WRITING WHAT YOU KNOW by Christine Lindsay
Normally I write historical novels, but I simply had to set Londonderry Dreaming in current day. As a person born in N. Ireland where Londonderry is situated, I didn’t need to do extensive research, but drew on my own recent memories. Many of the bed & breakfast scenes in this novella were inspired by the memories of my aunt’s farm and beautiful Irish farmhouse.
When I did need to verify details, it was an honor to email back and forth with the Vicar of St. Augustine’s Church in Londonderry. Not only did I receive the vicar’s permission to use the ancient church in my novel, but a blessing as well, and assistance from the church caretaker whom I am still in contact by email with today. I’ll stop by to visit that caretaker and the church on my next trip to Ireland this August 2018.
The church, but mainly the stained glass windows of St. Augustine’s, were the inspiration behind Londonderry Dreaming.
My daughter Lana and I visited St. Augustine’s back in 2006, and I was admiring one stained glass window in particular—the one depicting Ruth and Naomi.
That biblical story gave me hope at the time, to develop a relationship with Lana’s older biological sister, Sarah, whom I had relinquished to adoption and was reunited with 20 years later. As time went by after our adoption reunion, God graciously granted Lana and I a precious relationship with Sara. What an indescribable joy it was to see my daughters, Sarah and Lana, as the models on the front covers of the first two books in my multi-award-winning trilogy. Shadowed in Silk and Captured by Moonlight are a bit like those gorgeous stained glass windows depicting Ruth and Naomi.
Having an emotional connection to St. Augustine’s assured this church a significant role in my romance, Londonderry Dreaming with its emerald green fields, ancient stone boundaries, as well as the medieval wall surrounding the old city of Londonderry, the rush of the surf along the jagged coastline on the North Sea, and the world-famous Giant’s Causeway.
Readers ask me about the Irish brogue in the humorous dialogue between the cousins in the story. I pretty much took phrases from real-life conversations with my own cousins and injected them into the novel. Being born in Ireland I know too well the blarney from the Irish. Oh my, do I know their blarney well.
Watch this minute-long book trailer with fun Irish music for Londonderry Dreaming
Acclaimed New York artist, Naomi Boyd, and music therapist, Keith Wilson, loved one another five years ago, until her grandfather with his influence over Naomi separated them.
That root of bitterness keeps them apart until a letter from Keith’s grandmother, Ruth, draws Naomi to Londonderry to find she’s too late. Ruth has passed on. After the death of his beloved grandmother, Keith has also come to Londonderry only to open the door to his past…Naomi…beautiful as ever, the girl who broke his heart.
A mysterious painting in Ruth’s attic brings up questions about their grandparents’ entwined past and their own broken romance. But more comfortable with the unspoken languages of art and music, Naomi and Keith find it difficult to share their old hurts and true feelings.
Will the majestic coastline of Northern Ireland inspire them to speak the words to bring peace to their grandparents’ memory and to rekindle love?
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Irish-born Christine Lindsay is the author of multi-award-winning Christian fiction and non-fiction. Readers describe her writing as gritty yet tender, realistic yet larger than life, with historical detail that collides into the heart of psychological and relationship drama. Christine’s books have garnered the ACFW Genesis Award, The Grace Award, Canada’s The Word Guild Award (Twice), the READERS’ CHOICE AWARD, and was a finalist twice for Readers’ Favorite and the Selah Award. Please drop by Christine’s website