Monday, June 6, 2016

Christine LIndsay's "Sofi's Bridge"

We're happy to have Christine Lindsay with us today talking about her book, Sofi’s Bridge. 

     What would you like readers to take away from your books? First of all, in every one of my books, it is me who likes to take my reader away. By taking them to a setting that is totally different from their ordinary life, by entertaining them with romance and mystery, I like to gently leave them with a strong spiritual takeaway. 

In Sofi’s Bridge I want my readers to be encouraged, that often their dreams are God-inspired, and to not hide their talent but let it shine. Both my hero and heroine learn this in Sofi’s Bridge. Neil and Sofi also learn that by giving up all to save their loved ones is not necessarily what God wants them to do.

How often do we give up our dreams in order to help or “fix” something in the lives of those we love? As Christians we might think that giving to the point of emotional poverty is what God wants us to do. But is that really what God wants?

Read HERE to read the first chapter of Sofi’s Bridge

    Which books on writing have been the most helpful to you and why?
 When I first started writing over 16 years ago I read On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner. That book taught me one of the most important facts—keep your reader in the continuous dream of your story. Avoid those tactics that draw attention to your writing and away from your story. 

I also highly recommend Noah Luke’s The First Five Pages; let’s face it, the first five pages will either make us or break us.

Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell is one that I refer to often, as well as Donald Maasse’s book Writing the Breakout Novel. These two books really help me break down the issues of writing into smaller chunks that I can work on.

       Are you a plotter or a pantzer?
 Both!  When a story first comes to me, I’m definitely a pantzer. A new novel generally comes to me when I have reached the editing stages of the previous book. I’m sort of in a dreamlike stage, letting the new story develop organically in my mind while I’m driving, or out on a walk, at the back of my mind while I’m working on the fine-tune copyediting of the previous book.

However, when I’m ready to start writing that new book I become a plotter big time.
Once my plot is laid out in spreadsheets then I become a pantzer again as I tackle each individual scene. To find out more about my writing style drop by my Writers’ Blog Novel Renaissance that I share with my critique partner Rachel Phifer. 

        What's next for you?
 This year is an exciting year for me. I have 2 books coming out. Sofi’s Bridge is my 6th fictional title, but in August my first non-fiction book will be released. That will be the true-life account of my birthmother experience in Finding Sarah, Finding Me. Click HERE on my website to read the first chapters of all my books.

        What is your personal definition of success?
 When I first started writing I wanted to be the next Francine Rivers with lots of books out there and making a steady income. As a Christian writer Francine is my heroine, but as time has passed I see success differently. The income from my books is not yet at a point where I can give up my part-time job. Though I am published by traditional royalty paying publishers, those small presses do not have large distribution to bookstores. So these days I get my kicks out of the following:

·         I still love opening up the UPS boxes that contain my books from my publishers.

·         I get a kick seeing my books on the shelves of my local bookstore owner.

·         I’m over the moon with all the great reviews my books get on Amazon and Goodreads.

·         I love all the wonderful friends I have made in the writing industry. Each one is a precious gift from God.

·         I’m still here, holding my own in a world of fantastic books, with good forward momentum. Maybe my 8th book will be my breakout novel.

       How can readers get in contact with you?
 Please drop by Christine’s website or follow her on Amazon, Twitter. Subscribe to her quarterly newsletter, and be her friend on Pinterest , Facebook, and  Goodreads

Irish-born Christine Lindsay is the author of multi-award-winning Christian fiction. She is currently writing her eighth book. A busy writer and speaker, Christine and her husband live on the west coast of Canada. Coming August 2016 is Christine’s first non-fiction book Finding Sarah—Finding Me: A Birthmother’s Story.