Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Author Christine Lindsay, Day 2

Welcome back for our second day with Christine Lindsay!

Christine, what is the most interesting thing you’ve done in the name of research for one of your projects?
I actually went to India in 2010 for the writing of Book 2, Captured by Moonlight. The purpose of going to the south of India wasn’t entirely to research my fictional writing; I was on a non-fiction writing missionary trip, but while there I rode the Indian railway that some of my true-life heroes such as Dr. Ida Scudder and Amy Carmichael rode, and I walked in the glorious exotic setting that features in Captured by Moonlight with all its gorgeous scents and spices. 

Most of your books have been historical romance, but Londonderry Dreaming has a contemporary setting. What drew you to writing that story, and how did working on a modern-day romance differ from writing a historical?
When I saw the criteria for one of Pelican Book Group’s Passport to Romance line, I wanted no one else to write the book setting for Londonderry N. Ireland other than me. Reason being, I was born in Belfast not far from Londonderry, and I had visited Londonderry on my last trip to Ireland. It was easy for me to write a humorous contemporary romance set there, and I used practically verbatim, the hilarious dialogue I heard from my Irish cousins.

Hardest part about writing a novella was that I’m used to write long novels with secondary characters and subplots. But as I wrote the last lines to Londonderry, I actually laughed.

When you start a new book, do you tend to begin with a character and find her story, or do you have a story idea and discover who lives it out?
I start with a story idea and then find the character. I think it’s because all fictional writing is somewhat autobiographical. In my case I look at what God has taught me through hardships, and then I find the character who can help me convey that wisdom on a fictional stage.

Reading fiction can be a way to escape reality for a while, but those stories can still teach some valuable lessons. What points do you hope readers take away from your books?
Each of my books has a very strong spiritual takeaway.
Shadowed in Silk—we are never invisible to God—He sees us when we weep.
Captured by Moonlight—we must die to our own aspirations—no matter how lofty they are—in order to let God live through us and do far more wonderful and exciting things.
Veiled at Midnight—that nothing can separate us from God’s love.
Londonderry Dreaming—that we must speak the truth in love.
Soon-to-be-released Sofi’s Bridge—we cannot save the ones we love, only the Lord can do that.

Those are fabulous take-aways! The tagline on your website reads, “The spice of danger, the lure of romance, the escape to the exotic.” I love that! Can you explain how you manage to work all those pieces into your stories?
As mentioned earlier, I write what I love to read. While Londonderry Dreaming doesn’t have any “danger”, the rest of my books do. I enjoy putting my characters in high stake situations so that I’m on the edge of my seat. Romance is important in my novels because I believe in the romance of Christ coming to save us. It’s all about LOVE on many different levels. The exotic flavors my descriptions. I don’t skimp on these elements, but strive to take my readers on a trip.  

Can you tell us about any other projects you have in the works?
I am currently finishing the non-fiction book about my experience as a birth-mom when I relinquished my first child to adoption in 1979, to our painful reunion in 1999 and to our present relationship. Through it all I learned much about the heart of the Heavenly Father.

What a powerful story, and one that I’m sure will touch a lot of lives. In closing, what advice can you share with novice writers?
Make Perseverance your middle name. Realize from the start that it is usually a long, long journey to publication, and do not skimp on learning the craft. And in the meantime, don’t forget to actually live your life.

Thanks again for being with us, Christine! It’s been fun to learn about what’s behind the gorgeous covers of your books.

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Do you like settings that take you away from the humdrum, to something exotic that is unlike anything you have ever experienced?

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1 comment:

Bonnie Roof said...

Thanks for the interesting interview, Christine!! Yes, I do enjoy escaping to unusual/different settings in books - for an "escape from reality", as you said. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity - I would love to read your book!!