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About Lynne Gentry

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 4/24

Q. Previous occupations

A. Farm girl. Tractor salesperson. Legal secretary. Women's ministry leader. Director of Creative Arts at several churches; Director of Dallas International Performing Arts Academy

Q. Favorite job

A. Tractor Salesperson

Q. High school and/or college

A. Cherryvale High Schoo, Cherryvale, KS; Coffeyville Community Junior College, Coffeyville, KS; Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma City, OK; University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Nicole Nordeman

Q. Favorite movie

A. My Fair Lady

Q. Favorite television show

A. The Middle

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Faith-filled. Fulfilling. Exciting. Ever-changing. Hopeful. Blessed.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Life is either a great adventure or nothing." Helen Keller

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Last Christmas my whole family was seated at the table. Everything was perfect. Candles. China. Food. Lots of laughter. Buzzing conversation. In that moment, the scripture that says, "Mary treasured these things in her heart," came to my mind. I wanted to freeze the moment and treasure it always. Happiness indeed. To me, perfect happiness will come when I can sit forever in the presence of those I love ... in the presence of God.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. That my life was insignificant.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. The Mediterranean

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. The Romans

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My husband

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Just. Still. You know.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not finishing college.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Dancing.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Raising two wonderful children.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Self-doubt with worry a close second.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Love to laugh.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Broadway performer

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Outgoing. Never meet a stranger.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Gandalf

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Bo Crowder

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Mary, the mother of Jesus. I would say, "How did you do it, Mary? How did you bare the pain of watching your baby boy become the most despised man in the world?"

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People who say they are going to do something and don't.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Teaching audition acting.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Broadway performer.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Loyalty. Dependability. Sense of humor.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Mashed potatoes.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Overcomer.

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Kate Quinn. Maria Doria Russell. Kate Furnival. Diane Setterfield. Barbara Kingsolver. Kellie Coates Gilbert. Suzanne Collins. J.K. Rowling. Robert Morgan.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Gap Creek. Mistress of Rome. The Sparrow. Harry Potter. Hunger Games.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Gap Creek

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Read. Read. And read some more.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. Oh. My. Goodness.

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