Tuesday 4 February 2014

ACRBA Tour Shadowed in Silk by Christine Lindsay with interview

3 - 7 February 2014
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Shadowed in Silk

WhiteFire Publishing Sept 2011

Christine Lindsay

About the Book

She was invisible to those who should have loved her.

After the Great War, Abby Fraser returns to India with her small son, where her husband is stationed with the British army. She has longed to go home to the land of glittering palaces and veiled women . . . but Nick has become a cruel stranger. It will take more than her American pluck to survive.

Major Geoff Richards, broken over the loss of so many of his men in the trenches of France, returns to his cavalry post in Amritsar. But his faith does little to help him understand the ruthlessness of his British peers toward the Indian people he loves. Nor does it explain how he is to protect Abby Fraser and her child from the husband who mistreats them.

Amid political unrest, inhospitable deserts, and Russian spies, tensions rise in India as the people cry for the freedom espoused by Gandhi. Caught between their own ideals and duty, Geoff and Abby stumble into sinister secrets . . . secrets that will thrust them out of the shadows and straight into the fire of revolution.

About the Author

Christine Lindsay writes historical inspirational novels with strong love stories, and she takes pride in her Irish roots. Her great grandfather and grandfather worked as riveters in the Belfast shipyard, one of those ships her ancestors helped build was the Titanic. On her mother’s side it was stories of ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in India that seeded Christine’s long-time fascination with the British Raj and became the stimulus for her Twilight of the British Raj series.

The Pacific coast of Canada, about 200 miles north of Seattle, is Christine’s home where she lives with her husband, David, and they enjoy the visits from their adult children and grandchildren. Like a lot of authors, Christine’s chief editor is her cat

The following interview is reprinted from 20 Sept 2011

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I belong to that group of people who grew up in the British Commonwealth. So I feel British, being born in Northern Ireland and raised in Canada. Yet I'm so close to the States. I also grew up reading books printed in Great Britain that always had romances set in Australia and New Zealand. Loved those romances set in the Outback. (Jenny here thats so cool about being part of the Commonwealth and reading some Aussie books)

2. When you were a child did you have a favourite book or books?

My mother read Heidi to me when as a child I was sick with pneumonia. I never forgot the images that book conjured up for me. High mountain alps. I guess that's why I now live in British Columbia, Canada where there are mountains all around me. (Jenny again, I loved Heidi  and I love BC and the mountains there. I spent some time with a friend in Pemberton)

3. Do you have a favourite Genre to both read and right write?

Historical Romance, although I also love contemporary romance. As long as the stories have some teeth to them. I like high stakes in a story, so something horrendous has to happen to the characters. And of course they must make it through to a happy ending. Life is tough, so I want happy endings in my stories.

4. Did you have favourite authors growing up who have influenced you?

Mary Stewart's romantic suspense novels, and the great MM Kaye with her sweeping epics set in British Raj India. Nevil Shute---I love his book, A Town Called Alice.

5. When did you know you wanted to be an author?

I recognized the gift pretty early, but didn't do anything about it until I was about 40. It was when I was reunited with the daughter I had relinquished to adoption when she was 3 days old. We were reunited 20 years later. Months later as I was reliving the terrible loss of giving her up in the first place, my husband came to me with a brand new pen and journal, and said, "Write it." That was the beginning of the last 10 years of learning the craft.

So while the Lord used my birthdaughter to be my muse to get me started, He blessed me with having her as the model for the front cover of my debut book, Shadowed in Silk. He is such an amazing Father. So kind and generous. Sarah is also the model in the book trailer. She gets her good looks from her birthfather.

6. How did you go about becoming an author?

I started out writing a non-fictional account of my birth-mother story. Then I took creative writing courses at a local university and made friends with other aspiring writers. I've been to 3 writer's conferences, bought books on the craft, and just continued to learn while writing 3 manuscripts. The third manuscript is the first one published.

7. If you were not a writer what would you like to be?

A painter in acrylics. I'd be painting vibrant sun-filled compositions of flowers and landscapes.

8. Outside reading and writing what do you like to do?
Be with my family, my grown-up kids, my grandsons. I'm also very involved in our church. This past year I've been our church nursery co-coordinator. And I like to travel with my husband. We love to just get in the car, and go.

9. Do you have a place you love to visit or would love to visit?
I'd go back to India in a flash. But, honestly, I'd LOVE to see Australia. It was growing up on all those romances set there, especially A Town Called Alice. (There are a few authors who love A Town Called Alice, I think you would love Australia. I have to say I love BC Canada.)

10. If you could have a meal with 3 living people who would you choose and why?
Queen Elizabeth---I so admire this monarch. She's a very decent woman who has tried to honorably fulfill her vow to her people. Then Daniel Craig, the latest James Bond, only because I think he's dishy. And lastly and always, my husband. His steady, loving character is the basis of all the heroes I write about. I love being with him most of all.


  1. Great interview, Jenny and Christine. I read this book and loved it. Love the cover too.

  2. Thanks Jenny. It's always interesting to hear an author's details and how they"tick". The series is so original. If anyone would like to hear how her fabulous third cover was created, you'll find it on today's blog at

  3. Thanks Jenny, and welcome Christine! How precious to have your daughter on the cover of your book.
    I hope you get to visit Australia, and when you do I hope you will find time to pop over the ditch and visit New Zealand.

  4. Jenny and Christine, thanks for sharing your fun interview :) I loved Shadowed in Silk and the sequel, Captured by Moonlight. I posted the ACRBA tour and a review of Shadowed in Silk on my blog on Monday. The setting in India is gorgeous and I'm looking forward to reading the third book in the series.

  5. I'm reading Captured by Moonlight now and never enjoyed the setting of a novel more! Congratulations, Christine!


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