Monday, May 6, 2013

Captured by Moonlight by Christine Lindsay ends May 13th

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. 

Christine is giving away an ebook of Captured by Moonlight. Leave a comment to be entered. Don't forget to leave your email address and let me know if you are a feedburner follower.


1.    When you wrote the first book in the Twilight of the Raj series, you hadn’t been to India, and yet your description of the settings and people were so detailed and realistic. Before you wrote Captured by Moonlight (CbM), you went on a mission trip to India. What stood out the most about that trip, and how do you think it affected the writing of CbM?
India has always been a place of fascination for me, and I had done a huge amount of research while writing Shadowed in Silk, so it was thrilling to see my research come alive. Being there—feeling the heat, smelling the spices, being with the vibrant Indian people—gave me the strangest feeling though. It was like living in my own dream, or being in my own book.
One of my most treasured memories was taking a 6-hour train trip in the south of India. The missions group I was with wanted to use the ordinary train accommodations. Nothing first class. As I sat on the hard, straight up seat on the train, looking out through open windows with only bars on them, I kept feeling as though I were seeing India through the eyes of one of my heroes of yesteryear.
Dr. Ida Scudder often travelled by train on the very lines I was travelling as she visited towns and villages to treat the sick. It was one of the highlights of my life to be seeing the very same landscapes as this great American medical missionary and in a train not that much different.
Seeing India, smelling it, feeling it, only made the writing of Captured by Moonlight come alive that much easier. I was able to walk along the very beach in Chennai (what used to be called Madras) that my character Laine walks along. I’ve seen the bazaars, seen the cows, the flocks of goats, the red dirt, the banana and mango groves. It’s wonderful.
2.    Some real people show up in the story, and at least one of the main characters was loosely based on a historical figure. Can you tell my readers about these people?

I’ve already mentioned one—Dr. Ida Scudder, the daughter of American missionaries serving in India during the first half of the 20th century. This grand woman from a young age felt called to serve the Indian people, especially Indian women by becoming a doctor. She later built one of the greatest hospitals in SE Asia that is still in existence today.

The other is a great Indian Christian preacher, Sundar Singh. He had been born into the Sikh religion, but as a young man had a vision of Christ as the true Avatar (representation) of God, and lived the rest of his life roaming India and teaching people about Christ. I especially love the fresh insights from Sundar Singh about the Lord Jesus as seen through the eyes of an eastern man. We Western Christians tend to think we have a monopoly on Christianity, but God is so much at work in other countries and other cultures. We can learn from them too. 

And lastly, but certainly not least, Pandita Ramabai. This wonderful Indian woman was born a Hindu of high caste, who after her husband’s death became a Christian. Ramabai did so much for women and children in India by creating a safe compound for cast-off widows and orphans to live and gain an education. England gave Ramabai and medal, and India put out a commemorative stamp in her honor. Not only was Ramabai a beautiful Christian, but a woman who did much for women’s rights in India.  Her mission—Ramabai Mukti Mission—in India is still in existence, and my beautiful birth-daughter, Sarah, is involved with that mission in her work with Global Aid Network.

3.    What do you see as the main themes of CbM?

Eshana’s theme carries the book. When Eshana became a Christian, she turned her back on her Hindu traditions, and wore bright clothing to show her new-found joy in Christ. Her traditional Hindu uncle sees this and becomes angry. He kidnaps Eshana and forces her to have her head shaved again, and to wear course white widow garments—like funeral clothes.

As I was reading the devotional book My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, he explained that as Christians we must have a sort of funeral for our life, our ambitions, our plans, that we must wear the metaphoric white funeral garments. Once our life is dead and buried, we can allow Christ to live His life through us.

This is what Eshana’s story teaches, that we can trust God, that His plans to use our lives for His glory, are in truth more marvelous than anything we could ever devise. Even if it hurts for a while.

4.    So many stories in Christian fiction tell about flawed characters who need to learn and grow. While Eshana isn’t perfect and does have something to learn, she is a true Christian hero. What was it like writing from such a character’s point of view? Do you think it was easier writing this kind of character as an Indian rather than British or American?
It was much easier for me to write this amazing Christian as an Eastern woman who has suffered greatly rather than from the viewpoint of a North American or British person. I’m not saying that we westerners don’t suffer, but there is something about what Christians suffer in developing countries or in Communist or Islamic countries that puts us to shame. People in those lands are truly persecuted for simply being a Christian.
I wish I could say that I’m like Eshana in how bravely she stands for Christ, how she literally turns the other cheek when she is being abused. But I know that I am not. However, the lesson that Eshana learns is one that the Lord wants us all to learn—we must die to ourselves in order that He may live through us. I am learning that bit by bit. And Eshana’s story has even inspired me as the writer.
How amazed I was one day in my devotions, to have the Lord remind me of the story I had written, as He urged me to follow in the example of my own fictional character as she follows Christ.

5.    Even though the story moves through a lot of adventure and deeper psychological themes, there’s also a lot of humor, particularly from Laine. Do you consider yourself a funny person?

I have to giggle here, as I admit, a lot of Laine’s voice and phrases are my phrases. I’m not the sort of person to remember jokes. But I am Irish, and there is a certain amount of down-to-earth humor that laces much of what I say. Lots of Irish phrases and homespun wisdom pops out of my mouth at all times. And I like people. I think it shows in my characters.

6.    What’s next on your writing journey?

I plan to start the third and final book to my series Twilight of the British Raj which will take the reader up to the Partition of India and birthing the new country of Pakistan. This will include many of the characters from the first 2 books and will be released by WhiteFire Publishing n 2014.

I also plan to start a brand new series set in Ireland and England during the Edwardian era. This will include my own spiritual and emotional journey—that of relinquishing my first child to adoption. But I plan to put this into a fictional series.  The spiritual theme for that will be the motherly aspect to God’s love in that He never forgets us.

7.    What do you like doing most when you’re not writing?

Be with my husband and our grown up children and grandchildren. Nothing I like better than a nice long road trip with my husband, David. Who by the way is the inspiration of every hero I write.

8.    What are the best books (one fiction and one non-fiction) that you’ve read in the last year?
I just recently finished reading Band of Sisters by Cathy Gohlke and really loved it. She seems to write in a similar vein, taking a difficult subject (hers the white slavery of young women in 1900’s New York) and showing what Christians can do to help in those unspeakable situations. Much like Christ wants us to do.
The best non-fiction book I’ve read this year has been the devotional My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. An oldie but you can’t get better than this.

9.    What is the one thing you most want to be remembered for?

I would like to be remembered as a loving wife, a loving mom—a person who puts other people first. Someone who loved the Lord with all her heart and her neighbor as herself.

10.    Is there anything you would like to add?

The only reason I write novels is the chance to tell others about the Lord Jesus Christ. Each day I pray that those who read my books will hear the whisper of the Holy Spirit between the lines. Blessings on you.

Captured by Moonlight


Prisoners to their own broken dreams…
After a daring rescue goes awry, the parched north of India grows too hot for nurse Laine Harkness and her friend Eshana. The women flee to the tropical south…and run headlong into their respective pasts.
Laine takes a new nursing position at a plantation in the jungle, only to discover that her former fiancĂ© is the owner…and that Adam has no more to say to her now than he did when he crushed her years ago. Why, then, is she still drawn to him, and to the tiger cub he is raising?
Eshana, captured by her traditional uncle and forced once more into the harsh Hindu customs of mourning, doubts whether freedom will ever again be in her future, much less the forbidden love that had begun to whisper to her. Is faith enough to live on? Or is her Savior calling her home?
Amid cyclones and epidemics, clashing faiths and consequences of the war, will the love of the True Master give hope to these searching hearts?

Christine Lindsay
Newest Release, Feb. 15, 2013: Captured by Moonlight ~ Book 2 in the Twilight of the British Raj series----Click here to view Captured by Moonlight Book Trailer

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19 comments:

  1. Oh, both books sound so wonderful! Somehow the stories set in India have a draw all their own. Perhaps it is because it is an area of the world that holds so much mystery to those of us from the 'west'.
    I am also a feedburner follower.
    God bless,
    Betti
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    1. Hey Betti. Christine is a talented author. She really draws you in and makes you see, feel, and smell India.

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  2. India is definitely a place not often visited in romance novels - I love that you have! Wonderful interview and very interesting. Thank you!
    Susan P
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    1. Hey Susan, Christine did an awesome job writing these India novels. They are just fabulous. She's a talented lady.

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  3. Thanks ladies for those very encouraging comments. I agree Betti, I think it is that mysterious aspect to India that grabs the reader. That culture is so vastly different from the West. So intriguing, and the contrast of the British living in Colonial India set against this exotic background just adds to the wonder.

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  4. Wow they sound great! I too like reading about the Eastern cultures and their persecutions for Christianity. Makes my issues, even my post recuperation from chemotherapy, seem way smaller and let's face it. I need a swift kick to get me out of my humbug eeyore negativeness! :) Thanks for the give away.

    I'm a feedburner follower.

    Kim LitlePokie(at(aol(dot)com

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    1. Hi Kim, I sure hope you are starting to feel better after the chemo. Good friends of mine have suffered with the treatment, but there is such hope. Hang in there. A gentle hug going out your way.

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    2. Thank you. I'm getting there. I'm 6 months out so it's a lot better than it was. I'm just impatient for things like my hair! :) But it's already so much better!

      Kim

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    3. Hey Kim. I'm glad you are starting to feel better. Cancer is rough and then to have to lose your hair because of the treatment is just so unfair! But I bet you are beautiful even without it. I'm sending up a prayer for you to have a speedy recovery and for you hair to grow faster than it ever has! God bless. Hugs.

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  5. thanks for the chance to read this beautiful story...I love Christine's novels :)

    I'm a follower & email subscriber, too


    karenk
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    1. Thank you Karen, for such lovely encouragement. I hope you have a chance to read Captured by Moonlight. Hugs going your way too.

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    2. Hey Karen. Thanks for coming by today. I love Christine's books, too. She is such a talented lady and she's so sweet!

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  6. This sounds so good! I'd love to win! I'm a follower through feedburner. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hey Veronica, Thanks for coming by and for following my blog. Good Luck!!

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  7. Beautiful cover. I'd love to read this.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. I know. All Christine's covers are gorgeous! Makes you want to read them even without knowing what the book is about. :o)

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  8. I am a subscriber.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  9. CONGRATULATIONS KIM! YOU WON CAPTURED BY MOONLIGHT!

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