Lynn Dove has spent the last thirty years teaching children and volunteering in the children, youth and adult education ministries at her church. She has written two books that bring attention attention to a very worthwhile cause.
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Your books Shoot The Wounded and Heal The Wounded have been listed as helpful resources on the world’s largest anti-bullying site, www.bullying.org. How did that honor come about? What type of feedback have you received about the books?
Bill Belsey the founder of www.bullying.org lives right here in my home town. When I published my books, I asked Bill if I could put a link to his website on my blog, Journey Thoughts and also on my author website. My books have a bullying theme running through them and it has become a passion of mine to put the word out there that bullying is not to be tolerated. You can read my dialogue with Bill here: http://lynndove.wordpress.com/2010/12/14/help-stop-bullying/.
Since then, my books have garnered much interest in schools and when I speak at schools, not only do I speak about my books but my primary message is on getting an anti-bullying message out to school-aged children and high schoolers.
Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
I became a grandmother for the first time in February so admittedly my time and attention has been focused primarily on my new little grandson, Jaxon. I had hoped to have my third and final book of my “Wounded Trilogy” written and into my editor long before now. That said, I am hopeful that “Love the Wounded” will be released by Christmas.
I am working on a few other book projects and I write regularly on my blog, “Journey Thoughts”.
I am an avid reader so it’s hard to pinpoint just one book that has captivated my interest. I love Suzanne Woods Fisher’s Amish Fiction books. I enjoy Francine River’s books. A motivational book that has impacted me profoundly is Connie Cavanaugh’s Following God One Yes at a Time: Overcoming the 6 Barriers That Hold You Back. I am also looking forward to reading When Worlds Collide: Stepping Up and Standing Out in an Anti-God Culture by Michael and Daniel Blackaby. (I was their Sunday School teacher when they were young, so I’m thrilled to see my students become published authors!)
I have just started reading Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo.
Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how did you get past it? If not, why not?
I don’t know if I believe in a “writer’s block” or not. I know there are times when I am not as motivated to write as I should be. Life gets in the way, I get distracted or like everything else sometimes I need a change from just sitting in front of a computer screen all day. It is a lonely life at times, being a writer. The best way to get past this “writer’s block” is to set daily goals and it’s helpful sometimes to have deadlines so that you push on past the distractions to get down to serious work.
Where can we learn more about you?