About Hope

Hope Lyda

Hope Lyda has worked in publishing for more than 16 years. By day, she enjoys helping other writers shape their words, discover their voices, and refine their messages. By night, she dives into her own reflections and ideas and enjoys the wonder and challenges of the writing practice. A lifetime journaler, Hope believes in the power of writing to help anyone explore their life, purpose, faith, and connection to this world. Her One Minute Prayer books have sold more than 800,000 copies. For a listing of her books visit the My Books page of this blog.

A Note from Hope:

I’ve worked within a slice of the publishing industry for over a dozen years now. This insider’s view can be an advantage and other times it is purely an obstacle between me and the desire to create and publish. Scratch that…the desire to create remains, but the passion to publish wanes and wells. For now, however, the desire remains and the ideas keep coming.

I’ve published fiction and non-fiction and feel connected to both categories. I tend to read more non-fiction and my years of journaling certainly direct my first thoughts toward real time writing. But I love the freedom of creating characters and setting them up for situations that either I’ve been through or ones that I just flat out want to see unfold in the strange and unpredicatable way fiction moments do as they are being written. I find the process mystical and frustrating and fulfilling.

Check out my book page for the latest about my HUGE Summer Fiction Sale and my other writing offerings.

Contact me at hopelyda@yahoo.com or place a post on this site. Thanks for coming by.


16 Responses to About Hope

  1. K says:

    Just thought I’d drop you a line to say that I just finished Life, Libby and the Pursuit of Happiness for the second time. I loved it even more this time round – I like the well-rounded coverage of Libby’s life – we see her at work, with friends, family and God which few stories with a central character are able to accomplish so skillfully. I relate a little too well to Libby’s general neurosis, career drama, imagination and mental hyper-activity!

    I also really really really relate to the sense of being single-and-content, i.e. and being more frustrated with the career situation than the man absence. Given that it goes against societal expectations of the depressed/desperate singleton in her late 20s, it’s great to see another woman – if only in fiction – to relate to so totally.

    I haven’t read any of your other novels but am looking forward to discovering them.

    Hoping your 2009 will be filled with blessings

    • Hope Lyda says:

      Thanks. So glad you loved Libby. Believe me…I live in the mental hyper activity mode often. On the outside, I want a nap…on the inside I’m evaluating life, purpose, and faith pretty much constantly. I love that you related to Libby and her pursuit of good things even while living out a bit of her insanity as well. -Hope

  2. Kim Moore says:

    I love your website, Hope. 🙂 It’s so you. I’m grateful that you are finding places to write and let those thoughts and feelings well from your heart and travel down to the keyboard. 🙂 You touch my thought process and imagination and dreams more than you know.


  3. Natalie says:

    Your books about Mari Hamiliton are one of my favorites. It amazes me how much your stories can reflect very similar episodes in my own life. I especially enjoy how your books highlight the workings of God in our lives without us even understanding it until after the fact. Thank you for using your talent to write such great books.


    P.S. I keep hoping for a follow up to Altar Call as I wanted to read about the continuing lives of Mari, Marcus and her friends.

  4. mindy says:

    dear hope, from an old time sister in the Lord, i just received your one minute w/ God for women as a birthday gift, i am so delighted i am singing your praises for the insight with a twist that you offer on those pages, i just sent away for life ,libbey, and the persuit of happiness, i’m sure i will enjoy and pass on, thankyou for sharing your gift, it is appreciated by your sisters, mindy bagby

    • Hope Lyda says:

      I’m so glad you’ve read and enjoyed One Minute with God for Women, Mindy. I so hope you’ll enjoy the novel as well. I had fun writing it for sure. I really enjoyed writing some real life characters and some over the top personalities as well…made for entertaining writing sessions. Do let me know what you think. And thanks so much for taking the time to send me a message. It means a lot and is a great encouragement. And happy belated birthday! Sincerely, Hope

  5. Kate says:


    I’m almost finished with my first book and have plenty more to write after this one, and I was wondering if you could give me some advice on finding an agent or a publisher?

    A couple years ago you had given me some advice about writing, but it’s been about two years since we last emailed.

  6. Karin says:

    I like the new format – very nice!

    I’m also a long-time journaler. I started over 15 years ago. I’m not usually a reader of non-fiction, but I loved Libby so much, and I’m excited to peek at the writing of a fellow journaler.

  7. Natalie says:


    I just wanted to say thanks for sharing the talent the Good Lord has given you because I have truly enjoyed reading your fiction books. I agree with some of the comments posted above – I definitely think you have the ability to write situations that are almost mirror images of real life experiences. Your characters are great and I have to admit I have also hoped you would follow up Altar Call with another book about Mari and Marcus getting married and starting the home for children. It was an unexpected twist from the first book but I truly enjoyed how you showed the journey of Mari and her friends through some life changes.

    Thank you,

    • Hope Lyda says:

      Thank you so much, Natalie. I’m grateful that you made a connection with Mari (and friends) and that there were moments that resonated as truth for you. That thrills me to no end. I sometimes find that I’m writing zany incidences yet there is something familiar about them too. I’ll realize that either it reflects how I felt during a specific personal time in life or that in a roundabout way, it is reflecting the dynamics of a situation I was in. I love that part…stumbling across more and more truths about life as a fiction story unfolds. Thanks again for the note. Some day I would like to revisit mari and marcus and follow up with a story about their lives together (or would it really unfold that way????) I do think they would end up together and venture into a married life. I wouldn’t mess with that part. Take care.

      • Kristi Hansen says:

        Hope, I too would love to read a book an Mari and Marcus and the new Chicago urban center. I loved Altar Call and feel as if I were friends with Mari and all her friends. I am not ready for this reading journey to end. Please do think of writing another book about Mari and Marcus.
        Thank you and God Bless


      • Hope Lyda says:

        Thanks, Kristi…you know, I’d love to go back to that story and see what unfolds. I still might do that some day. I really had a fondness for the DC home that Mari’s folks ran and for how Mari and Marcus reconnected slowly and realized that they had some shared dreams for their lives. Maybe a third book will happen…I appreciate your encouragement. Thanks for taking the time to write a post! -Hope

  8. I have never read any of your books but you sound interesting, Maybe I can win one in a contest sometime.


  9. Dawn says:

    The website is tops! It’s as lovely as you are. Love, Sista

  10. Dawn K. says:

    I love your website! I noticed the colors as well! 😉 I enjoyed reading your novels so much that I’ve decided to read them again. A great way to end the summer season! Many blessings to you!!!

  11. Elizabeth Nobel says:

    Hi Hope
    I loved all of your books!!!!!!! They were amazing!!!!! The only thing about it is that i am only thirteen so i cannot realate to any of the problems they are facing but maybe someday i will.
    ~Elizabeth (otherwise known as Lizzy)
    p.s. I would loooove it if you could write a third book about Mari that would be sooo cool 😉 !

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