Michal is the first wife of King David. The story is taken from the pages of Scripture mixing what is said there about her, about David, her father Saul, among others, and mixing imagination to try to understand how she might have perceived the events going on around her. It’s got romance, intrigue, and drama as Michal falls in love with young David with no idea what that love will cost her.
I've always thought the story of Michal was interesting, and you've turned it into a fascinating book. Tell us about your road to publication.
My journey lasted 20 years and began with a two-volume epic on David’s life. After 28 rejections, I packed that book away where it will remain! I really didn’t know enough about the fiction writing craft, though I did rewrite that story at least three times. After tucking it in a box, I wrote about six more novels and a few novellas trying to break into publishing. Michal was one of those novels, as was its sequel Abigail, though they both went through a lot of revision.
Wow! You're a great example of how persistance can pay off in the end. How do you think your relationships with other writers have helped you over the years?
Other writers have helped me grow, taught me things about the business, about the craft that I might never have learned on my own. I am especially grateful to my critique partners and a mentor friend.
Yes and no. I’m still the same person, still have the same chores, day job (I’m a stay-at-home mom and I teach a few piano students on the side.) I still look out for my parents and keep up with friends. But the demands on my time have increased, and I’m learning to balance it all. Sometimes I can’t answer emails as quickly as I used to, or I have to put off doing something I might have done right away in the past. I try to keep my priorities straight.
I think the biggest challenge to authors of this genre is accuracy. Some will work hard only to set the stage of historical accuracy, not minding if they have to tweak the biblical account, as long as the story’s historical setting is correct. (All historical authors should research the period to stay true to the time and place.) But Christian authors have the added challenge of keeping the biblical account accurate, of not deviating from what is written in Scripture or changing the meaning.
Do you have a favorite historical or Biblical novel?
Favorite biblical novel – Two From Galilee by Marjorie Holmes started my love of biblical fiction. But Lynn Austin’s Chronicles of the King series – the first three novels about Hezekiah, and Angela Hunt’s Shadow Women and Legacies of the Ancient River series about Joseph rank near the top.
What do you enjoy most about reading historical fiction?