Good morning! It is my pleasure to welcome author Lynne Tagawa to the Inspired Prompt. Cara writes romance, historical, and Christian fiction books.
Good morning, Lynne.
Who is your favorite author?
Lynne: That’s a difficult question. I probably have a dozen “favorites,” but if I had to pick one, it would be Charles Martin. He writes with a rip-your-guts-out poignancy.
I enjoy those types of intense reads on the occasion. I will have to add him to the list 🙂
If you could write about anyone or anything, fiction or nonfiction, who or what would you write about?
Lynne: Right now I’m enjoying writing stories set in the 1700s. But once I’ve finished these projects, I’ve a mind to go back to a subject that has fascinated me for a while: the missionaries to Hawaii. I don’t know of anyone who has tackled this, with the exception of James Michener, and his portrayal was two-dimensional and decidedly unfriendly. That is not to say that Hiram Bingham, the leader of the first team of missionaries sent out in 1819, was an easy man to live with. I suspect he had the same kind of unyielding personality I’ve observed in some modern-day missionaries and church planters. Author Don Richardson paints an amazing picture of godly courage in the life of missionary Stan Dale in his book Lords of the Earth. That is what I see in the missionaries to Hawaii.
I love this idea!
If you could spend time with a character from your book or another book who would it be? And what would you do during the day?
Lynne: I’d spend the day with a real-life person, Mr. John Craig, a Presbyterian minister in the Shenandoah Valley in the 1700s. He’s an important minor character in The Shenandoah Road: A Novel of the Great Awakening and the sequel (which I am currently writing). Unlike more famous people, like Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Jefferson, who’ve had reams written about them, there isn’t much known about Mr. Craig. I’ve read his conversion testimony, but have no clue as to the color of his eyes or hair. So you see, there is some “scope for the imagination,” as Anne Shirley would say.
From what is known about Mr. Craig, I can see that he’s both a hard-bitten frontiersman and soft-hearted man who visits the sick and travels for days to baptize babies, armed with rifle and deerskin-covered Bible. He’s well educated and strict about theology, guarding his flock from the errors and the “enthusiasm” rampant in his day. He distrusts men like George Whitefield, who preached in the fields when his own denomination (Anglican) denied him their pulpits. This was interesting to discover, as my primary protagonist is a fan of Whitefield and his sermons. So, while I help Mr. Craig weed his garden or care for his livestock, I’ll ask him about that. Is it Whitefield’s theology that’s problematic (unlikely) or his methods? Or folks who run to extremes after seeing his methods?
These topics are touched upon in my novel, though I didn’t give any story time to see what Mr. Craig’s reaction was to Jonathan Edwards’s book on the Great Awakening (Surprising Conversions). I wonder if he read it in real life.
I love men like that. Godly and earnest, but oh so human.
Too bad we can’t time travel! I would like to know those answers myself. Lynne, we’re so glad you stopped by to visit. Come back soon…
Readers, Lynne is offering a paperback or Kindle copy of The Shenandoah Road to one person who leaves a comment!
John Russell’s heart aches from the loss of his wife, but the Shenandoah Valley frontiersman needs to marry again for his daughter’s sake. At first he believes he has found the right young woman, despite their differences in background, but his faith falters when time reveals she isn’t quite what she seemed. Can he truly love her? And what about his own failings?
Unlike her disgraced sister, Abigail Williams obeys the Commandments. At least, she thinks herself a Christian until a buckskin-clad newcomer courts her. He treats her kindly but also introduces her to a sermon by the controversial preacher, George Whitefield. Her self-righteousness is shattered, and she wonders about their relationship. If she confesses her lack of faith, will John continue to love her?
Lynne Tagawa is married with four grown sons and three marvelous grandbabies. A biology teacher by trade, she teaches part-time, writes, and edits. She’s written a Texas history curriculum in narrative form, Sam Houston’s Republic, and two novels, A Twisted Strand and The Shenandoah Road. Lynne lives with her husband in South Texas.
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