Narelle here. I'm delighted to have the pleasure of interviewing ICFW member Christine Lindsay today on our blog.
Irish-born CHRISTINE LINDSAY writes award-winning historical novels. In Shadowed in Silk and Captured by Moonlight, Christine delights in weaving the endless theme of the Heavenly Father’s redemptive love throughout stories of danger, suspense, adventure, and romance.
The Pacific coast of Canada, about 200 miles north of Seattle, is Christine’s home.
Prisoners to their own broken dreams…
After a daring rescue goes awry, the parched north of India grows too hot for nurse Laine Harkness and her friend Eshana. The women flee to the tropical south…and run headlong into their respective pasts.
Laine takes a new nursing position at a plantation in the jungle, only to discover that her former fiancé is the owner…and that Adam has no more to say to her now than he did when he crushed her years ago. Why, then, is she still drawn to him, and to the tiger cub he is raising?
Eshana, captured by her traditional uncle and forced once more into the harsh Hindu customs of mourning, doubts whether freedom will ever again be in her future, much less the forbidden love that had begun to whisper to her. Is faith enough to live on? Or is her Savior calling her home?
Amid cyclones and epidemics, clashing faiths and consequences of the war, will the love of the True Master give hope to these searching hearts?
Narelle: What was your inspiration for writing Captured by Moonlight?
Christine: Two characters from the first book, Shadowed in Silk, insisted I tell their story. They are Eshana, the young Christian woman who served in the mission, and Lieutenant Laine Harkness of the Queen Alexandra Imperial Military Nursing Corp.
Eshana’s story of being a child Hindu widow needed to be told, so I had someone come out from Eshana’s past to capture and imprison her for being a Christian.
Laine also needed to be imprisoned by her emotions for her former fiancé, Adam. Things become interesting for her when she finds Adam in a refuge-like plantation in the thick jungle.
But the overall inspiration was India, and the many Christians in India. Indian women like Pandita Ramabai who did so much for suffering widows and children, American missionary Dr. Ida Scudder, and Indian preacher Sundar Singh, who I wanted to share with modern-day readers.
Narelle: Does Captured by Moonlight include many characters from Book 1, Shadowed in Silk?
Christine: Captured by Moonlight includes Geoff and Abby in a tiny way. But the story is predominately about the adventure and danger that Eshana and Laine are thrust into when they must flee the north of India. The police are seeking these two women for rescuing young Indian girls from the sex slave trade, and the Hindu population is up in arms about that.
Narelle: What do you find most fascinating about the British Raj period of India’s history?
Christine: To me the British Raj is more exciting that even the Wild West is to the Americas. British Colonial India was a time caught in a capsule. It could not last, because it was built on an imperialistic attitude of Britain. But oh, such a time of memsahibs and sahibs, cavalry officers and their steeds, huge Indian armies, grand glittering palaces, beautiful women in saris, the grandeur and beauty of India. Color and spice. Romance in the desert or a flower-perfumed jungle. Need I go on?
Narelle: Captured by Moonlight touches on the historic sex trade in South East Asia. What inspired you to write about this issue?
Christine: You can’t study much about India before realizing the Hindu caste system is one of the cruelest philosophies in the world. It is the height of injustice to believe that some people are of more importance simple because of their lineage as a high-caste person, versus the horror and filth that the lowest class of people (the untouchables) must live with. Even Gandhi did his best to stamp this out.
One of the practices of Hinduism is called Devadasi. This is where a young girl is “married” to a Hindu deity and dedicated to service in a temple for the rest of her life. Sometimes these girls were from high-caste families who thought they were pleasing their gods by giving them their daughters. Many times the girls were from the untouchable class, who were simply brought in to be prostitutes for Hindu men who came to worship in the temples. This practice is often debated that it really happened this way. But if you read the writings of women such as missionary Amy Carmichael, Dr. Ida Scudder, or Indian heroine Pandita Ramabai, then you know these horrible practices took place. These godly women were just a few who rescued young girls and women from the atrocities of the sex trade.
I weave part of these truth injustices into Captured by Moonlight. The current-day sex trade is still as strong and still as horrendous as in the days of my fictional story. Something we as Christians nowadays need to be aware of and concerned.
Narelle: What faith issues do your characters struggle to overcome in the story?
Christine: Eshana has been happily living as a Christian and serving God in the medical mission that was built by her mentor, Miriam from Shadowed in Silk. After Miriam’s death, Eshana is convinced it is God’s will for her to administer the mission in her mentor’s footsteps. But God allows something terrible to happen. Eshana is captured by her traditional Hindu uncle and imprisoned for living a life as a Christian. He forces Eshana to be dressed in the course white funeral clothing of a widow and have her head shaved.
Eshana must go through a sort of death to her own dreams and ambitions. She learns like I am learning—to die to myself so that Christ may live His life and complete His plans through me. Eshana learns that the Lord’s plans are far more wonderful than anything she or I could ever devise.
Narelle: How has your faith influenced your writing?
Christine: I would not be writing if it were not an opportunity for me to show in story format who Jesus Christ is, and what a yielded life to Him can accomplish. What I learn in my devotions at the feet of Christ is what comes out in my character’s journeys.
Narelle: Please tell us about your upcoming releases. Are you planning to write more books in the Twilight of the British Raj series?
Christine: I had always wanted to write a series that would take the reader from what is the beginning of the end of the British Raj and up to its total end in the Partition of India.
Book 1 Shadowed in Silk starts out with the Jallianwala Bagh massacre that pushed the Indian independence movement into high gear.
Book 2 Captured by Moonlight carries on with that and focuses on British people who had been born and raised in India. With the end of the Raj nearing they aren’t sure what nationality they are. They’re not truly India. Nor are they quite British.
Book 3 Veiled at Midnight will finish this series. It will showcase all the glory of the British Raj leaving India. That leaving brings about the Partition of India into a new independent India and the new country of Muslim Pakistan. This was a brutal time in history. But through that I hope to inspire people that God can gather His people from all four corners of the world. No matter where you go in this world, He will find you and care for you.
Christine, thanks for providing us with a fascinating insight into your latest release, Captured by Moonlight. If you'd like to learn more about Captured by Moonlight or connect with Christine, please check out the following links.
- Book Trailer for Captured by Moonlight
- Amazon Purchase Link for Captured by Moonlight
- Barnes and Noble Purchase link for Captured by Moonlight
- Kobo purchase link for Captured by Moonlight
- website www.christinelindsay.com
- Facebook Author page, please drop by and 'like'
- Join Christine on Twitter
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