I’m truly honored to host Lori on TBAP today! Her book, SuperGal vs God, a fiction-styled memoir, blew me away, and ever since reading it (you can find my review here), I couldn’t help but contact Lori and invite her over. And I tell you, she’s every bit as fun and funny as her memoir entails. Come, now, and visit with us! Get to know a bit about Lori. I promise, you won’t regret it!
Me ~ Hello Lori! Glad you’re visiting To Be A Person Please tell us a bit about yourself? Coffee or tea?
Lori ~ Hi Miranda! I’m so pleased to visit ‘To Be A Person’ today to chat about SuperGals!
Well, let me start by telling you I never had any thoughts of becoming an author. Or blogger. Or speaker. I ran my own sales rep company that marketed to the legal profession for over thirty years. And tried to run the rest of the planet, too. But God, you see, had a different plan in mind for me. I was a hard peach that took a long time to ripen, but here I am!
Coffee! Hands down, no contest! An empty paper coffee cup mysteriously left behind is your clue that SuperGal was here!
Me ~ Haha! Lori, now I know to be careful with my coffee around you. Thanks for the heads up!
You went through a difficult time in your life. What inspired you to put it all down in a book, and in the fiction fashion you did?
Lori ~ During Ben’s hospitalization, I wrote a daily email to friends and family because it was too overwhelming and exhausting to phone and email folks individually. That email list grew to hundreds of people. It wasn’t until a few years after it was over that the Lord laid it on my heart to write it all down. Believe me when I tell you that my original manuscript bore absolutely no resemblance to the finished product. It was narrative, technically amateurish, and jumped all over the place.
Me ~ I’m glad you listened and wrote it all down. I, certainly, am blessed it!
When did the idea of referring to yourself as “SuperGal” first trickle into your mind?
Lori ~ One day, as I was writing, I referred to myself as a “supergal.” At that moment, I was truly filled with the Holy Spirit, and realized the story didn’t have to be a narrative recitation of facts. That I could write it in the style of a novel. I suddenly saw how the story could be constructed in a totally new way. So I went back and started all over. Under God’s SuperPowers, I rewrote the entire book. The end result is what you see today. I know in my knower that I had no ability to write that myself. What evolved was, I think, a unique piece of creative non-fiction.
I also want to let your readers know that absolutely everything in the story DID happen, with the exception of what God and Satan were doing and thinking. That was just my Spirit-stirred imagination!
Me ~ SuperPowers to rewrite a book? Oh, yeah, I agree. Writing a book, in the first place, is no cake-walk. Kudos to you! BTW, the God and Satan part were totally my favorite! I still can’t get this line out of my head, “It ain’t over sister!” Or, “Mama didn’t raise no dummy!” etc. Goodness, that book is so funny!
In what way can you say “SuperGal” is the gift/talent God has given you? Since finding God, how have you used it to serve Him?
Lori ~ My life changed for-real, for-real the day I realized that the gifts God had given me at birth were all a set-up for what was to come! While rewriting the manuscript for ‘SuperGal vs. GOD’, the Lord turned a big, hot spotlight on me. And with the light switched on, I could clearly see the God-given gifts that had been with me all along. The leadership and people skills, the stubborn sense of independence, mental toughness, abundant energy, and the stick-to-itiveness were always there. Always. Even the vocabulary of this child from a lower middle-class, inner-city family—was different from the speech patterns of my family and friends.
In the brilliance of that light, God showed me His plan. “Now, take those very same skills, He said, and use them. But this time, I want you to use them for Me. My glory. I gave them to you for a reason. I’ll show you how.”
Saul of Tarsus had many gifts. He had zeal, diligence, perseverance and great intelligence and passion. But, of course, he was using them for all the wrong reasons. He was using them for his OWN agenda. On the road to Damascus, God showed Saul that those very same gifts could be used for God’s glory!
See, God gave me this book to teach ME! And as a credible, transparent and been-through-the-fire example, I could reach other women who were struggling under their burdens.
Me ~ Wow, Lori! All I can say is, I can TOTALLY relate!
Your blog is about dishing out advice/encouragement to other SuperGals. Demographically/geographically, how far wide has it spread? What’s the response like?
Lori ~ In my impatience (yes, I am still a Recovering SuperGalaholic!), I want everyone to read the book and blog, ‘Secrets of a Recovering SuperGal’, as soon as possible. That’s the nature of a SuperGal. I want women to read my story, my issues and struggles and see that they are probably carrying unnecessary burdens, too.
Readership is steadily growing, but not as quickly as I would prefer. I am amazed, though, to see that I have a following in the UK, Australia and especially South America. I am so humbled by the many women who have written to me, including you, Miranda, who have been touched by my story. I have heard from women who do too much, women who are dealing with a medical crisis of a loved one, women who are grieving for a lost spouse. I’ve also heard from women who were grateful for the laughs my story provides (it can’t be helped—I’m a goof!), and women who were encouraged by the possibility that it is never too late to find love.
Me ~ Amen to that! And I pray your readership increases and blesses more women, in Jesus Name.
What advice would you give to someone going through a difficult time—someone who feels like the whole world is sitting on their shoulders, especially if that person hasn’t found God?
Lori ~ When my tragic storm blew into my life, I was fortunate to at least be a Sunday Acquaintance with Jesus. I had been going to church, and even though I still didn’t totally “get it,” I knew to pray. Now, of course, I was praying for things work out MY way. I didn’t have enough trust in God yet to surrender the situation to Him. But, praise the Lord, He didn’t give up on me. It took a lot of time in the eye of the hurricane for me to see the Light.
For someone who doesn’t know the Lord, I want them to know that He is the only true refuge in your storm. You can trust in that now and find His amazing comfort, or struggle on under your own, inadequate SuperPowers and learn they will fail you in the end.
Even if folks going through a tough situation aren’t Bible readers, I would ask them to look up and read just ONE chapter to start. They can do this online if they don’t have a Bible. And if the King James Version seems too old-timey or hard to understand, they can choose NIV or other more contemporary versions.
Here are the words that calmed my heart one terrible night:
Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation: Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? . . . 5) For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. . . 13) I would have lost heart unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. 14) Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (KJV)
Nothing nothing nothing is impossible with God! Take heart, and trust Him. Don’t be a stubborn SuperGal like me.
Me ~ What a powerful message and Scripture. I pray people realize there’s much comfort, solace, and strength to be gained in God.
Do you have plans for other books? Fiction or non-fiction?
Lori ~ I do have other books in my mind but not in print yet. Right now, I am writing a script for a one-woman theatrical show based on ‘SuperGal vs. GOD’ that I will perform with humor, music and, of course, drama! I am a SuperGal after all!
I also plan to write “Secrets of a Recovering SuperGal,” that will address all of the SuperGal traits and issues, and provide prayer and Scripture to work with.
Finally, I have a fiction book in my head that will definitely be based on a SuperGal type!
Me ~ Lori, I can’t wait to read your books! You can be sure that I will!
THIS OR THAT
Salad or fruit? Fruit!
Heels or flats? Heels! SuperGal loves heels, particularly pink pumps with bows!
Boots or sandals? Boots.
Sweets or gum? Sweets. Sweets. Sweets. Probably a SuperGal issue, as well.
Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla, although they are running neck-in-neck.
Blue or red? Red! Superhero capes are red.
Shakes or Juice? Shakes.
Run or walk? Wish I could run – mostly can only walk fast.
Gym or outdoor? Outdoor, hands down.
Thunderstorm or Snowstorm? Noooooooooooo snoooooooww! Arrgh don’t like the white stuff. Give me a thunderstorm any day, where I can sit on my porch and watch the fireworks.
Thanks so much, Miranda for the opportunity to speak with your SuperGal readers. I had a great time!
Me ~ So did I! Thank you, Lori, for taking the time to stop by today! Had sooooo MUCH fun!
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Lori Hynson, SuperGal in Recovery – From Stressed to Blessed” is an author, blogger and inspirational speaker. Her first book, “SuperGal vs. GOD,” is the story of her epic battle through tragedy and miracles from supremely self-sufficient SuperGal to surrender to redemption. It is 2 parts memoir, 1 part fiction, 1 jigger of love story and 1 dollop of humor.
She was awarded the 2014 “Book of the Year/Biography” by the Christian Small Publishers’ Association and the Writer of the Year by the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers’ Association.
Through her own profound experience as a Recovering SuperGalaholic, Hynson speaks into the heart of the woman who knows she can do anything, but feels the pressure to do everything! With humor, song, and bare-it-all honesty she wants women to know it’s not their job to run this planet! They can surrender to God instead.
Hynson is a wife, mother, Nana, singer and retired business owner. Not to mention former local politician, ballet teacher and university cheerleading coach. Oh, and (deep breath) major event planner, community leader and inexhaustible go-getter. Lori and her husband have five grown children and twelve grandchildren, and share their home with Morticia the cat.