ABOUT AUTHOR: Lynette Eason is the award-winning, bestselling author of over thirty books. Lynette writes for Revell and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. Her books have finaled or won awards in contests such as The Maggies, Inspirational Readers Choice Award, The Carol, ECPA Book of the Year, The Selah, and others. Her most recent wins are the Carol Award in 2013 and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award in 2014. She began her teaching career in the public school classroom and has since moved to teaching at conferences all over the country. Lynette often speaks at women’s conference and retreats, but finds her first love is teaching writing. In her spare time she can be found hanging out with her family, loving on her nieces and nephews, traveling, and…um…writing. Lynette and her husband Jack live in South Carolina with their two teenagers. Life is never boring, that’s for sure! Lynette can often be found online at www.facebook.com/lynette.eason and www.lynetteeason.com.
How did you come up with the idea for NO PLACE TO HIDE?
No Place To Hide was just a little spark in my imagination for a while. I played with it and played the “what it” game and soon I had some material I could slowly build into a story.
Can you give us a sneak peek into what you are working on now? When will it be out?
I’m working on the second book in the Elite Guardians series. I believe it will be out in the Fall of 2016. It’s about Katie Singleton and Daniel Matthews. Katie is a member of the Elite Guardians team and when Daniel’s life is threatened, his niece (who lives with him) takes the initiative and hires Katie to be his bodyguard.
Nora: Sounds intriguing Lynette!
My husband has a good friend, Mike Williams, who started a ministry in the Dominican Republic. He moved his family there a few years ago and they have been working and helping to make life better for the residents’ one person, one family, at a time. Mike invited us to come see what his ministry was all about. So the summer of 2013, our entire family went and have been hooked on helping those people ever since.
How did you and your family react to the conditions they saw at the refugee dump?
The dump is a nasty, horrible place, filled with rotting food, human waste, the stench is unbelievable—and the flies…oh goodness, the flies, swarms of undulating black clouds that reach feet in diameter. I truly don’t have the words to adequately express what we saw there. But the one thing that really grabs your attention when you can pull your gaze away from the “homes” built from milk jugs, newspaper and cardboard are the people who live there. Yes, you read that right. There are real human beings, living, breathing people who live in the midst of the dump.
Nora: Lynette, I can’t imagine; the dump and seeing people living the way you’ve described. That’s all they’ve known. It does make you appreciate the little things we have in life.
How were you and your family changed by working with the Haitian refugees at the dump?
I’d heard about the people who lived there, of course, but there’s nothing that compares to seeing it firsthand. Hearing it, smelling it. And even tasting it as gross as that sounds. But you’re breathing that air and there’s a certain taste that gets in your mouth and it takes a while for it leave. Visiting the dump, loving on the people there, feeding them and hearing their “merci beaucoup” when you hand them their peanut butter sandwich and cup of vitamin soup.
Nora: I imagine you don’t see things the way you used to; life has a whole new meaning! Thank you for sharing the pictures and the experience you’ve had.
Did you run into trouble in your travels?
If so what happened? Was it hard to get a passport and the necessary paperwork to leave the country and come back again?
No, we had no issues getting the passports. We already had them from another trip we’d taken a couple of years before. An interesting story about an incident happened when we were at our hotel is one morning we were planning to leave to go to the dump to feed the refugees. We all gathered in the lobby of the hotel to wait for our ride. When Mike arrived with his truck, a cab with an attached open air back with two long benches, the police arrived and demanded that he pay a “fine” before we would be allowed to leave the hotel. This is very typical of the corruptness of the Dominican police force. They said our driver was breaking a law because he didn’t have seatbelts in the back of the truck. There was no such law in existence.
So Mike refused to pay the fine – i.e. – extortion and called for help from a local friend that the police respect. In the end, we ended up walking out of the back of the hotel where other ministry workers picked us up. We then went on to the dump to feed the refugees. An experience like that makes you very aware that while there are very many things that are wrong with our country, including corruptness in the government, but at least I don’t have to worry about being held hostage at a hotel on some trumped up charge that I’m breaking a law that doesn’t exist. (Things are changing in the US so we may come to this point in the future, but right now, I’m not worried about that happening.)
|In line for Snacks|
|Jack and Dr. Boy|
Nora: That is amazing Lynette. Circumstances like this put things and life in perspective. We have so much to be grateful for. It’s in situations like the one you’ve described that increase our faith. It also has us experience God’s love, mercy and grace on a whole new way.
How long were you gone on the mission trip? What did you do to prepare for the trip?
We were gone for about a week the first time. The second time was two weeks and this summer with also be for two weeks. In preparation for the trip, we sent out letters asking for financial donations, collected old suitcases to carry flip flops (we gathered almost a thousand pair!) And the suitcases never go to waste. We left them there for the people to use. They don’t go anywhere, but use them for closets to store clothing or food. We took Vacation Bible School supplies and filled the community center’s closet. (We painted that building, by the way.) A ladies ministry sewed over a hundred dolls for the girls and boys and other donated clothing and food items.
There were seventeen people on our team and we had almost 40 LARGE suitcases full of donated items for the people in Sosua. When we got to the airport, we knew it was going to cost a lot of money, but God intervened in an amazing way. He sent us a Christian ticket agent. When my husband explained what we were doing, she charged us a minimal fee, not the almost $2,000 it would have been. Love to see God move!
Nora: This is very cool! Go God!
You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play?
I’d play the peacemaker between all who would argue about who’s in charge.
Nora: I could see you doing that!
A friend of yours has a time machine and they will let you use if for a while. Where would you go and what would you do?
I would love to go into the past and experience my children as babies again. I’d take more pictures and just spend time marveling over how special they are. I’d go see all of the people who have since passed on and hug them a little tighter. I don’t think I’d go into the future, though. I might find out something I don’t want to know! LOL.
Nora: Awwwwww! I’m all choked up! Yes that would be a great thing to experience!
What two jobs have you had that would surprise people? Do tell!
|Lauryn Giving Hugs|
Nora: Interesting Lynette. I bet both jobs gave you a new perspective on that industry.
of all the sounds in the world which are your favorite?
|Lauryn and Girls|
Nora: Oh, Yeah!
We all live busy lives and all of us are in different seasons of life; that as a given what part of your day requires the most patience from you to get through? Causes you to pray the most?
I think I pray without ceasing. I think the hardest part of my day is being disciplined to sit down and homeschool my son. He’s not the difficult part, it’s just the whole doing school thing that neither one of us really enjoys. We do it because we have to. The funny thing is, once we get into it, its fine. It’s the getting started part that’s hard.
Nora: Taking the first step is hard!
ANY FINAL COMMENTS FOR READERS, LYNETTE?
I always love to hear from my readers. You’re welcome to stop by my facebook page to say hello at www.facebook.com/lynette.eason and I’m also on twitter @lynetteeason. I would love to have sign up for my newsletter at www.lynetteeason.com to keep up with news about future books.
THANKS for stopping by Lynette and sharing your mission trip experience and talk about your new book! I enjoyed talking to you and meeting you at Life Way book signing and the ICRS conference in Atlanta, GA last year.
|Lynette and I at her book signing Buford GA|
Looking forward to reading the participation between you and readers! It’s always so much fun! Participate as your schedule allows.
SEE YOU THERE!!