Let’s Chat! Author Lucy Thompson!

Welcome, Everyone! And Welcome, Lucy Thompson!

Lucy Thompson, author
Lucy Thompson

This week we’re traveling “down under” to Australia to visit with historical romance author Lucy Thompson. What a treat’s in store for you!

Lucy is offering a give-away, so be sure to read to the bottom to learn what it is.

Congratulations to Penny Richards, winner of her choice of one of Lucy’s novels, Cowboy’s Dare or Mail Order Surprise! All Penny did was comment, and her name was drawn. 

Growing Up, Lucy Thompson Style

I grew up in Cooktown, Queensland, Australia on 160 acres of rainforest, hills, and rain. (Click to Tweet!) Lots of rain. Thirteen feet per year to be exact.Lucy Thompson, author

Part of why I love historical romance is that I’m familiar with a pioneer lifestyle. We had no electricity (apart from the generator at night), cooked on a woodstove, and raised our own animals for food.

I didn’t make the wisest of choices through my teen years and ended up in an unhealthy relationship. By age twenty-four I was a single mum of 4 children aged between 6 months and 6 years. I’d just started down a windy track to learning about self-worth, God’s extravagant love, and who I was as a person.

Lucy Thompson, the Author

At age twenty-six, I decided one day after church that I was going to write a book. (As you do. Lol) All I knew about the story was that a young mail order bride was getting off a train. Didn’t know her name. Or where she was. Or that she was about to meet a handsome cowboy who may or may not be a cattle rustler. That he had three siblings (that he didn’t tell her about) and a house in a mess.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Writing the book was half the effort. How was I to put it in the hands of readers? After all, I’m an Australian. A very small fish in our Aussie Christian book market. The American book pond, ah, market with its much bigger fish is harder again to break into.

Growing as an Author

So I joined American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). I joined their critique group and met my wonderful crit partners there. Entered contests. Finalled in some. Flew to America for the 2012 ACFW conference and met my (now) agent, Chip MacGregor, of MacGregor Literary. He pitched my book to all the bigger publishers and all came back with a no, no, no. Sigh.

Then, after a break from writing in which we moved across country, I remarried, had a baby, baked lots of cookies, etc. My agent suggested we pitch my story to Forget Me Not Romances. He introduced me to Cynthia Hickey, who runs FMNR and she loved my books. ☺ Yay!!

Lucy’s Debut Experience

Lucy Thompson, authorWhen Mail Order Surprise released on Amazon there was an excited buzz amongst my friends on Facebook and on the internet. I found it quite amusing as I sat cross-legged in my pj’s on the sofa posting away on Facebook that more people had seen my FB author post and were interacting with me than the entire population of my small country town.

But God is like that. He likes to bless us. (Click to Tweet!) And bless he did. Reviews. Comments. Shares. Memes! A reader even made a meme with a quote from my book. *sniffles* My heart overflowed with gratitude for his goodness.


Inspiration, Lucy Thompson Style

The song “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt Redman has been a huge encouragement to me over the years. 

I will bless His name when I’m found in the desert place. When I walk through the wilderness, I will bless His name. When the sun’s shining down on me. When the world’s all as it should be, my heart will choose to say “Lord, blessed be your name.”

May I suggest you try the same? God has everything under control and he’s much bigger than our circumstances or what we give him credit for.

A Give-Away Offer

Lucy Thompson, authorI love readers. ☺ And books. ☺ To prove it, I’m giving away an ebook copy of either Mail Order Surprise or A Cowboy’s Dare to one special commentator. (Actually, you’re all special. But I can only afford to give one book away. Children have to eat after all. Ha!)

God bless.

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Readers, you can find Lucy on Facebook!

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Lord, blessed be Your Name, indeed! How delightful to learn about your daughter Lucy Thompson, whom You’ve called to write for You. As Lucy blesses Your Name, she blesses us, and we pray You’ll bless each word Lucy writes for You. ~ For Jesus’ sake

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28 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Lucy Thompson!

  1. I love Lucy’s story, but then, I’ve known for a long while what kind of woman she is from her Facebook posts. I’m not sure how we became FB friends, but I cherish that friendship. Definitely will be getting the book and sharing this interview.

     
     
    1. So wonderful to scoot over to make room for you in our chat circle, Penny. You’ve encouraged Lucy and me both. God bless you.

       
       
    2. Lucy Thompson

      Thank you for your kind words, Penny. I appreciate your friendship and am blessed because of it. 🙂 God bless!

       
       
  2. Bonnie Mae Evans

    Lucy, The way you give God the glory and praise for turning your
    life around is so encouraging. It is good to be reminded that nothing is too hard for God. Yes, blessed be His name! Blessings to you as well!

     
     
    1. Our circle is growing! So good to see you in it, Bonnie. You’ve encouraged Lucy and me!

       
       
    2. Lucy Thompson

      G’day Bonnie!
      Yes, to God be the glory. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

       
       
  3. Ann Ellison

    What a wonderful interview. The book sounds really good.

     
     
    1. Hi, Ann. Thanks so much for joining our circle. You’ve encouraged Lucy and me both.

       
       
    2. Lucy Thompson

      Try out the first chapter on Amazon. 😉 In the meantime, all the best with your entry. 🙂 God bless.

       
       
  4. Nice to see a fellow Aussie writer here. Loved Lucy’s honesty and matter of fact way of writing.
    Goodonya Lucy!

     
     
    1. How wonderful to see another Aussie in our chat circle, Susan. I agree that Lucy’s transparency is refreshing. I knew readers would love her. Please join our chats with other writers too.

       
       
    2. Lucy Thompson

      No worries, Susan! 🙂 Great to have you here.

       
       
  5. I love reasing about new authors and their books thank you for sharing

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining our circle of reader friends, Brenda. One of my favorite things is meeting these authors on this blog. Please come again!

       
       
    2. Lucy Thompson

      Happy to share. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

       
       
  6. Marilyn R

    It’s always nice to meet a new author here on Linda’s blog. Lucy, your books sounds like delightful read. Thank you for the giveaway. A reader will be blessed.

     
     
    1. Hi, Marilyn. So good to see you in our circle again. God be with you!

       
       
    2. Lucy Thompson

      G’day! Lovely to see another smiling face here. All the best with the giveaway. 🙂

       
       
  7. Evangeline

    What a delightful new author. It was great to begin to get acquainted. I would love to read your book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. Blessings on you as you continue to write.

     
     
    1. Lucy Thompson

      You currently have a 1 in 3 chance of winning. 😉 Thanks for popping in.

       
       
    2. Hi, Evangeline. So good to see you here in our circle. It’s amazing, isn’t it, that we’re getting to know another author from “down under”? I love getting to know all these authors.

       
       
    3. Great to see you here, Evangeline. You’ve encouraged me and Lucy both.

       
       
  8. Love to hear how God’s changed your life and blessed you, Lucy! Keep writing!

     
     
    1. Lucy Thompson

      Thank you, Clarice. 🙂

       
       
    2. Lucy inspires me, Clarice!

       
       
  9. How wonderful to learn about you, Lucy! 🙂 Thank you for being here and sharing your writing journey.

     
     
    1. Lucy Thompson

      Hi Melissa!
      What a pleasure to be here. 🙂

       
       
    2. Isn’t Lucy a love, Melissa? Thanks so much for joining the conversation.

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Henry McLaughlin

Welcome, Everyone!

This week we chat with Henry McLaughlin, a writer who like me has a bit of gray on top. 🙂 He and I both won the Jerry Jenkins Operation First Novel contest (2011 and 2014 respectively). I’m eager to know Henry better.

So let’s gather ’round to learn more about this gentleman writer. Please comment below. You’ll help make this a richer conversation. And you just might win one of Henry’s books.

Henry McLaughlin Before Writing

Henry’s heritage is Irish.
Henry married a girl of Italian heritage.

Born and raised in Rhode Island in a strong Irish-Catholic heritage, I married at age twenty a beautiful Italian girl of nineteen. This may not seem like much to many people, but, at the time, ethnicity was a very strong component in the state. When it was announced I was getting married, one of my father’s Italian friends expressed amazement that he was letting me marry an Italian girl. My father, in a perfect Irish brogue, responded, “Well, you see now, Tony, it’s the curse of the Irish that we must help those who are less well off than ourselves.”


W
e raised five wonderful children—or more accurately, they raised us. (Tweet That!) The oldest is in heaven and the others are all grown and on their own.

I earned a bachelor’s degree in American History and a Master’s in Social Work. For thirty years, I worked in public child welfare. This was a rich experience I draw on to get into the emotions of my characters.

In 1999, my wife and I moved to Texas to be part of Kenneth Copeland Ministries. I served with the ministry for nearly ten years until God opened the door for me to write full time.

Henry McLaughlin, the Writer

For many years I dabbled with writing and started my first book in the 1990s. A writer without a clue, I loved to read and figured that was all I needed in order to write. Undisciplined for several years, I wrote sporadically. Actually I rewrote the first chapter many times, never getting to chapter two. And was never satisfied with chapter one.

In the early 2000s, with my wife’s loving support and encouragement, I decided to get serious about this whole writing thing. I signed up for the courses offered through Jerry Jenkins’ Christian Writers Guild.

The Guild sponsored the Operation First Novel contest in partnership with Tyndale. I entered my novel and received a polite letter congratulating me on completing a novel. And to keep trying.

I rewrote the manuscript and reentered the following year. I celebrated when I was named as a semi-finalist, but when the four finalists were announced, I was not listed. I figured being a semi-finalist would help when I pitched to agents.


On the first night of the Writing for the Soul Conference of 2010, Jerry Jenkins announced a mistake had been made. Five, not four, entries reached the finals. I was the missing finalist, the one who was left behind. Then he announced my book as the winner of the contest. The prize: a publishing contract with Tyndale House and $20,000.

Only God could arrange such a total surprise.

Tyndall released Journey to Riverbend  in February, 2011.

I indie published two more books, Riverbend Justice, and Riverbend Reunion  and re-released Journey to Riverbend as an indie publication in 2016. Together, the three novels form the Riverbend Sagas series.


A Bit of Wisdom from Henry McLaughlin

  • Writing is hard work. An author needs to develop patience, diligence, and a thick skin.
  • We can only control so much. We need to write the best stories we possibly can. And leave the rest to God.
  • We can’t control if or how we get published. There are too many aspects of the business beyond the author’s control.
  • Never stop learning the craft. Write every day if possible. Read magazines and books on the craft. Read novels to learn how others do it.
  • Attend conferences and workshops. Network. Build relationships with writing partners for critiquing and encouragement. Hook up with a mentor and give that person freedom to speak honestly and, at times, bluntly, into your life. I whined to my mentor once about not having enough time to write. Her response: “Get up earlier.”
  • Never stop learning and discovering yourself as a person and a writer. Work on your relationship with God as much as you do with your spouse and as you do on your writing. Be in a position to be guided by him on both your personal and writing journeys.

How to find Henry McLaughlin

My website: http://www.henrymclaughlin.org
Face Book: https://www.facebook.com/henry.mclaughlin.79
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2riOpCQ

Lord …

You show Your faithfulness by calling Your servants from grand and lowly places. You called King David from a sheep pasture and Elisha from a plowed field, Esther from a lowly home and Samuel from the grandeur of the Temple. You call writers like Henry McLaughlin from their chosen professions to write stories that point others to You. We bless Your Name and ask You to bless the work of Henry’s hands and his heart that Your name will be lifted up in all it’s might and glory. ~ For Jesus’ sake

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22 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Henry McLaughlin

  1. Lucy Reynolds

    I enjoyed reading this. Congratulations to you both on your award. Blessings

     
     
    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lucy! You’ve encouraged us!

       
       
    2. Henry McLaughlin

      Thank you, Lucy. I appreciate your stopping by.

       
       
  2. Marilyn R

    Linda and Henry, Congratulations on winning the Jerry Jenkins Operation First Novel contest. Another new author introduced to this reader with a beautiful testimony about God’s leading and rewards when waiting upon him for that first publication. Riverbend Saga series will be a great series to read–the covers are beautiful and captured my attention. God bless you both as yo continue to write stories for His glory and honor.

     
     
    1. Marilyn, thanks for stopping by. Your comments encourage both Henry and me.

       
       
    2. Henry McLaughlin

      Thank you, Marilyn, for visiting and for your encouraging words.

       
       
  3. Wise words, Henry! Your story is inspiring.

     
     
    1. Glad you stopped by, Jenny. Henry’s a great author to follow.

       
       
    2. Henry McLaughlin

      Thanks, Jenny. You’re so sweet!

       
       
  4. Great interview, Linda and Henry. I, too, have more than a sprinkling of gray, and I have to fight the voices that tell me I’m too old for the writing life. Thank you for your example and encouraging story.

     
     
    1. Henry McLaughlin

      You’re most welcome, Kathleen. Those voices speak to me to. I have found a Scripture to stand on when they seem to be shouting. It’s Isiah 40:31 (NLT): But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
      They will soar high on wings like eagles.
      They will run and not grow weary.
      They will walk and not faint.
      Another word for faint is discouraged. Don’t let those voices sow discouragement in your heart. Trust in the Lord and you will soar.

       
       
    2. Hi, Kathleen. I love rehearing from authors who have been guests here before. Thank you for returning and joining our conversation. God’s blessings on you and yours! Linda

       
       
  5. […] Here is the link: http://lindabrooksdavis.com/henry-mclaughlin/lets-chat-author-henry-mclaughlin/ […]

     
     
    1. I’m honored to have you as my guest this week, Henry.

       
       
      1. Henry McLaughlin

        Thank you, Linda. It’s a blessing for me to part of your blog community.

         
         
  6. Being an older author myself, I identify with Henry. It’s nice to know God doesn’t let us sit around and get moldy in the last third of our lives. Henry’s wisdom on writing is up there with Solomon’s.

     
     
    1. Henry McLaughlin

      Thank you, Clarice. Especially for the comment about Solomon.
      My wife likes to tell people writing is my third career. I’m looking forward to continuing this journey God has started me on.

       
       
      1. God bless you on this journey, Henry.

         
         
        1. Henry McLaughlin

          Thank you, Linda. I receive that.

           
           
      2. I, like you, Henry, love having an opportunity for another career.

         
         
        1. Henry McLaughlin

          Amen, Linda.
          I like the challenge of a writing career especially when I know God’s hand is on it. And it’s never boring.

           
           
    2. I’m with you, Clarice! Thanks for chatting with us.

       
       

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