Author Sharon Lindsay
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We are so pleased to have a moment with Christian author Sharon Lindsay.
Name: Sharon Lindsay
Latest Release: The Son of God Series: Book 5 Drink This Cup
Genre: Christian Fiction
Sharon Lindsay is a mature woman with a full life of experiences. Throughout her life, in times of crisis and at turning points, the Lord has spoken clearly and specifically to her. It is only her relationship with the Lord that qualifies her to write. The Lord has given her a vision to write the stories of the Bible in modern novel form, to make them vibrate with life. She is a teacher and an intercessor who makes herself available for assignments from the Lord.
- Do you use a pen name? Why or why not?
No, My life experiences with God give me the authority to write stories about God relating to humanity. So I often tell people my personal stories.
2. Describe your writing style in three words.
Visual, Researched, Spiritual
3. How long have you been writing?
About 20 years
4. Which type of writing challenges inspire you the most?
Bringing a Biblical character to life for modern readers
5. Describe one way in which you could improve your writing.
Tightening so nothing is unnecessary or rambling
6. What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t wait for inspiration-just start writing, get something on paper (computer). Whatever you write can and probably will be changed tomorrow.
7. Who is your favorite author?
Bodie Thoene, also Frank Peretti
8. How do you make time to write?
I used to write mainly on weekends and during summer vacation (I was a teacher) Now I am retired and I have time.
9. When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am very active in my church. I have a 5 year old grandson, and I exercise in the pool at the Y
10. How do you discover the eBooks you read?
Most of the books that I read now are related to research for whatever I am writing.
11. Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
12. What are your five favorite books, and why?
Two books that I always enjoyed sharing with middle school students are Johnny Tremain and The Witch of Blackbird Pond, both Newberrry Winners with settings in Colonial America and really good life lessons.
I also enjoyed sharing all the Junie B. Books with the 2nd graders-love the humor and the skill of the author writing in 1st person.
I find Catherine Marshall’s Christy to be gritty and timelessly inspiring. Christian authors need to paint realistic pictures of all aspects of life. This author did a great job without offending.
Guess I had better move to more contemporary books. Not long ago, I read the entire House of Winslow Series by Gilbert Morris (about 50 books) and really enjoyed it. I related to this series because I am a direct descendant of the Mayflower Pilgrims, and I love history. I appreciated the way the current events of each time period were woven into the storyline, something I try to do in my own writing.
13. Describe your desk/writing space:
My desk is in the corner of my one-room abode which is on the lower level of my son’s home. Both the room and the desk are a little cluttered. I have a computer that my son built for me. The tower sits on the floor with monitor, keyboard, & printer on the glass top. Papers are piled here and there. Periodically I file everything and start with a clean workspace.
14. Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Washington DC area. I often visited the museums and historical landmarks. Many family members worked for the government so American History was important to me. We also lived near the headquarters for our church, and if family members didn’t work for the government, they worked for the church. My entire education was in church-run schools 1st grade-college so my life was very faith oriented. So, now I write books about ancient history and Biblical characters.
15. When did you first start writing?
There was a time when my son was in 1st grade and my husband decided to buy and run a restaurant, that cash flow was very tight and I could not buy books to read. So I picked up a spiral notebook and began writing my own books-longhand, just for the pleasure of creating a storyline and moving it along with dialog. I wrote trashy stories, emulating Harlequin romances. Eventually I got an electric typewriter (before computers). Then I moved to a word processor, and I began submitting manuscripts when that meant mailing a ream of typed pages. After a number of years, I got a computer. Then a publisher expressed interest in a manuscript. That was when the Lord told me not to continue with the romance genre. I stopped writing for a number of years, until I agreed to write a play for a church production and shortly after that, the Lord directed me to write Bible stories as vividly as a modern novel, and that is still the calling on my life.
16. Do you prefer to write long stories, short, flash? What is easiest for you?
I can handle long complicated stories with lots of characters and subplots. I like the challenge.
17. Share one writing goal you have yet to meet.
I am working on marketing and building a platform. I am not fixated on making money, but I would like to get a wide distribution for The Son of God Series. I would like some name recognition, and maybe to recoup a little of the money I have invested in producing these books. So my goal is to implement a successful marketing plan. Actually, marketing, for me, is more challenging than writing.
18. What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sometimes, when I am writing, the Lord starts speaking to me. He tells me things to write that I would not have come up with on my own. This usually happens a few times in each book and those particular places end up having deep layers of spiritual meaning without interrupting the flow of the story.
19. What do your fans mean to you?
Some are people that I know and they are full of encouragement. Others are strangers, but at the same time I consider them friends because I have shared a big chunk of my time and my life. Within Christianity there is a connectedness, each person connected to the other through our connection with Jesus. My books are about Jesus. This connects me with my “fans.”
20. What are you working on next?
The Exodus Trilogy–3 books: Along the Nile, This is the story of Moses and the exodus from Egypt. The 1st draft is written. Through the Wilderness This covers the 40 years that Israel spent in the wilderness. I am currently writing this one. Across the Jordan will be about conquering the land and will end with the death of Joshua. There is one unifying character and that is Phinehas, the grandson of Aaron, who according to the Bible lived through that entire time period.
Thank you for the wonderful interview, Sharon. We wish you much future success.
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