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Writer’s Window–Lyn Cote

Monday, April 4, 2011

Joining us today for Writer’s Window is romance author Lyn Cote.

One lucky commenter* will win a signed copy of Lyn’s latest release, Daddy in the Making. Deadline for leaving a comment to enter the drawing is Friday. To enter the drawing, you must answer the question posed by Lyn at the end of the interview. Only one comment per person will count toward the drawing. You do not need to include your e-mail address in the body of your comment—just make sure it’s correct when you sign in to leave your comment. The winning name will be drawn next weekend and announced on the next Writer’s Window post. Congratulations to Jolanthe, who won the drawing for last week’s featured book.

      *U.S. residents only, void where prohibited. If you win the drawing, you will be ineligible for the next three drawings, though hopefully you will still come back and join in the discussion.

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Daddy in the Making
#2 in New Friends Street series

Brought together by a Matchmaking Dog. . . .

Dr. Jake McClure’s basset hound has fallen in love. With a single mom, her adorable twins, and the orphaned kittens they rescued. Man’s best friend suddenly won’t budge from Jeannie Broussard’s home—and Jake can understand why. Jeannie’s place is full of love, laughter, and everything Jake has been missing in his life lately. As Jake spends time with Jeannie and her girls, a bond forges between them, and soon Jake is wondering if he’s the perfect fit in this fatherless family.

New Friends Street:
Where love and dreams find a home.

Welcome, Lyn!
What do you like best about being a writer?

    Hearing from readers. I am truly heartened when my writing has touched someone’s heart or made them see something they needed to see about themselves or their situation.

What do you like least about being a writer?

    Going over copy edits (that’s the final stage of editing where a copy editor uses a magnifying glass to find typos and funny little mistakes). I AM NOT A DETAIL PERSON. And I have to go over every page after the CE has done so. It’s exhausting and irritating. (But I do it.)

Pop, Soda, or Coke? What do you call it, and what’s your favorite variety?

    Pop—Diet Coke (Of course my dh does Diet Pepsi!)

What’s your favorite dessert?

    Oh, that is hard. But I’ll narrow it down to fruit-flavored pie or ice cream OR pie à la mode, the best.

What’s the most fun/interesting/crazy/scary/unique hands-on research you’ve done for a book?

    Before the Internet was popular, I was researching a book and my heroine was to be pushed down a flight of stairs, land on a cement floor, and be unconscious for more than twenty-four hours. I needed to know if IV feeding existed in 1906 San Francisco. I didn’t know how long I could have her unconscious. I couldn’t find it in my research library at home so I called the local library. Three days later, a reference librarian called me to tell me IV feeding started in 1937 in the US. She sounded so happy. She crowed, “It took all of us three days to find this.” And her tone suggested: “What can we look up for you next?”

What’s your favorite movie from childhood?

    Another hard question. I think Walt Disney’s Old Yeller. Such a touching story of loyalty and friendship.

If you were to write a novel about what your life would have been like if you’d become what you wanted to be at eight years old, what kind of character would the story be about?

    It would be about me, a former schoolteacher and writer, a wife and mother. I’ve been pretty consistent in knowing what I do well from an early age. When I was a sophomore, our high school administered the Kuder Preference Test so we could see what we should pursue. Guess what? KPT said I should be a teacher and writer. Imagine that.

What makes you happy?

    Sitting in the evenings with my marmalade cat, V-8 (named for his might purr), lying across my lap like a baby, belly up. (Of course, he also wants to do that during the morning when I have my laptop on my lap.)

What makes you nervous?

    Being late. I was taught being on time meant being early.

What’s your biggest dream for the future?

    I’ve achieved most of my goals, so perhaps taking a Alaska cruise with my dh?

Tell us about your newest release and what you’re working on now.

    My latest release is Daddy in the Making, a Love Inspired Romance.

    Right now I’m waiting for a response to my latest proposal to my editor at Love Inspired Suspense. The proposal is for a three-book romantic suspense series set in Amish country in Iowa. Kalona, Iowa, has the oldest Amish settlement west of the Mississippi (since 1846). While I wait, I’m doing the spring-cleaning. Please, dear editor, call soon!

    I’m also posting an original manuscript, La Belle Christiane, on my blog, three scenes a week—Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays—and I’m archiving the chapters there, one by one, after I’ve posted them completely.

Where can people find out more about you/connect with you online?

Now it’s your turn to ask the question. What question do you want to ask the commenters to answer?

    In my latest book, my hero’s basset hound serves as matchmaker. So do you have a pet? If so, what and what are the names and why did you name them that?

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When Lyn Cote became a mother, she gave up teaching, and while raising a son and a daughter, she began working on her first novel. Finally, Lyn got “the call.” Her first book, Never Alone, was chosen for the new Love Inspired romance line. Since then, Lyn has had over thirty novels published. In 2006, Lyn’s book Chloe was a finalist for the RITA, one of the highest awards in the romance genre. Lyn’s brand “Strong Women, Brave Stories” always includes three elements: a strong heroine who is a passionate participant in her times, authentic historical detail, and a multicultural cast of characters. Lyn also features stories of strong women both from real life and true to life fiction on her blog http://BooksbyLynCote.com. Now living her dream of writing books at her lake cottage in northern Wisconsin, Lyn hopes her books show the power of divine as well as human love.

22 Comments
  1. Monday, April 4, 2011 12:05 am

    Nice to hear more about you, Lyn and your new release! I hope your editor calls soon, the new series sounds great, too!

    My cat is Briar Rose, as in Sleeping Beauty. And my son’s cat is Dasha, as in she got stuck inside the dashboard of the car when she was 6 weeks old. Conversation pieces.

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  2. Jill W permalink
    Monday, April 4, 2011 5:31 am

    Congratulations on the new book, Lyn! I so enjoy reading the Love Inspired books. I don’t have any pets now, but I did have a cat named Rudy. I named her after my favorite movie titled, Rudy.

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  3. Monday, April 4, 2011 6:12 am

    Okay, I have to ask…when you say fruit flavored pies, do you mean actual fruit pies or pies that are just fruit flavored? You see, I love the cherry flavor, but can’t seem to EAT them. 🙂

    I have a miniature dachshund. He is a year old this month and is a feisty little thing. We named him Titus, which is a manly kind of name for a little bitty dog. We were having our family devotional one night a little over a year ago and read something in Titus. My 17 year old daughter loved the name Titus and said we should name our puppy that. (We were planning on getting a puppy at the time.) 🙂 It fits him.

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  4. Monday, April 4, 2011 6:28 am

    Hi Lyn,
    I liked the interview. and I hope the editor calls soon.
    Here’s the list of pets.
    We have 2 cats, Jasper, who is about 12 years old and was already named when we got him, and Nessie, named after a character in the Twilight series. Nessie is 2.
    We have a dog, Hutch. He was a rescue and was already named as well.
    We have 2 birds, Lila, again a rescue, and she was already named, but she’s a Lilac-crowned amazon, so that’s probably where she got her name. And we have Chiquita, a blue and gold macaw. My husband had her before he had me and I have no idea why he named her Chiquita.
    Maybe I’ll ask him!

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  5. Audry permalink
    Monday, April 4, 2011 8:48 am

    We don’t have typical pets.. cats, dogs, hamsters, but we do have 9 chickens, who are kind of like pets, and they all have names!

    Buffy – is a buff orpington. When we first got the chicks, we called them by their breed while we thought about names, and “Buffy” just sort of happened.

    Cordelia – no idea where that name came from.

    Miss Nervy Green Feet – is a bantam (mini) easter-egger, and has more personality than any 3 other chickens put together. She was the first to do everything, and is a loud mouth. She also has greenish-gray feet. She was doing something surprising as a chick and my mom called her that, and it stuck.

    Sam (I am) – lays green eggs.

    Edwina – She had really long-looking legs when she wasn’t quite full grown, so we started calling her longshanks… which made us think of Edward the Long shanks… hence, Edwina.

    Goldilocks – Has gold feathers on her head and down onto her neck

    Matilda – you have to watch her waddle around… she just looks like a Matilda

    Henrietta – we had to have a hen named HEN-rietta!

    Black-Eyed Susan – most chickens’ eyes have a gold or brownish iris, but this one’s eyes are totally black. It gives her a very teddy-bear-like look.

    We also used to have a chicken with a big, floppy comb who we called Babette, and one that liked to rush up and intimidate the other chickens but always stopped short of actually doing anything, who we called Attila-the-Hen, but we gave those two away. We also had a rooster named Speckle-Bob (he was a Speckled Sussex – we’re not that creative, huh?) but we gave him away too when he started intimidating the hens too much.

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  6. Monday, April 4, 2011 9:32 am

    Great names! And chickens as pets–wonderful. I have a writing friend Shelley Adina who keeps pet chickens too. My pets are named V-8, Sadie, Tricksy, and Mutzie. We inherited Mutzie when my mil passed away. Mutza is Slovenian for cat so all her cats were named Mutzie or kitty.
    Fruit-flavored means of course BURSTING with delicious fruit of many flavors. I have some ripe strawberries and frozen rhubarb and I’m thinking of uniting the 2 between luscious pie crusts this week. Or maybe not. My waistbands are getting tight!

    We painted our kitchen this weekend so I’m still busy putting it all back together today. But I’ll drop in periodically.
    Lyn

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  7. Cathy permalink
    Monday, April 4, 2011 12:06 pm

    Good luck with your new book, Lyn. And V-8 is certainly an interesting name for a pet.

    I have a cat named Purr-Mower. My husband named him that and it fits perfectly. He purrs and he mows (not me-ows). I mostly call him Mower.

    I have a dog named Freddy. His previous owner called him Snowy, but I thought he needed a more masculine name. I also have dogs named, Buddy, Brady, and Corky. My husband named Buddy, and that is what that dog was to him. I chose the names Brady and Corky because I liked the names.

    In the past I had a dog I named Marvelous Arfeur (Arfie for short). He had a very unique bark that sounded more like arf or ah-oo. When he got wound up, he almost sounded like a car that didn’t want to start.

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  8. CarolM permalink
    Monday, April 4, 2011 1:59 pm

    Ruthy and Missy’s LI releases jumped into my cart last week. This one ALMOST did, but the budget decided it had to wait until this week. :/

    Can’t wait to read it!

    Pets? Uh… I’ve got spiders who will come out of hiding in the basement in a couple months…

    We had a fish. Named Ocean. But he died. His predecessor Joey Jr. died when the power went out during an ice storm. Apparently betta fish and unheated homes don’t mix.

    I had a dog named Pepper growing up. I moved away to college and my dad/stepmom gave her away without telling me about it. I cried.

    Ocean was named by one of the kids’ friends. Joey Jr was named after… um… I don’t remember. And Pepper was named because she was black with a bit of white.

    DH and the kids went to PetsMart to pet the dogs the other day. He saw one he really thought about bringing home. But he didn’t. We’ve told the kids we have to have a fence first – which is true – but still not sure I want one. Plus my 9yo and I are both allergic to cats and she’s allergic to a lot of dogs so…

    I’d love to win ;).
    CarolM

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  9. Monday, April 4, 2011 2:18 pm

    I had a cat name Professor and one named Shadow. Professor was the most intelligent animal ever and Shadow rarely left my side. These sweet little companions give so much, add so much to our lives.

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  10. Kathy Eberly permalink
    Monday, April 4, 2011 4:38 pm

    We have a cat that wandered onto our farm and adopted my husband about eight months ago. We call him Rover because he roves all over and doesn’t like to stay put.

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  11. Pam Kellogg permalink
    Monday, April 4, 2011 6:52 pm

    I don’t currently have a pet; my son moved to live with his dad and took his cat with him. We gave his hamster to his cousin. The hamster’s name was Harold. My son named him Harold because of all the Harold and the Purple Crayon books he loved as a young child. We used to have a border collie named Shadow. I think he was already named when we got him but the name fit him; he was rather a coward (scared of his own shadow!). But he was very loveable. I miss him.
    Thanks for the interview. I have enjoyed reading several of Lyn’s books and would like to win this new book.

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  12. Monday, April 4, 2011 8:05 pm

    Kaye,

    I really enjoyed your interview with Lyn. She was one of the first authors I ever “met” online, and I was so impressed with how nice she was, as well as how open and accessible she is to her readers.

    I have a Chinese Crested Powderpuff dog, and his name was already chosen when we got him. He was one of 8 dogs born 4 days before Christmas, and the owners named all of the dogs after Santa’s reindeers. Turned out that we got Dasher….my in-laws have one of his sisters, Dancer. 🙂

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  13. Monday, April 4, 2011 10:15 pm

    What cute Christmas names, Christy. And I’m glad you fell for my “nice” act. 🙂

    So Rover adopted your husband. That’s so true. Animals do adopt us as much as we adopt them. So you’ll believe that a basset hound matchmakes, right? 🙂

    Pam, you might want to drop by my blog on Thursday. Missy Tippens will be my guest and her latest book’s heroine has something in common with you.

    Kaye, I’ve really enjoyed being your guest.
    Good night!

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  14. Monday, April 4, 2011 10:32 pm

    Enjoyed the interview. It’s fun to get to “meet” authors…and have our reading world expanded.

    We’ve had the farm animals…chickens, goats, sheep, pigs, milk cows, horses, donkeys and mules…all named…even a few of the beef cows in a huge herd. Also had a few gold fish in my tea room which I named “Earl Grey” and “Oolong.”

    Currently though, we are down to two boxers full of rambunctious energy….Max…about 8 years old now…named after the Gladiator…Maximus…and Molly…only 8 months old…named after Margaret Brown…The Unsinkable Molly Brown..

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  15. Tuesday, April 5, 2011 4:47 am

    So late replying. I love the look of this book and have it on my soon to order order at Christianbook.
    I no longer have a pet and will admit I miss having a cat. I got to spend a few mins with the cat at the nursing home today as I left.

    My last cat was a claytons cat. The cat you have when you dont have a cat (comes from a beer add I think it was ) After my cat disappeared (meggs) Horse took up residence. Originally two tiny black and white kittens were on my doorstep I didn’t want kittens so put Meggs out to send them home only my cat ran under the house to hide. I have brave animals!
    They belong next door they were called Gismo (after Gismo in Gremlins) and Horse after the Cat from you know where in a comic strip from New Zealand Footrot Flats. My horse was nothing like that cat she was a sweetie did cute things and loved me loved burrowing under the blankets and hiding in cupboards I do miss horse alot. Dont miss the cost of food etc.
    Dont enter me im an aussie

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  16. Ginger Solomon permalink
    Tuesday, April 5, 2011 10:59 am

    I love your books.

    To ask all animals and names would take a long time since we have three dogs, a cat, a bunny, a hamster and two horses, but since “I” really only one pet that I named I’ll focus on him. He’s a miniature Australian Shepherd. I named him Zorro. He’s black and white (mixed to make “blue”), which is his official coloring. If I stand him on his hind legs, it looks like he has on a black mask and cape – thus Zorro. 🙂

    Ginger

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  17. Tuesday, April 5, 2011 11:55 am

    There was our jet black terrier, Midnight, but I can’t take credit for naming him since I understand he became a member of the family when I was six months old.

    Then there was Tuxedo, the black and white cat who thought he was a dog–and acted like it. Can’t take credit for that one either. My brother named him, because as soon as you saw him, you thought cat in a tuxedo, like Top Cat.

    I named Dusty, the golden retriever who followed me home from the local swimming pool one day. When no owners turned up, we kept him. His hair was flaxen and made me think of tumbleweeds.

    Daddy In the Making sound heartwarming. Best wishes on your Amish proposal, Lyn.

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  18. Lyndie Blevins permalink
    Tuesday, April 5, 2011 11:59 am

    In the last 20 years it seems all of my pets have been adopted and already had names I had to live with. My current cat has a name I am sure I am not pronouncing correctly and could never spell. (Caiomhe)

    I have an Australian Shephard with blue eyes who came with the name ‘Blue’.
    I have another dog that is copper colored who I named ‘Penny’.
    My former cat was an orange color who I named Rusty. So I then to use physical assets.
    My favorite dog showed up as a puppy on my door step just as I finished reading WATERSHIP DOWNS and became ‘PIPPIN’ (I have refused to read the polar bear book after that experience.)
    With another catI got as a kitten, I was an instant $1 dollar wnner when I bought his first supplies, therefore he became “Lucky”

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  19. Barbara permalink
    Tuesday, April 5, 2011 7:50 pm

    I love Lynn’s books–and this one looks so good, also. We have a beagle (from a rescue shelter). We named her Ariel–a name my husband, son, and I all agreed on and liked–but for different reasons. My husband liked it because we honeymooned at a place called Ariel Sands. My son liked it because he was 5 at the time and liked the Rescue Heroes and they had a girl one called Ariel Flyer. And I liked it because–if we’d had a girl, that was the name I liked.

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  20. Thursday, April 7, 2011 12:51 pm

    My first pet was a white cat named Snowball, after Mandie’s cat in the Mandie books that I was reading at the time. (and still love!)

    My current cat is a half-crazed calico named Zoe. She was originally picked out at the vet’s office to be a mouser at the plantation where I worked. But she was so tiny that we couldn’t leave her there yet, so she spend most of her time at my house. Since it was a French Creole plantation we wanted her to have a French name. Originally it was going to be Magdeleine and we’d call her Maggie, after the builder’s wife. But it didn’t fit her. So we went online looking for other French names and settled on Zoe.

    The boss changed her mind about having a cat on the grounds, so I begged my parents to let me keep her. They gave in. Come to find out, Zoe means “full of life” in the original Greek, and that is exactly what she was as a kitten! I have battle scars on my legs and arms from her adolescence. Now she’s lazy and sleeps all the time, but she’s still nuts, and she’s my baby. She’ll be 5 next month.

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  21. karenk permalink
    Thursday, April 7, 2011 3:57 pm

    i do not have a pet…but i am an ‘aunt’ to two puppies…bella and molly 🙂

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