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SHADOW IN SILK GIVEAWAY and INTERVIEW - CHRISTINE LINDSAY


ABOUT CHRISTINE LINDSAY: Christine writes Christian Inspirational novels with strong love stories. She doesn’t shy away from difficult subject such as the themes in her debut novel Shadow in Silk which is set in India during a turbulent era. Christine’s long-time fascination with the British Raj was seeded from stories of her ancestors who served in the Britsh Calvary in India.  Shadow in Silk won first place in the 2009 ACFW Genesis for Historical under the title Unveiled. Shadowed in Silk is published by WhiteFire Publishing. Released on Ebook First on May 1, 2011 and then in printed for Sept 1, 2011.


Christine’s home is the Pacific coast of Canada, about 200 miles north of Seattle. It’s a special time in her life as she and her husband enjoy the empty nest, but also the noise and fun when the kids and grandkids come to visit. 


1. How did you come up with the idea for Shadowed in Silk? Were you happy with the book cover? It’s very intriguing.

I wanted to write a novel set in the flamboyant era of British rule over India called 'The Raj'. While reading about the Raj I discovered the Indian people felt invisible to their English rulers and so-called protectors.

Add to that the feeling of being invisible as an individual. As a kid I watched my mother suffer in secret as my alcoholic father mistreated her and neglected us kids. The Old Testament story of Hagar means a great deal to me. While Hagar, and later her son, was crying out in the desert, God heard her and saw her, and cared about her secret pain. 

Along with that, mix in the mystery of Indian culture of veiled women in Purdah, secrets brewing behind fretted marble screens, and the theme of invisibility emerged. I wanted to share what I had learned in my personal life. That through faith in Christ He lifts the veil of sin from me so that I will one day see God face-to-face. 

As for the cover of SiS---I am blown away by God's goodness. That gorgeous girl on the front cover is my birth-daughter, Sarah. I relinquished Sarah to adoption when she was 3 days old, and was reunited with her 20 years later. She is holding the sari material I bought in India. She is also featured in my book trailer.




2. Can you give us a sneak peek into what book you are working on right now?

I’m currently writing the sequel to Shadowed in Silk, called Captured by Moonlight and features 2 characters from SiS---Eshana my former Hindu widow and Laine Harkness, a British nurse serving in India.  

When Eshana’s former Hindu in-laws discover she is not living in abject poverty as a Hindu widow but joyously as a Christian, they capture her and imprison her.

In SiS, we are slightly introduced to Laine Harkness’s hidden heartache. She had lost her fiancĂ© in France during The Great War. Now with a fresh new loss in Laine’s life, her desire to ever love again has been imprisoned.

3. What was your favorite scene to write in Shadowed in Silk?

Miriam’s death scene. Sounds strange, I know. Miriam is an older Indian woman who is also a former Hindu widow who found true life in Christ. For many years Miriam has run a clinic/orphanage for cast off women and children. Writing her selfless death scene, and of her slipping into eternity with Christ, still makes me cry with joy. And gives me goose bumps.

4. In Shadowed in Silk, what was the most difficult scene to write and why?

I tackle the issue of spousal abuse, but I wanted to do so with delicacy. Writing the scene where Abby’s husband strikes her was hard. I wanted it real, but not maudlin or melodramatic. I also worked hard at showing Abby not as a victim, but much like my mother, a woman who refuses to submit to cruelty. 


5. You mentioned in the author notes that you went to India. What was your first impression of the country? What did you love? What surprised you?

In 2010 I visited the south of India to observe a vibrant ministry, Children’s Camps International, that teaches children about Christ through day camps.

I was shocked to recognize so much of what I’d researched all around me. A great deal of the British Raj is still in existence in the railways and administrative buildings. In fact I was convinced some of the trains we travelled on came out of the British Raj, they were so old.

It was as though I’d stepped back in time and was sitting beside one of my true-life heroines that have long been in Heaven. Travelling by train on hard seats with dust flying in through the open windows, I was seeing the emerald green rice paddies that Dr. Ida Scudder saw when she built her great hospital in the south of India. Or the land of missionary Amy Carmichael, or that of the great Indian Christian heroine, Pandita Ramabai. All of these women rescued abused children and children from Hindu temples.

I discovered that the people and culture that up to this point were a pet ‘like’ from favorite fiction had become a real love. Obviously God’s plan. As I touched the hands of such a proud and beautiful people my heart was changed forever. And the women are so gorgeous in their brilliant saris. The children steal your heart away with their beauty.

6. Your book had several surprises for the reader. I’m not a history buff so I appreciate you including some of the customs of the culture. Some of their customs were wild – like how they handled widows no matter what your age was. What surprised you in your research?

I was shocked that the abuse and neglect I researched is still a reality today. And when in India one day, our group visited a Hindu temple, and there lying on the stones was an extremely thin elderly woman. She was left there to die. To this day, Hindu widows are cast out of their homes.  Hinduism is an extremely cruel religion. Quite often these women---young and old---must feed themselves by selling their bodies as prostitutes. Children must do this too. Quite often the Dalits, the people who used to be called the untouchables, are sold by thousands in the sex trade. A harsh reality that is so hard for us as North Americans to imagine.

In Shadowed in Silk, I touched on this issue briefly. While I want to awaken readers to the plight of Indian people who are suffering, I also want to write a book that will touch the reader’s life. So Abby’s love story is so important to me as well. 

I try to put truth alongside adventure and romance. I like a book that teaches while it entertains me.

QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK!
A friend of yours has a time machine, they are letting you use it but you can only visit two events in history. Which two events would you pick and why?

I would like to walk with Adam and Eve as they walked with God in the garden in the cool of the evening.


Name two jobs that you’ve had that might surprise people?


I was a security guard and had to patrol big dances, walking around checking for any trouble. If you knew me, you’d find this hilarious. I’m such a chicken. And I scooped ice cream at a large department store to work my way through college.

If you had an opportunity to hang out with two people in the history of the world, (besides Jesus) which two would you pick and what would you do?

Queen Elizabeth II. She’s been such a wonderful monarch. I’d be too scared to have tea with her, so I’d rather help her walk her dogs for an hour and have her tell me about her experiences during the war when she was an ambulance driver and mechanic. 
Dr. Ida Scudder, an American missionary at the turn of the century who came to India and built a hospital to teach Indian men and women to be doctors and nurses.




What three things would you rather not do without?(Besides family and friends)
My bathtub, my tea kettle, and my laptop.

Name three of your favorite childhood books?

What Katy Did, Narnia series, Heidi, 











What are your three favorite books of all time?
 Shadow of the Moon by MM Kaye (a secular novel about the British Raj)
The Ivy Tree by Mary Stewart (a secular suspense romance from the 70’s)













Not a Sparrow Falls by Linda Nichols (a Christian women’s fictional)

ANY FINAL COMMENTS CHRISTINE FOR READERS?

It has been a real joy to be your guest, Nora. I’m thrilled to pieces that you liked Shadowed in Silk. As a member of the Book Club Network I love to see all the fantastic Christian literature that’s available.

And to anyone who gets a chance to read Shadowed in Silk, I’d love to hear from you, to get your thoughts. You can reach me at my website www.christinelindsay.com

THANKS for stopping by Lindsay and offering this give away opportunity! I highly recommend this book. I was swept up into this epic story in a country I've never read about before. It was fascinating, gripping and I felt like I was in India with her characters. I appreciate the opportunity to read your book and get to know you Christine!! 


Blessings to you on your writing adventure. I'm looking forward to reading your sequel.


Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network
www.bookfun.org


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30 comments:

  1. Loved the interview. I'm thinking I'd like to talk with the queen myself. I just added up the years of her reign vs. Queen Victoria and Elizabeth has 4-5 years to surpass that length of reign. She might just do it.

    This is a wonderful book by the way. I have it as an Ebook, so please don't enter me in the drawing. Christine has such a sweet heart. So kind.

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  2. Thank you Nora for having me as a guest today. I am so thrilled that you enjoyed Shadowed in Silk so much. It's the kind of book I like to read, multi-layered with lots of heartache and suspense but with a big love story. Hugs to you.

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  3. I looked at the cover was not interested until I read the interview. The interview made me want to read this book. Great interview!!!!!!!!!! Betsy

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  4. Please enter me! I've wanted to read this one for a while.

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  5. I enjoyed this interview; always glad to see fave books of others (which I usually order or check library for them). I would like to be entered for Christine's book; sounds like a great one. Thanks.
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  7. I really enjoy reading of foreign cultures. This would be one of those great books. Please enter me.

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  11. This book intrigues me not only because of the lovely cover but because of the setting in India during the time of British rule. I also like that Christine does not shy away from difficult subjects. I look forward to reading this book to see how she deals with the spousal abuse. It was interesting to read the interview. Please enter me in the drawing for "Shadowed in Silk." Thanks.

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  12. I love accurate historical books and this sounds like a wonderful one! I will be making this down as a good read. I really like Linda Nicholas books too!
    I would not want to be without my laptop, tea and a bathtub as well!
    I believe I am a follower too!!
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  13. Such a fun interview! I enjoyed it! I've heard some really good things about this book.

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    I'm a follower :)

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  14. this is a great interrview, great shots and i love the questions. would love the book!

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  15. Thank you everyone for your kind comments. As for accuracy, I sure did a lot of research for this setting and era, which was already a huge favorite of mine before I started writing. But I must have read about 20 or 30 books----everything from autobiographies from military men from that era to women of the Raj. Even cookbooks written by British women living in India. That's how I found out a favorite treat they gave their children was a chappati spread with marmalade.

    This debut novel is the labor of my heart, so it has not only my love of India but also a love story that is set against all odd. Only a situation God can unravel.

    Blessings on everyone.

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  16. Great interview...haven't read many novels about India so I would enjoy reading this one. Thanks for the info.

    Gail Mundy

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  17. There is so much about Britain's experience in the northern part of India during that era. Think of young cavalry soldiers set in the quivering hot deserts between India and Afghanistan. In fact, Britian used to call that area the Northwest Frontier. Stories much like those of the US's Wild West. Only not just horses were ridden, but camels. :o)

    It was an exciting time. I hope readers will become as fascinated with that era and setting as me.

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  18. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Tore923@aol.com

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  19. The time period and place where her book occurs is something I don't know much about. It is very intriguing! Her daughter is lovely on the cover of her book and in the trailer. I would very much enjoy reading Christine Lindsay's book. Also, the sequel she is currently working
    on would be great to read!
    Many thanks, Cindi
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  20. I am a happy follower of your blog...
    Again, many thanks!
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  22. Shadowed in Silk is a little bit of everthing----a love story, an adventure in a new land, mystery, suspense, gun-running, a Russian spy, a revolution. I hope that Captured in Moonlight, the sequel will be fun too.

    Blessings on all.

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  23. Wonderful interview and trailer. Who could resist those two vehicles of transport to another time and place? I want to read this book!

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  24. Enjoyed the interesting interview..and the book sounds great!
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  25. S in S sounds like a wonderful book. It is so special that your daughter got to play a part in the book photos.
    Shirley
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  26. "A situation God can unravel" so intrigues me, Christine!
    I loved the interview! The amount of research you did is quite impressive! The trailer is spectacular!
    I would be so blessed if I won your book!
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    Charlotte Kay
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  27. I follow and subscribe:)
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  28. Great interview. I love the cover on the book. It is absolutely beautiful! Please enter me.

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  29. Great interview! I particulary like your approach to tackling the issue of spousal abuse in a delicate manner keeping her from the victim syndrome. That way she is able to stand on top of her trials and build.

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