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Write to the Point with Rebecca Carey Lyles August 21, 2013

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I am very excited to have Becky Lyles back with us. I interviewed Becky a while ago but she has a new book out to talk about today. You can read her first interview here. To hear about what is going on in her life now keep reading. Oh…and she has a giveaway for you.

Lyles(1)Tell us about your newest book.

Winds of Freedom features several characters from Winds of Wyoming, the first book in the Kate Neilson Series, and the action begins about a year after the WoW storyline ends. However, Kate and friends make new friends in the sequel and encounter more nasty villains. Also, much of the drama occurs in a large city as well as on the Wyoming ranch.

Here’s a teaser: Winter storms blast across the Whispering Pines Guest Ranch, and a cold wind blows through Kate Neilson’s soul. Despite her pain, Kate’s well-being takes a backseat to the needs of loved ones: her best friend, who’s been ensnared by evil; her failing great-aunt, whose dementia care keeps Kate guessing; and Laura and Mike Duncan, whose ranch and livelihood are threatened by a land-grabbing neighbor.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

At this time in my life, I have the fun of helping my daughter plan and prepare for her October wedding. I also volunteer with the women’s ministry at my church and for a faith-based women’s home/program that helps ex-inmates transition from prison to life on “the outside.” Plus, I love to walk, hike, camp, snowshoe, cross-country ski, bike and garden—anything (well, almost) that requires being out-of-doors.

Where do you get your ideas?

Like most authors, my ideas spring from real life. The first book in the Kate Neilson Series came from volunteering with a RLyles.Winds of Freedom.Coverprison ministry in another state that provides Bible studies and mentors plus assists newly released inmates, who are ushered out prison gates with the clothes on their backs, $50 cash, and possibly a bus ticket. With such limited means to begin a new life, ex-offenders often return to the families who triggered their wrong behavior and/or the friends who led them astray or joined them on their downward spiral. I wanted to show that although release from prison is a thrill, the transition back into society is tough for those who’ve been incarcerated.

The idea for Winds of Freedom was sparked by a neighbor’s relative who walked into an airport restroom and never came out—as far as her husband and children knew. Although they didn’t see her exit the restroom, she must have snuck past them wearing a disguise, because they later learned she’d left them to start a new life. Several weeks after her disappearance, she returned to her home to pick up her clothing and other personal items. She didn’t tell her husband where she was living or what she was doing, only that she no longer had to clean house, cook meals, or care for their children. To add to the mystery, she was wearing a collar around her neck.

Do you outline or are you a seat-of-the-pants writer?

I’ve worked from a rough outline, and I’ve also used Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method. From those modest beginnings, I created rough drafts that changed dramatically with each revision. For the next Winds book, I’m hoping to develop a stronger “base of operation” than I had with the first two fiction books. Surely a more complete knowledge of where I’m headed with a story when I begin it will lead to fewer blind alleys and rewrites. In other words, I’m still learning. J I also recently purchased Scrivener, which should help me corral my thoughts and notes and enable me to visualize where the story is headed.

Are you like any of the characters in your book?

As the experts say, there’s a bit of the author in each of his or her characters. However, I have yet to picture myself as one of my characters while writing. When I wrote the first Kate Neilson book, our three children were in the same age range as the heroine and the hero. I tried to picture our daughter and two sons as I wrote but couldn’t do it. In my mind, Kate and Mike were not the same people as my kids. Yet, it’s quite possible that I subconsciously attributed some of my children’s qualities to those characters.

Are you working on a new project now?

I wish I could say I’m writing book three for the series—or even better, that I’ve already written the book (smile). The truth is, I haven’t written a solitary word of “Winds of Change” (possible title). I know a basic plotline for the story, and I’ve begun researching some of the more elusive details. I’m also planning to gather several short stories that I’ve written, smooth out the rough edges, and publish them in an inexpensive compilation.

Anything you would like to add?

Thanks so much, Melissa, for the opportunity to talk about my work on your blog. What an honor and privilege. Bless you!

Bio & Links

Rebecca Carey Lyles grew up in Wyoming, the setting for her Kate Neilson novels. She currently lives with her husband in Idaho, where she serves as an editor and a mentor for aspiring authors and as a coach for women transitioning from prison to life on “the outside.”

Want to connect with Becky? Click on the links below.

It was so nice chatting with you again, Becky and thanks for taking the time to share with my readers.

Readers, if you would like to win a copy of Becky’s book leave a comment for her by August 27th at 5:00.


Write to the Point with Becky Lyles August 8, 2012

Congratulations to Rita who won B.J. Robinson’s book Last Resort.

This week we get write to the point with Becky Lyles.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

Though I currently live in beautiful Idaho with Steve, my husband of 38 years, I grew up in wonderful Wyoming, where we raised our three children. We have three grandchildren, ages six and under. I started writing 35 years ago, while my oldest was napping. I’ve written articles, short stories, nonfiction books, newsletters, devotionals, etc., but my first novel was published this year. I also edit for nonfiction as well as fiction authors and publishers.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

My father worked as a roughneck on oil rigs during my early years, which meant we traveled around the West following the drilling action. But when I turned six, my parents decided it was time to settle down so that I, their oldest child, could attend school. They purchased a house across the street from a church-going family, who soon invited me to attend Sunday school with them. One Sunday morning in a tiny basement classroom, the teacher asked those who’d never invited Jesus into their hearts to raise their hands. I raised mine. She asked if I wanted to pray to invite him in, and I said, “Yes.” Not long after that, my mother became a Christian, and we were baptized together. Eventually, my father and my four siblings also accepted Christ as their Savior. Praise God for Sunday school and children’s ministries!

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

“Winds of Wyoming” was released in January, and I just sent the sequel, “Winds of Freedom,” to the editor. Both books feature heroines who were previously incarcerated. Serving with a prison ministry taught me that women behind bars have the same longings, dreams, hopes, fears, issues and hang-ups the rest of us have, and more. My desire is that women on both sides of the bars who read the books are reminded of God’s love, faithfulness, power, forgiveness and acceptance.

I had the honor of being part of a band that did prison ministry. We only visited men’s prisons and I saw the same thing as you. Men who needed to believe there was still hope for them, men who had longings and wanted somethings beyond those bars.

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

I have three blogs, but I have to admit I’m an infrequent blogger. When I’m in the midst of writing a book or editing for a client, I have a hard time convincing myself I can stop to write a short article or two. But I keep promising I’ll blog when I get a break, like now, while I’m waiting for a return email from the editor. 😉 [Wordsmithing Made Fun]  [Lavish Love: How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (I John 3:1 NIV)]  [Simple, Inexpensive Tips for Healthy Living from Becky Lyles]

Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?

What a hard question! Recent favorites are “Havah” by Tosca Lee, “Captivating” by John & Staci Eldredge, “River Rising” by Athol Dickson, and “Safely Home” by Randy Alcorn. As a child, I loved, Nancy Drew and Cherry Ames mysteries, “Christy,” “The Boxcar Children,” “Heidi,” “Black Beauty” … and so many more. 😉

Havah and Captivating are two of my favorites as well, great books.

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

I’m in the midst of a couple heartbreaking family situations that have brought me to my knees and shown me my spiritual weakness. Yes, my heart hurts, but through his Word and his Spirit, God has brought me back from the brink of bitterness again and again—and reminded me that his Spirit can and will work in places I could never go and ways I could never accomplish.

My heart hurts for you , that you are in the midst of heartache right now. I am grateful that God is showing his goodness to you, even through the pain.

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

I love scriptures about hope. “God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27 (NIV)

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NIV)

Where can we find you on the web?

Facebook: Rebecca Carey Lyles

Twitter: @BeckyLyles

Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

For those who enjoy true stories featuring individuals whose lives have been miraculously changed by God, I have two such books available online—“It’s a God Thing! Inspiring Stories of Life-Changing Friendships” and “On a Wing and a Prayer–Stories from Freedom Fellowship, a Prison Ministry.”

Thanks, Melissa, for interview questions that made me stop and think about how good God has been to me. I appreciate the opportunity to have my books featured on your blog and look forward to giving copies of either “It’s a God Thing” or “Winds of Wyoming” to two of your readers (their choice).

Becky, thank you or being transparent with my readers and letting us get to know you.

Readers, as Becky stated, she is giving away a book to two commentators, your choice of Winds of Wyoming or It’s a God Thing, and you can also choose paperback or e-book. Yay!  Leave Becky a comment by August 14 at 5:00 PM.