Been quite some time since I’ve brought you all an Author Spotlight. I wanted to share Lindsey Bell with you and her book Searching for Sanity: 52 Insights from the Parents of the Bible. In addition to being a writer, she’s also a stay-at-home mother of two, a minister’s wife, avid reader, and chocolate lover.
AG: Tell me a bit about yourself.
LB: I’m a twenty-something (for a little while longer) girl from the Midwest. My husband and I have two ornery little boys (5 and 2). They keep me busy most days, but I’m able to squeeze writing into naptime and early mornings.
AG: When did you first realize you loved writing?
LB: My love for writing began in college when a professor taught us how to write articles and recommended I submit mine. I was convinced it would be rejected, but (much to my surprise) it wasn’t. Some wonderful editor saw something in me and decided to give me a shot. That boosted my confidence and started me on the writing journey. Since then, I’ve written for several magazines and other publications. I love to write about how our faith is played out in day-to-day living. My blog focuses a lot on parenting, marriage, and how God interacts with both.
AG: Why did you decide to become a writer?
LB: Great question. I don’t know that I ever actually decided to become a writer. When that first article was accepted for publication, I remember thinking, “Hmm…Maybe I can do this.” And little by little, as more articles were accepted, I started thinking that maybe writing was something God had called me to. I write because of the power of words. I’ve read books that have changed my life, and my dream is that God will use my words in the same way he has used other people’s words with me.
AG: What is the one piece of writing advice you wish you’d had at the beginning of your career?
LB: Don’t let one rejection (or even many rejections) get you down. Every author gets rejected—even the ones who later become best-selling authors. When a rejection comes (and it will), treat yourself to a chocolate bar and then move on. Don’t let yourself linger on the rejection too long.
AG: What are you currently working on? Any special projects.
LB: The past few months, I have enjoyed the launch of my new devotional for moms calls Searching for Sanity. Now (in my spare time), I’m working on a couple of new books: Unbeaten: How Biblical Heroes Rose Above Their Pain and When God Says No: Finding Hope After Babyloss. My husband and I have had four miscarriages in the past three years, so I have a passion for encouraging women in similar circumstances.
AG: What do you have coming out next? What do your fans have to look forward to?
LB: My parenting devotional, Searching for Sanity, was released last January, so moms (especially new moms or moms with young children) would enjoy picking up a copy! Any new books I have coming out in the future will be listed on my blog.
AG: How can my readers find out more about you and your work?
LB Visit my website: www.lindseymbell.com or my blog: www.lindsey-bell.com. Or find me online at any of the following locations: