Today we get write to the point with Christine Lindsay. Christine doesn’t know it but she has a special place in my reading life. Her debut novel, Shadowed in Silk, was the second book I ever read on my kindle. Her writing captivated me and I loved her story. I haven’t had the chance to read her other books but they are in my TBR pile. If you haven’t read anything by Christine I highly recommend this talented author.
Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?
I get a real kick out of telling people that I was patted on the head by Prince Philip (The Queen’s husband) when I was a baby. It was outside Belfast City Hall in 1958 when I was sitting in my pram. From that you can surmise that I was born in N. Ireland. My parents and siblings immigrated to Canada in 1962, and I’ve lived across the entire country of Canada throughout my 57 years.
So much of my British roots (N. Ireland belongs to Great Britain) shows in my writing. I started writing in 2001 shortly after I was reunited with my birth-daughter, Sarah. I’d relinquished Sarah to adoption in 1979 and was reunited with her when she was twenty years old. The emotional trauma of giving up my first child because I was unmarried when I gave birth to her, and to our painful reunion all those years later inspired my writing.
After the reunion with Sarah, I suffered an emotional breakdown, and my husband found me crying one day. He went out and bought a brand new pen and journal, gave these to me and said, “Here, honey, write it.”
That was the seed of my writing and speaking ministry.
How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?
When I was 13 I went to a youth rally and heard the gospel message—that Jesus loved me and died for my sins. Even though at times my faith has been weak—like when I got pregnant out of wedlock a number of years later—the Lord has never let me down. I write for one purpose only—to encourage others to put their hand in Christ’s. He loves you so much, and wants to give you a deep joy.
Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?
Veiled at Midnight, the final book to my trilogy has recently been released. This book follows the multi-award-winning Shadowed in Silk and Captured by Moonlight. While this fictional series contains gut-wrenching drama, war, danger, spies, romance, society issues such as spousal abuse racial bigotry, alcoholism, and so much more, there is a strong spiritual thread in each one.
Shadowed in Silk is about realizing—no matter how insignificant you feel, you are not invisible to God. He sees you. He hears you. He cares.
Captured by Moonlight is about learning to die to your own agenda, exchanging your dreams and plans for what God wants for you. This book is about dying to yourself, so that Christ may live His glorious life through you, and thereby give you the true desires of your heart.
Veiled at Midnight is about the fact that nothing can separate us from the love of God through Christ Jesus. As in the case of my characters—neither war, nor famine, political upheaval, not even your own sins can separate you from the merciful love of God.
I have several other books out, and two more being released this year, including the non-fiction book about my birth-mother story. Each book contains a very specific theme of encouragement.
How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?
I try to blog at least once a week, either by a guest or by me. Always about something the Lord did that inspired or encouraged us, something amazing that the He did.
Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?
I loved Jack Cavanaugh’s Songs in the Night series. His heart-wrenching and dramatic stories of Christian people in Germany during WW2, living under the Nazi regime and struggling to do God’s work in the midst of darkness, is the same kind of books I endeavor to write.
Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?
When I became pregnant in 1979 and gave up my baby daughter Sarah to adoption, this changed my entire life. The decision to relinquish her broke my heart but it was the best thing for my child. I wanted her to have a daddy as well as a mommy. God was very good to me as the years passed, and I met my husband and we had 3 children of our own.
Then in 1999 I searched for and was reunited with my birth-daughter. Sarah was 20 then. The reunion was not as warm and loving as I had been praying for all those years we were apart.
The reunion broke my heart as much as giving Sarah up in the first place. My own emotions spiraled into a breakdown. And Satan did a real number on me—he kept whispering in my ear—how could my birth-daughter love such a shameful failure as me? That the reason God inspired me to give Sarah up to adoption was because God didn’t think I was worthy to raise her. I began to believe I wasn’t even worthy to have raised the 3 children I had with my husband.
But God broke through all that pain and all those lies. In my life verse below (Isaiah 49:15, 16a) I realized that the love I feel for my kids, including Sarah, pales in comparison to the love the Lord has for me. I learned that even a wonderful relationship with Sarah could not heal my broken heart over giving her up. Only a deep love relationship with God the Father can heal my wounded heart.
After I learned this, the Lord inspired me to take the scriptural and emotional healing I had gained and put it into Christian fiction to hopefully encourage others with broken hearts. This truth is the basis of my writing and speaking ministry.
Thank you so much for sharing that with us. I love how God uses our wounds and makes us stronger and for writers uses it to pour into our writing.
Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?
Isaiah 49:15, 16a “Can a woman forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you. See…I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.
Where can we find you on the web?
Like my Author Facebook Page
Thank you so much for sharing with my readers today. I pray God will continue to bless your writing 🙂