Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lyn Cote's December book-Her Healing Ways RT

I caught up with Lyn Cote yesterday and asked her to share a few thoughts with us on being the Romantic Times Winner of the Best Love Inspired Historical of 2010 for her book, Her Healing Ways. Here is what she had to say...

1. Where were you when you got the RT call and what were you doing?

I was sitting at my laptop as usual. And it wasn't a "call" but an email. RT wanted to know if I'd be attending the RT Convention in LA in April because I was the winner of.... I emailed them back my regrets and the kicker is--since I'm not going I don't get a plaque. Which is fine with me because I'm not a "plaque-displaying" kind of person. :-)

2. Who was the first person you called/emailed?

No one actually. They didn't tell me to keep my trap shut but for once, I thought it would be better if I did. :-)

3.Does this book have a special meaning to you? If so, tell us about it.

I've always been fascinated by the Quakers and by the changes brought by the Civil War.

Her Healing Ways is the third in my "Gabriel Sisters" series, about three Quaker sisters who try to help heal the nation after the horrible war. The first was Her Captain's Heart, and featured Verity who went south to open a Freedman's School to teach former slaves how to read and write and prepare them for citizenship. The second was Her Patchwork Family and featured Felicity who moved to an Illinois Mississippi River town to set up an orphanage to care for children--black and white--orphaned by the war. (This book also finaled for American Christian Fiction Writer's Carol Award last year.) Each of these fictional women had a passion for doing what God had called them to do. I think that is what makes them special to me. I hope to follow their example. :-)

4. Did you celebrate in any special way with your family and friends?

No, it's really business as usual around here though my dh was impressed with me. He's such a dear. While I have the chance, I'd like to thank my editor, Tina James. She made my book better which is the mark of a good editor. And I'd like to say that this award could easily have gone to any one of the other finalists:

Pamela Nissen, STEEPLE HILL, (June 2010)

Renee Ryan, STEEPLE HILL, (September 2010)

Catherine Palmer, STEEPLE HILL, (September 2010)

Dorothy Clark, STEEPLE HILL, (October 2010)

If you'd like to see the finalists for the other Love Inspired lines, scroll down till you find Love Inspired at

Thanks so much Lyn! From all of us at the CRAFTIE LADIES of Love Inspired Romance, CONGRATULATIONS!

Many blessings, Lisa Mondello


  1. I know if a book is by Lyn it has to be good! Love her writing. Can't wait to read this book. Like the cover too.


  2. Lyn,
    It was great fun to sit in the audience at the RT awards and see your name in the booklet.
    I've loved reading about the Quakers every since The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

  3. Oh, I remember that book too. And Patsy, you're a sweetheart. And Pamela, please send me one of the RT programs TIA!


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