Do you like historical fiction? How about Biblical fiction? If the answer to either question is “yes,” please treat yourself to a novel by Lynn Austin. Even if the answer is “no,” consider giving her fiction a test drive. She has successfully branded herself as an excellent writer of historical/Biblical fiction.
Who is Lynn Austin?
Austin is a former teacher with a passion for history. She has 23 published books under her belt and continues to write new ones. Her Christian faith, along with an interest in history and archaeology, led to her earning an advanced degree in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology. She began writing while teaching but eventually resigned to write full-time. She is the winner of eight (count ’em—8) Christy Awards.
How I became a fan
I met Lynn when she taught the fiction track at Write to Publish in the early 2000s. As a beginning writer in the Christian market, I had not read much Christian fiction. At the conference, I bought Lynn’s Wings of Refuge. I liked it so much that sought out her Chronicles of the Kings series, which I had seen at conference. Her thorough research for her stories enables her to truly make them come alive. She does modernize the language in the dialogue a bit for clarity. I think this helps the reader avoid “stumbling” over the dialogue. What I really like about her historical fiction is that I can read the Bible account along with the novel and get a better picture of the sequence of events and the roles of the characters in historical context. For her complete bio, go to her About page.
Defining the Austin brand
Lynn Austin made a fiction reader out of me. Since I am officially in her faithful reader demographic, I’ll share my perceptions of her brand. When I think of Lynn Austin’s books, these brand components come to mind:
- Historically accurate
- Biblically sound
- Vibrant characters
- Stories that flow
- Hard to put down
I’ve reviewed a number of Lynn’s books on my book review blog. Follow this link to browse them all. Austin’s early books were published before the concept of branding arrived on the scene. But, she has consistently produced products (books) that conform to the brand she has established. Her readers know what to expect, and they keep coming back for more.
Readers, have you read any of Lynn’s books? Share your thoughts in the comments. Or, if you have favorite authors, tell us about them and their brands.