The Realm by Lindsey K. Rietzsch

lindsey Lindsey Kay Rietzsch

Lindsey Kay Rietzsch (pronounced “reach”) was born and raised in Sandy, Utah and has been a creator, inventor and entrepreneur since the age of three. She began her love of writing in the third grade which started with poetry and later evolved to short stories.

In 2003 after graduating from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Integrated Studies with an emphases in Family Studies, Social Work and Communication – Lindsey created and taught self improvement workshops which led to the writing of her first bestselling book How to Date Your Spouse (2008). In 2012 she completed her second non-fiction book titled, Successful Failures; a self help book and personal biography. In July of 2013 she published her first fiction novel, The Realm which became a bestseller by the end of the first day of it’s release as an ebook.

In addition to her writing, Lindsey is the inventor of Hydroheel (an As Seen on TV pedicure treatment) and the owner of and the owner Hydroheel LLC. When not too busy from the fun of being a full time mom of three (7 year old son, 5 year old daughter and 2 year old daughter), Lindsey writes for her various blogs and is a motivational speaker. She loves to cook and create new dishes. Her blog posts have been featured on TOFW.com (a division of Deseret Book) and various other inspirational websites.

 

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Interview

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
There was this book called The Twits by Quentin Blake (if you see the cover then you will understand). I remember checking it out at my school library and rolling on the floor laughing all night. A book had never made me laugh so hard until that day. Also, The Marvelous Mud Washing Machine by Patty Wolcott – my sister and I were obsessed with that book when we were little. We wanted to jump in the book and go through that machine! Oh, and I can’t forget Bony Legs by Dirk Zimmer. Now those were the days!
What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I began writing humorous poetry in the third grade. I didn’t realize how funny my poems were until the teachers in the school were each requesting me to come read my poems to their class. I remember one poem about Rip Van Winkle. It was very detailed about what happened t his body while he slept for 100 years. Such as long hairs in his nose and mushrooms in his toes. My mom made me call my grandma and read the poem to her over the phone and I had never heard my grandma laugh so hard. When I realized the power that my writing had on people’s emotions it was an amazing feeling and I realized I could do a lot of good with my talent. As I became a teen, my poems took a more serious note as I wrote about my trials and woes that every teen encounters. I used my writing as therapy. Later I used my talent to write some powerful letters to certain people in my life which helped influence some life changing decisions for them. I have always had a way with words and evoking certain emotions with the way I write. It’s been rewarding and something I’ve always enjoyed.
If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it?
 

Assuming I was at home, I would indulge in a bubble bath in absolute silence (something I seldom get with three children and a German husband). Then I would eat breakfast out on the balcony in the fresh air. After that I would spend some time with personal prayer, pondering and reflection. Then as much as I would want to watch chic flick movies (since my hubby doesn’t like them) I know I would tackle my personal to-do list. Writing my second book, genealogy and scrap booking. As soon as I felt like I had done enough, I would go get some delicious take out and at least end the day with a great chic-flick. Then I’d go for an evening walk or a run on the treadmill and end the day with more personal prayers and reflection with my journal.
Nickname?
 

Lindzer, Lou Lou, Lizard
If you were not a writer, what would you like to do?
I always wanted to try acting. It’s another way to influence people’s emotions. In high school I took a drama class and had to do impromptu for the emotion “surprised”. I remember pretending I had just won a million dollars and I jumped into a guy’s arms and screamed. I then jumped up and down smiling and batting my hands while real tears began to come out of my eyes. The class and teacher were so impressed that I got an A.
Pet Peeves?
When people chew into the phone while talking.
Favorite Vacation
Louisiana (when I was 14). Between the fried frog legs, quail eggs, endless crayfish, gumbo, Po-Boy sandwiches, crocodile swamp tours, Spanish moss trees, gorgeous plantation tours and the Cajun music it was a trip I’ll never forget. The best part was all the people (even younger than me) said “yes ma’am” to me all the time. They were so polite and courteous.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
After hearing some amazing stories of how my book Successful Failures had changed people’s lives for the better – I will be forever touched. That’s why I write. Also, one day a new neighbor was talking up this book to me that she really loved and said I could borrow it. When she showed it to me I laughed because it was my book How to Date Your Spouse and she had no idea. I remember being so glad that she loved the book – because if she would have hated it, that would have been awkward.

 

 

realmThe Realm: Secrets Unlocked

Series Description: Do angels and demons really exist? Between the ever thinning veil of mortality and spirit world the battle of good vs. evil rages on.

Meet Celeste Day, a beautiful college hopeful who may look like your average girl next door – but in her cozy New England town she’s been harboring a lifelong gift and deep secret that is about to be exposed. Being raised in a church going family where image is everything, her whole world is about to be turned upside down overnight as Celeste decides to take the summer off to “fix herself”. When the good looking and mysterious “Ezra” moves to town things only get more complicated as Celeste is confronted by secrets from her past, unexplained phenomenon and dark paranormal forces beyond her control. Saving her reputation and proving her sanity is the least of her worries when she quickly learns she is a part of something much bigger than she could have ever imagined – something that will forever alter her future and change the world…and there is no turning back!

Written by best selling author Lindsey K. Rietzsch, this story is not your typical young adult paranormal romance. Based on certain true events incorporated with a blend of fantasy, fiction and inspirational components, The Realm will take you on an incredible journey to a world beyond this that will forever change the way you think about life after death.

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