BIO: Lynne Hinton was born and raised in
North Carolina. She is a graduate of
UNC-Greensboro. She also attended NC School of the Arts, School
of Filmmaking, and graduated with her
Masters of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in ,
where she served on the Board of Trustees for six years and was a Distinguished
Alumni in 2003. She is ordained in the United Church of Christ. Berkeley, California
Lynne is the author of eighteen books, including the NY Times Bestseller, Friendship Cake and
, the 2011 NM Book
of the Year: Fiction/Adventure, Drama Category and 2011 National Federation of
Press Women’s Fiction Book of the Year. She has penned two mystery series and
has one nonfiction collection of essays. She is a regular guest columnist in
the Faith and Values Section for The
Charlotte Observer and was the 2008 Lucy B. Patterson Author of the Year by
the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in NC. In 2010 and 2015, she was the
recipient of a Louisville Institute Pastoral Study Grant and was named Favorite
Local Writer in Pie
Town Albuquerque, New
Mexico, in 2012 by , The Magazine. Albuquerque
Lynne and her husband, Bob Branard, live in
, where Lynne has
served as a hospice chaplain and pastor. She continues to write as well as
teach classes and lead retreats on writing as a spiritual and healing practice.
She can be reached at www.lynnehinton.com
Welcome, Lynne. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I am deeply impacted by events in my life, especially emotionally; but I don’t usually write myself into the characters. I’m not nearly as interesting or funny as I like to think my characters are!
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Too quirky to tell!
When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I’ve always kept a diary. Writing has always been my way of getting to my truth.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
Mysteries, literary fiction, non-fiction about spirituality
Mysteries, literary fiction, non-fiction about spirituality
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
A great husband who is supportive, a fabulous dog who runs trails with me, meditation, and journaling every day.
How do you choose your characters’ names?
In this book, I used names of my coworkers at Hospice. It was fun to give them roles in the story!
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I ran a half marathon last year!
If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I kind of like a butterfly’s life, just flitting about, looking beautiful.
What is your favorite food?
I’m vegetarian, love Indian food.
What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
I’m Protestant, I had to learn a lot about Catholicism and about convents and monasteries.
Tell us about the featured book.
Sister Eve learns more about The Blue Nun, a very interesting character from
New Mexico history while
solving the murder of a religion professor.
Please give us the first page of the book.
The tea arrived on a simple wooden tray and was left outside Dr. Kelly Middlesworth’s room without a note or card. The young woman stood inside with the door cracked and held only partially opened. She was wearing her nightgown and robe, having changed for the evening, and was hiding behind the door assuming her night attire would be disconcerting for the monks.
One of the residents at the monastery, after all, was who she expected to see. It would be Father Oliver, she thought or Brother Gary, the youngest of the men who, earlier in the week had brought her clean towels and a blanket, the youngest of them who could never quite look her in the eye.
More than anybody else, however, Kelly expected or rather hoped it would be her sibling, Brother Anthony, to be the one who knocked so late. She knew he would still be observing the evening silence but she hoped he would stop by and at least demonstrate an effort to make amends for the argument they had earlier at dinner. She hated that things were left as they were, and she knew she was to blame, but she still hoped he would make the first move and come around and offer his forgiveness.
It had been strategy on her part to wait until the last minute to tell him, knowing that after dinner he was required to go to the service of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at seven, followed by Compline at seven thirty. Once those services in the monastery chapel had been completed, she knew that the monks would enter into Grand Silence and that he would be unable to speak to anyone until after breakfast, and by that time it would be too late. She would have already made her presentation; she would have already made his discovery public.
Interesting. I love all kinds of mysteries. How can readers find you on the Internet?My website is www.lynnehinton.com
Thank you, Lynne, for sharing this book with us. I'm sure my readers are as eager to read it as I am.
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