Lynne B. Tagawa is married and the mother of four sons. She attended the University of Hawaii where she met her husband and obtained a degree in secondary education. The Tagawas live in Texas where she teaches part-time.
She writes fiction, educational materials, and Christian devotionals; she is especially inspired by the lives of great men and women of faith.
It is a pleasure to have author Lynne Basham Tagawa on the blog today! Welcome Lynne. I hope you feel at home here on The Reading Daisy!
If you have been following my blog you have probably gathered by now that my favorite genre to read is historical fiction. Ms. Lynne has written a book that fits like a glove in the historical niche of the Christian fiction world. She graciously allowed me to read her story and I fell in love! Her book is The Shenandoah Road set in the 18th century. We will go more in depth with her book a little later. For now, let’s get into Ms. Lynne’s interview.
TRD: If you could read only one. Fiction book for the rest of your life what would it be?
Ms. Lynne: Hard question! I can tell you the book that has already gone through the most re reads: To Kill A Mockingbird. Classic, classic story. So many layers there.
TRD: What is your least favorite part of getting a book from research to sitting on a shelf?
Ms. Lynne: I would have to say the final phase of editing. Much of the editing work is done by the author, with the help of friends in writers’ groups. By the time you get to the polishing stage, looking for rough edges and typos, you get bleary-eyed. Half of your mind wanders into the next writing project, which sounds so interesting compared to what you’re doing.
TRD: What is your favorite part of that same process?
Ms. Lynne: Why, the Writing! Of course, there are moments when I sit staring at a blank page on the computer screen. I don’t always know exactly how the next screen will unfold; All I know is the general story. But then there are times when I start writing, and it flows, and then something neat pops out that I hadn’t planned ahead of time. Sometimes whole events are unplanned, like the scene where Abigail faints from heat exhaustion. But, it was August in the story, and all of a sudden, I had the idea.
TRD: Your book The Shenandoah Road is set in the 18th century. If you could choose anything from one of your character’s closet, shoebox, or jewelry box, what would it be?
Ms. Lynne: Maybe Benjamin Franklin’s printing of Isaac Watts’ hymns mentioned in the story. Or a Pennsylvania long rifle- hard to decide! Or, if Abigail could spare an entire outfit, I could dress appropriately for a book signing.
TRD: What can we expect from you in the upcoming year in the Cristian fiction world? I know your fans want to know, including me. 🙂
Ms. Lynne: The audiobook version of The Shenandoah Road is now in production! I am so enthused about this. I have partnered with a narrator familiar with the Shenandoah Valley and he’s excited to bring these characters to life. Meanwhile, I’m working on a sequel, set about ten years later. But that’s a long process- no publication date yet. For more updates and discounts, folks can go to my website, http://www.lynnetagawa.com and sign up for newsletters there.
Wow! I love your in depth answers, Ms. Lynne! Thank you for being my guest. Below is the blurb from the back of The Shenandoah Road book and also my five star review. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Lynne Tagawa transports readers into the faith and hope, and sorrows and fears of 18th century colonial America. While other books feature the raw grit of frontier colonial life, this book goes deeper and reveals the heart.” – Douglas Bond
John Russell’s heart aches from the loss of his wife, but the Shenandoah Valley frontiersman needs to marry again for his daughter’s sake. At first he believes he has found the right young woman, despite their differences, but his faith falters when time reveals she isn’t quite what she seemed. Can he truly love her?
Unlike her disgraced sister, Abigail Williams obeys the Commandments. At least, she thinks herself a Christian until a buckskin-clad newcomer courts her. He treats her kindly but also introduces her to a sermon by the controversial preacher, George Whitefield. Her self-righteousness is shattered, and she wonders about their relationship. If she confesses her lack of faith, will John continue to love her?
Ms. Lynne is a new to me author. I didn’t know what to expect in her writing style, character development, etc. I read the first page, and I knew…..I loved this book! It seemed to grow gradually from the beginning to the end. This story was like walking down the most beautiful pathway beside a rushing river with flowers to see and birds to hear. It was like coming home…that familiar, comfortable feeling. I thoroughly enjoyed this telling of a time long ago, when people worked hard and God extended grace, just as He does today.
(I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and He heard me out of His holy hill. Selah. Psalm 3:4)
I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post. Maybe you discovered a new to you author as I did. May our Savior cover you with His Grace.