Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am so honored to introduce you to Christine Lindsay. Her history is so fascinating and her book sounds like an incredible story. She seems like someone I would enjoy having a cup of coffee with, and I hope one day to get an opportunity to sit down with her and have a chat. Please enjoy her interview as much as I did.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. I was born in Ireland and lived in Canada most of my life. I’m also a happily married lady with three grown children, 3 grandsons, and also delighted to be a reunited birthmom. I’ll explain that—a birthmom is a woman who relinquished a child to adoption, in my case that was my first child, a daughter in 1979, and in 1999, my daughter and I were reunited. A lot of the sadness and emotional healing that the Lord gave me through that experience is what inspired me to write Christian fiction so that I could encourage others in their dark days. Also, my Irish roots inspire much of in my novels.
Tell us about your current release. My latest release is Veiled at Midnight Book 3 of my series Twilight of the British Raj. This is a Christian historical series set in British Colonial India between the First World War and the Second. I like to write novels that are packed with action, big love stories between the hero and heroine, but also the stories of family generations and how friends help each other out during hard times. I also love exotic settings like India.
If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it?
Most definitely yes, the time and effort is well worth it if only one person is touched and inspired to put their faith in Christ. Life is hard for many people, and my only reason for writing is to encourage others through the reading of a good story. God-willing that entertaining story will deepen their faith and give them hope.
How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it to a publisher(or agent or audience if you self publish)? I had good critique partners whom I trusted and still do. My main partner is Rachel Phifer, also an award-winning author, so when Rachel says she likes it, then I feel good enough to send to my publisher, just like I did the first time. I also entered my first book in a contest, and it won the ACFW 2009 Genesis for Historical. Winning that first award for Shadowed in Silk boosted my confidence. My novels continue to win awards, so that helps with the confidence too.
What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write?
Ever since I was in high school, I’ve wanted to be a writer, but it took a long time for me to find the time, what with working full time and raising a family.
What is your inspiration for writing?
My faith in Christ inspires me to write, and also my family. When I see the struggles that life brings individuals, and how the Lord helps that person through those difficult times, I just want to put it into a story to help others.
Who do you envision your typical reader to be?
I imagine my average reader to be much like myself at various ages. When I was young I read just as voraciously as I do now. My tastes haven’t changed much. I still love long full-length novels that sweep me away to a place I’ve never been, and have me experience great exploits along with the characters. I also really love inter-generational stories that go back and forth between present and past times. So I see my average reader as an older lady sitting in her chair with a cup of tea, or a young woman who needs a break from her college courses.
Do you write your books for your own enjoyment or more for what you think people would want to read?
I write stories that I would like to read. I figure if they please me—a very picky reader—then they just might please others. I hope so anyway.
Which of your characters most reflects your personality? There is a little bit of me in all my characters, even the villains. But I’m probably closest to my very first heroine, Abby Fraser in Shadowed in Silk except that I was never married to an abusive man, but got that insight from my mother who was. And a lot of my humor is very much like Laine Harkness in my second book Captured by Moonlight.
Thank you for having me as a guest today. It’s been a real honor.
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