Please join me in welcoming author Lynne Tagawa to the blog today to chat about her novel The Shenandoah Road!
Lynne Tagawa is an author, editor, educator, and best of all, grandma to four. She loves to write quality fiction with solid gospel content. Her debut novel, A Twisted Strand, is contemporary romantic suspense, but she thinks she’s found a true home in historical fiction. Currently she’s writing the sequel to The Shenandoah Road: A Novel of the Great Awakening.
THE SHENANDOAH ROAD: A Novel of the Great Awakening
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Fiction
PUBLISHER: Blue Rock Press
RELEASE DATE: July 11, 2018
“Lynne Tagawa transports readers into the faith and hope, and sorrows and fears of 18th century colonial America. While other books feature the raw grit of frontier colonial life, this book goes deeper and reveals the heart.” – Douglas Bond
John Russell’s heart aches from the loss of his wife, but the Shenandoah Valley frontiersman needs to marry again for his daughter’s sake. At first he believes he has found the right young woman, despite their differences, but his faith falters when time reveals she isn’t quite what she seemed. Can he truly love her?
Unlike her disgraced sister, Abigail Williams obeys the Commandments. At least, she thinks herself a Christian until a buckskin-clad newcomer courts her. He treats her kindly but also introduces her to a sermon by the controversial preacher, George Whitefield. Her self-righteousness is shattered, and she wonders about their relationship. If she confesses her lack of faith, will John continue to love her?
“Raw, realistic, and historically packed, this story will make you think. If you enjoy stories with deep theological themes, you will enjoy this.” – Amber Schamel
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Hi Lynne! Welcome to the blog!
Lynne: I love coffee! Especially something bold and dark. You know, serious coffee. If you are going to sell me on tea, well, it better have superpowers.
Lynne: I listen to music. I haven’t developed the habit of listening to audiobooks. But now that my book was just made into one, I’m much more jazzed about the medium.
Carrie: i imagine so!
Lynne: I am much more familiar with oceans than mountains. I lived in Hawaii for many years. Not that we went to the beach much. I wouldn’t mind mountains, especially the Blue Ridge, because that’s where my characters live. I want to go!!!
Carrie: the Blue Ridge / Appalachia / Smoky Mountains are my happy place (I’m sure my blog readers are tired of me saying that … but it’s true lol)
Lynne: Almost everyone prefers print books to ebooks, and in some ways I would have to agree. I love having a book in my hands. But now that I’m older, and my eyeglasses are progressives, I really like the ability I have with a kindle to enlarge the font.
Carrie: With all the reading I do, being able to enlarge the font really helps my tired eyes too 🙂
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Lynne: My superpower is reading, too!!! Is there a maximum number of books you can fit on a kindle???
Carrie: oh goodness, I hope not lol
Q: Which books are ‘on your nightstand’?
Lynne: I just finished re-reading Thunder and Rain by Charles Martin. All his books are the type you can re-read. Awesome. I also just read Peace Like a River by Leif Enger—definitely a five-star book! And I can’t forget The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers, also highly recommended.
Carrie: <adding Peace Like a River to my TBR pile>
Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
Lynne: That I’m messy and disorganized. The purse itself looks shabby. But I’m always trying to improve! At least most of these papers all over the place are inside colorful manila folders. (Now where did I put that folder . . .)
Carrie: hey – at least you have folders LOL
Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in The Shenandoah Road?
Lynne: Yep. Actually, I reveal it in the Afterword section. You see, not too long ago I went for a free two-week trial of an ancestry site. Looked up as much as I could find about my family in two weeks, which was a fair amount. You will find family names in my story: Thomas Fitzwater (real person), the Bashams of Virginia, and while the Mays are fictional people, the name and background are not. Even my protagonist’s name (Russell) is a family name. It all blended with the era and location, because that’s where my family was from.
Carrie: How cool! I love learning about my own family history – and there are a few stories I’ve uncovered there that would make for some great novels 🙂
Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote The Shenandoah Road?
Lynne: I came away with a great appreciation for the historic creeds and confessions of faith. I think by nature we all tend to live very much in the moment, very much in the present age, and forget that Christians of the past also had trials and doctrinal disputes. Every generation must fight the good fight of faith, and we can learn from those who went before. I’m not a Presbyterian, but many of my characters were, and the Westminster Confession of faith is one of the documents produced by godly men to combat the evils and errors of their day. You’ll find it quoted a time or two in the story, as well as the Shorter Catechism.
Carrie: there’s such a richness to our faith history, isn’t there? One we too often neglect learning about.
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.
Lynne: Coming up—the sequel! Originally I had plans for a trilogy, and by the time I finished Shenandoah I was in love with my characters, so I got right to work. The Heart of Courage is set during the time period of the French and Indian War, just a decade later. Many of the characters are the same—and I added a Shawnee character, so we could experience the conflict through his eyes.
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Carrie: Sounds like it will be a powerful story!
Lynne Tagawa is offering one of my readers a copy of The Shenandoah Road! (print or ebook, US only for print, ebook is open internationally, except where prohibited by law or logistics.) 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 interests you most about The Shenandoah Road and/or my Q&A with Lynne Tagawa?