There are so many facets to who “Lindsay Harrel” is—I had to divide my bio to accurately explain myself.
Lindsay the Book Nerd
I’ve loved learning my whole life. I was that weird kid who was excited for school to start again at the end of every summer. I was also the girl who couldn’t get enough books in my life. When my family would prepare to go on our annual road trip to see my grandparents in Oklahoma, my mom would buy me several new books—and I’d sneak into her room and try to read them early. She always caught me.
When I was in college, I discovered the genre of inspirational fiction. Okay, not just discovered—devoured. I read as many books as I could get my hands on. It was then I thought, “Wow…maybe I could write this stuff.”
Lindsay the Writer
When I was six years old, I wrote the riveting tale “How to Eat Mud Pie.” It was brilliant, I tell you (insert sarcastic laugh here). That was followed by many other “books” (aka, papers folded in half and stapled together) and a flourishing love of writing. I took creative writing in high school, but after that, decided to pursue journalism instead.
What followed was more than a decade of me holding a variety of jobs writing for college newspapers, penning health- and beauty-related articles for consumers, editing curriculum for two local universities, and working as a copywriter for a digital marketing agency.
But somewhere along the line, my love of fiction came flickering back. I remembered my first love—and have been pursuing it hard ever since 2011. I joined American Christian Fiction Writers and My Book Therapy (I love both of these organizations and highly recommend), started a blog, wrote a book (and then two, three, four…), landed an agent in 2013, and in March 2016, received my first contract for one of my novels. One More Song to Sing released in December 2016 and I officially became a published author.
Then in early 2017, I signed a two-book contract with Thomas Nelson, my dream publisher. I am still pinching myself. My second novel is set to release in March 2018.
Lindsay the Wife and Mommy
I met my husband Mike when we were in high school. Our first memories of each other are quite different. He remembers one instance and I recall another. Either way, we became friends in college and hung out in the same group for two years before he asked me out. We dated our senior year of college and got engaged and married shortly after graduation in 2006.
Our early years of marriage were filled with work and school—law school for him, graduate school for me (I received an MA in English in 2011). We bought a house, got two golden retrievers, and worked toward our dreams, but something was missing.
In 2014, we had our first son, and he fulfilled dreams we didn’t even know we had. I worked part time for awhile, but quit my job eventually to stay home with him, write, and work freelance jobs in my spare time (and anyone who is a parent knows that’s not a lot!). In 2016, I became pregnant with our second son, who was born in April 2017.
I look at my life and I am so grateful to say that even though it doesn’t always look the way I thought it would, every twist and every turn has not been outside of God’s plan for my life. He knew the way it would turn out. And even though there have been valleys along the way, the mountains have been so wonderfully sustaining. I know I could not do this journey of life or writing or mommyhood or anything else without Him. I’m privileged to get to write stories that communicate the hope I have because of who He is and how much He loves me.