How a Journalism Major Became a Fiction Author: Meet Debbie Lynne Costello
I first “met” Debbie Lynne Costello online as one of the moderators of the Heroes, Heroines, and History blog, where I post on the 21rst of each month. I appreciate her administrative skills and desire to help other authors have an outreach, sharing bits of history and bringing interested readers to their books.
Debbie Lynne leads a multi-faceted life, caring for several animals, including horses, which she enjoys riding. She also helps care for her grandbabies and has been a homeschooling mom.
She has a passion for ministry to the people of Haiti and has recently returned from a medical missionary trip there. The contentment and joy of the Haitian Christians she met, amidst poverty, have deeply touched her heart. Debbie Lynne shares about the work her team was able to do in Haiti. You can read more on her BLOG.
Amidst a full life, Debbie Lynne has been drawn to writing stories as she’s guided by the Lord, and for His glory. Let’s learn how she began her journey and how God has guided her along the way.
Debbie Lynne, please tell us about your writing journey. How did it start?
My journey really started when I was 8 years old and fell in love with writing short stories. As I got older writing waned but then when I got to High School and had electives I took every writing class I could. Once out of school I went to college for journalism. I married my high school sweetheart and life became busy as we started having children. So my dreams of writing went to the back burner and I spent my time raising my family.
What made you decide to write inspirational fiction?
My oldest two had graduated and I was homeschooling my younger two. They were in high school so didn’t need my constant help anymore. I stayed in the classroom with them to keep them focused ;o) and read books. My husband would come home from work and we’d sit at the dinner table talking about our days. I’d tell him flaws I saw in the stories or how I’d change the story line. One day he said why don’t you write a story? I thought about it for two weeks then sat down one day and started to write. I haven’t quit since. I never thought about writing anything but inspirational since God is the center of my life. I’d have nothing without Him. I guess because of that, writing anything else wasn’t even on my radar.
Oh my goodness! He has guided me every step. First, He gives me every story. He is an amazing God! He gave me an awesome critique partner that I couldn’t write without. He has sent people to encourage me when I get discouraged. He’s brought so many people into my life who have helped me with my writing, marketing, connections—I could go on and on. He has even sent me prayer warriors! I stand in awe at how God cares even about my writing.
Do you have any scriptures you’d like to share that have inspired you? I think God has given me different scriptures through the journey for the different circumstances that I’ve faced. But here are two very special verses. II Corinthians 4:16-18 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Joshua 1:7 7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.
Would you like to tell us about your latest release, Sword of the Matchmaker?
Sword of the Matchmaker is part of the Winds of Change Series. It is a novella. I wanted to get something out there to my readers that kept asking me when the sequel would be released. This is Thomas’s story from Sword of Forgiveness. Thomas is the Master-at-arms at Hawkwood. When I wrote SOF I fell in love with Thomas. He just needed his own story. In Sword of the Matchmaker you’ll have a chance to catch up with Royce and Brithwin and some of the other characters you fell in love with in Sword of Forgiveness. I hope to have the full-length sequel, Sword of Trust out this fall.
More about Debbie Lynne Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children’s Director. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland Sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, she and her husband take pleasure in camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.
More About her books and where you can buy them:
Sword of the Matchmaker: Penelope Beatty made up her mind long ago she would live and die a Scottish warrior not a wife. But when nearly all her clan is killed and she is betrayed, she loathes doing the unthinkable, but must seek the help of an Englishman who owed her father his life.
Thomas Godfrey never married, but when a Scottish warrior lass shows up needing his aid, he finds her both annoying and irresistible. But the last thing he wants is to marry a woman who fights alongside him. If he was going to marry—which he isn’t—it would be to a soft, submissive woman. But when the Lady Brithwin meets the Scottish lass, she’s sure she’s found the perfect match for Thomas and nothing is going to stop her from seeing a summer wedding. PURCHASE LINK
Sword of Forgiveness: After the death of her cruel father, Brithwin is determined never again to live under the harsh rule of any man. Independent and resourceful, she longs to be left alone to manage her father’s estate. But she soon discovers a woman has few choices when the king decrees she is to marry Royce, the Lord of Rosencraig. As if the unwelcome marriage isn’t enough, her new husband accuses her of murdering his family, and she is faced with a challenge of either proving her innocence or facing possible execution.
Royce of Hawkwood returns home after setting down a rebellion to find his family brutally murdered. When all fingers point to his betrothed and attempts are made on his life, Royce must wade through murky waters to uncover the truth. Yet Brithwin’s wise and kind nature begin to break down the walls of his heart, and he soon finds himself in a race to discover who is behind the evil plot before Brithwin is the next victim. PURCHASE LINK
GIVEAWAY: Debbie Lynne is giving away a copy of her latest release, Sword of the Matchmaker (if you have purchased the book you can choose one of her other books). A winner will be chosen randomly from a minimum of ten individual commenters by Monday, June 12th, at noon. So get those comments coming! Sign up for my newsletter here and let me know in the comment section, for an extra entry.
PLUS You can also enter Debbie Lynne’s Rafflecopter giveaway through the end of June. She’s giving away lots of fun prizes. In addition to her books, the giveaway includes a Kindle Fire, and a $15 Amazon card. And there are lotsof ways to earn points on Rafflecopter!
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