Christine Lindsay, Author of Shadowed in Silk

What is your book about?

SHADOWED IN SILK is about a woman who feels invisible. The people, who should love her, ignore her—her father, her husband, her aunt who raised her. It’s about Abby Fraser who wants the eyes of true love to look into her face and really see her. It’s also about the people of India who felt invisible to their British rulers.

I love the blockbuster novels—Far Pavilions, Shadow of the Moon—by MM Kaye who no one can beat when it comes to novels set in the flamboyant British Raj. I wanted to write gripping romantic adventures like she did, but from a Christian viewpoint.

How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the book?

First of all, I am a British Immigrant. So I fit into both categories—the Brits in India and in the American POV of my character Abby. But there are aspects to Abby’s spiritual and emotional journey that are like mine. As a young woman I failed morally and became pregnant when I was not married. I relinquished my child to adoption to a good Christian family, but that kind of experience leaves scars. It took me a long time to understand who I was from Christ’s viewpoint. In other words—how He saw me after He had washed my sins away.

Tell us a little about your main characters. Who was your favorite? Why?

My all out favorite is Major Geoff Richards. His sterling Christian honor and Godly tenderness are like that of my husband, David. Geoff is suffering from shellshock from the First World War, and he cares deeply for the men of his regiment. He’s a true soldier’s soldier, terribly gallant. And he’s a real softie when it comes to the Indian orphans at a Christian mission, and toward his two cavalry steeds, Samson and Goliath.

Who is your most unusual character?

Tikah is the most unusual, and for most of the story she’s a mystery. She’s a Muslim girl who has been for many years the mistress of Abby’s husband. This alone makes her Abby’s enemy. But both Tikah and Abby have to learn that what really matters in life, is how God sees them. It takes a former Hindu widow who is now a Christian to teach them this.

Did you do any research for the book? If so, how did you do it? (searching Internet, magazines, other books, etc.)

I did a great deal of research—everything from autobiographies of military men in the British Cavalry, to woman of great distinction in the Raj, to humble missionaries. Political memoirs of Gandhi and Nehru and Indian Independence, the Third Anglo/Afghan War, Indian customs, flora, fauna . . . Must be around 20 or more books I read. British Raj Cookbooks—that’s how I learned that a favorite of English children growing up in India was a chapatti spread with marmalade.

Is there a message in your writing you want readers to grasp?

If it weren’t for the message that I want to get across, I wouldn’t be writing. I want to tell others through fictional stories about the emotional and spiritual healing they can receive through a surrendered life to Christ. I want them to learn like Abby and Tikah how much they are loved by the Son of God—how He sees them, and hears them when it appears no one else does.

How has your background influenced your writing?

My mother used to tell me stories around our kitchen table, of our Irish ancestors who served in the British Raj. So for me adventure wasn’t just the cowboys and stagecoaches of my western home, but the red carpet pomp of the English in India—that jewel of the crown.

But I grew up poor due to an alcoholic father who abused my mother. So for a long time, I felt small and insignificant. So much of what I write comes from the emotional healing that I found in Christ.

Do you have any rituals that you follow before sitting down to write?

I never start writing until after I’ve had my morning devotions. I can’t put a word on paper without praying that what I write will honor God, and further His kingdom.

What are you working on right now?

Two books—one is a historical romance set in Washington State that is currently called Sofi’s Bridge. It won the 2010 RWA “Touched By Love” Contest. And it’s about a young woman who desires to build bridges.

I am also starting the sequel to Shadowed in Silk, called Captured by Moonlight. It’s the story of two characters from Shadowed in Silk. My little Hindu widow who is now a Christian will be kidnapped and imprisoned by her former in-laws. And Laine, an English nurse who has lost not just once in love but twice, is imprisoned emotionally, and shuts out all overtures of love.

Are you writing to reach a particular kind of reader?

I try to write a story that a person could read if they know Christ as their savior or not. My characters will often come from a non-believing background, and they will struggle with the moral issues that the people of today struggle with. I want to write in a way that people who are not perfect can relate to. At the same time, I have characters who are Christians, but who also must deepen their relationship with God. We all have room for growth. And we were all ‘saved’ from something.

Have you ever had difficulty “killing off” a character in your story because she or he was so intriguing and full of possibility for you, his or her creator?

I have to laugh at this as it may sound horribly brutal. But I have no problem killing my characters off at all.  In all of my books I kill off at least one secondary character, sometimes more as is the case of Shadowed in Silk.

I love having my strongest Christians die. I often cry as I write the scenes where they are ready to meet their Lord. And sometimes bad characters have to die too. I try hard not to think of their eternal situation, and remind myself that they are fictional characters—not flesh and blood—and I am not God.

What are your current writing goals and how do you juggle the promotional aspects with the actual writing?

The marketing and promotional aspects are awful. I love talking to people and making friends, but it’s not easy to always be talking about myself. The phrase “I must decrease in order for Him (the Lord) to increase”  is running through my head quite a bit these days as I try to do my part in the marketing of my novel. It’s not just me that it affects, so I must do my part. But I hope I never sound pushy, but that I encourage someone in everything I say or write.

Have you written any other books?

I have a full manuscript that went through the gamut of the publishing houses, and has yet to find a home. It’s a contemporary novel of a birthmother who goes into an emotional tailspin after she is reunited with her birthdaughter. She relives the original loss of relinquishing her child when she meets the girl who is now 16. My main character, Kerry, runs away to Ireland where she discovers to her shock that the biological father of her child is not dead as she had been told. As that book is set in Ireland, I have my characters not only find healing from the trauma of adoption reunion but they must also stop an IRA rogue terrorist from setting off a bomb.

Where can people learn more about your books?

Drop by my website www.christinelindsay.com or contact me by email at Christine.lindsay.writer@gmail.com  I’d love to get to know you.

The E-book for Shadowed in Silk can be found anywhere that Ebooks are sold. But here is the Amazon link . http://www.amazon.com/Shadowed-Silk-Christine-Lindsay/dp/0976544490/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1303435156&sr=1-1

As of Sept. 1, the printed version will also be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble.

Click here to read an excerpt from: Shadowed in Silk

Dan Davis, Hero of “Operation Blinder” by Robert Holt

What is your story?
My story? The adventures, or misadventures, of a Union Navy Covert Operation Team sent to disrupt the communications between a, would be, Dictator, and his Space Fleet. The title of the story is ‘Operation Blinder’.

Who are you?
Chief Dan Davis, United Earth Space Navy.

Where do you live?
Anywhere the Navy sticks me.

Are you the hero of your own story?
A reluctant hero I guess, but my troops are the real heroes.

What is your problem in the story?
My problem is; I hate anything related to war and, unnecessary killing.

Do you run from conflict?
No. I do my job to the best of my ability.

How do you see yourself?
I seldom think about myself, but if you pin me down, I’d have to say, a coward. Not where my duties in the Navy are concerned, but for not standing up to my father.

How do your friends see you?
I don’t have anyone I could call a friend, but those close to me in the Navy think I’m some sort of super hero. Probably because I finish at the top of any class I take. If they knew I take all those classes to avoid being sent into any conflict area, they’d probably have a lower opinion of me.

How do your enemies see you?
By enemies, I assume you mean those passed over for promotions that were given to me? They probably think I’m an arrogant ass, or some nepotism is involved. Although I can assure you Admiral Davis never interferes where his wayward son is involved.

How does the author see you?
I think he must hate me. He keeps putting me in harm’s way.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
Yes. But there are things about me that even he doesn’t know.

Do you have a goal?
Yes. To get my troops out of this mess alive.

Do you have any skills?
Well, the Navy has taught me a lot of ways to kill my fellow man… does that count?

What do you want?
To be an old man… a live old man. I doubt that will happen.

What do you need?
A beer, but I’ll settle for a cup of coffee.

What do you want to be?
A tea-pot? Just kidding.

What do you believe?
If you’re referring to religion, then ‘nothing’. Too many people have died, and continue to be killed, in the name of some fictional deity.

What are you afraid of?
Letting my troops down. They actually believe I’ll get them through this.

What do you regret?
Not standing up to my father. I never wanted to be in this stupid Navy. I did get back at him… I didn’t apply for Officers Training like he wanted. I signed on as an Able Spacer… the lowest of the low. Unfortunately, because of my ‘abilities’, I’ve risen through the ranks. Now, as Master Chief, lives are in my hands… Officer or not. Did I mention, I hate war?

What, if anything, haunts you?
Not saying ‘No’ to this mission, even if it would have broken my father’s heart to have his son booted out of his beloved Navy, I should have let them do it. I hate this shit.

Has anyone ever betrayed you?
Possibly my mother. She was too busy being a good Officer’s Wife to stand up for me. She knew how I felt, but chose to ignore it.

Have you ever failed anyone?
In my father’s eyes, Yes.

What was your childhood like?
Ever been to Military Boot Camp? That was my childhood. So the answer would be ‘crappy.’

Did you get along with your parents?
You’ve gotta be kidding.

What in your past had the most profound effect on you?
Attending the, Full Military Funeral, of my favorite uncle and asking ‘why?’ That was when I found I hated war.

Who was your first love?
Never had time for love… although I’ve met a great girl here on Gilligan…

Have you ever had an adventure?
Well… this mission has been more adventure than I’ll ever want again. Being saddled with the troops the Navy wouldn’t mind losing… all facing Dishonorable Discharge as I was, plus an AI with an attitude and a sense of humor that I find quite annoying, is bad enough. But the worst part? I am convinced the Navy wanted this mission to fail. I refuse to let that happen. That’s why I changed the orders. I hate to fail.

Was there a major turning point in your life?
I think this may be it.

What is your most prized possession?
Funny you should ask. When I made Master Chief, I was given an engraved coffee cup. I spilled the Champagne out of it when my father mumbled, ‘It could have been Captain Davis.”

What is your favorite music?
I’m partial to an ancient jazz artiest called Brubeck. Ever hear of him? Give his title ‘Take Five’ a listen some time.

What are the last three books you read?
Hummm. Besides The Art of War, I’d have to say Larry Nivin’s Ringworld books.

How do you envision your future?
What future? Unless I can stay here on Gilligan, and out of the Navy’s sight, I don’t see much of a future. Don’t get me wrong… I’m not a deserter. Our orders stated, ‘After destroying The Shah’s Grav-Space Radio, we are to join, or organize, the local resistance’. We ‘are’ the resistance. Letting the Navy assume we died soon after we killed the Shah, is technically not desertion… is it?