Interview with Christine Lynxwiler

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This week I’m hosting Rachelle McCalla with Survival Instinct and Christine Lynxwiler with Cowgirl at Heart. If you want to enter the drawing for the books, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at The drawings end Sunday (Feb. 21st) evening.

Interview with Christine Lynxwiler:

1. What made you start writing? I’ve always loved to write, but I remember one particular day in 1996, I was reading a romance by my favorite author and skipping big sections that I didn’t want to read. I mentioned to my sister that I thought I could write a love story without all the stuff in there that I skip. She challenged me to try and I did. It took me almost two years to write it and even though it never sold, it proved to me that, with God’s help, I really could write a book.

2. How long have you been writing? Toward publication, since 1996. When did you sell your first book? January, 2001 – a novella in the City Dreams collection

3. How do you handle rejections? Not very well. ☺ Seriously, rejections hit hard at first, but eventually I can usually find something to learn from them. Eventually.

4. Why do you write? There’s always a story to be told and even though I try to quit from time to time because of the pressure, I always end up needing to tell a story more than I need to have a calm, peaceful life.

5. What would you be doing with your free time if you weren’t writing? Reading. I spend all my free time hanging out with my husband and kids, but the time I use to write is the time I used to read.

6. What are you working on right now? The third book in the McCord Sisters series – Cowgirls Don’t Cry.

7. Do you put yourself into your books/characters? Myself and all the rest of my family and friends. Anytime I start a book, I think of all our flaws and strengths and the intertwining of the various relationships.

8. Tell us about the book you have out right now. Cowgirl at Heart is the second book in the McCord Sisters series. It’s my first foray into romantic suspense and so far it’s getting really good reader feedback. It was fun to write. I’m just in love with the whole McCord family. Sometimes in a series, it’s easy for the writer to lose heart and grow tired of the characters, but with this family, each one of them is so multi-faceted that it’s a treat for me to explore the depths of their emotions and relationships.

9. Do you have any advice for other writers? Never give up. Join American Christian Fiction Writers. It will be the best money you’ve ever invested in your career.

10. How important is faith in your books? Probably as important as it is in my life. I can’t write books without a faith element. Even an absence of faith in a character is a plot point.

11. What themes do you like to write about? My books seem to have a recurring theme of “God is in control.” Not necessarily a theme I choose but maybe one my sub-conscious knows I need.

12. What is your favorite book you’ve written and why? Argh. That is a tough tough question. When I’m finishing a book, I’m sick of it and I usually think it’s the worst thing ever written. But by the time it comes out, I’ve remembered what made me want to write the story to begin with. My love for the characters and story is rekindled. My favorite book may be Forever Christmas – a lighthearted story about a little fictional town called Jingle Bells, Arkansas. It was such a blast to write. Along Came a Cowboy was very draining to write, but I’ve gotten so many letters and emails from readers who say it helped them heal from past hurts, so that makes it a favorite of mine. And as I mentioned above, I loved trying my hand at suspense in Cowgirl at Heart. Hmm. . .I guess our books really are like our children, I feel guilty for leaving any out in this answer. ☺

13. What is your writing schedule like? Hectic. I wish it was structured, but it’s not. My girls are teenagers and still in school, so they have a schedule and I work around it. And for now, I wouldn’t have it any other way.