An Interview with Author Christine Lindsay

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.

cover_pic[1]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.

veiled_at_midnight[1]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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Temperance’s Trial is NOW Available!!

The Third Reich Seeks to Extract the Information She Alone Knows

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v01-tempeMARIE GILBERT and her elder brother flee from Vichy France after the Gestapo arrest her father for suspicion of aiding Jewish children to escape the oncoming fascist front. Once in London, Marie is recruited into an experimental all female cohort dubbed the Virtues, a collection of seven extraordinary women with highly specialized skills.

Known only by her code name, TEMPERANCE, she is trained to operate a wireless radio and returns to her beloved France. With a new identity, Marie clandestinely communicates vital intelligence directly back to Headquarters but unwillingly attracts the attention and apparent adoration of a handsome but ruthless Nazi officer, Oberleutnant LEOPOLD SCHÄFER.

As the H-hour to execute their daring mission draws ever closer, Marie plays a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with the unrelenting and merciless young Lieutenant Schäfer and the Nazi soldiers under his command.

TEMPERANCE’S TRIAL is part one of seven serialized novellas entitled the Virtues and Valor series and is now available!

Seven valorous women — different nationalities, ethnicities, and social backgrounds — come together as a team called the Virtues.

In 1941 Great Britain a special war department assembles an experimental and exclusively female cohort of combat operatives. Four willing spies, a wireless radio operator, an ingenious code breaker, and a fearless pilot are each hand-picked, recruited, and trained to initiate a daring mission in Occupied France. As plans are laid to engineer the largest prison break of Allied POWs in history, the Nazis capture the Virtues’ radio operator. It will take the cohesive teamwork of the rest of the women to save her life before Berlin breaks her and brings the force of the Third Reich to bear.

Some find love, some find vengeance, and some discover the kind of strength that lives in the human heart when all they can do is rely on each other and their shared belief. Courage, faith, and valor intersect but, in the end, one pays the ultimate price.

Introducing the Virtues and Valor series by Hallee Bridgeman. Seven serialized novellas, each inspired by real people and actual events, reveal the incredible story of amazing heroines facing the ultimate test of bravery. Temperance’s Trial is now available at the following locations:

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An Interview with Author Anne Greene & a Giveaway!

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 pleased to introduce to you Anne Greene. Anne writes Scottish historicals (I LOVE Scottish historicals!) and wounded heroes – the best kind of heroes. She also teases us with an upcoming lady detective series – another favorite genre of mine. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.

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EveningAnne4_BrushStroke4_5[1]Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I delight in writing about wounded heroes and gutsy heroines. My second novel, a Scottish historical, MASQUERADE MARRIAGE, won three prestigious book awards. The sequel MARRIAGE BY ARRANGEMENT released November, 2013. A TEXAS CHRISTMAS MYSTERY also won several awards. My highest hope is that my stories transport my readers to awesome new worlds and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus. I make my home in McKinney, Texas. I love to talk with my readers. I just signed contracts for two new series that I hope you will look for soon from Elk Lake Publishing. The first of my Heroic Women series, ANGEL WITH STEEL WINGS, will go on sale soon. The second, a lady detective series, will release early in 2015.

Tell us about your current release.

I think my back cover blurb of MARRIAGE BY ARRANGEMENT gives a good overview.

A MARRIAGE COVENANT
Why does a handsome, powerful noble of the highest rank in England stoop to marry a mere Lady of Lowland Scotland?

A GREAT SECRET
Are the whispered stories about him true? With his shadowy past and strange behavior what awful secret does he hide? Each change of clothes transforms him into a different man.

Marriage_By_Arrangement_Cover[1]AN IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE
Can Lady Cailin keep her vow to make her marriage happy and successful, unlike that of her parents, or to save her unborn child, must she arrange for the Duke’s accidental death?

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block?  I have never had writer’s block. When I’m working on a book, I read back over the previous chapter and that’s enough to get my creative muse working. Sometimes when I want to end a book, I have a difficult time deciding how to get my characters out of the dilemma

Do you have your plot-line and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? I’m a total seat-of-the-pants writer which means I start a book with either an event or a setting in mind and build from there as I write. The characters emerge from the situation to grow into people who learn how to cope and overcome. I might or might not have an ending in mind when I begin writing. I let my characters tell me what is happening and they determine the course of the book. I never plot or make any character development before I begin. The fun in writing is watching and listening to my characters as they tell me what is happening. To me, plotting out a book removes the incentive to write.

Do you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book?  The first books I wrote ran into 100,000 and more words. I found those books hard to sell to publishers so shortened my books to publishers’ parameters which are usually 80,000 to 85,000 words.

How did you make the initial step into writing your first novel?  I’d been thinking of writing for a number of years. Then my children both entered school. There was a writers’ conference nearby and my husband suggested I attend. This conference demanded a writer had to send in three chapters before she could enroll. Since the conference opened the following week, I quickly wrote three chapters of a book that had been swirling in my head asking to be written. Near the end of conference each writer met with an editor. I was so green, I wondered why I would meet an editor and what I would say. The editor had read my three chapters and asked if I could write the book in seven months. I said yes, not having a clue how long writing a book took. Long story short, the editor loved the book and published TRAIL OF TEARS, my first book.

What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write?  I have always wanted to write. As a stay-at-home Mom, when my children entered school I had four or five hours a day for myself. I prayed about what God wanted me to do during the time my children were in school. Fortunately I didn’t need to go outside my home to work because my husband supported us, although that extra money would have been helpful. A psychiatrist friend whom I went to for guidance asked me a number of questions. At the end he said he thought I should become a writer. During our time together I’d never mentioned writing so was stunned. Of course I wanted to write, but how did he know? So his advice coupled with the nearby writer conference nudged me in the direction of writing. When the editor asked me to write that book, I took the circumstances and decided God was calling me to become a writer.

What is your inspiration for writing?  God gave me the talent to write. I write for Him. Listening to the spiritual message He wants included in each book is highly important to me. Touching readers’ lives and in some small way encouraging them or showing them a new thought God wants them to hear is vitally important to me. Writing is my ministry. Plus, as I was growing up, reading was my escape from a difficult childhood. I love to offer my readers escape from hard times in their lives. I love taking them to new worlds they can enjoy. I love giving them the sheer pleasure of reading a good book.

Do you write your books for your own enjoyment or more for what you think people would want to read?  I write what I enjoy reading. My whole writing journey for each book is a love situation between my characters and me. Plus, other than general statistics, I have no idea what other people want to read. I do receive feedback about my books at signings and talks, but, of course, these will be positive. So, I write for my own enjoyment and to find answers to problems that perplex me.

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Interview with Author Angela Meyer

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 pleased to introduce Angela Meyer to you. As the wife of a solider, I always love introducing you to military families, and Angela is the mom of a Marine so she fits right in here.   Angela’s book, Where Hope Starts, sounds exactly like a story I would love reading. I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did!

publicity pic for bioTell us a little bit about yourself.

I live in Nebraska with my husband of 23 years and my daughter whom I currently homeschool. My son graduated from high school last year and is now a US Marine. I have taught Bible classes for over 35 years. I enjoy good stories, connecting with friends, quiet evenings and a good laugh. Someday I think it would be cool to vacation by the ocean and have someone else cook all my meals. Taking a ride in a hot air balloon is on my list of things I want to do for a book launch someday. About the only thing I really collect is books, otherwise I like to collect stuff on Pinterest where I don’t have to dust.

Tell us about your current release.

I like to think that Where Hope Starts is more than just a story. It paints the picture of what God’s redemption and restoration can look like in a crumbling relationship. Karen and Barry both wrestle with old wounds and their life responses to those wounds. Addictions have invaded their lives and threaten to destroy what they once had. With the help of God, they each come face to face with their need to offer forgiveness as well as to seek forgiveness from each other.

What’s the first major news headline that you can remember and what do you remember? (ie. Moon Walk, Watergate, Pope being shot)

Watergate. I don’t remember the details, but my sister was doing some sort of research paper or report for class and she chose Watergate. I remember her cutting out all these news articles and saving them.

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I have to laugh at this. I never thought I could write enough words for a novel. I first wrote poetry then on to encouragement articles and kid’s books. Not until a fellow writer in my critique group said, “I want to see more detail” did I think about it. I thought it was crazy, but decided to take the plunge and attempt it. I’m glad I did.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write?

A little bit of both. Once an idea is sparked, I begin thinking about the story and the characters. For the plot, I jot down ideas for a while then finally write a high point outline to be sure I cover everything I want to have happen in the story. From there, it fills out as I go.

As far as the characters go, when one waltzes into my head, it’s like I already know them. I do fill in their backstory, but as far as personality and such, they tend to just be there in my head.

Do you write your books for your own enjoyment or more for what you think people would want to read?

More for myself. I enjoy seeing the story unfold at my fingertips. It’s very satisfying when it all comes together. Also, the books I have written so far have been in part inspired by things I have wrestled with myself. Not so much true events as the themes are true to life. But I believe those themes are common and I hope my books will encourage whoever reads them.

What do you do when you hit a roadblock and have NO idea what to write?

This usually happens when I’m very tired. Usually for blog posts and such. For my books it might be a scene I’m having difficulty working out. If I keep trying to push, it usually doesn’t happen. If I’m smart, I step away and take a break. If I can get somewhere quiet and think I usually can figure it out. Of course, it’s often while driving, in the shower or after I crawl in bed that inspiration hits. Then I just pray I can remember it all.

What is one thing that you “never saw yourself doing” and either do it now or have done?

Being active on social media and building my own website. Three years ago, before I was offered a contract, I was barely active on my personal Facebook profile. I didn’t realize the importance of social media in building a platform. When I look back, it’s hard to believe everything I have learned to do online and have actually accomplished. And I’m still learning.

You can find Angela Meyer at her website:
http://www.angeladmeyer.com
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