Can you believe we are over halfway through the month of August already? In my little town, the area kids head back to school today. I stopped by a local store yesterday only to find fall decorations. Fall makes me think of cooler temperatures...which we haven't been having as of late. Instead we've be sweltering with record temperatures and humidity. But enough about the weather. :)
Today I'd like to welcome Christine Lindsay to our author spotlight. Hi Christine, how did you develop a love of story?
I was blessed to have a mother who read to me during my childhood. I remember vividly when I was home sick from school one year when I was about 7, that she read to me the children’s novel Heidi. Listening to that narrative in my mother’s voice developed my ability to see other worlds with beautiful vistas painted in words alone.
Ahh. A childhood favorite. What is your 'how I got published' story?
My journey to publication forms a sizeable portion of my non-fiction book Finding Sarah Finding Me that will be released this month. After the reunion with my adult birth-daughter Sarah in 1999 I was turned inside out emotionally. Here is an excerpt from my book:
My husband finds me crying, as usual, in the living room one day when I assume the house is empty. He goes out and returns a while later with a brand new journal and lapis blue fountain pen. Gently placing these items in my lap, he says, “Here honey, write it. You’ve been an artist all your life, either with paint or words. Write your book.” . . . Like a blind man receiving his first braille writing slate and stylus, I accept my husband’s gift.
Aww. How sweet and understanding. What a great story. When did you realize you wanted to become a writer?
The original non-fiction book that I’d written in 2000 was never published. God knew that I had much more to learn from my birth-mother experience than I had up to that point, and I needed a longer writing apprenticeship than I realized. For a long time I thought my non-fiction birth-mother story would remain buried in a trunk. But God knew so much better. Here is another excerpt from Finding Sarah Finding Me.
My journey to publication is like my search for Sarah— agonizingly slow. But I am learning, and I control my urge to growl at the Lord and pray with only a hint of my old whine, “Okay, okay, if you don’t want me to write this non-fiction account, how do you want me to use this writing gift?” The impression gradually emerges that I’m to paint what I’ve gained of emotional and spiritual healing into fiction to—God-willing—help others.
You have me intrigued. Tell us about your new book.
Finding Sarah Finding Me is my true-life journey that God used by taking my heartache over losing my first child to adoption, and turning my daughter into a muse to start me writing deeply psychological historical and current day fiction that I hope will not only entertain but bring emotional and spiritual healing.
Back of the book:
Sometimes it is only through giving up our hearts that we learn to trust the Lord.
Adoption. It’s something that touches one in three people today, a word that will conjure different emotions in those people touched by it. A word that might represent the greatest hope…the greatest question…the greatest sacrifice. But most of all, it’s a word that represents God’s immense love for his people.
Join birth mother Christine Lindsay as she shares the heartaches, hopes, and epiphanies of her journey to reunion with the daughter she gave up...and to understanding her true identity in Christ along the way.
Through her story and glimpses into the lives of other families in the adoption triad, readers will see the beauty of our broken families, broken hearts, and broken dreams when we entrust them to our loving God.
Wow. It sounds like quite an emotional journey. What do you want readers to come away with after reading your books?
That too I wish to answer with an excerpt from my non-fiction book.
“God is the God of resurrections, the God of new beginnings.”
As people read my books—fiction and non-fiction—it is my deepest prayer that through story they will see the face of the heavenly Father, that they will feel him lifting up their chin and that they grow warm in his smile.
Amen. What a comfort. Who are your favorite authors?
Old favorites are: MM Kaye, Mary Stewart, Daphne duMauria, Rosamunde Pilcher. Current Day favorites: ABA authors Kate Morton and Suzanna Kearsley, and CBA authors Linda Nichols, Sandra Byrd, Dale Cramer, and Songs of the Night Series by Jack Cavanaugh.
I hadn't realized Jack Cavanaugh had a new series. I'll have to check it out. What are you working on now?
I’m excited to start a new historical romance series set in the north of Ireland where I was born. I enjoy stories that entwine the past with the present, and draw current day characters into romance and mystery that might have begun in the days of their grandparents and great-grandparents.
Read Chapter One of Finding Sarah Finding Me HERE
Read the first chapters of all of Christine Lindsay’s novels HERE
Christine Lindsay is the author of multi-award-winning Christian fiction with complex emotional and psychological truth, who always promises a happy ending. Tales of her Irish ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India inspired her multi-award-winning series Twilight of the British Raj, Book 1 Shadowed in Silk, Book 2 Captured by Moonlight, and explosive finale Veiled at Midnight.
Christine’s Irish wit and use of setting as a character is evident in her contemporary romances Londonderry Dreaming and Sofi’s Bridge.
A busy writer and speaker, Christine, and her husband live on the west coast of Canada. Coming August 2016 is the release of her non-fiction book Finding Sarah—Finding Me: A Birthmother’s Story.
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Purchase link for Finding Sarah Finding Me
Thank you for being with us today, Christine. Don't forget to ask Christine a question or make a comment. Each comment is thrown in the hat for my monthly drawing. This month I'm giving away Mary Connealy's new book.