Tuesday, July 5, 2011

with Christine Lindsay

Welcome to The Book Loft, Christine.
What started you on your writing journey?

About 12 years ago I had just been reunited with the daughter I had relinquished to adoption when she was 3 days old. My birthdaughter Sarah was 20 years old at our reunion, and I began to relive my original loss of her. I felt the Lord encourage me to write out my pain, so that in time the child I had lost became my muse.

But God is so amazing when we trust Him with our broken hearts. Here it is 12 years later, and WhiteFire publishing liked the looks of my birthdaughter Sarah so much that they decided she would make the perfect model for the front cover of my debut novel. So the child I had to relinquish and who became my muse, is on the front cover. You can imagine the joy that gives me on so many levels.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Like a lot of committed writers who are just starting out on their careers, it is the dratted day job that takes me away from writing.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
As a Brit, I grew up reading a lot of British authors. My top favorite is MM Kaye who wrote the famous book, Far Pavilions. This stimulated my fascination with the British Raj in India. So I heartily recommend MM Kaye. You can find her books in most libraries. As for Christian fiction, I love Jack Cavanaugh’s Songs of the Night series, Linda Nichol’s At the Scent of Water, and Not a Sparrow Falls. More recently, the debut novel by Cathy West, Yesterday’s Tomorrow—a romance set in during the Vietnam War.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
My hero, Major Geoff Richards. He has just returned from the Great War and is suffering from shell shock. I loved combining his recurring bad dreams of the trenches in France with what was going on in his current day.

Being a soldier at that time was interesting as they were seeing the beginning of the end of the horse cavalry and the start of the air force. Geoff gets to fly in an open bi-plane as he hunts down a Russian spy close to Afghanistan. He was also a lovely honorable hero as well as very tender to the heroine’s little boy, Cam.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
An original guitar piece played by my youngest son, Rob, something very rhythm and blues sounding, or better yet MoTown, like the song, What’s Going On, By Marvin Gaye.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
During a job interview I was asked why I wanted the job. I answered, “I don’t want the job. I’m quite happy where I am, but if it’s the Lord will, you’ll offer me the job, and then I’ll want it.”

Sure enough, I got the job. It was at a Christian university in the Financial Aid Department.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Shopping for clothes. I know it’s weird for a woman, but I’m so involved with my writing these days that I value every minute, and shopping just doesn’t cut it with me.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
I love to cook a nice roast beef dinner with Yorkshire pudding—my grown up sons love that. Good old mashed potatoes with gravy, and vegetables. With homemade pie for dessert.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
I like to write about the man or the woman who has failed in some way in the past, maybe even been morally flawed. It is the person who has suffered, and through faith in Christ risen above their hurt and reached out to make a difference.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
Isaiah 49:15,16 15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. . . .”

This is my life’s verse. Knowing how deeply I feel about the child I had to relinquish, this encourages me as to how much God loves us with an all-consuming love.

If anyone would like to read more about our adoption/reunion story it can be found on my website www.christinelindsay.com

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I’m currently working on a Historical Romance called Sofi’s Bridge. It won the 2010 RWA Touched by Love contest. The main character Sofi yearns to build bridges like her father taught her, but it’s 1910. This story s set in the Pacific Northwest, and I’ll just say that it has to do with stopping a train.

I’m also writing the sequel so Shadowed in Silk, which is called Captured by Moonlight.

Christine is giving away a copy of Shadowed in Silk. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Marianne said...

Sounds like a great book, same as the post and interview. Thanks, Patty and Christine for the chance to win! mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

Barbara Lynn Culler said...

Sounds intriging! Would love to hear more about your daughter.

Charity said...

I would love to be entered in this giveaway! Thanks for the chance at winning it:)


Amy said...

Sounds like a good book. Please enter me. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Charity U said...

Please enter me! This book looks so awesome. :)

Pam K. said...

"Shadowed in Silk" has a lovely cover. It is interesting to know the woman pictured is the author's daughter. Thanks for the interview with Christine. I enjoy discovering new authors. I'd love to win her book.


Judy said...

I loved the interview with Christine. I'll bet that was some reunion with her Daughter. By the way Christine, your Daughter is beautiful and I love the cover of your book, "Shadowed in Silk". Praying for God's Blessing on you and your Daughter's relationship!

Christine, you are a new author to me and I am looking forward to reading "Shadowed in Silk".


PriviesAndPrims said...

Please enter me too!

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

misskallie2000 said...

I love the story line in Shadowed in Silk and know I will enjoy reading. I enjoyed Christine's interview and love the cover.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

CarlybirdK said...

I have heard about this book before and I would love to win a copy. Thank you.

Tracy Smith said...

Thank you for having this giveaway. Please enter me.

countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

lgm52 said...

This sounds absolutely wonderful!
Please enter me.

Christine Lindsay said...

Thank you all for such super encouraging comments. I really want to get a book into all of your hands. Thank you all again. And yes, the reunion with my birthdaugher was great---difficult but great at the time. Now we have a very warm relationship which is somewhat like that of a close aunt and neice. Hard to describe.

Emma said...

Shadowed in Silk sounds like a great book.Please enter me in the giveaway.Thanks for the giveaway.

ann said...

i would like to enter to win the book. thanks


Jackie S. said...

I love real stories like Christine and her daughter! Am sure I would love the book, too. Please enter me.

Merry said...

Christine sounds like a lovely, interesting lady, I enjoyed the interview. I would love a chance to win Shadowed in Silk.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

apple blossom said...

love to be included thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Charlotte Kay said...

I hope it is not too late to enter this giveaway!
I would be overjoyed to win this book!
Thanks for the opportunity!

Many Blessings and Smiles,
Charlotte Kay
charlovesmark at gmail dot com

Meredith said...

I love the story about the author's job interview!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

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