Monday, January 23, 2012

Christine Lindsey


Christine Lindsay is an award-winning writer of Christian Inspirational Historicals. SHADOWED IN SILK is her debut novel, which won the 2009 ACFW Genesis award in the historical category. Christine, her husband, and their grownup family live in British Columbia, Canada. She loves being Nana to her 3 little grandsons. 


All exciting fictional heroes have their basis in a person who really lived.
One of the secondary heroines---but oh so integral character of Miriam---in my novel Shadowed in Silk was inspired by a real Indian woman who lived over a century ago.
My fictional Miriam is a former Hindu widow who turned to Christ. In my book Miriam goes about rescuing abused and abandoned women and children, and runs a small clinic and orphanage. The inspiration behind my Miriam is the true-life heroine, Ramabai.
In the sequel to Shadowed in Silk, which is called Captured by Moonlight, my character Eshana will actually visit the real-life Ramabai in the story. Eshana will visit Ramabai just shortly before Ramabai’s death in 1922. This will happen shortly before my fictional Eshana will be captured by her former inlaws.
I’m thrilled to be able to place the true-life Ramabia into my next book in a small way. She was an amazing woman who had done so much for women and children in India. So much good, that England awarded her the Kaisar-I-Hind Gold Medal. India has since issued a commemorative stamp in Ramabai’s honor, and she was given the honorary acclaim of ‘Pandita’ in Hindu tradition, meaning ‘learned master’.

Born into a high caste Hindu family, Ramabai’s father broke with tradition and taught her to read. She memorized enormous amounts of the Hindu scriptures. But this was only the beginning of my heroine’s search for enlightenment.

As a family they walked the length of India. During this time Ramabai’s eyes were opened to the incredible suffering of Indian women and children, especially the way Hindu widows are cast out to live in abject poverty, or children were sold as sex slaves to Hindu temples.

After her parents and siblings died, Ramabai also broke with tradition and married a lawyer of a lower Hindu caste, but he died of a cholera leaving her alone with a tiny daughter.

One day, looking through her husband's papers she found a Bible, and found fulfillment to her spiritual search in the person of Jesus Christ. But Ramabai didn’t just add Jesus to a list of Hindu gods to worship. She came to the realization that Jesus is the only way to God the Father. As a child her heart had ached for her Indian sisters, but her new found faith in Christ gave her the strength to do something about it.

To name just a few of Ramabai's accomplishments---she translated the Bible into her local language, started the first Braille School, promoted the need for female medical doctors, and was the founder of the Ramabai Mukti Mission, a home for sexually abused Hindu widows and children. That mission is still in existence today, and continues to rescue women and children.
I hope you’ll keep your ears open for the release of Captured by Moonlight late 2012.




8 comments:

  1. What a joy to be a guest on your blog today, Debbie. Thank you for the honor.

    India is such a fascinating country, so vastly different from what we are used to in the West. But in Shadowed in Silk, the main characters are American and British, so readers can feel the stretch that it is to live in southeast Asia during a turbulent time in history.

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  2. I'm glad to have you on here, Chrisine. I read Shadowed in Silk and you did an amazing job of making the reader feel like they walked the streets with your characters.

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    1. Well, I was signed in on my other blog. So that should have read Debbie Lynne. If technology can be messed up, I'll manage it. LOL

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    2. Yay, I can see the comments now. :o)

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  3. I'm looking forward to reading Christine's book! I recently bought the e-version for my new Kindle! Can't wait!

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  4. I am glad to have found your interesting blog and look forward to checking out your books. Might you be in need of influencers?

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Delores. We have a great giveaway going all week long. Feel free to shoot me an email about influencing. debbielynnecostello at hotmail dot com

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    2. the giveaway link is http://theswordandspirit.blogspot.com/2012/02/release-party-for-hearts-safe-passage.html

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