Is there a story behind your book Veiled at Midnight?
I think all novels are auto-biographical to a point, in that the author draws from their own life to create their fictional world. I grew up as the neglected child of an alcoholic father and that certainly warped my view of the Heavenly Father for a long time. Thankfully the Lord showed me He is nothing like my earthly father, but I know what it’s like to have the stain of alcohol hurt my life.
The first book in my series Shadowed in Silk touches on the subject of an alcoholic husband abusing his wife, and of course the book has a happy ending. But as I continued on with the series I wanted to have a more redemptive story for an alcoholic. I was inspired by my own brother’s struggle toward sobriety in his relationship with the Lord Jesus.
So Veiled at Midnight touches on the healing and joy that can come to a person and a family when that loved one is released from that horrible addiction.
What started you on your writing journey?
It was back in 1999 when I was first reunited with my birth-daughter, the child I relinquished to adoption when she was three days old. I wasn’t married at the time and wanted her to have a loving father as well as a loving mom. That was the most painful thing in my life.
Twenty years later I searched for my birth-daughter, but at first our reunion was not all joyful. I found myself reliving my original loss of her, and this sent me into a terrible depression that lasted over two years.
My husband caught me crying one day. He went out and returned a while later with a brand new pen and journal, and said, “Here, honey, write it.”
That journaling not only gave me a great deal of cathartic healing, but eventually the Lord turned that into writing novels. I’ve been through a lot in my life, but the Lord has been amazing. I share that kind of gut-wrenching suffering counter-balanced by the floodgates of joy and healing when God steps in.
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
I love my main heroes and heroines in all my novels, but somehow in each story there is a secondary character that I simply fall in love with. In Veiled at Midnight that character was the Reverend Alan Callahan.
My dear Reverend Alan Callahan is in his early forties, he's not terribly good-looking, has a slightly longish nose. his hair is always in need of cutting, and his clothes are rather worn. He is the happy pastor to a native church in the city of Srinagar in Kashmir. Alan used to have a big church in England but that was before his drinking problem caused him to be fired. After his journey to sobriety Alan came out to
and has been there ever since looking after his Indian flock whom he rides out
on horseback into the foothills of the Himalayas
What I love about Alan is he uses his deep bass voice and wonderful elocution to chastise my main character Cam Fraser who is an alcoholic. You might call Alan a modern-day mentor in a 12-step program to help a fellow alcoholic.
I found him hilarious to write—Alan reprimands and scolds Cam in such funny ways, so articulate in his insults, and spewing forth these diamonds of Biblical truth.
What I also loved about Alan is that towards the end of the book I gave him the answer to his prayers—a prayer he didn’t even realize he had prayed -- a romance too for the brilliant but socially awkward Reverend Alan Callahan.
What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
Oh my pets. We have two dogs and a cat. One of the dogs is a seven-month-old puppy, Charlie who is a Welsh Springer Spaniel. Right now Charlie is a maniac. The other dog is a lovely, well-behaved lady dog, a Sheltie called Zoey. And Scottie, my ginger and white cat is the editor on all my novels. Such a gem of quiet wisdom.
What is your favorite season of the year?
I love the spring for my garden, but I also love summer and fall, because during these three seasons I get to go camping in the little trailer my husband and I own, and have nice quiet times together.
What do you like most about the area where you live?
I didn’t grow up in British Columbia Canada, but have lived here all my married life, almost 35 years now. I love being so close to the mountains, and only a few hours away from the Rockies.
Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?
I’ve been to
where I was born, and that’s always wonderful. I’ve also been to India on a
missions’ trip and that was a highlight of my life. But nowadays, I love to get
away on little camping trips in that little trailer I mentioned, and smell the
mountain air. I love the quiet of God’s creation. I especially love the
Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
Most places I’ve been inspire my writing. My visit to India for my series Twilight of the British Raj, in each book Shadowed in Silk, Captured by Moonlight, and lastly Veiled at Midnight.
When I was riding on a dusty train in India looking out in emerald greed rice paddies, I was so reminded of the great American missionary Dr. Ida Scudder who features in Captured by Moonlight.
My Ebook Londonderry Dreaming was inspired by my great aunt’s farm in N. Ireland, and my many visits there and also to the tourist spot The Giant’s Causeway, an unusual rock formation with pounding surf overlooking The North Sea.
And in my upcoming book Sofi’s Bridge, the setting was inspired from the area I live in—the beautiful Cascade Mountains around my home.
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
Being the daughter and the sister of an alcoholic, and also bearing the pain of relinquishing my first child to adoption, I’ve had my share of suffering. We all suffer, and God uses this to draw us closer to Him. I love to write stories about people in really tough situations, and through the plot and characters show my readers that they can trust God implicitly to save them and help them through their lives.
I love to write about the new person those characters become after they have yielded to Christ. All my characters are flawed and often at the beginning of a book you want to clobber that character over the head. Such as the case with my Captain Cam Fraser in Veiled at Midnight. But the Lord is in the business of changing people to make them like His son, Jesus Christ.
I love showing those changes in my characters in the hope of inspiring a reader to hear the gospel of Christ and surrender to that loving call.
Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
My special life verse that I’ve chosen for myself is Isaiah 49:15, 16a “Can a woman forget the baby at her breast, and have no compassion on the child she has born? Though she may forget, I will not forget you. See . . . I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.”
This verse means so much to me, because it is only through the relinquishment of my first child to adoption that I learned the breadth and depth of God’s fatherly love for me. This is what I speak on at ladies’ functions and what underlines everything I write.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I have two books coming out this 2015. One is from Pelican Book Group called Sofi’s Bridge, a light historical romance set in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State in 1913. The spiritual theme of this book is that we cannot save the ones we love—only
Christ can do that.
The other book I am currently finishing is a non-fiction book about the relinquishment of my child to adoption, and about our painful reunion twenty years later. This story will be entwined with other adoption reunion stories, good and bad, to show a balanced view, but most importantly to illustrate the El Shaddai love of our Heavenly Father.
Back Cover Blurb
VEILED AT MIDNIGHT—Book 3 of the series Twilight of the British Raj
As the British Empire comes to an end, millions flee to the roads. Caught up in the turbulent wake is Captain Cam Fraser, his sister Miriam, and the beautiful Indian Dassah.
Cam has never been able to put Dassah from his mind, ever since the days when he played with the orphans at the mission as a boy. But a British officer and the aide to the last viceroy cannot marry a poor Indian woman, can he?
As this becomes clear to Dassah, she has no option but to run. Cam may hold her heart—but she cannot let him break it again.
Miriam rails against the separation of the land of her birth, but is Lieutenant Colonel Jack Sunderland her soulmate or a distraction from what God has called her to do?
The 1947 Partition has separated the country these three love…but can they find their true homes before it separates them forever?
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Christine Lindsay was born in Ireland, and is proud of the fact that she was once patted on the head by Prince Philip when she was a baby. Her great grandfather, and her grandfather—yes father and son—were both riveters on the building of the Titanic. Tongue in cheek, Christine states that as a family they accept no responsibility for the sinking of that infamous ship.
Stories of Christine’s ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India inspired her multi-award-winning, historical series Twilight of the British Raj, Book 1 Shadowed in Silk, Book 2 Captured by Moonlight, and newly released Veiled at Midnight.
Londonderry Dreaming is Christine’s first contemporary romance set in N. Ireland, published by Pelican Book Group, and she is looking forward to the release in 2015 of Sofi’s Bridge.
Christine makes her home on the west coast of Canada with her husband and their grown up family. Her cat Scottie is chief editor on all Christine’s books.
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