension in your fictional works. Etta Mae Story shares take on the choices she and her twin had to make when the new pastor's wife came to town.

Lynne's novel, REINVENTING LEONA, is an e-book published by Tyndale, and a story which everyone who has ever attended church can relate with. Lynne's characters step off the pages of her story in a way you won't forget.


Leona Harper loves being a pastor's wife. Her impressive resume touts thirty years of coaxing hot water from rusty parsonage plumbing, planning church potlucks, and standing beside her husband while members take potshots at his sermons. Except for the little tiff with her grown children, Leona feels her life is right on track with the wishes of the Almighty . . . until her husband drops dead in the pulpit.

When the church board decides to fill the Reverend's vacated position, Leona is forced to find a paying job, mend her fractured family, and tackle her fears. With life spiraling out of control, Leona might find the church members' antics comical if she weren't so completely panicked. Can the faith of an overwhelmed widow withstand the added heartache of two resentful children and several underhanded church members? If Leona can't trust God, how will she learn to trust herself?

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