Please join me in welcoming Lynn Weathington to the blog today to talk about her debut novel, Summer Solstice! Fun fact: I realized when I read her bio that she lives just to the southwest of me!
Lynn Crawford Weathington enjoys writing, traveling, music, and photography. A technical school graduate with a degree in Secretarial Science (back when you could get a degree like that), Lynn has served in church administration most of her adult life. She lives in Carrollton, Georgia, with her husband, Neil. Summer Solstice is her first novel.
You can connect with Lynn on her website.
SUMMER SOLSTICE by Lynn Weathington
GENRE: Contemporary Romance/Retelling (Christian)
RELEASE DATE: November 2, 2022
How far will God reach to pull you from destruction? Is there such a thing as a lost cause?
Meet Beth Michaels: Ambitious, headstrong, and beautiful. She sets the world ablaze with awe-inspiring, award-winning songs, but in her quest to be the best, she neglects what truly matters. In a series of personal disasters, she loses everything.
In a contemporary retelling of Jesus’ parable of the prodigal, Summer Solstice chronicles Beth’s transformation as she picks up shattered dreams to start over. Will she succeed in re-imagining a life that once held so much promise?
Hi Lynn! Welcome to the blog!
Lynn: Summer! I love it when it is hot!
Carrie: I… do not hahaha
Lynn: As a native of Georgia, I can’t answer anything but Coke here. Nothing is finer than an ice-cold Coke in a glass bottle poured over crushed ice and served with delicious Southern barbecue!
Carrie: mmm yes! my mouth is watering now!
Lynn: This is a tough one because I love going to the beach. The sea always seems to recharge my batteries. But…the mountains in the fall when the leaves are at their peak…wow. I love it when God gets out his paintbrush!
Carrie: I feel the same way 🙂
Lynn: Board game! My best childhood memories are of my family playing Life, Monopoly, Clue, and Trivial Pursuit.
Carrie: We love playing board games!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Lynn: If I had a superpower, it would be the gift of healing. Can you imagine the excitement of those whom Jesus healed? The blind could see, the deaf could hear, and the lame could walk. The early disciples had this gift and used it to build the church. I wish they could have passed it along.
Carrie: amen to that!
Q: If you knew you were only going to be allowed FIVE books for the rest of your life, besides the Bible, which five would make the cut?
Lynn: “The Masterpiece” by Francine Rivers, “Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man,” by Fannie Flagg, “The Snow Goose” by Paul Gallico, “Rebecca,” by Daphne du Maurier, and “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan.
Carrie: oh i love the variety in your list!
Q: What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Lynn: I have a character who deals with substance abuse. I needed to know how long a person could be high on cocaine…
Carrie: i bet that could have led you down several Google rabbit trails too lol
Q: What surprised you about Summer Solstice or your characters as you wrote their story?
Lynn: What surprised me about Summer Solstice and its characters as I wrote their story was the fact that they had been a part of my life since high school. As I matured into an adult, my characters found maturity as well. The things that were important to me as a teenager evolved as the years passed. I was able to develop characters who were flawed yet believable. It occurred to me recently that writing Summer Solstice took the same time the Israelites wandered in the desert on their way to the Promised Land!
Carrie: i love that ♥
Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in Summer Solstice?
Lynn: I have hidden little Easter eggs throughout Summer Solstice that will appear in future novels. For example, my next book (a novella) is set in the same small town in Georgia but will feature some of the minor characters. John Jakes used to do this. He would take a character from one of his novels and have that person make a surprise appearance in a completely unrelated novel.
Carrie: that’s always fun – i love it when an author’s characters show up across their novels, even in different series. Mary Connealy does this a lot too.
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Summer Solstice?
Lynn: What I would most like for readers to take away from Summer Solstice is that we give up on God instead of God giving up on us. My lead character, Beth, becomes so disillusioned with the church that she abandons her spiritual beliefs. That neglect begins to impact every facet of her life until she reaches a breaking point. So many times, we make mistake after mistake thinking we can fix it, and it is only after making a huge mess of our lives that we realize that God is only a prayer away. He is always there, and His love for us transcends our behavior.
Carrie: So grateful for 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.
Lynn: Even though it took forever to write Summer Solstice, it has given me the confidence to continue writing. I have just finished a novella I hope to have ready for fall 2023. I don’t want to give away the plot prematurely, but it is a Christmas story. I’ve always loved the Yuletide season, and this book captures that crackly feel of anticipation. It’s called Finding Baby Jesus, so look for it on Amazon. It will be the perfect gift!
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What about you? What makes you want to read Summer Solstice by Lynn Weathington?