Welcome, Everyone! And Welcome, 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.
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
When 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
I 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!)
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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