Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Carole Towriss Visits the Loft

Carole Towriss grew up in beautiful San Diego, California. Now she and her husband live just north of Washington, DC. In between making tacos and telling her four children to pick up their shoes for the third time, she reads, writes, watches chick flicks and waits for summertime to return to the beach. Her first novel, In the Shadow of Sinai, released November 1. 
Hello, Carole, thanks for visiting with us. Is there a story behind your new release, In The Shadow of Sinai

Bezalel’s name means “in the shadow of God.” It was a circuitous route, and it wasn’t the first title.

Which character in your novel most interested you while you wrote? Why? 

Kamose is the captain of the guard in Ramses’s palace and his personal guard. Originally he was to die in Egypt, but so many of my crit partners loved him, I kept him alive and brought him along in the escape from Egypt! Now he is the hero on Book Two.

We'd like to learn a little more about you. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

I’ve been married for 29 years, and we have four children. Our oldest, Emma, just started college where she is earning her BFA in photography. Our younger three were adopted from Kazakhstan. They are 13, 11 and 11—the last two are four weeks apart. We have the most chaotic house, but it’s also a lot of fun.
What is your favorite season of the year?  

My favorite season is summer. I love to go to the beach. We go to Bethany Beach each year.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them? 

I absolutely dread making phone calls. I would rather email or do it online I just hate making appointments or doing tasks by phone.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about? 

The message of Sinai is the sovereignty of God. Bezalel has to learn to accept what God has done in his life, good and bad, and there are some pretty bad things. But the trials in our lives often have a purpose, even when we can’t see it. Bezalel’s grandfather tells him, “You can trust God, or be blown about like a leaf in the wind.”

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it? 

I’ve basically finished the second book of the series—it just needs editing. It’s called By the Waters of Kadesh, and it picks up where Sinai leaves off. Many of the same characters are in it. It’s the story of the spies who go into Canaan, especially one of the ten who come back and say, “We can’t take the land.” I wanted to explore why they would say that.

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In The Shadow of Sinai: Bezalel is a Hebrew slave to Ramses II. An artisan of the highest order, Ramses has kept him in the palace even when all other Israelites have been banned. Bezalel blames El Shaddai for isolating him from his people.

When Moses and Aaron appear one summer, and El Shaddai shakes Egypt to its core, Bezalel must reexamine his anger. Over the course of the next year, Bezalel’s life becomes intertwined with those of an Egyptian child-slave, the captain of the guard, and especially a beautiful, young concubine.

When spring arrives, all of them escape with the young nation of Israel. But that’s only the beginning…

Carole Towriss is giving away a copy of In The Shadow of SinaiTo be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your e-mail address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.

Read wherever you wander.
The Wandering Writer,


Teela said...

Please enter me in this giveaway of Carole's. Would love to read "in the SHadow of Sinai".

Lois Hudson said...

I read the first chapter online yesterday and am already hooked. Please enter my name in the drawing. Thank you.

Lois Hudson


tickmenot said...

I think writing a story based on things from the Bible, makes the Bible stories come alive. Your book sounds like it does that, and I hope to read it!



KayM said...

Thank you for the interesting interview. I have always enjoyed books set in Bible times. I would love to read "In the Shadow of Sinai".

Bookishqueen said...

I would like to win this.
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