I love Authors Interview 14
This is Lynn U. Watson
Welcome to “I love Authors Interview 14 ” On my couch today I have a lovely lady called Lynn U. Watson. Lynn is the author of The Essense of Joy which is on tour with Celebrate Lit from 3rd-16th March. Let’s all give Lynn a warm greeting.
Thank you so much for being here today Lynn.
It’s a pleasure, Margaret, thanks for inviting me. I gather we have to go on a trip to a desert island, I’m looking forward to that.
I’m glad you’re going to humour me, Lynn!
Is everyone ready? – shrieks of “get on with it” echo around the room – You are, well let’s get this show on the road.
My first question is..
Who would you like to be marooned on the island with and why?
Lynn – We’ve sailed, breezed, driven, walked, laughed, cried, jumped, trudged, or played through so many adventures and misadventures together. No need to even give this a second thought: my friend Robin would be the one to accompany me to this unanticipated and, most likely, unpredictable beach party! I’ll add here, Robin is my “writer’s right arm and hand,” too. Besides a beloved friend and prayer warrior, she digs up wonderful research resources, tells me what works and what doesn’t, and always adds creative sparks to any work in progress.
What a fabulous friend to have Lynn. Robin sounds like a precious treasure to keep. I’m not surprised you chose her. Not sure it will be a beach party with shelters to build and food to catch, but then again the desert island experience is there for the taking!
I can see you’re going to be a bit of a handful! On to the next question..
What luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach?
Lynn – It appears previous shipwrecked authors built roads. A bright red convertible sports car to zip around the island — Absolutely perfect!!
That’s put the sports car amongst the sharks! Okkkayyeee. I wasn’t expecting that answer!
I’m not sure we can stretch to a sports car, Lynn. A toy one maybe. (Has someone been renting out my desert island to road contractors – you, see me later. What a cheek!)
Dare I ask the next question..?
You find a rowing boat in a cave, what name would you paint on it and why?
Lynn – Cinnamah-Brosia. She hosts my inspirational collections at her Coffee Cottage in the small fictitious town of Pearlville, MO. She and her friends share their own stories of challenges, heartaches, joys, and triumphs in each chapter of The Essence of Joy: Filling Your Heart with the Essence of Jesus Nativity and the first volume in the collection, The Essence of Courage: Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit in Solomon’s Locked Garden and in Your Heart.
Her given name is Cinnamon. Her Gram added the “ah” — Hebrew for “of God.” Brosia was her childhood word for a favorite food — her Gram’s Ambrosia — obviously, full of fruit!
So — The Goodness of God and Full of Fruit.
Naming the boat Cinnamah-Brosia brings her to life in a whole new setting. Besides, I’m sure she brought a coffee maker. You may find some of our escapades showing up in the next volume of her collection, The Essence of Humility: Live and Love Like Jesus.
It sounds like you have taken time to think about this name Lynn. I love the meaning and it obviously resonates with you. From this glimpse, your book seems appealing to the senses. I think I can smell coffee!
Taking a stroll around the island, rather than driving your sports car..
You find a piece of paper with a pencil left behind from the previous Author who was shipwrecked here, what encouraging message would you leave for the next cast away?
Lynn – This meme features a favorite quote from my latest book. I pray it offers great encouragement to the next cast away.
Now there’s a verse to ponder on. It reminds me of 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Your time on the desert island is coming to an end but before it does..
To leave the island you have to describe your main character in five words, can you tell me what they would be?
Old-Soul (She’s endured much, living victoriously in maturity and faith beyond her years)
I hope these keywords encourage you to pick up a copy of The Essence of Joy. And on that note readers, we are going to say goodbye to Lynn. You’ve been a joy to interview and I hope you have a successful blog tour. Please give Lynn a big round of applause.
Lynn – Thank you, Margaret, it’s been great.
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Bless you all.
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About the Book
Book Title: The Essence of Joy
Author: Lynn U. Watson
Release Date: October 12, 2017
Genre: Women’s Devotional; Women’s Inspiration; Christmas/Advent Devotional
It’s Christmas in March!
The scents of Christmas invite our imaginations into the holiday season. What emotions flood your heart when the holiday aromas waft your way?
Did you know:
- Many favorite holiday scents like cinnamon, citrus, and cinnamon are found in the Bible?
- There is a rich heart connection attached to many of the plant essences found in Scripture?
- Myrrh is such an important essence, we can follow its trail from Genesis to Revelation with many significant stops along the way?
- Women of the Bible have personal encounters with God bringing aromas of His love and joy into their lives?
- Palm branches are an important part of Biblical celebrations beginning in Genesis and ending in the ultimate beach party around the Crystal Sea? (Christmas at the beach, anyone?)
In The Essence of Joy, you’ll meet women of the Bible and contemporary women like you and me who will encourage you to discover the refreshing essence of a life lived in the presence of Jesus. Let JOY fill your heart with the aromas of His nativity.
Watch the book trailer here!
About the Author
Lynn Watson combines many years’ experience in women’s ministry, love of essential oils, and her passion for God’s word to bring her readers freshly inspired encouragement for their walk with Jesus. Her devotional, The Essence of Courage, was recognized as a ‘must read’ by regional publishing industry leaders. Married since 1973, Lynn and Steve have filled their Bartlett, Tennessee home with handmade treasures and lots of love for family, especially their five beautiful (of course) grandchildren. Aromas of freshly baked bread often fill Lynn’s kitchen. Jasmine, her tuxedo kitty, enjoys sleeping in Lynn’s lap while she writes.
Guest Post from Lynn Watson
A walk down memory Lane
A walk down memory lane on a snowy day (today) transported my thoughts to a Christmas shop our children and I visited every year. Open only for the holiday season, rich aromas reached out and drew you into this wonderland. The owners filled the space with unique treasures. A few we chose years ago remain prized members of my Christmas favorites close to four decades later.
My debut encounter with essential oils came many years later. I loved their aromas (including many of those Christmas scents) and studied their aromatic influences and potential benefits. Bible verses jumped to life in new ways. God created all plants and inspired the Biblical authors to include many. The desire to share my discoveries burned in my heart, until God finally released me to publish The Essence of Courage in December 2016. Before I completed the devotional based on Solomon’s locked garden in Song of Solomon 4:12-15, God reminded me just how many aromas and tastes of the Christmas season are found in the pages of His word, too.
Cinnamon, cedarwood, mint, citrus, myrrh, frankincense, rose, and figs are found in the pages of Scripture. So, are palms. They may not appear Christmasy unless you favor a tropical holiday, but they are an integral part of celebration in the Bible. The Essence of Joy offers discoveries of connections of all this plant life to Jesus’ nativity.
A book with a difference
Looking back a dozen years to my first not-quite-inspired imaginings of a devotional book with aromatic offerings, I’m grateful God chose different timing. He presented me an unusual format for the collection. — one of those things easier experienced than explained. Contemporary women’s very real stories (fictionalized and often combined to create anonymity), stories from very real women living on the pages of Scripture, and a focused look at the botanical and its aromas, flavors, and essences as found in the Bible, are topped off with icing on the cake: ‘Fun Facts” and ‘Your Turn’ to invite the reader to more than read – to participate.
Scriptures in essence
In The Essence of Joy you’ll encounter Scriptures in ways you had not considered before. Your faith will be enriched and stretched as you relate to the ancient women of the Bible and those that may be your next door neighbor today. You’ll be encouraged to breathe in the aromas of Jesus’ nativity, sample goodies from The Coffee Cottage’s specials of the day, and tune in to musical selections welcoming you into a posture of worship. I’m praying you are filled with His joy!
NOTE: Cinnamah-Brosia, the owner of The Coffee Cottage in the fictional stories asks readers at the very beginning of the book to be sure to read the introductory material. It helps set the stage for the book’s character and personality.
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Carpe Diem, March 4
A Baker’s Perspective, March 5
Blossoms and Blessings, March 6
Mary Hake, March 6
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Bigreadersite, March 7
Texas Book-aholic, March 8
Seasons of Opportunities, March 9
Reading is my Super Power, March 9 (Interview)
Bibliophile Reviews, March 10
A Greater Yes, March 11
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 11
Janices book reviews, March 12
Jeanette’s Thoughts, March 12
Pursuing Stacie, March 13
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Simple Harvest Reads, March 15 (Guest post from Mindy)
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Pause for Tales, March 16
To celebrate her tour, Lynn is giving away a grand prize of a “Choose Joy” hand made necklace, a “Cups of Joy” (adult coloring book) + set of 24 prismacolor colored pencils, a “Choose Joy Today” stamped silver-plated teaspoon,
flower Seeds, raspberry tea (it’s in the Cinnamah-Brosia story in the “Mint/Giving” section), a “Choose Joy” tote bag, and a signed copy of “The Essence of Joy”!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!