I am delighted today to welcome Lindsay Harrel back to the blog to talk about her latest book (which I’ve read & it’s amazing!), The Joy of Falling!
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.
THE JOY OF FALLING
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Women’s Fiction
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
RELEASE DATE: April 14, 2020
Eva and Angela must learn to live again. One step at a time.
It has been fifteen months since Eva and Angela lost their thrill-seeking husbands in a scuba diving accident. Both women are trying to navigate their way through the grief, but neither one is making much progress. Angela is barely making ends meet, angry at her husband for leaving her to raise three children on her own. Meanwhile, Eva is stuck, unable to move forward after losing the love of her life and her source of inspiration.
But then Eva gets a life-changing phone call. Before Brent and Wes died, they had signed up for a race of a lifetime—an ultra-marathon in beautiful New Zealand. Eva begs Angela to run the race with her in their husbands’ place, and Angela finally agrees, hoping to finally understand her husband’s choices.
Training is exhausting, and the race is even more demanding. Their journey grows more complicated by the presence of two men—Marc is Brent’s best friend who is running the race with Eva and Angela, and Simon King is a writer who is covering their inspiring story. With every step, Eva and Angela must ask themselves questions that they haven’t had the courage to ask before. As the women literally put one foot in front of the other, they wonder: Is it possible to find their way forward in hope?
Hi dear Lindsay! Welcome back to the blog!
Lindsay: Over, and I don’t want any arguing! 😉
Carrie: who me?? (you really meant under, right?? lol)
Lindsay: Coke allllll the way
Carrie: yessssss. Don’t you hate it when waiters ask “Is Pepsi ok with you?” No. No it’s not. But because I’m nice, I’ll allow it. LOL.
Lindsay: The beach is calling and I must go!
Carrie: meanwhile, the mountains are calling me 😉
Lindsay: Print, although my new Kindle Paperwhite may convert me yet
Carrie: I love my Paperwhite! But I also love owning print books lol
Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read recently.
Lindsay: Recently, I’ve been in a Regency mood. I have reread Julianne Donaldson’s Edenbrooke and Blackmoore and devoured Abigail Wilson’s historical mysteries, including her latest Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey. I’m currently reading Ashtyn Newbold’s The Ace of Hearts and am enjoying it.
Carrie: That kiss in Edenbrooke! #swoonyswoon I adored Abigail’s first book & have her others on my out-of-control TBR list – as well as Ashtyn’s.
Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Lindsay: Currently, I write during my kids’ naptime, so you can usually find me creating new stories on the couch downstairs. However, recently we’ve converted our “catch all” room into a guest room / office for me. Right now there’s just a comfy chair and ottoman there, but I’m dreaming of the day I can buy a matching desk and bookcase. I don’t usually write up there now because it’s right next door to my son’s room and I kind of want to be as far away from my children as possible during naptime. LOL.
Carrie: hahaha i don’t blame you!
Q: What inspired the plot of The Joy of Falling?
Lindsay: Grief is a topic that is deeply personal to me, since I lost my mom at the age of 19. But I recognize that my own journey is not the same one others have taken, and that led me to write a book about the different ways that people handle grief. That got me thinking about how two people might react to the same incident in various ways—one too busy to deal with it at all, another consumed by it so completely she can’t move forward.
Carrie: that theme of the story – and how it played out on their journeys – really touched me!
Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing The Joy of Falling, or did you let the characters dictate what came next?
Lindsay: I am a plotter through and through. There was one moment that definitely surprised me, though. If you’ve read the book, it’s what happens in the tent between Eva and Marc (that sounds scandalous, but it’s not!). I was writing and that happened and I was like … NO!!!! But YES!!! It was perfect. Devastatingly perfect.
Carrie: haha yes i promise my readers it isn’t as scandalous as it sounds 😛 although my reaction reading it was basically yours writing it lol.
Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in The Joy of Falling?
Lindsay: YES! I love doing this. There is a side character in The Joy of Falling who is from the town I created in my last book, The Secrets of Paper and Ink. It’s just a small thing, but I like putting things in that will link my books together and make it fun for my readers.
Carrie: yes! I always love it when authors do that – such fun!
Q: Your last 3 books, including The Joy of Falling involve your characters traveling abroad to fabulous places! If you could go anywhere in the world right now, with no restrictions & no covid19, where would you go?
Lindsay: My husband and I have been saving for a trip to Italy, so I’d probably say there! By the time we can afford it, I’m guessing COVID will be long gone thankfully.
Carrie: Oh let’s hope so! And that sounds like a delightful trip!
Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote The Joy of Falling?
Lindsay: I think the biggest thing was that grief is an ever-changing beast. It becomes part of us and changes us—but it doesn’t have to conquer us. The most interesting revelation to me was that it’s okay to still be grieving my mom even 15 years after she’s passed away. But my grief doesn’t look the same as it did when I was 19. It couldn’t possibly. Back then, I grieved because I missed her and was sad over the thought of the things she would miss in my life. But now, I can grieve the fact that she isn’t here with me helping to raise my kids. That I can’t call her up to ask her about that one recipe I’m having trouble remembering. Grief comes in waves and it doesn’t look the same, but that’s okay, because we can allow it to transform us into the person God wants us to be.
Carrie: That’s so wise & so true. Amen.
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: Thank you soooo much for having me! I’m excited to say I’ve got a new Christmas novella in the works and yep, it’s set back in Port Willis (the town I created in The Secrets of Paper and Ink that was continued in Like a Winter Snow). This time we’ll be reading about Ginny Rose’s estranged sister Sarah, who comes to Port Willis to help her sister open her dream bakery. And of course, while she’s there, she meets a handsome Brit who may just challenge everything she knows about love … 😉
Carrie: eeep! yay!!!
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