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Here today we have the privilege of visiting with Christine Lindsay. She’s not only sharing about her life and writing, but also offering to share a copy of her Twilight of the British Raj trilogy — all three books!
Welcome, Christine! What inspired you to write this series, and Veiled at Midnight particularly?
All novels are auto-biographical, in that the author draws from their own life to create their fictional world. I grew up as the neglected child of an alcoholic father and that certainly warped my view of the Heavenly Father for a long time. Thankfully the Lord showed me He is nothing like my earthly father, but I know what it’s like to have the stain of alcohol hurt my life.
The first book in my series Shadowed in Silk touches on the subject of an alcoholic husband abusing his wife. Of course the book has a happy ending, but as I continued with the series I wanted to have a more redemptive story for an alcoholic. I was inspired by my own brother’s struggle toward sobriety in his relationship with the Lord Jesus.
So Veiled at Midnight touches on the healing and joy that can come to a person and a family when that loved one is released from that horrible addiction.
Our family has been touched by alcoholism as well, and healing from it is a wonderful thing indeed! Did you do any traveling for research? If so, could you tell us about it?
Much of my writing has been inspired from the places I’ve visited or lived in all my life. I was born in Ireland so my contemporary romance novella Londonderry Dreaming is inspired by my great-aunt’s lovely Irish farmhouse and my visits to the tourist spot called The Giant’s Causeway overlooking the turbulent North Sea.
In 2010 it was such a joy to go to India on a short writing missions’ trip. I only got to visit the tropical south of India which features in my book Captured by Moonlight. But the scent of the flowers and spices, that air like warm silk, is from my own memories, also travelling by train and passing emerald green rice paddies. I felt I was traveling in the shoes of one of the great American missionaries that I admire, Dr. Ida Scudder, who features in that book Captured by Moonlight as well.
A book that is coming out later this year called Sofi’s Bridge is a historical romance set in 1913, and the Cascade Mountains that feature in that story are like the mountains around the town I live in. One of my favorite places in the world is high up on an alpine meadow, a carpet of flowers, with ice blue glaciers all around. I put this place into one of my scenes.
To me setting is another character. I love to show my reader the place so that they too may feel as if they are there.
How fun to be able to transport your readers to places around the world that are so personal to you! Have you given any of your own personality quirks to your characters?
You might think that if I’m writing such drama-filled plots like war, post-traumatic stress syndrome, shell shock, healing from alcoholism, spousal abuse, sex trafficking, racial bigotry, etc, that I am a dark, dark, dark, writer.
Not so. I’m a person who has been healed of much unhappiness so that I’m one bouncy joyful woman. So my books show the darkness of this world, but are counterbalanced by the light of hope and joy that will come at the ending.
I also am told I have a wicked sense of humor, a dry wit. The characters who most share my sense of humor are Laine who was a secondary character in Shadowed in Silk and later the heroine of Captured by Moonlight.
Here’s one of my favorite lines from Laine as she takes a lancet in her hand and is about to treat a snake bite out in the jungle in pouring rain.
“Well, Adam, you’re my patient now, and I don’t allow morbid talk on my ward. As I’m sure you’re aware, this will hurt. So lie back, soldier. Grit your teeth. And think of England.”
In Veiled at Midnight, that character who shares my sense of humor is Miriam. Here’s a slice of how Miriam talks.
“Honestly, Cam, you’ve been like a mongoose bemoaning a stolen banana all day.”
What are you reading right now?
I just finished reading Soul Painter by Cara Luecht, a fellow WhiteFire writer. I was so impressed with the different sort of historical fiction this was. It had a Dickensian feel to it yet it was set in the 1800’s of Chicago. Soul Painter has a touch of Gothic Romance, but kept me fascinated. I wish more people knew about the high quality of fiction and non-fiction from this small publishing house.
If readers are looking for something different than the multitude of Western romances or Pioneer stories, and want something fresh but with high quality writing, I urge you to check out the line of books at WhiteFire Publishing.
Can you give any hints about your next book?
I have two books coming out this 2015. One is from Pelican Book Group called Sofi’s Bridge, a light historical romance set in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State in 1913. The spiritual theme of this book is that we cannot save the ones we love—only Christ can do that.
The other book I am currently finishing is a non-fiction book about the relinquishment of my child to adoption, and about our painful reunion twenty years later. This story will be entwined with other adoption reunion stories, good and bad, to show a balanced view, but most importantly to illustrate the El Shaddai love of our Heavenly Father.
Do you have a favorite or “life” verse? Why is that one important to you?
My special life verse that I’ve chosen for myself is Isaiah 49:15, 16a “Can a woman forget the baby at her breast, and have no compassion on the child she has born? Though she may forget, I will not forget you. See . . . I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.”
This verse means so much to me, because it is only through the relinquishment of my first child to adoption in 1979 and through our painful reunion twenty years later in 1999, that I learned the breadth and depth of God’s fatherly love for me. This is what I speak on at ladies’ functions and what underlines everything I write.
But also that hunger for a lost child enables me to reach down deep into my characters. Tikah, a former Muslim woman who became a Christian, features in all three of my British Raj novels, but her story can be felt most in Book 1 Shadowed in Silk. Unable to bear her own child, Tikah kidnaps the heroine Abby Fraser’s little boy Cam. That hungry heart for a baby plays out also in Book 3 Veiled at Midnight, when Cam is now a grown man and the hero.
To me a great book is one that allows the shadows to make the light show that much brighter.
Much of life is that way, I think. We can’t get rid of the shadows sometimes, but we can pray that they allow the light to shine all the more. Thanks for taking time to visit with us today, Christine!
Thank you, Sarah, for having me as a guest.
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More about Christine:
Christine Lindsay was born in Ireland, and is proud of the fact that she was once patted on the head by Prince Philip when she was a baby. Her great grandfather, and her grandfather—yes father and son—were both riveters on the building of the Titanic. Tongue in cheek, Christine states that as a family they accept no responsibility for the sinking of that infamous ship.
Stories of Christine’s ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India inspired her multi-award-winning, historical series Twilight of the British Raj, Book 1 Shadowed in Silk, Book 2 Captured by Moonlight, and newly released Veiled at Midnight.
Londonderry Dreaming is Christine’s first contemporary romance set in N. Ireland, published by Pelican Book Group, and she is looking forward to the release in 2015 of Sofi’s Bridge.
Christine makes her home on the west coast of Canada with her husband and their grown up family. Her cat Scottie is chief editor on all Christine’s books.
Shadowed in Silk Book 1 of the multi-award-winning series Twilight of the British Raj
She was invisible to those who should have loved her.
After the Great War, Abby Fraser returns to India with her small son, where her husband is stationed with the British army. She has longed to go home to the land of glittering palaces and veiled women . . . but Nick has become a cruel stranger. It will take more than her American pluck to survive.
Major Geoff Richards, broken over the loss of so many of his men in the trenches of France, returns to his cavalry post in Amritsar. But his faith does little to help him understand the ruthlessness of his British peers toward the Indian people he loves. Nor does it explain how he is to protect Abby Fraser and her child from the husband who mistreats them.
Amid political unrest, inhospitable deserts, and Russian spies, tensions rise in India as the people cry for the freedom espoused by Gandhi. Caught between their own ideals and duty, Geoff and Abby stumble into sinister secrets . . . secrets that will thrust them out of the shadows and straight into the fire of revolution.
Captured by Moonlight, Book 2 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 that her former fiancé is the owner…but fun-loving Laine refuses to let Adam crush her heart like he had years ago.
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?
Veiled at Midnight, Book 3 Explosive and Passionate Finale to the Twilight of the British Raj
As the British Empire comes to an end, millions flee to the roads. Caught up in the turbulent wake is Captain Cam Fraser, his sister Miriam, and the beautiful Indian Dassah.
Cam has never been able to put Dassah from his mind, ever since the days when he played with the orphans at the mission as a boy. But a British officer and the aide to the last viceroy cannot marry a poor Indian woman, can he?
As this becomes clear to Dassah, she has no option but to run. Cam may hold her heart—but she cannot let him break it again.
Miriam rails against the separation of the land of her birth, but is Lieutenant Colonel Jack Sunderland her soulmate or a distraction from what God has called her to do?
The 1947 Partition has separated the country these three love…but can they find their true homes before it separates them forever?