Lindsay Schuster is a 24-year-old high school English teacher living in her hometown of Brownsville, TX. While she is a woman of many interests, she has been writing since she was 11 years old and telling fictional stories since she was a toddler. Storytelling was always part of her personality! At fifteen, she began writing her first novel, which would eventually become Prosper, the first novel in her published trilogy. She attended Grace College in Winona Lake, IN, for her undergraduate studies, where she majored in English and minored in Creative Writing and Marketing. She found a passion for mentoring young women in Christ and has transferred that passion into much of her writing. She is inspired to write by her family, her friends, her high school English teachers, and college professors. She hopes to one day become a college professor at a school similar to the community she experienced at Grace College. Most of all, she hopes to write more novels and share them with the world.
For more on Lindsay, please visit her website.
Prosper (Originally published 2017; republished 2020)
Redeemed (Originally published 2017; republished 2020)
Your biggest literary influences:
I don’t know that I have any. I read so many different genres that I’m not sure I was directly influenced by any of their styles. If anything, I might say J.K. Rowling, just because her story is the one that led me to try writing a book. I figured if she could do it, I could too.
Last book read:
Girl Logic by Iliza Schlesinger
The book that changed your life:
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott — I read the novel during my first year at college. It changed my life because it touches honestly on so many important issues for women. Jo March inspired me because she is a character of strength, one who is very comfortable being who she is, a quality I’ve always aspired to but never quite reach. Reading the novel made me feel seen, and it gave me the inspiration to keep trying to be the woman I want to be.
Your favorite literary character:
Jo March — She is outspoken, honest, genuine, and just generally quite comfortable in her own skin. She is who she is, and nobody is going to force her to change. She would also do anything for the people she loves. I both identify deeply with her while also wanting to be more like her.
Currently working on:
I’m looking for a concept for my next novel, likely something much more comedic in nature. My three books currently available are more on the dramatic side.
Words to live by:
As cliche as it sounds, I think the Bible has a lot of great words to live by; I would say Proverbs 31 contains the most important words a woman could ever read. More specifically, the 25th verse, which says, “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come,” meaning she can laugh because she is not afraid of the future. I think, in general, women are worrisome creatures, so this is a verse I always try to live by.
Advice for aspiring authors:
Just write it down! The hardest part is taking your idea and putting it on paper, so just do it. The first draft will be terrible, but it will only get better from there. You have nothing to improve on if you don’t manifest it first.
The Book Review Directory reviews Prosper
Independent Book Review reviews Prosper
The Book Review Directory reviews Redeemed
The Book Review Directory reviews Journey
The Prairies Book Review reviews the Prosper Trilogy