I’ve asked Christine Lindsay to share a bit about how it feels to have a first book accepted by a publisher. Her novel Shadowed in Silk is scheduled to release in ebook form this summer. Welcome Christine!
Hi Sandy, thank you so much for having me as a guest on your blog. It’s a real pleasure to make new friends and another writing peer. Even more special is the fact we both love MM Kaye and her romantic epic novels that were set in India. I hope we can spread the fun of reading novels set in that fascinating place.
The email from WhiteFire Publishing popped up on my screen one morning in November, as I was working on my current story. WhiteFire wanted to publish my novel SHADOWED IN SILK. The usual visceral responses happened. My heart started pounding . . . I could hardly believe it.
Yet, knowing how God delights in surprising His children, I did believe it. Deep down, it just felt right. After 10 years of pursuing a ministry in Christian Fiction, one of my novels will make its debut, this summer 2011.
There was no shriek. A quiet awe in the face of God’s goodness fell over me. To add icing to the cake, the email arrived on the day of my 30th wedding anniversary. The Lord had sent me a terribly romantic gift, because——and this is the first time I’m making this public——my hero, Major Geoff Richards, is based on my husband’s soul. When God does something, the details take your breath away.
It hasn’t been an easy journey. I felt God’s call over 10 years ago as I was writing the emotional fall-out from being reunited with my birth-daughter—the child I relinquished to adoption. You can read our full story on my blog www.christinelindsay.com
As I received healing from the Lord over that loss, I felt Him whisper, “Put what you’ve learned into fiction to help others.”
So I did the work: Writing courses, read writing books, attended conferences, everything a writer must do. Over time the Lord sent me an awesome critique partner and an agent. In faith I turned down promotions at work. Eventually I left my job, because I felt the Lord wanted me to pursue my writing dream, knowing sacrifice would be required to see that dream fulfilled.
Each time I thought of giving up, the Lord would do something amazing to spur me on. One of those encouragements came when SHADOWED IN SILK won the 2009 ACFW Genesis for Historical under the previous title UNVEILED.
But after 10 years, finishing 2 full-length novels, and having them get to various discussion tables in the major publishing houses, my novels were being passed over. The reason I heard most often was, “The setting won’t suit the market.”
This frustrated me, because you can’t find a more colorful setting than the British Raj—the short 300 years when England ruled India. The era was full of danger, intrigue, cavalry officers, honor and romance.
It seemed my British Raj story was destined for the bottom drawer. So I started to write my 3rd and my last attempt at Christian Fiction. Then I received the email.
I’m savoring the moment these days. Still shaking my head every once in a while. But what means more than anything is—I had heard God’s voice to pursue a writing career. I had acted in faith. He had indeed inspired me.
SHADOWED IN SILK will be released in 2 stages: First as an eBook, summer 2011, and as a traditional book, autumn 2011.
What a great story about perseverance, Christine. It’s an inspiration for me and other writers as we go through the process. Thanks!