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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Mind Over Madi

Author Lynda Schab

Today I am delighted to have author Lynda Schab visit. She is answering some questions about her writing journey and about her book, Mind Over Madi. I even asked Lynda’s character, Madi, a couple questions regarding Hawaii. Enjoy!

What is Mind over Madi about? Tell us a little about the plot.

Madi McCall is a 38-year-old mom of three whose insecurities are destroying her marriage. When she suspects her husband Rich is cheating with the mother of one of his fourth grade students, she kicks him out of the house and he moves in with his bachelor brother. Madi is then forced to take a deeper look at herself and her insecurities. She does this with the help of a counselor, her best friend Sylvie, and a few cartons of Edy’s Dibs. At a 20-year get-together with former high school classmates, Madi runs into “the other woman” and things come to a head. It’s a lighthearted story about taking a true look at ourselves and accepting God’s grace when we think and do dumb things.

What is your favorite and least favorite part of being a writer?

Favorite: The creative process. Thinking a story through from beginning to end and then seeing my vision come to life through the characters and situations I create.
Least favorite: Definitely the self-discipline it requires. Time management is something I’ve always struggled with. Making myself sit down and focus when I know the basement needs cleaning, laundry is piling up, my office needs to be organized, or I want to watch the episode of Survivor I missed the night before is my biggest challenge.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?

That’s easy: Apply the Butt Glue and just write. Discipline has never been my biggest strength, but that book won’t get written unless I park my behind in the chair and start typing. Even when I don’t feel like it. Even when I have a million other things to do. One of my favorite quotes on writing is “You can fix bad, but you can’t fix blank.”

On the cover photo, “Madi” is wearing a tiara. What is the significance in that?

Madi’s therapist challenges her to think of herself as a princess – the daughter of the King. Madi has never thought of herself this way, and throughout the story, there are references to various Disney princesses as Madi tries to figure out which one she most relates to. I had fun with the theme, even giving “the other woman” the fairy tale-ish name of Fawn Witchburn.

What do you want readers to take away from reading Madi’s story?

An understanding of just how infinite God’s love is. That no matter what we’ve done, God will never stop pursuing our hearts or desiring a relationship with us. His mercies are new every morning and His grace covers our weaknesses, our mistakes, and our ignorance.

These last three questions are for LYNDA’S CHARACTER, MADI:

Madi, have you ever been to Hawaii?

Unfortunately, not yet.

Do you dream of going someday?

I would love to go to Hawaii. In Madily in Love, the second book in the Madi series, my best friend Sylvie tells me she is planning to go to Hawaii for her honeymoon, and I am so jealous. In fact, it's too bad I weigh over 50 pounds, the luggage weight limit. I would definitely hide away in Sylvie's Samsonite.

What attracts you to the islands?

Hello! Pretty much perfect weather, sun-kissed beaches, luaus, romance, and an escape from the chaos and stress of my everyday life. It's a no-brainer. Plus, learning the hula is on my bucket list!

Nice idea about the luggage, Madi! Unfortunately I weigh over 50 pounds too. Thanks, Lynda for sharing with us today, and I hope someday both you and Madi make it to Hawaii.

In the meantime, check out Mind Over Madi. You can order the book by clicking this link: Amazon.

I am so excited for Lynda and honored to have had her visit my blog! I just finished her novel and am delighted to tell you what a wonderful read it is. I love the princess theme she carries throughout the book. I identified with Madi in many areas, as I think many women would. Linda includes quotes at the beginning of each chapter--I enjoyed them as much as the story itself. Treat yourself this Christmas with Mind Over Madi, or give it as a gift. You can connect with Lynda on her website www.lyndaschab.com. Blog www.on-the-write-track.blogspot.com. or Facebook and Twitter.

Mahalo for visiting!



  1. I'm hearing some buzz about this book, and I love Disney princesses, so it'll definitely have to go on my list of reads! :P Fun interview, Cheryl!

  2. Thanks so much, Lindsay! My book takes a light-hearted look at how our insecurities affect our relationships. It is a fun read and I hope you enjoy it! Thanks, Cheryl, for joining my blog tour and helping to spread the word about Mind over Madi. :-)

  3. I had such a great time reading Mind Over Madi! Your book is so unique, Lynda. It was an honor to share your success with my readers.

  4. Thanks for visiting, Lindsay! You will really love all the princesses in Lynda's book--I'd forgotten how many there are and how varied their lives and personalities are until Madi started comparing her life to theirs--way fun!!

  5. Very interesting read! Will try to lay my hands on this!

  6. Thanks, Rahul! I enjoyed the character of Madi very much. There will be a sequel (maybe two??) to this one.

    Appreciate your support of my blog!

  7. Thanks, Rahul! Yes, there will be two more "Madi" books in the series. The next is Madily in Love, coming out next summer, followed by Sylvie and Gold, from the viewpoint of Madi's best friend, Sylvie. We're shooting for Spring, 2013 for that one. :-)

  8. Thanks for the update on the sequels, Lynda! I enjoyed your book so much! Thanks for sharing with my blog readers.


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