Later Mom Features
Linda Goodnight is the award-winning, bestselling author of nearly fifty novels, including her latest, The Memory House. Her books center on broken people, the power of family and love, healing and redemption. She’s been a teacher and a nurse, and is the proud mother to a blended family of eight children. Her books are available anywhere books are sold and through her website at www.lindagoodnight.com.
What was your road to parenthood like? Crazy. Sporadic. I like to say we’ve had three sets of children. When we married in our twenties, my husband brought three children with him and I became an instant stepmother. Later, we added three more bio children. They grew to adulthood and we thought our days of parenthood were complete. However, life had a surprise. Long after the first nest was emptied and we were far past the age that most people consider raising children, Gene and I became interested in orphan ministry, never expecting that this would lead to a new beginning as parents to two adopted girls.
Is there one project in your career thus far that you are most proud of, and why? My newest novel, The Memory House, is a book I’m especially proud of. For years, I wanted to write a big, complex, dual time period book like this but allowed other book deadlines, fear of failure and all the usual excuses to hold me back.
How does being a mom influence your work? What do your children think of all that you do? One of the great blessings of being an author is that I work at home and arrange my own schedule. Being a mom is top priority and if my girls need me, if they have an event at school, if one of them is sick, whatever their need, I adjust accordingly. My children also influence my work in that I always want to write stories they can be proud of, stories of hope and healing that encourage and bring light. That’s what I want for my kids, so that’s what I want for those who read my books.
My children are incredibly proud to tell people that their mom is a writer. My oldest daughter, who has a unique name and is a professional speaker, generally leads her talks with the fact that her mother is a novelist with a vivid imagination and that should explain her fanciful name. She claims it’s a great ice breaker!