Lyn Cote, A Prolific Christian Writer

It’s exciting to be doing this interview with a romance writer I respect and admire, Lyn Cote. I’m so impressed because Lyn could certainly be described as a prolific writer. The Desires of Her Heart (Avon Inspire) just came out a few months ago. She has another book coming out in August with Avon, Her Inheritance Forever.

The plot of The Desires of Her Heart is an intriguing one. Heroine Dorrit Mott is a woman ahead of her time. In 1821, her family is forced to flee New Orleans and they head for Texas and Stephen Austin’s settlement. Quinn, a part-Cherokee frontiersman, leads the way, unaware of danger lurking nearby.

Let’s take a look at what Her Inheritance Forever is all about. Alandra Sandoval is determined to run her rancho without a man. Scully Falconer is top hand on a neighboring spread. The Tejano lady and he American cowboy are on separate paths – until greedy relatives, a troubled past, and the tides of history bring them together.

As the reader opens the pages of Lyn’s books intriguing questions come to mind. In The Desires of Her Heart, Will Dorrit and Quinn become pawns in a deadly scheme? One wonders in Her Inheritance Forever if Alandra and Scully’s lives will change forever.

As tempting as those questions are, I have a few questions of my own for Lyn…

Q: Lyn, tell us a little about yourself and your writing journey.

Lyn: I began writing when my daughter was 14 months old and sold my first book when she was about 14 years old. Of course, that was in the dark ages before the Internet. I wonder if writers today learning the craft and business know how lucky they are?

Q: You have The Desires of Her Heart and Her Inheritance Forever with Avon and also will have, Finally Home/Finally Found, a Love Inspired Classic (Steeple Hill) coming out in September and Her Patchwork Family, a Love Inspired Historical (Steeple Hill) coming out in December. How do you do it? Do you ever sleep?

Lyn: Writing is like any other activity. The more I write, the more I can write. Of course, Finally Home/Finally Found is a reissue of two of my early Love Inspired romances. I’m so happy Steeple Hill is reissuing some books that readers have wanted in their book collections.

Q: Is the process when creating historical characters the same or different than it is for characters in a modern day romance? How do you make your historical heroines strong, in a time before women’s liberation?

Lyn: My heroines are always women ahead of their times. I do this because it causes them to be in conflict and out of step with everyone around them. A heroine who is happy with the status quo is no heroine at all. I have a pet peeve with some historical romance writers who write 21st century women in hoops or bustles and everyone around them is
politically correct too. My heroines know they are different from everyone around them and that causes them special isolation but also determination not to cave in to society’s pressure. I’ve really enjoyed writing my Gabriel Sisters series for Love Inspired Historical. Each story is set in the years right after the Civil War when our nation was going through monumental social changes and trying to heal from four bloody years of civil war.

“At the end of November 2008, I started my blog “Strong Women, Brave Stories,” which reflects my brand. I features stories written by other authors
and readers about their own stories and stories of strong women from their families. It has been a true labor of love.”

Q: How do you do research for your books?

Lyn: When I research a book, I do just enough to set up the story plot so that it reflects genuine history. Then I start writing. As I go along, I make note of facts (names of places, dates, etc.) that I need to check. If I’m writing a contemporary, I often have to learn more about the occupation I’ve chosen for my hero and heroine. It’s fun!

Q: You span genres. These titles are in the historical and classic romance genres. I know you also write suspense. I’m a huge fan of your Harbor Intrigue series for LIS. Do you ever feel like you’re doing time travel? Do you have a favorite genre? Why?

Lyn: I love to read time travel but don’t think I’ll ever write one. Historicals are my first love, but I’ve learned to write contemporary romance and romantic suspense too, to keep contracted. I’ve been told that I have a different voice in my historicals than in my contemporaries and that probably makes sense.

Q: What do you hope your readers will take away from your novels?

Lyn: I never know exactly what my readers will take from my stories. You see each of them brings “themselves” into the act of reading. And often my readers find ideas and inspiration that I was unaware I had included. That’s why I enjoy it when readers contact me!

Here’s a little about Lyn: She’s one lucky woman. Lyn married her real-life hero over 20 years ago and has been blessed with a son and a daughter. She and her daughter have a penchant for taking in alley-cats. Lyn loves having guests, but can’t quite get that “House Beautiful” look. Her door is always open. Just push the book off the couch and have a seat. Lyn’s been blessed with the writing career she’s wanted since she was a child. So, you see, she has all she’s ever wanted: true love, a family, friends, and a rewarding career.