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 J Carol Nemeth

Welcome, Everyone! And welcome, Historical Romance/Suspense Writer, J Carol Nemeth! 

J Carol Nemeth, historical romance writer
J Carol Nemeth

This week we chat with J Carol Nemeth, an inspirational writer of historical romances with some suspense thrown in. Carol tells a fascinating life story, so let’s circle up and make a new friend.

Carol is offering one of her books as a give-away, so be sure to comment below to be included in the drawing.

The winner of one of Carol’s books—Dedication to Love—is Diana Corsiber!! Congratulations, Diana. Thanks for participating in the chat. Please come again.

J Carol Nemeth, historical romance writer
Great Smoky Mountains

Pre-Author Life of J Carol Nemeth

J Carol Nemeth, historical romance writerA North Carolinian through and through, I was born in Burlington to the best parents in the world. My father pastored a country Baptist church, so I was raised in church and at the age of six I came to know Christ as my savior. I have an older sister and a younger brother and, as a family, we traveled around the southeastern United States, camping wherever we went. That’s where I acquired my love of camping and the outdoors.

J Carol Nemeth’s College and Early Career

After graduating from Centerville Christian School in South Boston, VA, I attended Bob Jones University and studied art. Although it wasn’t the Lord’s will for me to continue in that field, He opened different doors.

J Carol Nemeth, historical romance writerAs a Park Aide for the National Park Service in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, I worked at Twentymile Ranger Station and at the Deep Creek Campground and Ranger Station. I absolutely loved my job. My favorite duty was horse patrol and caring for my tall four-legged friends, Billy Boy, Blackie and Fargo.

 
A Change of Path for J Carol Nemeth
J Carol Nemeth, historical romance writer
Livorno, Italy

Once again, the Lord changed my path. I joined the US Army. Trained in communications, I worked in the COMM center at Camp Darby, Livorno, on the Mediterranean coast of Italy, a few miles from the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I traveled to thirteen countries while stationed in Europe. I planned to return to college for a degree in Parks and Recreation and return to the Park Service.

However, God planned otherwise, and I’m so thankful He did. I met my husband, Mark, while stationed in Italy; he was also active Army. I resigned from the Army, and Mark and I married. He’s the love of my life and my best friend and we’ve been married for almost thirty-two years. (Tweet That!)

J Carol Nemeth, historical romance writer
Yorkshire, England
Family Life of J Carol Nemeth

We lived in various locations, including North Yorkshire, England, where our daughter was born. We now live in West Virginia, where, in our spare time, we enjoy camping and sight-seeing. Mark and I are very active in our church and we love spending time with our two grown children Matthew and Jennifer and our son-in-law Flint, and spoiling our three grandchildren Martin, Ava and Gage.

J Carol Nemeth’s Debut Author Experience 

First, my writing career began in junior high school but would take a long time to come to fruition. I started many books but never fully completed any.

J Carol Nemeth, historical romance writerThen, after the birth of my daughter in 1990, I wrote a novel set in North Yorkshire, England where we lived. I submitted it to various publishing companies but, after receiving many encouraging words, still no one wanted to publish this new author. I found out just how difficult it is to pitch a story to a publisher and that it is far easier to write the story.

Thereafter, I tried to get an agent, but no one was interested. Discouraged, I questioned if writing was truly my calling as I’d thought. I rewrote and revised several times but no one wanted to take a chance. I continued writing other stories, while waiting, but found it difficult to finish them. What was the point if no one would publish them?

But in March of 2016, I read a book written by an author friend of mine. I noticed a web address for Forget Me Not Romances. Having never heard of them before, I decided to look into it further. I sent my proposal to Cynthia Hickey, the editor, and within three days had an offer to publish my first novel, Yorkshire Lass. (Click to Tweet!) She was willing to take a chance on me, and I’m very grateful for that opportunity. It was a long twenty-three year road to publication, but our time is not God’s time and His timing is perfect.

What’s Up With Carol Nemeth Now?

J Carol Nemeth, historical romance writerIn February, I published the novella Dedication to Love as a stand-alone book. It’s a historical novella set in 1940 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is now part of a historical collection entitled A National Park Romance by Forget Me Not Romances that released earlier this month.

Currently, I’m working on my Faith in the Parks series, four full-length suspense/romance novels set in different National Parks

Where Can Readers Find J Carol Nemeth?

Facebook: @J.CarolNemeth
Amazon
Goodreads
Email

Amazon Purchase Links:
Dedication to Love
Yorkshire Lass

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Lord, we continue to be awed by Your providential ways. In particular, we applaud Carol’s inspirational writing that points the way to You. Bless Carol’s every effort for You. ~ For Jesus’ sake

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6 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author J Carol Nemeth

  1. Marilyn R

    Hello Carol so nice to meet a new author. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genre to read and your book and novella along with the National Park Collection series sound like great ones to read. Your travels has taken you many places. I was in West Virginia for a wedding a couple years ago (friend was from Illinois who was getting married) and she loves living in WV now. Beautiful country with the scenery. I’ll look forward to reading your books–my TBR list keeps growing.

     
     
    1. Isn’t that right, Marilyn? TBR pile keeps growing! So glad you stopped by. You’re entered. 😊

       
       
    2. J. Carol Nemeth

      Hi Marilyn. We’ve lived in WV for 18 years and love it. It truly is a beautiful state. I’m originally from NC and that’s where my heart will always be, but WV comes in a close second because I love the mountains. They remind me of my favorite Smoky Mountains. I do hope you get a chance to read my books and enjoy them. The novella and the first of the Park series are set in the Smokies. Book one is finished & I’m working on book two. I don’t have a release date yet, but keep watching for it. When it’s ready for release, I’ll announce on Facebook first. Thanks for stopping by! Nice to meet you!

       
       
  2. Diana C

    Great interview! I love getting to know more about authors!

     
     
    1. Thanks for stopping by, Diana! You’re entered!

       
       
    2. J Carol Nemeth

      Hi, Diana! So glad you stopped by. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’ll do my best to answer them. I enjoy meeting fellow book lovers!

       
       

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