Today I’m pleased to welcome my friend, Christine Lindsay, as our guest today.
Hi Christine! So glad you dropped by so we can get better acquainted. Here’s the first question:
What inspires you?
Christine: My garden. I would much rather dig a hole to plant a tree than vacuum my living room. A lot of my energy is spent working in my outdoor space, planting flowers, veggies, and herbs, seeing life happen. I don’t mind the hard work of weeding and preparing the soil. While I’m working, I see God’s hand in everything, and yet also my own hands, digging, training, nurturing.
It’s the same with my writing, the long hours of work that must go into a book. Just like in a garden, I can’t sit back on my laurels, but dig into the necessary research, spend hours, months, editing just like weeding. Pray over, and nurture each and every passage or scene, in order to make it the shining best for the reader, a thing of beauty and quality.
My garden inspires me, in that only hard work will produce the kind of book I want to write, or read.
Wow, I love that comparison. Writing and gardening are both hard work, but very satisfying in the end, I agree. Now, here’s a scenario for you:
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Christine: Deep Royal Blue. Not because I’m royal—other than in my relationship to Christ—but that’s what the color is called. It’s deep, as blue as a calming ocean, or summer night sky. I choose that color because though I laugh a lot these days, am full of joy, that joy came after many years of heartache. There’s nothing superficial to my joy. It was hard-won through many battles to overcome some tough things in life, like giving up my first-born to adoption. That depth goes into everything I write, my non-fiction as well as my fiction. I believe readers want a book—even if it’s fiction—that their hearts can relate to. Everyone has the depth of heartache and needs hope.
So true, Christine. And that’s where the Lord can minister to each of us, easing our pain and replacing it with His joy. I love your testimony of overcoming hard battles. Now for the final question, let’s go back in time. Tell me:
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Christine: Since I could hold a crayon I wanted to tell stories. But being the oldest child of a single mother, when it came time to go to college, which I paid for myself, I chose Accounting. I thought that was the most sensible thing to do, since there isn’t any money in Art.
Oh, what a mistake. I was a dismal failure at accounting. I should have known I was a writer when in every English class I ever took, I received straight “A’s”. It wasn’t until many years later, after the reunion with the daughter I gave up for adoption, that my husband found me crying over my renewed sense of loss. He went out and bought a brand-new pen and journal and said, “Here honey, write your story.” That was the start of my writing career. Sixteen years have passed and I’m now working on my 8th novel, several of which have won some nice awards. At long last I am working at the job I feel I was created for.
How wonderful that you found your true calling as a writer. I love that your husband encouraged you to write your story–so healing for you and a blessing to those who read it. Thanks so much for sharing with us today, and best wishes for continued success in your writing career.
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 fictional novels have garnered the ACFW Genesis Award, The Grace Award, Canada’s The Word Guild Award, and was a finalist twice for Readers’ Favorite as well as 2nd place in RWA’s Faith Hope and Love contest.
This author’s non-fiction memoir Finding Sarah Finding Me is the true-life story that started this award-winning career in Christian fiction and non-fiction. This book is a must for anyone whose life has been touched by adoption. Christine is currently writing a new fictional series set on the majestic coast of Ireland.
FINDING SARAH FINDING ME
Sometimes it is only through giving up our hearts that we learn to trust the Lord.
Adoption. It’s something that touches one in three people today, a word that will conjure different emotions in those people touched by it. A word that might represent the greatest hope…the greatest question…the greatest sacrifice. But most of all, it’s a word that represents God’s immense love for his people.
Join birth mother Christine Lindsay as she shares the heartaches, hopes, and epiphanies of her journey to reunion with the daughter she gave up…and to understanding her true identity in Christ along the way.
Through her story and glimpses into the lives of other families in the adoption triad, readers will see the beauty of our broken families, broken hearts, and broken dreams when we entrust them to our loving God.
*Note: 100% of author royalties for Finding Sarah Finding Me will be donated to Global Aid Network Women’s and Children’s Initiative for the lifetime of this book.
READ CHAPTER ONE FREE OF FINDING SARAH FINDING ME
Read the first chapters of all Christine’s books on her website.
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