Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Christine Lindsay Talks About the Life of a Novelist

We're back with the second part of the interview with author Christine Lindsay.

Christine Lindsay writes Christian novels with strong love stories and equally strong family life themes such as her multi-award-winning series Twilight of the British RaJ which includes SHADOWED IN SILK and CAPTURED BY MOONLIGHT. 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. Book 3 in this series VEILED AT MIDNIGHT will be released this autumn, 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.

 What are you working on now?

I’m working on the final edits of Veiled at Midnight and after that’s finished will start writing the non-fiction book about my experience as a birth mom who gave up her first child to adoption and the emotional wringer I went through years later when I searched for my daughter and was reunited. 

Wow, that sounds like an incredible project.
A reader once asked me this question, and I thought it was a good one. Is there ever a time when you feel like your work is truly finished and complete?

This is my fourth book completed, and I have reached that time in my career where I realize I must let go of my literary children. So when I send off the final manuscript to my publisher, WhiteFire or Pelican Books, I am already working on the next project. There is a peacefulness though, knowing I have done my best, and must continue to trust that God will do what He desires to do with that book. 

Describe your workspace. 

You’re catching me at a very chaotic time in my life. Right now my office is upside down due to the fact that I loaned it to my musician son for a year or so, and have been using a corner of my bedroom where a comfy sofa and my laptop work beautifully and where I can look out the window and day dream once in a while, or just rest my eyes. 

Describe your dream workspace.

I would just like my office back again.  LOL   It’s really quite nice, but I need an easy boy chair and a new laptop. Mine just died--the laptop that is--so say a wee prayer for me that I get a new computer real soon. 

Ah, the perils of this vocation!
If you could be a character from your favorite historical novel, who would you be?

It’s funny, but I would have to choose from one of my own novels. I always fall in love with one of my secondary characters. In each book, one of them just jumps off the page. In Shadowed in Silk that secondary character was Miriam, the elder Indian woman who started her small medical clinic and orphanage in the Indian city of Amritsar that features in all three novels.  I’d love to walk for a while in her shows. She is what I call a true Christian in every way, the kind of Christian I want to be---totally unselfish and giving. 

What is the biggest misconception the general public has about authors?

That we make lots of money or any money at all. LOL 

What is the biggest misconception beginning writers have about being published?

That this will be the pinnacle of your life. You soon learn that you must work that much harder on your next project, and that marketing takes up 50% of your time and is extremely draining. 

What would you like readers to gain from reading your book(s)?

The only reason I write is to encourage others during the daily struggle of life. Life is not easy for most of us. My books tackle tough issues such as spousal abuse, war, abandonment, loneliness, alcoholism, racial bigotry, etc, etc,  but all is set in an exciting action-filled story with what I like to call a big love story and a strong spiritual message that inspires them through the dark days. 

Thanks for joining us here on Favorite PASTimes. Any final words for readers or writers?

The theme of Veiled at Midnight is He sees the smallest sparrow fall from the tree, His eyes is on you and He cares. Never forget that for one moment. 

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?

1 comment:

traveler said...

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