Lynda Lee Schab got her writing start in greeting cards and from there went on to write articles and short stories (Mature Living, Christian Home & School) and in many places online, but her passion has always been fiction.
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Is writing your only profession or do you have a “day job?”
I do freelance work, but I also work in a warehouse as part of a pricing group for Meijer. It doesn’t sound all that glamorous (and it’s not!) but I actually enjoy the physical work. It’s a nice change from the mental strain that freelancing and creativity can cause. If I got a couple of additional regular writing gigs, though, I wouldn’t mind staying home full time to do what I love to do most.
Madi McCall is a 38-year-old mom of three whose insecurities are destroying her marriage. When she suspects her husband Rich is cheating with the mother of one of his fourth grade students, she kicks him out of the house and he moves in with his bachelor brother. Madi is then forced to take a deeper look at herself and her insecurities. She does this with the help of a counselor, her best friend Sylvie, and a few cartons of Edy’s Dibs. At a 20-year get-together with former high school classmates, Madi runs into “the other woman” and things come to a head. It’s a lighthearted story about taking a true look at ourselves and accepting God’s grace when we think and do dumb things.
On the cover photo, “Madi” is wearing a tiara. What is the significance in that?
Madi’s therapist challenges her to think of herself as a princess – the daughter of the King. Madi has never thought of herself this way, and throughout the story, there are references to various Disney princesses as Madi tries to figure out which one she most relates to. I had fun with the theme, even giving “the other woman” the fairy tale-ish name of Fawn Witchburn.
What do you want readers to take away from reading Madi’s story?
An understanding of just how infinite God’s love is. That no matter what we’ve done, God will never stop pursuing our hearts or desiring a relationship with us. His mercies are new every morning and His grace covers our weaknesses, our mistakes, our ignorance.
Switching gears to other books, what’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
I would have to say The Shack. As much controversy it’s caused, it was thought-provoking and entertaining. The story challenged me to really think about how I view God and made me look at The Trinity in a deeper, more intimate, way. One thing I took away was that God is so much bigger and complex than I see Him sometimes, yet at the same time, is more simple and personal than I ever imagined.
In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?
In my opinion, a successful writer is determined by each individual writer. I feel that if we are doing what we feel God has called and gifted us to do, we’re successful, no matter how much money we make or how many thousands (or millions) of people know our name. For me, if just one person tells me they were blessed or touched by my book, I will consider myself successful.
How can readers connect with you?
My website address is www.lyndaschab.com. I also have a blog with various writing and reading-related material at www.on-the-write-track.blogspot.com. You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter.