Lynda Faye Schmidt believes that creating is her life purpose, whether in building meaningful relationships, writing poems, blogs or stories, or preparing culinary creations. Lynda has been honing her craft since she began scribbling poetry since elementary school and has a massive collection of journals, which are her foundational reflective and creative tools. She has a bachelor of education, majoring in reading and language from the University of Calgary and has taught from kindergarten to nineth grades, developing an interest in special needs education early in her career.
Lynda has attended writing workshops, was a member of the Writer’s Guild of Alberta, completed a creative writing course at Mount Royal College and finished the Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.
In September 2017, Lynda started her blog, Musings of an Emotional Creature, where she writes about topics that inspire, impassion, and ignite her. She writes about everything from travel, life as an ex-pat, relationships, and current events. Lynda was a contributor for DQ Living magazine in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from July 2018 to June 2019.
Lynda believes that solid routines, balanced by open spaces that allow for opportunities, are the foundation for success and happiness. Her days are filled with time spent on her mat, practicing yoga and meditation, reading, writing, taking care of business and connecting with the people she loves. Learn more about Lynda on her website www.lyndafayeschmidt.com/.
Based on true events, The Healing is the story of Cate Henderson who, after twenty-six years in an abusive relationship, sets out on a quest to find healing. Cate packs up everything she owns and leaves Calgary on an odyssey westward, to Vancouver Island, where her ever-present journal and the abundance of nature become the foundation of her self-recovery. She yearns for something deeper and then, when she isn’t looking, she finds love with the solid and virtuous Ethan. Cate thinks his stead-fast love is what she is searching for, but soon realizes she needs to do her own work, that love for herself is the key.
Cate gets thrown off-course when Lyme Disease, an earthquake in Nepal, her daughter’s mental health challenges, and her move with Ethan to the Middle East, cause her to lose her new-found awareness. Her heart calls her to endure the lows and enjoy the highs, to let go of the ties that bind and the fear that controls.
With echoes of Eat, Pray Love, The Healing is a raw and vulnerable exploration of human resilience. At times both painful and uplifting, it’s a story about love, examining motherhood, partnership, grief, expectation and optimism, and the journey inward to self-love.
ISBN: 978-1-989833-06-3 - paperback
ISBN: 978-1-989833-09-4 - eBook
The Holding is a prequel to The Healing. Based on true events, the story takes us back to the beginning, where Cate Henderson is born in a small prairie town in Canada. Six weeks premature, baby Cate is tiny, but feisty. Even as an infant, Cate’s radiant smile lights up a room. But the heart of this novel is the relationship that unfolds between Cate and her father, William.
An emotional read, The Holdingdelves into both harsh realities and healing journeys. From childhood abuse and bullying to the power of love to transform; it is a story of resilience, a father’s devotion, and an unbreakable bond between father and daughter that will have the reader engaged right up to the last scene.
ISBN: 978-1-989833-16-2 - paperback
ISBN: 978-1-989833-17-9 - eBook
The Rogue Scorpion is the story of Isabella Ricci, an artist with an adventurous spirit and a deep desire to uncover her purpose. Her resilience is challenged after a traumatic event in Thailand. Later, she finds out her father is unwell, and returns home to Winnipeg, but it isn’t long before her searching takes her to Vancouver Island. There, a dysfunctional relationship stifles her dreams and Isabella takes flight once again.
In Panama, Isabella learns to trust her intuition. Her life begins to shift, from a constant series of battles, into flow. She discovers the spiritual depth she yearns for and finds love where she never expected it.
ISBN: 978-1-989833-33-9 - paperback
ISBN: 978-1-989833-35-3 - eBook
The Holding & The Healing Companion Journal integrates the influences of others with the author's own unique twists. Divided into four sections, the first two sections explore messages and inquiry derived from her novels, The Holding and The Healing. Section three is about uncovering your authentic self and the final section is about living your authentic life by applying what you've learned. The author's hope is that writing in this journal ignites your curiosity, that it gives you a stronger sense of self, and provides you with more tools to live your life with even greater courage than you ever have before.
ISBN: 978-1-989833-25-4 - paperback
"As a journaler and an encourager of other journalers, particularly young people, I appreciated Schmidt’s holistic approach and prompts that inspire personal reflection. Instead of writing from all the prompts from start to finish, I wrote to the ones that seemed the most pressing. In my responses, I found soothing self-affirmation, fresh inspiration, and creative next steps. I expect to return to select others when they are ready to be written."
– Lyndi Allison
"The Rogue Scorpion had me captivated from the first page to the last page. Lynda Faye Schmidt weaves so much emotion and adventure in her storytelling that you can't help but wonder what will happen next in the story. This is a book that is hard to put down once you start reading."
– Karen Dean, Canadian bestselling author of We Are Unbreakable