(Shown with her Tom Horton cup)
Huge reader as a child, and all the childhood favorites. It all started when my mother used to read to me as a child, and the book I remember a first was Heidi. I guess that’s why I live close to the Cascade Mountains that cross the border from Canada into Washington State which is where Sofi’s Bridge is set.
Why do you write?
LOL, it’s in my DNA. Can’t help but write. What pushed me to actually do the thing I had wanted to do all my life, and which I didn’t start until I was in my mid 40’s, was after a difficult time in my life after I met my birth-daughter. I gave my first-born up, a baby girl when I was 21 because I wasn’t married at the time and wanted to do the best I could for her. Just about killed me to do that, and it hurt so much meeting her as a grown up 20 years later to love her as my daughter and yet she could never love me as Mom. That beautiful role and title belonged to her adoptive mom. Through journaling that difficult time, I felt the Lord urge me to put that spiritual and emotional healing into Christian fiction.
That's a wonderful calling. Tell us about your latest book.
Seattle Debutant Sofi Andersson will do everything in her power to protect her sister who is suffering from shock over their father’s death. Charles, the family busy-body, threatens to lock Trina in a sanatorium—a whitewashed term for an insane asylum—so Sofi will rescue her little sister, even if it means running away to the Cascade Mountains with only the new gardener Neil Macpherson to protect them. But in a cabin high in the Cascades, Sofi begins to recognize that the handsome immigrant from Ireland harbors secrets of his own. Can she trust this man whose gentle manner brings such peace to her traumatized sister and such tumult to her own emotions? And can Neil, the gardener, continue to hide from Sofi that he is really Dr. Neil Galloway, a man wanted for murder by the British police? Only an act of faith and love will bridge the distance that separates lies from truth and safety.
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What inspired you to write this particular book?
Sofi’s Bridge features an Irish immigrant as the hero who brings with him a load of history from where I was born—Belfast Northern Ireland, and also features several other immigrants to the US, most of all Sofi herself is second generation American of Swedish background. This suspenseful romantic adventure is set in the glorious Cascade Mountains close to where I currently live. I was inspired by personal family history from Ireland, and the gorgeous place in which I live. This is the first lighter historical romance I’ve ever written, and I’m tickled pink that she won the 2017 RWA Readers’ Choice Award.
What do you love about this book? And what do you hope readers will tell others about it?
Sofi’s Bridge deals with the issue of grief and how people go through the stages of grief in different ways. Sue there are stages to grief, but we don’t all go through them in the same order. I hope readers tell others that while this book entertained them, that it also encouraged them in their own struggles with grief.
What themes do you write about?
I never can write a book with light themes even when I try. LOL The topic of grief seems to be one of the lighter of my themes. In my other books, especially my trilogy Twilight of the British Raj, I’ve tackled spousal abuse, women’s rights, the sex trade of children, alcoholism and recovery, post traumatic stress syndrome, military issues, bias toward people of different races to name a few. But I always, always, always have happy endings. Nor do I like to drag my readers down. There is always humor too, as well as romance and adventure.
Does your faith affect your writing? How?
I simply wouldn’t be writing if it weren’t for the Lord’s guidance in my life, and the intimacy of our relationship. He brings me such joy as we work together in this creative venture.
What are you working on right now?
Book 1 of a brand-new 3-book series set in Ireland. It will be a time-slip series set on the rugged and majestic northern coast that entwins the past with the present. Lots of what I like to read and write about, tough issues, adventure, mystery, women’s issues and romance.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Get your story down on paper first. Then go back and work on the details. Otherwise you’ll fiddle and fiddle with the details and it will take much too long to write your book. Although this is an issue I still have difficulty with because sometimes it takes a while to figure out where you want your book to go.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?
Yes, please remember to take advantage of the rare discount price for only 99 cents for this Readers’ Choice Award novel on the BookBub site here.
Bio: Irish-born Christine Lindsay is the author of multi-award- winning Christian fiction and non-fiction. Readers describe her writing as gritty yet tender, realistic yet larger than life, with historical detail that collides into the heart of psychological and relationship drama. Christine’s books have garnered the ACFW Genesis Award, The Grace Award, Canada’s The Word Guild Award (Twice), the READERS’ CHOICE AWARD, and was a finalist twice for Readers’ Favorite and the Selah Award.