Kadesh is a sequel to In the Shadow of Sinai, which follows the Israelites on their out of Egypt and the year they spent at the foot of the mountain. In Kadesh, I wanted to explore what would cause the ten spies to say that the Israelites couldn’t take the land even though God had assured them was theirs. What could cause such doubt? Kadesh is the story of one of those spies, as well as one of the characters from Sinai, an Egyptian soldier who left with the Israelites.
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
I think Kamose, the soldier. Originally he was supposed to be left behind in the first book and possibly die as a firstborn son. But my crit partners loved him and begged me to keep him alive! Scripture says “a mixed multitude” went with them, so I had him escape. It was interesting to see him grow in this book and discover his story.
How has your book been received by readers?
I was thrilled to find out that fellow Biblical novelist Mesu Andrews gave Kadesh 4/5 smiles. She said: [Carole] creates an accurate and compelling “atmosphere” for familiar biblical events but doesn’t tell me an exact story already described in Scripture. Instead, she weaves biblical facts, characters, places, and events into a beautifully-phrased spiritual journey.
Carole masterfully describes how the Israelites gained access to thousands of tents and military supplies—while breaking my heart for a widowed mother of twin little girls, who must raise and lower her own tent each time Yahweh’s cloud moves.
And who were the elders of Israel, called to the Tabernacle by Moses and Aaron when Yahweh spoke? You probably don’t care, right? Well, you’ll care a little more when you realize each one had a story, and you’ll care deeply about one of the twelve spies whose decisions affect our harried widow and her precious girls.
What is your strangest habit?
I write with the TV on. I need the noise.
What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
My kids. They say the funniest things, especially my son. They just crack me up daily.
What is your favorite season of the year?
Summer. Hands down. I love the beach. I grew up two miles from it, although on the other coast, but we still try to go here on the east coast every year.
What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
Washington DC is a very ethnically diverse area. People from 25 countries attend our church. Kids from over 50 countries are in the school district. Three of my four children are adopted from Kazakhstan, and the two girls are central Asian. It’s really nice that they don’t stand out in school, at church, in restaurants, like they do in some parts of the country we visit.
Do you write anything else beside Biblical Fiction?
I also write radio dramas for Christ To the World Ministries. These 25-minute dramas are then translated, produced and broadcast to 32 countries, to people who may not have access to Bibles or church. I just finished my first series, 11 episodes on the life of Joshua. By the way, they are always looking for writers!
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
The next is the third in the trilogy, titled On the Brink of Promise. It picks up after the forty years in the wilderness. It’s inspired by two verses in Numbers 21:
When the Canaanite king of Arad, who lived in the Negev, heard that Israel was coming along the road to Atharim, he attacked the Israelites and captured some of them. Then Israel made this vow to the Lord: “If you will deliver these people into our hands, we will totally destroy their cities.”
So the Promise in the title refers to both their vow to God as well as the promise of God regarding the land.
Arad is the first city one would encounter going in to Canaan from the south, and the first city the spies visit in Kadesh.
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