Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Christine Lindsay Talks About her British Raj Series

Christine Lindsay
Today we welcome author Christine Lindsay!

Christine Lindsay's latest release is a romance novella LONDONDERRY DREAMING of the Passport to Romance line with Pelican Books, inspired by the fact that she was born in N. Ireland not far from the city of Londonderry. Christine loves to write Christian novels with strong love stories and equally strong family life themes such as her multi-award-winning debut novel SHADOWED IN SILK which is set in India during a turbulent era. Christine's long-time fascination with the British Raj was seeded from stories of her Irish ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India.
 CAPTURED BY MOONLIGHT is Book 2 in this series Twilight of the British Raj, and she is currently writing VEILED AT MIDNIGHT the third book to this series which will be released August 2014.
Adding to Christine's Irish pride is the fact that her great-grandfather and her grandfather both worked as riveters in the Belfast shipyard and one of the ships they built was the Titanic.
The Pacific coast of Canada is Christine's home, and like a lot of writers, her cat is her chief editor.

Welcome to PASTimes, Christine. Tell us a little about what you write.

I love history, but more than that I love the romance of life---this includes big love stories between the hero and heroine, but also the love of families and generations, and the joy of living in this beautiful world God created. But this world and our lives can become scarred with sin, and I like to show how God brings healing to broken lives, and broken cultures if we trust in Him and surrender to His plans. 

Are you a full-time writer or do you hold a day job? What is the biggest challenge/obstacle you face in protecting your writing time?

Currently, I have two part-time jobs, and am very busy being a mom of grown kids and grandchildren. Life is so full, and there are days I am overwhelmed with all I have to do. But the Lord is good. When I feel that I’ve got too much on my shoulders, I holler out via email to my many wonderful friends and ask for prayer. 

The time crunch is the biggest thing for me, trying to be an author and yet being there for my loved ones, especially my husband. 

What historical time periods interest you the most and how have you immersed yourself in a particular time period?

I grew up on stories around the kitchen table on my ancestors who served in the British Army in various parts of the world, so wherever those forces have served is always of interest to me, places such as Europe during the two World Wars, India, Ireland, and Palestine to name a few. My favorite historical eras are those around WW1 to WW2 and shortly after. 

Introduce us briefly to the main characters in your most recent book.

In the third and final book to my series, we find the grown up characters, Cam Fraser, his sister Miriam, and the young Indian woman, Dassah---short for Hadassah. These three characters were introduced in Shadowed in Silk, mentioned in Captured by Moonlight as children, but in Veiled at Midnight, we are drawn along with them in their adult story just after WW2.

Cam is an English officer in the British Army, but is in love with his childhood Indian friend, Dassah. Mixed race love affairs and marriages were highly frowned upon at that time,  so we go through their experience as they are parted, not only with the turbulent era of the Partition of India, but also due to Cam’s struggle with alcohol addiction.

In Miriam’s story (Cam’s sister) we find her to be the charming mixture of a very beautiful young woman who has a sharp intellect and has chosen a career as a Theology Professor at the Kiniard College for women which is still in existence today in what we call Pakistan. During the era of this book though, that area was still a part of India.  Miriam has her brushes with romance as well, wondering what type of man she really wants as a partner in life----will it be the dashing soldier, Jack Sunderland who doesn’t seem to have the same depth of faith as she does?

What are you working on now? 
Come back tomorrow for the answer and more of the interview with novelist Christine Lindsay. To be entered to win one paper-back copy of Captured by Moonlight Book 2 of the series Twilight of the British Raj and one E-Book copy of Veiled at Midnight Book 3 of the series Twilight of the British Raj, please leave your email (name at domain name dot com) along with your answer to the following question by this Friday, 8AM EDT:

Have you ever wanted to go to someplace unusual or exotic in the world, other than the usual spots for holidays?  I’m talking about places like Asia or Russia or South America, places outside the norm for us North Americans. And if so, why would you like to go there?


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