Christine is offering the e-book version set of both of her novels, SHADOWED IN SILK and CAPTURED BY MOONLIGHT to 1 randomly chosen commenter. The winner will be announced between 4-6 PM EST on May 3rd. Please leave your email address within the body of the comment. Thanks. An excerpt for the second novel is below. Enjoy!
An Excerpt From CAPTURED BY MOONLIGHT:
Christine, this is your 2nd appearance on Everyone’s Story as a published author. A few years ago, did you ever doubt that you’d publish, let alone become an award-winning author?
Oh my yes, I doubted big time. The only thing I knew for sure was that God wanted me to write. But I wasn’t sure if the writing was to publish novels or to inspire readers on a free blog. I don’t see any difference between the two options. As Christian writers, we don’t make much money, if any, so it’s really about encouraging others in the faith. The writers of inspirational blogs are as valuable as novelists, if not more so, in my opinion, because we often think oh it’s just a blog. Not so, blogging is writing.
On your website you openly share how your family moved from Ireland to Canada when you were 4, about your fascinating family heritage, your daughter’s birth/adoption story, and your travels to India. Is there another side of Christine that you’d like to share?
I’m such a homebody. I love my simple townhouse with my hubby, David. My mum lives in a small suite downstairs. Our kids are all grown, but they come by lots for big family dinners. I relax by gardening. Love my garden, and right now it’s a colorful riot of tulips and daffodils. We also love our critters. Recently our beloved 10-year-old Spring Spaniel passed away, but we will be burying Zeke’s ashes below a brand new lilac tree in my garden. We also have a new puppy, a little girl Sheltie named Zoe, and 2 cats. Scottie is a nervous wreck, and Penny thinks she’s Margaret Thatcher---she’s so bossy.
I’m a tough sell for an historical read. Yet, I loved SHADOWED IN SILK. As an author, how do you strive to make well-rounded characters that walk off the page of an historical novel and come to life so that we modern-day readers can relate to them?
People in the past had the same problems that we have today. They had the same yearnings for love, acceptance, affirmation, you name the emotion. So I usually put my own yearnings, or those of people I know well, into my characters. In Shadowed in Silk, much of Abby was colored by my mother’s experiences as the physically abused wife of an alcoholic.
In Captured by Moonlight, much of Laine’s yearnings for a husband when she was nearing 30, were based on my daughter’s desire to be married to a good man.
Overall though, each character is developed through my own human experience. I know what it’s like to have a broken heart—who doesn’t? I know what it feels like to feel rejected, forgotten, small and insignificant. But I also know what it feels like to have God bring healing into my life, and a tremendous sense of purpose. So these experiences go into my characters, even my male characters. After all, I have a husband and sons, I know what men are like. Love men, don’t you?
Did you set off wanting to make your first novel into a series?
No. I thought it would be a stand-alone book at the start. But the old wheels started turning, and I realized the story was much bigger than I first thought. I had to take the reader up to the end of the British Raj, to the Partition of India and the creation of the Muslim country Pakistan—a very traumatic time for Indian people.
Both SHADOWED IN SILK and CAPTURED BY MOONLIGHT seem to capture the themes of human bondage (both emotional and physical) intertwining with deep spiritual beliefs. Any added thoughts?
Again, this is because I have had to work out those issues in my own life. Losing a child to adoption broke my heart, so I can understand the sorrow of the empty womb. In Shadowed in Silk it was the Muslim woman Tikah who despaired over wanting a child, even if she had to kidnap that child. In Captured by Moonlight, Laine wonders if she will ever have the joy of marriage and children before it’s too late for her.
Here are two women held captive by their desire for marriage and children.
In Eshana’s case in Captured by Moonlight, she is literally held captive by an abusive family member. So too was Abby in Shadowed in Silk. As a poor kid growing up in a single parent family with an alcoholic dad, I often felt trapped by a lack of love and poverty. Only by putting my entire trust in my Heavenly Father did the world open up for me like an oyster.
God is so good. I desperately want people to realize that He is giver of good gifts. But more than that, He Himself is the greatest gift of all. In His love, we have freedom from all that captures or ensnares us.
You’ve returned to working outside of writing. Any tips for writers on this demanding balancing act?
Working as well as writing is so hard, isn’t it? We come home tired and achy. All I can say is, don’t give up. Your writing is an important aspect to who you are. So keep writing to touch the hearts of readers. Do all you can to keep that flame lit within you.
What’s next for you, writing wise?
I am currently writing Veiled at Midnight, the third and final novel to the series Twilight of the British Raj. It will carry on with most of the characters from Shadowed in Silk and Captured by Moonlight, but the main focus will be on the grown characters Cam Fraser (Abby’s son) and Dassah the girl that had been born in the mission in Shadowed in Silk but who is now a beautiful young Indian woman.
Their love story will be set against the most turbulent time in India—the Partition. At the start of the book, Cam will find Dassah again when the train he is on derails, only to lose her in a time as horrible as that of a civil war.
I’m looking forward to this book. I think it will be the most exciting and romantic of all three novels in this series.
Fill in the blank: if I weren’t writing historical fiction I’d write…
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Irish-born Christine Lindsay writes award-winning historical novels. In Shadowed in Silk and Captured by Moonlight, Christine delights in weaving the endless theme of the Heavenly Father’s redemptive love throughout stories of danger, suspense, adventure, and romance.
You Can Find Christine At:
- Drop by Christine Lindsay's website www.christinelindsay.com
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