The Inside Scoop! with Lynn Austin and a giveaway

Lynn Austin


The Inside Scoop!


Lynn Austin

and her Biblical novel

On This Foundation

Bethany House


I grew up in… a library! My mother was the librarian in the small New York State town where we lived and so my sisters and I spent hours helping her with all her tasks. The library was also the best place to hang out because it was right in the middle of town.

I was inspired to write my first published novel by… the Biblical story of King Hezekiah. I read his exciting story when I was in high school and I never forgot his example of faith. When I decided to try my hand at writing fiction, it was the first story that came to mind.

The books that have most influenced my life are… the Bible, first and foremost. Second are author Chaim Potok’s novels—The Chosen, My Name is Asher Lev, The Gift of Asher Lev, and so on. Not only is his writing superb, but he inspired me to want to write fiction from a Christian worldview the same way that he wrote from an Orthodox Jewish worldview.

My biggest challenge when writing is…getting the story that I “see” in my head down on paper so that readers can “see” it, too.

One of my favourite authors is… Why? Rosamunde Pilcher. She is not only a remarkable storyteller, but she creates characters that are so real I feel as if I know them.

If I wasn’t a writer, I would be… terribly bored! Writing is the ideal outlet for my over-active imagination.

The superhero talent I would love to have is… the ability to fly like Superman. I’d like to be able to get places fast.

On This FoundationOn This Foundation

When news reaches him that Jerusalem’s wall is shattered and its gates burned with fire, a distraught Nehemiah seeks God’s guidance in fasting and prayer. Granted an unexpected leave from his duty as cupbearer to the Persian king Artaxerxes, Nehemiah sets out for Jerusalem to rebuild the city wall–never anticipating all the dangers that await him on his arrival.

The leaders of the surrounding nations become his fierce enemies, plotting to assassinate him and stop the wall’s reconstruction forever. A drought, meanwhile, has left the country impoverished, with many families resorting to selling their children as bondservants just to keep from starving.

Capturing the rebuilding of the wall through the eyes of a number of characters, On This Foundation is the powerful conclusion to The Restoration Chronicles. This exploration of faith in the midst of oppression offers hope that, in spite of appearances, the gracious hand of God is upon those who believe.

My latest novel can be described by these 5 adjectives… Biblical, suspenseful, surprising, insightful, spiritual

My main character is… Nehemiah. He is athletically built with the posture and bearing of a career soldier. He is handsome, with dark hair and eyes and a beard. He has great faith in God and is an outstanding and inspiring leader. His natural self-assurance and determination to complete his God-given task can make him seem arrogant and unbending. His career as a security expert makes him alert, wary and suspicious.

My main character resembles… the actor Liev Schreiber.

A previously unknown fact about this novel is… it portrays women in a very surprising role. Not many people know that, according to the Bible, women helped to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

My story’s spiritual theme is… Having faith and trust in God to fight our battles and accomplish the work He has given us to do.

While writing this novel I was challenged by… Nehemiah’s reliance on both prayer and action. It’s an inspiring combination and makes him a very strong leader.

The title was chosen by… a collaboration between me and my publisher, Bethany House.

As an author, the hardest scenes for me to write are… The scenes that take place in locations that I’ve never visited. In those cases, I have to rely on photographs, but they don’t convey a sense of smell or culture or atmosphere. That’s why I try to travel to the locations where my novels take place whenever possible.

The story I’m currently working on is… a family saga about a woman who immigrates to America in the 1840s from the Netherlands and settles in the wilderness of western Michigan.

You may not know this about me, but I… am very quiet and shy and don’t like to be in the limelight.

If I could be a character in any novel, I would want to be… the hero, the leading man, like Jean Valjean in Victor Hugo’s novel “Les Miserables.”

Thanks Lynn!

Relz Reviewz Extras
Get to know Lynn
Character spotlight on Zechariah & Yael
Visit Lynn’s website and blog
Buy at Amazon: On This Foundation or Koorong

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15 Responses to The Inside Scoop! with Lynn Austin and a giveaway

  1. I have really enjoyed the Chronicles of the Kings series! Lynn’s writing style has such depth, it draws you in and brings the culture alive.

  2. My favorite is A Proper Pursuit. I also loved Wonderland Creek.

  3. She is a new author for me so I don’t have a favorite yet.

  4. I’ve only read one so far as Lynn is a new author to me. It was “Gods and Kings”. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading more of her books. I love historical fiction along with many other genres. This is the first author where I could feel myself in the pages of her book. It is so real.

  5. I love every Lynn Austin book that I’ve read, so far, but I’d have to say that my favorite is Eve’s Daughters.

  6. Our Church Library has all of Lynn’s books except for this one.
    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to win her book.

  7. I think A Proper Pursuit is her only book that I have read!

  8. Though I have 3 of her books on my Kindle, I haven’t yet read them! Her biblical ones such as this one look really good! It sounds like she does a lot of research to get the story just right and I like authors who do that :-) Thanks for the chance to win a copy of “On This Foundation”. And by the way Lynn….that would be my superhero power too if I had to choose one….I’ve had many dreams of flying high above everything 😉

  9. So far, I’ve read five Lynn Austin novels. My favorite has been Fire by Night, which is the second book of the Refiner’s Fire series. I so loved the contrast between the two main female characters and reading about the Civil War.

  10. The only book of Lynn Austin’s that I have read so far is Wonderland Creek

  11. I feel like I’m missing out here! I haven’t read any of Lynn’s books yet. I have a couple on my Kindle but haven’t gotten to them yet.

  12. I have read quite a few of Lynn’s books but I guess Candle in the Darkness would be it.

  13. I haven’t read any yet…but I am going to!

  14. My favorite Lynn Austin novel is Eve’s Daughters. I read it a long time ago, but I remember crying because of the plot but loving it because it was so good!

  15. Don’t know that I’ve read any of her books, but they sound good thanks

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