Author Spotlight: Christine Lindsay
We are happy to host author Christine Lindsay today as she answers some great questions and includes the first page of her book, Londonderry Dreams.
What (2 or 3) fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
My great-grandfather and my grandfather (yes father and son) were riveters on the building of the Titanic in the Belfast shipyard.
I was born in Ireland but my family immigrated to Canada when I was 5. I do have some hilarious cousins still living in Ireland. In fact, it was real-life dialogue between my cousins and a favorite aunt in Ireland that I used word for word in Londonderry Dreaming as dialogue between the secondary characters of Keith’s cousins, Garrick and Sandra.
Here is a snippet of that real life humor.
Garrick (Keith’s cousin) pursed his lips to one side as the four of them resumed their study of the painting. “Well, if that’s Gran then that’s a side of her I’ve never seen before. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about her showing off her knees like that.”
Sandra gave him another shove in the arm. “Don’t be a fool. Sure our Gran was as beautiful as the hot pinups of her day. If you watched any of the old movies I like to watch, you’d know she’s a dead ringer for Rita Hayworth.” She grew dreamy. “And she had lovely legs. Why, all the women in our family have nice legs.”
“You certainly don’t.” Garrick looked at her askance. “I’ve seen yours, and all I have to say is, there’s better looking legs sticking out of a swallow’s nest.”
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Well, Ireland obviously. I love going back to the old sod where I was born, and where most of my relatives still live. I love Hawaii too though. My husband and I went there 10 years ago for our 25th anniversary.
Tell us about your next book & when is it being published? Why do you write the kind of books you do?
My next book is coming out his year in August. It is a non-fiction book called Finding Sarah, Finding Me: A Birthmother’s Story. This true-life book tells my story as a birthmom when I relinquished my baby girl to adoption in 1979 and was reunited with her in 1999. The book isn’t all about me though, it also weaves in stories from other adoption reunions and the complex emotions surrounding that unusual social event.
That’s the event in my life that got my writing started in the first place and why I write books that talk about deep issues. Londonderry Dreaming is the lightest of my novels, while most of my books delve into deeper issues such as spousal abuse, alcoholism, the sex trade of children in Asia, etc. Don’t let those dark topics scare you though. I prefer to write lightly and delicately on those subjects and weave them in with romance and humor, and always with a happy ending.
And as promised, here’s the first page of the book, Londonderry Dreaming:
First page of Londonderry Dreaming:
Keith couldn’t get the old song about marrying a girl like the one Dad married out of his head as he dusted the heavy pewter frame of his grandparents’ wedding photo. His Granda used to sing that song all the time. Keith held the picture up to catch Londonderry’s wintry light streaming through the parlor window, his gaze moving from his grandfather’s face to his grandmother’s. A girl just like… He cleared the roughness from his voice. Actually, someone like the girl that married his grandfather was more in keeping with what he was praying for in a wife.
Yeah, his sweet Irish Gran, no woman could even come close to the gal she used to be. The way she used to bang the piano keys when the family this side of the ocean had a good old knees up party with plenty of singing and dancing. But her laughing eyes could turn to scolding as quick as a storm coming off the Irish Sea. And then those eyes melted within moments afterward with a hug, and most likely a chocolate biscuit.
Dear Lord, I’m going to miss her and that wild sense of humor she had, not to mention her cooking.
The doorbell rang. Were his cousins back already with more boxes? Garrick and Sandra had left only twenty minutes ago, but they needed a load more containers if he was to ever get started on emptying this house.
He placed the photograph into the box of items he would take back to the States. It would sit in a place of honor on his piano at home in Albany. As for the rest…
What a royal mess he and his Irish cousins had made of the first floor of this small, red-brick row house. He’d only just started, but there were two floors, and then the attic.
Thanks, Gran, for asking me to take care of this for you—me of all people. Now if all this stuff was musical gear he’d know what to do, but what was he to do with his grandmother’s dainty things? She’d been so insistent though, and he could never refuse her anything. She also knew he’d take any opportunity to fly over to Ireland.
The doorbell peeled again.
He could almost hear Gran speaking to him in that lilt of hers. “Will ye run like a whippet and see to that caller.”
Yes, Gran, I’m on my way.
Garrick and Sandra must have forgotten their key.
Stretching his baritone voice into the comical, falsetto tenor that he put on for his senior clients, Keith belted out the song on his way through the hall to the front door. He grabbed hold of the doorknob, amazed that even this farcical singing somehow eased his grief.
But then, it was something Gran would have done to entertain the family.
Throwing the door wide with flourish, he slapped a hand on his chest and reached for the crescendo. His voice petered out as his gaze landed on the woman standing on the stoop.
The joke was on him.
Set against a backdrop of falling snow, a pair of startled gray-green eyes came level with his mouth. She was lovely. Not beautiful in that cold, glossy, magazine look that bombarded a guy’s eyes at the supermarket checkout, just…lovely. Like a dolt, he couldn’t think of any other word to describe her. Only the sentimental phrase of another old song came into his mind. the one about being like a dream.
Christine Lindsay is the author of multi-award-winning Christian fiction. Tales of her Irish ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India inspired her multi-award-winning series Twilight of the British Raj, Book 1 Shadowed in Silk, Book 2 Captured by Moonlight, and explosive finale Veiled at Midnight. Christine’s Irish wit and her use of setting as a character is evident in her contemporary romance Londonderry Dreaming and her newest release Sofi’s Bridge.
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