I’m sure you’re aware about how much I absolutely love to do interviews with authors of Christian Historical Fiction, after all I do them all the time right? What?! My last interview posted was before June 2014 and I have others that were awesome that I neglected to share with you?! What?! Oh wait, I had a baby. And then influenza A. Hmm.. Excuses, excuses. So much has been missed! I cannot begin to describe how terrible I feel. I own you all an apology and some specific authors, especially. Alas. Well, let’s remedy the situation and get cracking with some new blood! Why not start with an excellent new author to the site!
With out further adieu, please welcome, Christine Johnson!
What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres?
Historical fiction has always been a natural fit, because I love to read that genre. Writing for the Christian market didn’t come so easily. I thought I knew the direction I should take, to bring more faith and Christianity into the secular market. Foolish woman! That wasn’t the path the Lord chose for me. He nudged me and waited until I finally listened. The moment I focused on writing for the Christian market, everything fell into place. I am so blessed to write Christian historical fiction. As for other genres, though I once tried a contemporary romance, my heart is in historical.
Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy?
Oh my, there are so many wonderful Christian historical fiction authors, and I’m adding to my list of favorites all the time. I love Christine Lindsay‘s novels of British India, Renee Ryan’s ability to couple suspense with romance, and Regina Scott‘s delightful Regency romances. The work of DeeAnn Gist, Ann Gabhart, and Rosslyn Eliot have captivated me for very different reasons. The tip of the iceberg, truly.
Are there bits and pieces that were cut in editing that you think your readers would enjoy?
I don’t typically look back after edits. It’s all part of the process to make the book stronger. One small snippet that I loved had to be cut when I got carried away with the research. It didn’t fit this book, but maybe the next…
What is your favorite scene from Love’s Rescue?
Really? Just one? This is like choosing a favorite child. I like different scenes for different reasons. The suspense of the escape scene, the visual of the hurricane scene, the emotional tug of the scene when Elizabeth learns the truth, the difficult decision she must make in the cemetery. All have their place in my heart.
How would you relate your writing experience and research to some creative madness?
Those who know me would probably call my writing space pure madness. It looks like an explosion went off, but I know what’s in every pile of papers and folder. Honestly, I do.
What is something that you have never told anyone in an author interview?
That I have a weakness for pizza? On a serious note, for many years I was deceived by the enemy into believing that writing fiction was wrong, even evil. Those were horrible years when I buried the gift God had given me, but the Lord is faithful, and He rescued me from that pit. How easy it is to fall to Satan’s schemes and deception, but those chains can be broken with God’s help. Oh what joy then!
What is the one thing that you want to leave readers of Love’s Rescue pondering over?
In the circumstances Elizabeth faces, would you be able to forgive fully? Forgiveness is difficult, yet it is one thing that the Lord specifically asks us to do. Knowing what He expects is much, much easier than actually doing it.
Please, please tell us about your next planned project.
I’m currently working on the second book in the Keys of Promise series. The first chapter is included in the back of Love’s Rescue, so I won’t talk plot except to say that it’s deeply emotional. For Love Inspired, I’m also working on a new mail-order brides series set in an 1870 Michigan lumber town.
Tell us about your blog and participation in other blogs.
I participate in one group blog, The Craftie Ladies of Love Inspired Romance (http://craftieladiesofromance.blogspot.com), and guest blog.
I will be giving away one autographed copy (print) of Love’s Rescue. Just leave a comment telling me about your favorite Christian historical fiction author or book.