Monday, July 9, 2018

Candid Moments with CFRR author Lindsay Harrel

Yum, is that from Chick-fil-A?! Thanks for the great candid, Lindsay! 

About Christian Fiction Readers Retreat...

In what ways have you participated in CFRR?

LH: I have only envied from afar. 🙂 But I’m happy to be attending as an author in 2019!

Lindsey & son
Beth: Yay! That makes us happy, too!

What part of CFRR are you most excited about?

LH: I am so excited to meet up with friends and connect with readers—both those who have read my books and those who haven’t.

Beth: Readers are pretty cool people, in my opinion!

Are you a hugger?

LH: Most definitely!

Beth: Great answer!

Just for fun...

What secret talents do you have?

LH: I can do this really strange thing with my lips, where I can crease them in the middle. It’s super weird. 😜 I’m not sure how much of a talent that is, though.

Beth: Well, that's... interesting. 😊

Lindsey & son
Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?

LH: Italy, for sure!

Beth: That is one of my favorite destinations from your book!

If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?

LH: I always wanted to be on Broadway. I’m a singer and absolutely adore musical theater. However, I’m blessed to be writing because I get to also stay home with my two little boys (a 3yo and 1yo). That would be kind of difficult living the theater life. 

Beth: Jazz hands! That's about the extent of my Broadway talent from high school dinner theater. Also, your boys are adorable! 😍

About reading...

What is your favorite genre to read?

LH: I really love almost all genres, especially within Christian fiction, but the ones that tend to suck me in and make me stay up until 3 a.m. reading are YA dystopian/fantasy and romantic suspense.

Beth: Suspense especially has a tendency to keep readers up late!

When reading, do you block out the world around you or seek a quiet retreat? 

LH: I try to seek a quiet retreat, which means I can’t read when my children are awake! LOL. But I will block out the world if necessary.

Beth: I hear ya, mama! I have four so blocking out the world is a necessity!

Why do you think reading Christian Fiction is so important?

LH: Honestly, there are a lot of good books out there. Great ones, even. But a lot of those don’t leave the reader with a feeling of hope—or if it does, it’s false hope, hope in things that aren’t permanent or real. I love that Christian fiction shows us how to live out life with God and rely on Him and that we can apply those truths to our own lives.

Beth: Amen to that!

About writing...

How many books have you written? Published?

LH: I have written five: two are currently published, one will be published in February 2019, one is a book I might dust off and revise someday, and one is The Book That Must Not Be Named. 😉

Beth: You're off to a great start! 

What genres do you write?

LH: My books are romantic women’s fiction. 

Beth: I'm not normally a fan of women's fiction but I enjoyed your latest book very much!

What are you working on now? What is your next release?
LH: I’m about to dive into edits for The Secrets of Paper and Ink, which will release in February 2019. It’s about a broken woman who travels from America to Cornwall, England—the setting of her favorite author’s novels—to find the courage to write her own story.

Beth: This cover blows my mind... a book cover on a book cover?! I love traveling through your stories!

What part of the publishing/writing process do you most struggle with? Which aspect is most natural for you?

LH: Writing the initial draft is often hardest for me. Staring at a blank page can be intimidating. But I remind myself that I can always edit it later. Editing is my happy place. 

Beth: I can relate (on a much smaller scale), getting the words going is the hard part!

What are your must-have writing supplies?

LH: I really just need my laptop, a pen and a notebook to jot ideas as I draft a scene, and some water or iced tea. Oh yeah, and QUIET! I usually write during my kids’ naptime for this reason.

Beth: Oh, I adore quiet! Quiet is so underappreciated! Naptime and after bedtime are productive times around here too!

About the author...

Lindsay Harrel is a lifelong book nerd who lives in Arizona with her young family and two golden retrievers in serious need of training. She’s held a variety of writing and editing jobs over the years, and now juggles stay-at-home mommyhood with writing novels.

When she’s not writing or chasing after her children, Lindsay enjoys making a fool of herself at Zumba, curling up with anything by Jane Austen, and savoring sour candy one piece at a time. Connect with her on her website and social media!

Say "hi" to Lindsay in the comments and let's chat about some of the moments we've enjoyed with her and her stories!


  1. Hi Lindsay! Get ready for a big hug in April! I loved your book and am looking forward to your next one. Thanks for the fun interview/spotlight.

    Hi Beth! Hugs, sweet friend! Thanks for doing these fun spotlights.

  2. Yay! I get to meet you in person!