CONGRATULATIONS TO LYNETA SMITH!
Out of more than 200 entries, Lyneta has won the Promising Beginnings contest with her submission of “Curtain Call.”
This prize covers a FULL scholarship to the 2015 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, including registration, meals during the conference, and economy lodging.
Curtain Call is a memoir for women ages 35-65. Here is a summary of the book:
In the theatre, actors spend months developing their characters—memorizing scripts, fleshing out emotions, donning costumes, painting on makeup, and styling wigs. In short, they become someone they’re not. At curtain call, a dazzling performance begets roaring applause and whistles.
I’d done this many times. My love of live theater blossomed in college and then became our family’s hobby. My husband, children, and I filled photo albums of show after show we performed together.
Unfortunately, as a result of childhood trauma, family tragedy, and domestic violence, I’d also put on a show in real life. On the outside, I was a loving Christian wife and mother, but I was convinced that if anyone knew the real me—worthless me—they wouldn’t be giving any sort of applause. It would be more like rotten tomatoes. Only trouble was, I couldn’t keep up the show anymore—my past haunted me until I wanted to slip into the wings and stay in the dark backstage.
Curtain Call is a memoir of God’s nudging back into the light. “Trust Me with your story,” He said. I took off the director’s cap and allowed Him to take over, to begin a healing transformation and show me that my worth is not my performance. My value comes from being a creature made in His image, a character He penned while knitting me together in the womb. This is the story of me learning to depend on the Author of life.
Here is what Lyneta says about the contest:
I’m overjoyed about winning Promising Beginnings! I’ve wanted to attend the Mount Hermon Writers Conference for over ten years, and this year I finally get to go. It’s such an honor and a privilege. I’m excited to see what God will do. Thank you, Kathy Ide, and others who’ve made this happen—may you be deeply blessed!
I pray God blesses Lyneta richly on her writing journey!
If the Lord provides, the next Promising Beginnings contest will start in September 2015. Follow my blog for details.
January 14, 2015 @ 12:13 am
Congratulations, Lyneta! Like you, I have been wanting to attend the Mt Hermon Writers Conference for a decade, so I’m thrilled someone as keen as I am to attend has a chance to go. I hope it’s a wonderful experience for you! I really hope to get to read your published memoir one day. All the best with your writing.
March 25, 2015 @ 4:27 pm
Thank you, Vennessa! I pray you get the chance to attend someday as well.
January 15, 2015 @ 8:37 am
Wonderful Lyneta! Way to persevere with your writing. I’m thrilled for your win and look forward to seeing what God continues to do with your book.
March 25, 2015 @ 4:28 pm
Thank you, Jolene! I appreciate your kind words.
Sheila Seiler Lagrand
January 15, 2015 @ 1:27 pm
Congratulations! Your story is sure to minister to many. Blessings!
March 25, 2015 @ 4:32 pm
Thank you so much! I’m really excited that you get to come too! 🙂 Safe travels!
January 16, 2015 @ 9:02 am
Lyneta, God is going to use Curtain Call in huge ways. I just know it! Thank you for being willing to put your story on stage before an audience who desperately needs it. May every tear and hurt be transformed for His glory! So happy for you, my friend!
March 25, 2015 @ 4:29 pm
Thank you, my friend! I’m blessed indeed to have you cheering me on 🙂
January 18, 2015 @ 12:36 pm
Yaay, Lyneta! May your story transform many hearts and lives.
Enjoy the Mt. Hermon conference, it is truly tremendous.
Grace and eloquent strength to you!
March 25, 2015 @ 4:38 pm
Thank you, Nic! It sounds like you’ve been to Mt. Hermon before. I am so excited!
Rebecca LuElla Miller
January 20, 2015 @ 5:03 pm
Lyneta, congratulations! Your memoir sounds captivating–one that needs to be in print. May God use the Mount Hermon conference to help you find professionals to make that happen. Blessings on your writing and your time at the conference.
March 25, 2015 @ 4:49 pm
Thank you, Becky! I appreciate your encouragement.
March 25, 2015 @ 3:51 pm
Thank you all for your kind words of encouragement. I am so thrilled and excited to be leaving tomorrow for the conference!
I am still so grateful for the opportunity and have been praying God will use it for His glory.
Thank you once again, Kathy! Looking forward to meeting you in person.