This week it is my pleasure to interview Diana Wallis Taylor, author of five Biblical fiction titles. Diana lives with her husband Frank in San Diego, California. where she serves on the Board of the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild.
Welcome, Diana. Tell us about your new release, Ruth, Mother of Kings.This book may create a little controversy. I portray Ruth as a Jew, a Reubenite, not a racial Moabite. I take her from a young girl, tending her grandfather’s goats to the birth of Obed with Boaz.
a.Long and winding.b.Like a roller-coaster ridec.Like a rocket...blast off!d.Othera. Long and winding. It took quite a few years. I went through a difficult marriage, a divorce, being a single mother with three children and while I had a life-time teaching credential, no jobs were to be had in 1981. Schools were closing, teachers let go and others bumped to lower positions. I wrote a little on the woman of Samaria and shelved the chapters time and again. When I married my present husband in 1990, we moved to Northern California where I had a lovely studio overlooking the Trinity River. One day I sensed the Lord telling me to finish the book. I got out my chapters and with research, finished the book in around a year. Finding an editor was another thing. I went to conferences, got requests for a proposal from numerous editors and every one tanked. No one was taking Biblical Fiction. I even found my agent and friend, Joyce Hart, but still no one was taking Biblical Fiction. Finally Revell picked up the book, which was self-published, in December of 2007. That was the beginning.If you could be plopped down in any era and locale in history, when and where would you want to end up? In Bethlehem to see the birth of JesusI’d be a typical Jewish housewife, wearing a homespun linen tunic and sash with a shawl over my head. I’d eat lentil stew, home baked bread, dates, raisin cakes and other fruit and would drink diluted wine. (They didn’t drink grape juice).
How would your main character, Ruth in Ruth, Mother of Kings finish these statements:In my free time, I love to: weave fabrics for my family.One word my friends and family would use to describe me is: inquisitive.The one quality that gets me in trouble is: my boldness.If I suddenly inherited a lot of money I would: buy more goats for my grandfather’s farm.Answer Diana's question below for a chance to win a copy of Ruth, Mother of Kings. Include your email address in the form of name[at]domain[dot]com and respond before 8:30 a.m. EDT this Friday morning to qualify for the drawing. This week, US and Canada readers may qualify.What attracts you most to historical fiction, and what is it you most look for in the story?