Monday, May 13, 2013

Christine Lindsay -- An Interview

The Writer – Christine Lindsay

Q:  What schooling, travel, training, personal experiences, or other formative parts of your background led you to write?

Traveling to and living in different countries in the world is always the best education. Born in Northern Ireland, I immigrated to Canada with my parents when I was five. I have lived in various places across Canada since. It has been wonderful to travel back to Ireland on a number of occasions, and I’ve been to India on a mission trip. My children have been to various parts of the world on mission trips. This has given me a fairly wide global view, and this inspires me to write about these awesome places.

My British background has given me an interest in British history. In my opinion England’s rule over Colonial India, called the British Raj, is as fascinating an era as the Wild West is to the Americas.

Q:  Tell your readers a little bit of your faith story.

My father, sadly, was an alcoholic all his life, abusive to my mother, and neglectful of us kids. My mother raised us on her own. My childhood and my mother’s experiences have been excellent fodder for my novels. In Shadowed in Silk, the heroine is a nice woman married to a brute of a drunk. Life is not easy for a lot of people, and I write novels that I pray will give hope to the hopeless.

When I became a young adult, I got pregnant out of wedlock, and for the sake of my child, I relinquished my baby to adoption. Giving up my baby changed me in so many ways. To understand the full picture of my sense of loss, one needs to read my blog, "Story Behind the Covers ."

I see myself in my characters.  In Shadowed in Silk, my Muslim character, Tikah, feels my sense of empty-womb I felt after I gave up my child. In my second book Captured by Moonlight my character, Laine, feels the loneliness of going-on-thirty-and-not-married-yet. My character, Eshana, battles with the same spiritual lessons I am learning — dying to my own ambitions and plans, and yielding to Christ’s plans for my life.

Q:  How is God working in your life today?

The Lord has swept me off my feet these past few years with the joy of my writing ministry. This has also developed into a speaking ministry. Seeing lives touched by my stories (verbal or written) and those lives taking steps in faith with Christ means far more to me than the number of books I may sell.

Q:  Where can readers find more about you and your books?

Please drop by my website and my blog www.christinelindsay.orgwhere I have guest bloggers share on “Monday’s Inspirations,” Wednesday is “Addiction Recovery Miracles, “and Fridays are “Adoption Stories.” You can find my books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and a number of other sites, but for sure in those places, in both paperback and E-book formats.

The Process

Q:  How do you use imagery in your writing?

I enjoy painting and drawing, and love well-written description. I want to feel as though I am in the scene when I read. One of my writing professors once said that I was a very sensual writer, so imagery and using my five senses is important to my writing.

Q:  Do you plot your story or create an outline before you begin writing?

I do best by working out the kinks in the plot before I start writing. At the same time, I’m always open to change. Such as when a character starts blooming before my eyes, and he or she insists on doing something unexpected. This happened for me when Laine finds the gumption to slip in, and empty a bag of snakes into a room, so she can rescue a young girl from the sex trade in India.

Q:  Do you ever use flashbacks? Why or Why not?

Personally, I do not like reading flashbacks, so I try to use them as little as possible. I prefer to do flashbacks in little installments of inner dialogue, and not in large chunks of writing. I always prefer to keep the reader in the present tense.

Q:  How do you keep God involved in your writing process?

If God were not part of the writing process, I would not even know where to begin. I cannot be part of the process unless I pray and ask God for His help.

Q:  What research did you do for this book? How much did you do before you began writing? Did anything come up in the course of writing that sent you back to research some more?

I grew up on fabulous, big, thick blockbuster novels by M. M. Kaye. She wrote adventure-romance epics set in exotic Colonial India. I try to follow in her footsteps but from a Christian point of view. Still, I had to do an enormous amount of research. After writing my debut novel Shadowed in Silk, I sent it to a lady PhD in India to check the novel for cultural and historical accuracy. She expressed amazement I had never been to India (at that time). Just goes to show what good research, and the good-old library can do.

The Books – Shadowed in Silk; Captured by Moonlight

Shadowed in Silk (Twilight of the British Raj, # 1)Q:  How many stars (1-5) would you give your books? Why?

I would give my two books 5 stars because that is what other readers are giving them. I am not confident enough to give that kind of rating to my work, unless others feel my books deserve it. Plus, I write for a traditional royalty-paying publisher that I highly respect. Roseanna White is not only my publisher but also a writer with a quickly growing readership. If she says this is a fantastic book, then I take her word for it. However, it still boils down to what readers say.

SHADOWED IN SILK, WhiteFire Publishing, Gold winner of  the 2009 ACFW Genesis for Historical, Winner of the 2011 Grace Award, finalist in the Readers Favorite 2012 and Book One of the series, Twilight of the British Raj.

Q:   Which part of the book was your favorite to write?

I love the romance scenes in both Shadowed in Silk and Captured by Moonlight. In Shadowed in Silk, there is a scene I call "the kiss that never happened." When Geoff is teaching Abby how to shoot a rifle, everything in Abby’s point of view is the desire for Geoff’s kiss, but it cannot take place. I love the yearning in that. I also enjoyed writing the passionate-kissing scene on the beach in Captured by Moonlight. However, I also love writing death scenes. The dying of Miriam in Shadowed in Silk still makes me cry. I also love animals, and there is always a significant animal pulling on my emotions in my novels.

Q:  What did these books teach you?

One day during my devotions, I was praying. Suddenly I remembered what my fictional character, Eshana, learned in Captured by Moonlight. God reminded me I must die to myself, let Him live His life through me and, the Lord's plan will be far more wonderful than anything I could devise.

Q:  What can you tell us about your next writing project?

Book 3 of my series the Twilight of the British Raj will be Veiled at Midnight. This last book in the series will follow up with the characters from the first two books. The main character in Veiled at Midnight will be the grown Cam Fraser who was only a child in Book 1. The female lead will be Dassah, the child born in Book 1. The Partition of India was a terrible and turbulent time for India. Veiled at Midnight is set during this time when India is split into two countries, India and newly created Pakistan. Not only will India be partitioned, but Cam and Dassah will be split, too. Veiled at Midnight will feature Cam’s grown sister Miri, who was a baby in Book 2. Miri will also find adventure and an unexpected love.

Veiled at Midnight will be released by WhiteFire Publishing in February 2014.

Q:  Where can readers find more about you and your books?

Please drop by my website and my blog where I have guest bloggers share on “Monday’s Inspirations,” Wednesday is “Addiction Recovery Miracles,” and Fridays are “Adoption Stories.” One can find my books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and a number of other sites, but for sure in those places, in both paper and digital format. (See below for links.)

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FEATURED BOOK---Captured by Moonlight
Captured by Moonlight (Twilight of the British Raj, #2)
(Back of the Book)

Prisoners to their own broken dreams…

After a daring rescue goes awry, Laine Harkness and her friend Eshana flee to the tropical south of India … and headlong into their respective pasts.

Laine takes a nursing position at a plantation in the jungle, only to discover her former fiancĂ© is the owner … but fun-loving Laine refuses to let Adam crush her heart again.

Eshana, captured by her traditional uncle and forced once more into the harsh Hindu customs of mourning, doubts freedom will ever be hers again, much less the forbidden love for Dr. Jai Kaur that had begun to flower.

Amid cyclones, epidemics, and clashing faiths, will the love of the True Master give hope to these searching hearts?

About Christine Lindsay

Irish-born Christine Lindsay writes award-winning historical novels. In both Shadowed in Silk and Captured by Moonlight, Christine delights in weaving the endless theme of the Heavenly Father’s redemptive love through stories of danger, suspense, adventure, and romance. The Pacific coast of Canada, about 200 miles north of Seattle, is Christine’s home.