Women of Faith and Fiction ~ Linda Yezak

Good morning, readers. Welcome to another interview with Women of Faith and Fiction. This morning I am talking with the lovely Linda Yezak. Linda is an author and editor. You can find her offering writing advice and bits of humor on her blog. Now, let’s get started.

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Good morning, Linda. Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m getting old. Strands of gray are filtering in with my red hair, my right hip occasionally refuses to bear my weight, and I’ve learned the truth about looking around to see what else I can do while crouched on the floor. Sixty may be the new forty, but sometimes it is every bit my sixth decade. Good news is that I’m more comfortable in my wrinkling skin, my forgetful mind tends to hold more wisdom and patience, and my failing eyes behind these trifocals tend to overlook a lot more than they used to. It’s all good.

Linda, I love the way you express truth with a dash of humor. Next question…

 

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Linda, I made sure to include coffee in this picture. I know how much you love it. 🙂

Where did you get the idea for your latest WIP or your current release? And what inspired you to choose the setting of your story?

Ride to the Altar is the third and final novel in the Circle Bar Ranch series. When I first started the series, my mother had just sold her family’s ranch near Stephenville, Texas. It’s a beautiful ranch, horseshoed by massive hills, with plenty of natural grass and ponds, so it was painful to watch the deed shift hands. The Circle Bar Ranch ranch is based on my too-short time in the area.

The ranch sounds lovely. It’s always sad when deeds shift hands. Now, what’s your favorite thing to do when not writing?

I love to fish. Doesn’t mean I get to do it often, but it’s my favorite thing to do when I’m not writing. But even then, I’m writing. Doesn’t much matter what I’m doing. I’m writing.

I totally understand that statement. Whenever I relax, my characters show up and begin talking. 🙂 Please share a writing quirk—a ‘must have’ or a ‘must do’ to get words down on paper.

I can’t remember who said it, but some famous somebody said to leave a sentence unfinished at the end of your writing session, so at the beginning of the next session, you can be off to a running start. I’ve adopted this technique. It works.

I love that. Not sure if it would work for me as a writer but as a musician…definitely. Final questions…

 

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This year’s theme is First Things First. Setting our priorities is a must if we’re to be about our Father’s business. What advice would you offer someone struggling to spend time with Him? And, how has spending time with Him changed your life?

I’m not capable of staying up late, so I get up early to spend time with Him—used to be 5:00, but now it’s more like 4. I love studying His word and learning from Him, so I try not to miss. When I have my full time, I flip through the hymnal I keep beside my chair and sing to Him. Then I engage in whatever study I’m working on. Afterward, I read the day’s devotional, then I meditate on what I’ve learned, pray for those who enter my mind, share my plans and concerns with Him.

Spending time with Him is fortifying. It starts my day on the right note. It feeds my yearning to be with Him, to be more like Him. It reminds me to see Him in everything, seek Him in everything, acknowledge Him in everything.

Create the habit of devoting time to Him. Carve out time in your day. It’s just like your writing. If you really want to do it, you’ll figure out how. There aren’t any valid excuses. Get up early. Go to bed late. Skip a TV show. Lock the bathroom door. If you don’t have hours, dedicate minutes to Him.

Stick to your set time the best you can given your circumstances, but don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day or if things don’t work out. Sometimes, all you need to do is to thank Him for being there with you. Acknowledge Him so you don’t lose your connection with Him during a busy day. The more often you do that, the more likely your day will go smoothly and your emotions will remain in check.

I love that advice! I agree that acknowledging Him daily strengthens the bond. Linda, thank you for joining us today on WFF. It has been a pleasure talking with you.

Readers, Linda’s book (paperback) is up for pre-order. Cl

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Ride to the Altar

Ride to the AltarCattle are dying on the Circle Bar, putting the Texas ranch in financial jeopardy. Newly engaged Patricia Talbert and Talon Carlson must root out the cause before they can concentrate on wedding plans.

But that mystery isn’t their only obstacle. To placate her father, Patricia must return to her hometown of Manhattan to make amends with her mother, the interfering, dominating woman she has hardly spoken to in a year. Her father decides it is time for them to declare a truce, but considering the depth of anger she holds against her mother, how can she?

While she is away, Talon discovers that the attacks on the ranch are connected to the murder of his first fiancée over eight years ago. Memories plague him and emotions confound him as he scrambles to discover who is trying to destroy him and the ranch. By the time Patricia returns from New York, the strikes against the Circle Bar have become more aggressive, to the point of injury for one of the ranch hands.

Before they can move forward together, each have to resolve the past. Their Ride to the Altar has twists and turns neither ever considered. Will they be able to start their new life with a clean slate?

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Linda YezakLinda W. Yezak lives with her husband and their funky feline, PB, in a forest in deep East Texas, where tall tales abound and exaggeration is an art form. She has a deep and abiding love for her Lord, her family, and salted caramel. And coffee—with a caramel creamer. Author of award-winning books and short stories, she didn’t begin writing professionally until she turned fifty. Taking on a new career every half century is a good thing.

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Show That Difference

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalm 139:14

Have you ever wanted to be like someone? I have. I remember as a kid, I wanted to be like this or that one. But eventually, I learned I make a terrible imitation.

I have three hydrangeas in my yard. Two are purple and lavender while the other is blue. Both colors are beautiful and allow the plants to stand out and make the onlooker take notice. No imitations here.

Design has allowed us to stand out; to look different and show that difference boldly.

Dr. Suess said, “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”

No one can be you better than you! The following quote is from my book, Treasures of Hope: Discovering the Beautiful Truth Beneath My Painful Past.

“We may share similar characteristics such as hands, fingers, and toes, but no other genetically identical person exists. You could say, as individuals, we are an endangered species, for no two people will think, act, or react in the same way. I’m an endangered species. You’re an endangered species. When we die, we become extinct. So then, with whom on earth do we compare ourselves? No one. The comparison should begin and end with Christ. To be Christ-like should be our only goal.”

We all have a gift and a purpose for that gift. No one will do it the way we will do it, so why would we ever want to cover it up and settle for an imitation.

You are uniquely qualified to serve a specific group of people, delivering the specific message Christ has planted in you. Patricia A. Durgin

We are incomparable! As creative people, we may have the same idea, but our stories are different because our testimonies are different. Let us show our difference boldly, embrace our individuality, and share our unique gift with the world.

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May we always be who God designed us to be.

 

 

 

Strength in His Design

This past year, I’ve posted pictures with quotes about design.

This week’s design quote is by Charles Eames.

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Although design can pertain to many things, my thoughts when posting were on God’s design to help us live a victorious life. For example…

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Perfection refers to completeness and maturity. Paul said, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you” (Philippians 3:13-15 KJV).

Let’s not settle for imperfection, but let us press on that we may be perfect even as our Father in heaven is perfect (See Matthew 5:48).

Good design encourages a viewer to want to learn more. Alexander Isley

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16 KJV).

Our lives are a testimony. And our actions always speak louder than words. Do our actions inspire others to learn more about Christ? Let us shine forth a light that others may see Jesus in us.

Great design is eliminating all unnecessary details. Minh D. Tran

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2 KJV).

Let us not get tangled up again in the yoke of bondage from which Christ has made us free (See Galatians 5:1 KJV). May we allow the Designer to remove all unnecessary details of our lives.

Strength

I haven’t forgotten about strength. Remember Webster’s definition of strength? It is the ability to resist being moved or broken by a force.

There are three responses to a piece of design—yes, no, and wow! Wow is the one to aim for. Milton Glaser

Jesus said, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock” (Matthew 7:24-25 KJV).

It’s not only our actions that matter but our reactions. The way we react to certain situations tells the real story of what goes on when we’re alone. When our faith, hope, and trust is founded upon the Rock, we will withstand the storms of this life in a manner pleasing to our Designer. Let us be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (See Ephesians 6:10). For He is our strength and power, and He alone makes our way perfect (See 2 Samuel 22:33).

God’s design has a particular purpose. He alone knows the best design, gift, and plan for us. He also knows precisely what it will take for us to accomplish His purpose and to withstand every storm in this life. From “in the beginning” of Genesis to the final “amen” of Revelations, God’s design offers strength and life. All we must do is allow Him to transform us into the perfect design.

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