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Travel back in time… Way back to Biblical times! Today we have the privilege of meeting Barbara Britton and her new novel, Providence. Before we begin our visit, though, let’s take a quick look at the story.
Determined to restore her family’s honor, Hannah escapes Jerusalem in hopes of finding the prophet and convincing him to heal her deformities. Gilead, a young Hebrew guard sympathetic to her plight, willingly accompanies her. On their way, they are captured by a band of raiders.
Hannah is forced to serve in the household of the commander of the Aramean army, an officer who is in need of healing himself. Meanwhile Gilead is being used as sword practice for the Aramean soldiers.
Hannah must act fast to save Gilead and herself. But survival means coaxing the prophet of Israel to heal and enemy commander.
Welcome, Barbara! Tell us a little about Providence. What inspired you to write this series, or this novel in particular?
Providence: Hannah’s Journey was the fourth book I wrote, and it was the first one to sell. When I look back on my life, I probably should have been writing Biblical fiction right along. I had written a Historical and two Young Adult novels previously. At the time I wrote Providence, I was teaching chapel to elementary school students and writing a curriculum centered on Bible characters. I taught on the brave, captured servant girl in the story of Naaman in II Kings 5. That servant girl became my Hannah. I continued writing novels based on little known Bible characters or stories. Alas, the Tribes of Israel series was born.
It sounds like you had a ready audience for your stories! Did you have a favorite story/book as a child? Why was it a favorite?
I enjoyed reading the Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators series when I was younger. It is similar to the Hardy Boys as Jupiter Jones and his two pals solve mysteries. Their sleuthing office was an abandoned motor home buried in a dump owned by Jupiter’s father. How cool is that! When I mention this series, not many people have heard of it. Anyone else familiar with Jupiter, Pete, and Bob?
I have not heard of it… Although I’m finding there are a lot of childhood favorites that I never knew about! 😉 Do you have a favorite or “life” verse? Why is that one important to you?
My favorite verse is Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
I claimed this verse a lot last year as I was diagnosed with breast cancer and went through two surgeries. I was very nervous for my second surgery as I knew it would last at least six hours. I had never been under anesthesia for that long and I could feel myself chickening out, but I knew I had to have the surgery to survive. I prayed, and I had my family and church family praying too. God is faithful. I felt His peace before, during, and after my surgery, and through all the cancer treatments that came afterward. Jesus was, and is my rock.
The theme for my novel is God is in control even in the chaos of life. I lived that theme last year. Thankfully the theme for my next book is love grows where God grafts the tender shoot. Not that there isn’t chaos in Book 2, but the theme is much calmer.
What a sweet testimony you have. He is faithful! What is one thing you wish you had known before you began writing/publishing?
Publishing a novel can be a long road. It has taken me nine years to get a book published. I had to learn about the craft of writing and how the publishing industry works. I did not realize it would take that long, but rarely does anyone write one book and sell it immediately. Rejection is commonplace in the book business. I have collected over 200 rejections over five books. Providence: Hannah’s Journey was even rejected before it found a home with Pelican Book Group. Writing is not for the faint of heart. In today’s publishing world, authors have to do some publicity and promotion of their book. Writers tend to be introverts and putting yourself out into the social media world can be daunting. I have to balance my time between writing and promoting my work—with the same amount of hours. But I feel blessed to have a debut novel launching into the world.
It’s definitely work! Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
Certainly! Book 2 of the Tribes of Israel series will be out this spring, Building Benjamin: Naomi’s Journey. I tackled the last three chapters of the book of Judges with this story. I just finished another Biblical Romantic Adventure set in the time of Nehemiah. I have a few more tweaks to do to the story and then off to my editor it will go. For more tweaking.
We often start with fast favorites, but let’s change it up and close with that today. 🙂 What is your:
Favorite color? Purple
Favorite writing snack? Cheese and crackers
Favorite movie? Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (with Gene Wilder)
Favorite ice cream flavor? Mint chocolate chip
Mmm! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Barbara!
Your turn! What is your favorite movie?
More about Barbara:
Barbara M. Britton was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but currently lives in Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She writes Christian Fiction for teens and adults. Barb has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. Barb kicks off her Tribes of Israel series in October with the release of “Providence: Hannah’s Journey.” Barb is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America.
You can connect with Barbara online:
My website: www.barbarambritton.com
Barbara is generously offering to give away a paperback copy of Providence. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.