About a month ago, I introduced you to some authors who have the knack of finding buried treasures (seemingly insignificant verses in the Bible) and turning them into best-selling novels. I also promised an interview with Don Hoesel and some buried treasure for one lucky reader. I know you’re going to find what Don shares extremely interesting.
MARION: Don, it’s good to have you here with us at International Christian Fiction Writers.
DON: Thanks for inviting me, Marion. I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to connect with your readers.
DON: As an archaeologist, Jack Hawthorne has the opportunity to work all over the world and for the opening scene in Elisha’s Bones, I thought it fitting to have Jack practicing his trade in the country synonymous with archaeology, namely Egypt. Too, by Jack finding an important clue regarding Elisha’s bones in the Valley of the Kings, it lets the reader know that the conspiracy surrounding the bones spans thousands of years.
Setting part of the book in Venezuela began as a bit of a private joke. My wife grew up in the small town of Rubio, in the state of Tachira, and I thought she’d appreciate having her home detailed in the book. But once I got Jack to Venezuela, it allowed me to leverage ancient Mayan history—a history that, in some ways, mirrors that of Egypt—while adding a twist of my own. Because, of course, the Mayan ruins Jack explores shouldn’t be in Venezuela.
Ethiopia was the last country I selected as a setting and it didn’t occur to me until I’d almost finished up in Venezuela. As Jack was looking for the clue that would take him across the sea, I was looking for a country that made sense from a historical perspective, but it wasn’t until the Orthodox Church became a prominent part of the story that I settled on Ethiopia. I’ve known about the Rock Churches of Lalibella for a long time but once I sent Jack to Ethiopia I had the opportunity to do a lot of research about the churches—as well as many other locales in Ethiopia, especially Addis Ababa. And the more I researched, the more I became fascinated by the entire country. In fact, I had so much fun exploring Ethiopia that I used it as one of the settings in my third novel, The Alarmists.
Visit Don’s website http://www.donhoesel.com/ to read more about his work.
MARION UECKERMANN’s writing passion was sparked in 2001 when she moved to Ireland with her husband and two sons. Since then Marion has been honing her skills and has published some devotional articles in Winners at Work as well as inspirational poetry online and in a poetry journal. She has written her first Christian Women’s novel (unpublished), is currently completing the sequel as well as a Historical Romance novel. Marion now lives in Pretoria East, South Africa with her husband, sons and a crazy black ‘Scottie’. A member and moderator of the Christian Writers of South Africa, Marion can be contacted via email on marionu(at)telkomsa(dot)net.