In 1998 we moved from California to Atlanta, and a new friend asked, “What do you miss about California?”

Of course, the main things were family and friends, but then it hit me. “The Redwood Forest. It’s beautiful and Majestic, and I learned life-lessons from those giant trees.”

California Redwoods

California Redwoods grow in circles and root-wrap for strength

When you drive into the National Park and get out of your car, you enter a new world—an eerily quiet one. Your eyes scan the height of the magnificent trees, some 300 feet tall only allowing a trickle of light to peer through. The fringed tops seem to touch the sky, and you almost topple backwards.

But the strength of each gigantic tree is not in itself. Redwoods are held up by the strength of the “families” which grow in a circle. For every foot in height these nature’s skyscrapers grow, the tree sends its roots three feet horizontally—only six feet underground.

The roots grow toward each other, intertwine, and root-wrap. When severe storms blow in from the Pacific Ocean, the trees sway and bend, but they don’t break.

We humans do the same. We root-wrap with others. When storms blow into our lives, we sway and bend, but we don’t break. Ask the Lord to show you who needs root-wrapping.

Who has root-wrapped with you during a storm in your life? Send them a note of thanks.

The greatest root-wrapping occurs when we place our hand in the hand of Jesus. He will never let to.

Lynda Young

Lynda Young

Hope for Families of Children on the Autistic Spectrum

Hope for Families of Children on the Autistic Spectrum

Lynda T. Young is co-founder of Kindred Spirits International (KSI) whose outreaches include children’s hospitals and Amani ya Juu refugee women’s mission in Africa. She is a speaker and author of the You Are Not Alone book series which includes Hope for Families of Children with Cancer, Hope for Families of Children with Congenital Heart Disease, and Hope for Families of Children on the Autistic Spectrum. She earned a Masters of Religious Education (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) and Masters of Education (UNC Chapel Hill, NC.). She’s a member of Christian Authors Network, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, CLASS, SPEAK UP, and American Association of Christian Counselors. A speaker for Stonecroft Ministries, she lives in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, with her husband, Dr. John Young. kindredspiritsintl@yahoo.com.

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Lynda Young
C. Kevin Thompson

C. Kevin Thompson

Greetings from Kevin Thompson in the sunny South! Today, we take a trek into an area that is affecting more and more people, it seems, each year. I, being an administrator at a middle school by day (and a writer at all other times), am dealing with this issue more and more. The topic is Autism. And our special guest today is Lynda Young!

Lynda, welcome to the CAN front porch! Let’s get started! First question: How many books do you have published? What are a few of your latest titles?

Lynda Young

Lynda Young

I have three books published in the You Are Not Alone book series. The latest is Hope for Families of Children on the Autistic Spectrum. I have another waiting to be published for families in Children’s Hospitals.

You were last featured on the CAN blog in 2013. What are the chief lessons you’ve learned about the writing life since then?

I’ve mainly had online articles dealing with special needs, autistic spectrum, family communications in magazines and other writer’s blogs.

What are the chief lessons you’ve learned about promotion since then?

The importance of social media. I “share” other author and speakers blogs, insights, books – and reach my public audience and their audience as well.

What are the most effective means of book promotion you’ve tried?

Networking with other professionals in the special needs and childhood cancer field as well as blogs/links of families.

What are the least effective promotional activities you’ve tried?

Twitter, and other avenues because I don’t keep up posting!

What’s your favorite way to connect with your readers?

Networking with special needs community. Special months and days are so important to those on challenging journeys.

What’s the craziest promotional gimmick you tried?

Does giving free chocolate count? I didn’t think so. 🙂

Hope for Families of Children on the Autistic Spectrum

Hope for Families of Children on the Autistic Spectrum

What’s the funniest thing that happened during a promotional activity?

My book subjects are so serious that the people I talk to want help and encouragement from me. I try to tell lighter stories at times to get a smile from weary parents and grandparents.

Did you see God open any doors you never expected in the promotion of your books?

Two Christian ministries who serve Children’s Hospitals bought cases of my books at a discount to give to parents.

What are your top tips for new authors promoting their first book?

Network with others in your genre, specialty, and ask them to “share” your book information through their avenues. Ask friends and professionals in your field to give an endorsement on Amazon, Goodreads, and other appropriate sites.

Lynda, thank you for your time, and may God bless you and your ministry. If you wish to get in touch with Lynda, check out these outlets:

Links to your webs/email/blogs:
website:  www.hopeforfamiliesonline.com
Twitter: Lynda T. Young @HopeURNotAlone
Facebook:  Lynda Tinnin Young

 

Thanks to all of you who stopped by today. Keep writing!

Kevin

 

 

 

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Pieper_compressedGreetings from sunny–and short–springtime in central Florida! Marti Pieper here, lifting my head from my current manuscript long enough to share an insightful interview with author Lynda T. Young. Lynda not only has an interesting journey to publication but some unusual elements to her marketing strategy as well. Welcome, Lynda! Let's forge ahead with the interview. 

How did you get into writing? How many books do you have published?
What are a few of your latest titles?

I co-founded a ministry, Kindred
Spirits International, in 1999 and we
sent out a newsletter. My articles mainly dealt with children’s hospitals and
an African refugee mission. I was also volunteering at Egleston Children’s
Hospital here in Atlanta, and God laid it on my heart to write a book for
families of children with cancer. My husband had been in cancer research since
1966.

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