The Story Behind ‘Return to Me’

October 3rd, 2013

ReturntoMe_mck.inddCarol Shields once said, “Write the book you want to read, the one you cannot find.” When does a writer’s story begin forming? How long does it take to write? What were the finishing touches? We’ve asked Lynn Austin, author of Return to Me, to tell us the story behind the story. Connect with Lynn during her Facebook Author Chat Party on October 22 and enter to win a Kindle Fire. Click here for more information.

Tell us a bit about the story behind your latest novel. Where did your inspiration spark from?

When reading the Bible, the stories of Ezra and Nehemiah always intrigued me because of the enormous sacrifice the people of God made in leaving Babylon and returning to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple. They have always stood out to me as such faithful and inspiring leaders. So when readers begged for more biblical fiction, I knew I would write about Ezra and Nehemiah.

How long did your book take you to write?

About a year – I started researching and writing in January and my deadline was the end of December.

How long was the editing/publishing process?

About 9 months – My company received the book from me in December and it came out in September.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Never give up! Becoming a writer can be a long and difficult journey, a roller coaster ride filled with challenges and discouragement, but if you have the passion for it and believe that God is calling you to write, then never, ever give up.

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What’s your next book or project?

I’m currently writing Book Two of the Restoration Chronicles titled, Keepers of the Covenant. It continues the stories from the biblical books of Ezra and Nehemiah.

After that is Book Three, On This Foundation. Each book in this three book series will be a separate novel, complete on its own, and not “continued.”

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Bestselling author Lynn Austin has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide. She is an eight-time Christy Award winner for her historical novels, as well as a popular speaker at retreats and conventions. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and live near Chicago.

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