Wednesday, November 16, 2011

5 Easy Questions with Lynda Lee Schab!

Every Wednesday, I ask a writer the same five easy questions. In an effort to support and promote fellow wordsmiths, I feature authors who write a variety of genres, from sweet inspirational to mainstream thrillers. The writers themselves may be aspiring, published, or best-selling--all have made an impact on my life.

Thank you for joining me in welcoming… Lynda Lee Schab!!

Lynda and I met through the Great Lakes chapter of ACFW. She’s a warm, friendly, funny writer, and I’m so happy to host her here today. Her debut novel, Mind Over Madi, an inspirational women’s fiction, released yesterday--more details below. 

Let’s get to it!

1. Beverage of choice?

Definitely coffee and Diet Coke. Caffeinated, please.

2. Any pets?

Only the dust bunnies under my bed.

3. Dream vacation?

Honestly, my creativity has been on vacation for a while now, so my dream vacation would be an entire week by myself with nothing to think about rediscovering my muse. A whole week working on my novel with no housework, no running the kids around, no distractions, sounds heavenly.

4. What are you listening to right now?

At this moment, the only sound I hear is the gentle hum of my laptop and my fingers hitting the keyboard.

5. What's for dinner?

For me? Probably a Weight Watchers frozen entree. For my daughter, who just had four baby teeth pulled yesterday, probably soup. My son will likely come home with McDonalds or put chicken fries in the oven, and I'm not sure what my husband will want. With our schedules, I cook once or twice a week (and we try to sit down together on those days to reconnect) but the other days it's pretty much "fend for yourselves."


Lynda, I need my coffee and caffeine too! If you’re crying over your lack of pets, we have an aged guinea pig who would make a terrific addition to your family. No, really, we love the little guy. His bedding on the other hand... :) Also, your dream vacation sounds like a slice of heaven. No cooking? No cleaning? No mom-shuttling? Just a week-long date with a WIP? Love it!

I’m sorry your daughter had to have teeth pulled. Ouch. Hope she recovers quickly. Thank you so much for being my guest today!


Madi McCall admits her husband lacks a little in the romance department, but all in all, he’s been a good husband, a good father. Now, though, she suspects Rich is having an affair with Fawn Witchburn, the mother of one of his fourth-grade students. To say Fawn shows off her “assets” more than should be legally allowed in public is an understatement, and Madi’s insecurities kick into high gear. When, in a heated moment, she asks Rich to leave and he complies, Madi is forced to deal with her issues. Issues of love and trust she’s tried so hard to avoid. Issues that trail all the way back to her childhood and make her act like a total moron.

LYNDA LEE SCHAB got her writing start in greeting cards  (Blue Mountain Arts, Dayspring)  and from there  went on to write  articles and short stories (Mature Living, Christian Home &  School)  and in many places online (including and, but  her passion has always been fiction. 

Mind Over Madi, her debut novel, is near and dear to her heart.  Lynda admits  she has a lot in common with  the character of Madi. Not only are they both addicted to ice cream, chocolate, and computer games, they struggle with the same types of insecurities and continually require a hefty dose of God’s grace.

Lynda works behind the scenes at and is a member of ACFW. She is a regular book reviewer for and is the Grand Rapids Christian Fiction Examiner and the National Writing Examiner for  Mind Over Madi  received Runner-up in the 2007 FaithWriters Page Turner contest, was a finalist in the 2007 RWA Get your Stiletto in the Door contest, and won second place in the 2008 ACFW Genesis contest, Chick Lit category. Lynda lives with her husband, Rob, and two teenagers in Michigan.

To learn more about Lynda, head to her blog, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

Does November seem extra busy to you? Or is it like any other month?

Have an amazing Wednesday!


  1. I'm there with you on the Diet Coke and that vacation sounds lovely.

    Growing up, we did a lot of fend for ourselves meals too. But always ate family dinner on Sundays. :)

  2. Good morning!

    Katie: When my dad was in charge of meals, it usually meant pancakes or popcorn. I loved when he was in charge! Ha! :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. Katie's there with you on the Diet Coke and I'm with you on the dust bunnies. Loved that answer!

    These are great, Jill.
    ~ Wendy

  4. Nice to meet you Lynda, no distractions? Sounds like an excellent escape to me. Kudos Jill for the intro!

  5. Lynda, I want your vacation and the chicken fries! :)

    Another great Five Easy Questions, Jill!

  6. Hmm... Great question! And fun post. :)

    November seems less busy for me, actually... I work a bit less and travel to see family, which tends to be a relaxing trip. I adore holiday prep, so the whole season feels like R&R.

  7. Thanks for the opportunity to get to know more about Lynda.

    When I was a teen, we had what we called Open Kitchen one night a week, and each of us got to fix what we wanted. I was really into salads and would prepare myself a nice big one.

  8. Hi Jill! Hi Lynda!

    I can't wait to read it, Lynda!

  9. Wendy: Dust bunnies multiply just as quickly as real bunnies. It's a fact. :)

    P.W.: Sounds perfect, doesn't it?!

    Jessica P: I'll take any fried food at this moment. Chicken fries, french fries, onion rings, you name it!

    August: I relaxed just reading your answer--how wonderful. I'm glad November nourishes you!

    Keli: What a great idea--open kitchen night! I love big salads, too, but my favorite easy-fix is soup. I love soup. :)

    Loree: Don't you love the cover??

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  10. Hi, ladies! Fun interview. Can I join you on that vacation? I don't care where we go, as long as SILENCE is involved! :)

  11. Yeah, I've got a few too many bunnies at my place too. That and six chickens, but the bunnies are out of sight usually. :O)

    Congrats on your book! :O)

  12. Sarah: Silence--it truly is priceless, isn't it? :)

    Diane: Six chickens!! I want to come over and pet them. Chickens are fun to watch!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  13. Thanks, ladies, for stopping by and taking the time to comment. These questions were so much fun. And, as you can see by my answers, I'm all about being real. I mean, come on. Who doesn't have a gazillion dust bunnies for pets? Besides people who actually clean, I mean.

    On a positive note (or negative, depending on how you look at it), I actually cooked last night (pause for a high five) and there was no processed food on the menu.

    Thanks again for stopping by. If you happen to pick up a copy of Mind over Madi (or win one somewhere), I'd love to know what you thought. You'll definitely find that my main character - that would be Madi - is as real as they get.

    Blessings to all!

  14. lol. It's pretty much fend for yourselves in my household too. Even for the dog. ;o) Just kidding. Nice to meet you!

  15. Jessica B: Ha! We have those nights too!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!


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