Award-winning, best-selling author, Lynnette Eason has published nearly fifty books . . . so far. Known as a writer who brings readers to the edges of their seats, her Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense books, as well as romantic suspense available through Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, are wildly popular. One of Lynette’s books has even aired as a story on the Lifetime Movie Network.
As one of our mutual friends says about Lynette, “She kills people for a living.”
Lynette laughs at this, and adds, “I do have quite a body count among my characters, but they all have good reason to be dead.”
On this episode of Tending Your Dreams, we get the inside scoop on who the real Lynette Eason is. So, if you are a fan, have always harbored a secret dream of writing a book, or maybe as Lynette describes herself from a couple of decades ago, just a lonely mom or dad looking to fill some time, you won’t want to miss out on this interesting interview.
One of Lynette’s first insights about making her writing dreams come true, was that she simply sat down and did it. Even though she describes her initial attempt at writing a book as being bad, she still acted on her thoughts—and the result was the completion of an entire book.
Another snippet of wisdom from Lynette comes from her description of being a life-long reader.
If you follow me long, you will often hear me say, “We become the most like the people we spend the most time with.” But I also know that we absorb the most what we spend the most time doing. So, if you want to learn good habits about a particular profession, it’s smart to spend time listening to, observing, and learning from those who have succeeded.
A third hint front Lynette comes from her courageous decision to reach out to someone she admired, Dee Henderson, who was already doing what she wanted to do. This act led to a mentoring relationship that eventually turned into a peer friendship. But things did not start out easy.
Dee edited, critiqued, and as Lynette said, “There was so much red it looked like she slit her wrists across the page.” But herein lies another secret to Lynette’s success—she was teachable.
Learning often means a temporary season of hurting. As you till the soil to plant your dreams, you may develop emotional blisters, but stay at it, until you can develop callouses, thickening your skin, reducing the pain, and strengthening you to continue on.
Lynette Eason’s success as an author is an inspiring story, filled with many practical and motivating ideas that can help any of us achieve what we hope for.
- Are you bored, lonely, or frustrated with some extra time on your hands, enabling you to invest in some dream tending?
- Are you willing to keep working your dream, even when by all appearance, nothing is happening yet?
- Are you resolved to become your own supervisor, pushing yourself and developing strong self-discipline habits, so that you make consistent progress?
Dedicating yourself to acting on your dreams will set you apart from those who simply think and talk, making you a dream doer and tender.
This episode’s Dream Planting Tips:
- Do life while you regularly tend your dreams, if you forget to live you’ll soon lose your dreams.
- Remember, when you plant dream seeds, there are often things happening beneath the soil of what you see, so don’t give up just because you can’t see anything sprouting from your efforts yet.
- Be teachable. When critiques sting, determine to learn from them and work past the pain.
- Keep working at your craft. With every effort, you will improve, gain admirers and fans, as well as building up a master dream tender’s resume.
- Most overnight successes take an average of ten years, but don’t let that number overwhelm or frustrate you. Focus on good daily dream tending habits, and the time will fly by, leading you to that day when you look back and say, “Wow! Every step led me to where I am today.”
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