Happy Tuesday, friends! Please join me in welcoming Lindsay Harrel to the blog today!
Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years, and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels. When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time. Connect with her at www.LindsayHarrel.com
Her newest novel, The Heart Between Us, releases March 13th!
Megan Jacobs always wished for a different heart. Her entire childhood was spent in and out of hospitals, sitting on the sidelines while her twin sister Crystal played all the sports, got all the guys, and had all the fun. But even a heart transplant three years ago wasn’t enough to propel Megan’s life forward. She’s still working as a library aide in her small Minnesota hometown and living with her parents, dreaming of the adventure she plans to take “once she’s well enough.” Meanwhile, her sister is a successful architect with a handsome husband and the perfect life—or so Megan thinks.
When her heart donor’s parents give Megan their teenage daughter’s journal—complete with an unfulfilled bucket list—Megan connects with the girl she meets between the pages and is inspired to venture out and check off each item. Caleb—a friend from her years in and out of the hospital—reenters her life and pushes her to find the courage to take the leap and begin her journey. She’s thrown for a loop when Crystal offers to join her for reasons of her own, but she welcomes the company and the opportunity to mend their tenuous relationship.
As Megan and Crystal check items off the bucket list, Megan fights the fears that have been instilled in her after a lifetime of illness. She must choose between safety and adventure and learn to embrace the heart she’s been given so that she can finally share it with the people she loves most.
Hi Lindsay! Welcome back to the blog!
Lindsay: Apples. Because honeycrisp. 😉
Carrie: Yes! (online high-five!)
Lindsay: Summer. Because it always means vacation time, and that usually means the beach!
Carrie: hmm.. is it too late to take back my high-five? #teamwinter 😉
Lindsay: Honestly, cats (even though I have dogs). The few cats I’ve had have been so sweet and cuddly.
Carrie: Ok… well… clearly you’ve had cats who think they’re dogs haha!
Lindsay: Tea, because coffee is gross. LOL. But it has to be iced tea. I don’t really like hot drinks.
Carrie: Me either unless it’s hot cocoa 🙂
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Lindsay: I’d want to have super speed like the Flash, so I could get all the household chores and cooking done as fast as possible and leave more time for reading, writing, and playing with my kiddos.
Carrie: That would be awesome!
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Lindsay: I loved (and still love) Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables (etc.). She is, of course, an author and she is spunky, imaginative, and brave. No matter what kinds of scrapes she falls into, you can’t help but love her.
Carrie: I adore Anne with an e ♥
Q: If I asked your characters to describe YOU as an author, what would they say?
Lindsay: They would probably say they have to holler pretty loudly for me to hear them. What I mean by that is I’m such a planner/plotter, so I know the whole story before I begin writing. But there have definitely been times when I’m looking at the plot I’d planned and—now that I know my character better—I think, “This doesn’t feel true to this character.” I’m getting better at trying to listen, though!
Carrie: Oh that’s interesting – knowing your character better and adjusting the plot!
Q: There are so many interesting dynamics going on in The Heart Between Us. This question seems moot after your last answer (lol) BUT did you have the plot all worked out ahead of time or did you add unexpected facets as you wrote?
Lindsay: Ha, see above! 😉 Actually, when I first plotted this story, it was Megan’s alone—Crystal was a character, but she didn’t have her own story to tell. When I told my agent about the story, though, she sensed that Crystal had some stuff to say too. Funny enough, I ended up putting a lot of myself into Crystal and relate to her story a LOT. But once I plotted it WITH Crystal as a point of view character, no, the story didn’t change a whole lot.
Carrie: I’m looking forward to meeting her even more now! (My review will be up on March 12th – so keep an eye out for it, y’all!)
Q: One of the things I’m most looking forward to in The Heart Between Us is the bucket list from her teenage heart donor that Megan decides to complete. Bucket lists intrigue me. What are your top 5 ‘bucket list’ items?
Lindsay: Oh man, good question. Many of mine are travel related:
- Tour Italy (Rome, Florence, and Venice specifically).
- Stay in a variety of B&Bs in the English countryside—spending the time relaxing, writing, and reading.
- Go parasailing (my husband will never join me!).
- Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
- Do a musical theater production with at least one of my kids someday.
Carrie: Ooooo – a B&B reading trip across the English countryside – yes please!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from The Heart Between Us?
Lindsay: We get so bound by fear and let the “what ifs” of life hold us back. I want everyone who reads this book to come away feeling hope—and freedom.
Carrie: I love that!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Lindsay: I’m about to start editing my next book, which will release next February! It’s about a broken woman who travels from America to Cornwall, England—the setting of her favorite author’s novels—to find the courage to write her own story. Other than that, I’ll continue to chat with readers about The Heart Between Us, brainstorm my next book, and start planning my much-needed summer vacation—a Caribbean cruise (and no, the kids are not going with, LOL)!
Carrie: Love the new book premise!!!
Lindsay Harrel is offering a print copy of The Heart Between Us to one of my readers! (US only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What’s something on your bucket list?