I have a vry special treat for you this week! I have an interview with a wonderful author! She is kind, talented, and I have reviewed several of her books here on See Lizzie Read (Including making her latest work A Wreath of Snow one of our Christmas Books of the Week a few weeks ago)! If you haven't guessed (or read the title ;) ) already, its Mrs. Liz Curtis Higgs! Here's what Mrs. Higgs had to say!
Liz Curtis Higgs
1. Several of your historical fiction books mirror the lives of people recorded in The Bible. What leads you in your decisions on whose lives to use?
Sometimes when I read certain accounts in the Bible, I long to explore the rest of the story. Since we’re clearly told not to add to Scripture (Deut 12:32, Rev 22:18), I decided the best way to dig deeper into the stories of the biblical characters who’ve intrigued me—Leah, Rachel, Dinah, Naomi, Ruth among them—might be to write historical novels inspired by their stories, yet set in a different time and place. So, Thorn in My Heart, my first Scottish historical, tells the story of Leah and Jacob set in the Scottish Lowlands in 1788.
Yet God clearly chose Ruth, protected Ruth, provided for Ruth, and redeemed Ruth through his servant, Boaz. I’ve been immersed in her story for the last 5 years and have loved every minute!
For my novels, I have a general idea of where I want the story to go and how it might end, but I let my characters lead the way. I spend a long time getting to know my characters before I start telling their stories. Even then, they usually stop me after a few thousand words and say, “Look, you’ve got this all wrong. Just follow us around, and write down what we say and do.”
Such a good question, Beth! Women of all ages face challenges in remaining faithful, but for younger women, I think it’s especially difficult. Not only because our culture has thrown virtue and chastity and piety out the window, but also because there are so many distractions, especially online.
Making time for Bible study, for fellowship with other believers, and for service in Christ’s name may be tough, but it is so, so worth it. We grow in Christ when we’re in community with his people and immersed in his Word. I’m grateful for every opportunity that takes me away from my computer and out into the greater world.
God’s blessings on you and your readers in 2013!
Until next time!,
Liz’s latest nonfiction, available from your favorite bookseller:
The Girl's Still Got It: Take a Walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked Her World
“A perfect blend of humor, extensive research, descriptive language, and insightful commentary.” Publishers Weekly Starred Review
Bible Study Blog: http://www.LizCurtisHiggs.com/blog
Liz’s latest fiction, available from your favorite bookseller:
A Wreath of Snow
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