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Author Interview: Lysne Nolte

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Lysne is the author of Big Sister Babysitter – I’m Going to be a What?!.

Where were you born?

Seattle, Washington.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An entrepreneur.

Other than author, what jobs have you had?

World Vision, Verizon, Nordstrom and owning a preschool and a non-profit for the homeless. 

About Lysne’s book:

Big Sister Babysitter – I’m going to be a WHAT? ! features a fourth grader, Lake Ashley Payton (also known as LA) and her blended family, who live on a peaceful island. One day LA is told that her mother is going to have a baby. This news rattles her world, but she uses a video diary and Bible verses to help her through.

How did you come to write this book?

One day in 2008, on a beautiful sunny July day in Washington, I took a long walk along a community of Bonney Lake, called Sky Island. As I walked, I prayed out loud to God for my broken heart and life. I prayed for Him to steer me because all my years of chasing after the next bigger and better thing wasn’t working for me. I surrendered right then and there, “I trust you Lord. Tell me how I can serve you and live a more honoring life.”

Despite the gorgeous landscape and strange looks from people as they passed me, I continued to pray with tears drenching my face. Then I heard, “Go. Go. Lead them. Be the best mother you can be to all my children.”

Within a month, I found out I was pregnant with my second child and I thought that was what God was referring to. Due to unforeseen work issues, my husband and I decided it was a good time for me to stay home and take care of the kids. I have been working every day of my life since I was 14 years old, sometimes multiple jobs, in addition to going to school. Suddenly, I was in a position where I had a daughter in school and a baby taking long naps during the day.

On the morning of a crisp sunny fall day with a touch of cabin fever, I sat on our back patio with a cup of coffee, a notebook and pen. Feeling light and peaceful, I started to write about the sun warming my back and the next thing I realized is I had written 20-plus pages and a rough version of I’m Going to be a WHAT?! was born. I laughed saying, “Last time I wrote any sort of a story, it was in the 10th grade and my English teacher gave me an F.”

I never thought of myself as a writer, but since I have been trying to figure out what God wants me to do these last couple of years, I eventually typed it up and asked for my pastor’s blessing and my husband’s approval. They both encouraged me to go forward and now I have three more books on the way. Thank you and I hope my stories help instill confidence and encourage your child of Christ to love life and your family.

What’s the opening paragraph?

“Tonight is my first night back home and I jump up into my super-high bed, realizing how much I’ve missed my own pillow and blankets. Shutting my eyes, I think about all the fun things I recorded at my grandparent’s house. “Now I want to keep recording more videos to save the memories forever,” I say into my camera with my head relaxed on my pillow.”

Lysne said she would rather:

Sell a million copies of this book but never win an award than win a Nobel Prize for Literature but only sell 20,000 copies

Now for a bit of fun…

What’s the most exciting book you’ve read this year?

Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo

Describe your perfect weekend…

First off, having all the kids getting along and peace in the household is a great way to start and end the day. I enjoy spending time with friends and family outside if our Washington weather allows.

Describe a more realistic weekend…

Running around after the younger kids or running the older kids around to different activities. Cleaning the house… you know boring stuff, but we always manage to spend time with our friends and family.

You get to spend the afternoon with my six cats – heaven or hell? Explain!

I love all animals…

And finally…

Now you get to ask me a question…

Do you or someone you know have age-gap siblings? Big Sister Babysitter would be a great book for girls ages 8-12. Please let me know what you think…

No, I’m afraid my only sibling is a brother, aged 29!

Thank you so much to Lysne for answering the questions.  To find out more about Lysne and her writing, you can stop by her website.  Big Sister Babysitter is available now on Amazon!

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