Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Lindsay Harrel & The Heart Between Us

Posted March 6, 2018 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Lindsay Harrel / 104 Comments

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

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.

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Hi Lindsay! Welcome back to the blog!

apples or oranges

Lindsay: Apples. Because honeycrisp. 😉

Carrie: Yes! (online high-five!)

winter or summer

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 😉

dogs or cats

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!

coffee or tea

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:

  1. Tour Italy (Rome, Florence, and Venice specifically).
  2. Stay in a variety of B&Bs in the English countryside—spending the time relaxing, writing, and reading.
  3. Go parasailing (my husband will never join me!).
  4. Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  5. 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.

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What about you? What’s something on your bucket list?

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104 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Lindsay Harrel & The Heart Between Us

      • Danielle Hammelef

        We have a large Japanese population where I live and one of my best friends is from Japan. She wants to take me there someday and I’d like to be able to communicate with her family there as well as order my own delicious food.

  1. Michelle Connell

    Well, I can cross off write a novel! 🙂 Another item on my bucket list is to travel to England and visit tea shops, bookstores and Highclere castle (from Downton Abbey).

  2. Kim

    What does it say about me that I don’t have a bucket list?! This book sounds really good! Thanks Carrie and Lindsay!

  3. My bucket list is endless, it seems! But publishing my travel memoir is a top item. I would like to do more travel, with places like Nepal, Iceland and Italy high on the list.

  4. Chanel Monroe

    I definitely agree with Lindsay about visiting B&Bs on the English countryside. I’d put that on my bucket list. Additional bucket list items include: 1) Travel through Europe 2) Scuba dive 3) Visit the Eiffel Tower 4) Road trip across America “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” style 5) Do a Tolkien tour in New Zealand. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Rebecca Maney

    I completed one item last summer – visiting the Ark Encounter in Hebron, Kentucky.

  6. Patty

    Visiting Hawaii is on my bucket list also! My husband and I are seriously considering it for next year… why put it off.

  7. Winnie Thomas

    I actually crossed something off my bucket list last month! I wanted to go on a zip line, and I got to do it! Okay, it was at a kid’s playground, but it was an awesome zip line. I was trying to get some pictures of my grandkids going on it, but my phone battery was really low and the flash on the camera wouldn’t work. Then I decided I’d go on it. I’m sure it wasn’t a pretty sight, but, hey, I did it!!! 😀 The park it was in was amazing! It was built so children of all capabilities could enjoy it. It actually had two zip lines–one had a big chair-like attachment, so children could sit in it.

    I’d also like to go back to Scotland, Switzerland, and Sweden and explore some more. Another place I’d like to go is New England.

  8. My mom is from Okinawa, and I’d like to learn how to speak her native language. She’s always been afraid that she’ll be senile and not understand English anymore!

  9. Kay Garrett

    Our bucketlist is mostly places we want to see before we are unable to travel. At the top of the list is to see Yellowstone National Park which we hope to mark off this July.

  10. Melissa Andres

    Top of my bucket list – go somewhere in the caribbean! I’ve heard such great things about this book, I’m anxious to read it!

  11. Sonnetta Jones

    I would like to take my mom to see The Lion King on Broadway and I would like to see Andrea Bocelli in concert in Tuscany.

  12. Janice Moore

    I would like to go on more trips with my family! I get to go to Disney later this year, and will be able to join my brother and sister there. We went once before as children, and now my daughter will join us.

  13. Brenda Murphree

    I really don’t have a bucket list. I’m very content. Is that crazy? That’s me though. Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. I’d love to take the kids to China. My in-laws are natives of China, and I think it would be super neat for them to get in touch with that side of their DNA.

  15. Stephanie

    So I have a pretty boring bucket list. ? I want to go to Ireland, and I want to see a moose.

    Really looking forward to reading this book. I love the cover.

    Thank you,

  16. I have a huge bucket list! I want to travel everywhere! I’ve already been to London, Paris, Rome and Israel. I definitely want to see more of Europe and England and go to Australia, Ireland, Italy, etc., etc.! I also want to go on a hot air balloon ride. This book sounds wonderful! I can’t wait to read it!

  17. Karen

    I’m a total genealogy nerd! I want to travel Europe to research my family roots! I need to learn French, German, and Swedish. Too bad I studied Spanish in high school! Lol

  18. The top of my bucket list is a trip to Ireland. I also would like to take a cross-country trip with my husband with a camper. I’m holding out the biggest hope for that one. We used to take those trips a lot when I was a kid. 🙂

  19. Mallori

    Travel to more places I’ve never been before–especially England and Germany. England because, I mean, who doesn’t want to go to England? Germany because I would love to see where my Anabaptist ancestors lived.

  20. Lisa Garrity

    I was curious about the book since it takes place in Minnesota! Was there any town or city in particular that served as your inspiration? Just curious since that’s my home state. And while the autumns and springs are beautiful, I’d love to go the Caribbean or just somewhere tropical. That’s on my bucket list!

      • Lisa Garrity

        Thanks for your reply! I used to live near Little Falls and it’s pretty country up there.:-)

  21. Abby Breuklander

    I absolutely want to take a European castle/river cruise, but I’ve also heard that World cruises are amazing!

  22. Sherri G

    I don’t have a bucket list. I love being home with my husband, reading, and quilting. I’m sooo not adventurous! I wanted to see Ireland earlier in life but its time has past.

  23. Melissa

    Oh, I never agreed with idea bucket lists. Its like preparing to die. Feels morbid. Its right up there with burial funds.

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