I am delighted to welcome Christine Johnson to The
Power of Words today! Christine is a new author to me and her first book in the
Keys of Promise series, Love’s Rescue,
is a delight. Key West in the 1850s provides an intriguing and unusual backdrop
for a story featuring adventure on the
seas, strong family dynamics, and star-crossed lovers. (Please click on the
title, Love's Rescue,
to see my review.)
Christine is graciously sharing a copy of Love’s Rescue with one of you and the
giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian addresses (details at the end of this
interview). Now please welcome Christine as she shares a little about herself
and her writing.
Q. Please share a little about yourself, Christine.
First of all, I’m delighted to join you here today. Thank
you for inviting me!
I have always loved the water. I grew up looking west
across Lake Michigan, seeing the storms approach on the horizon. I now live on
Lake Huron part of the year and in the Florida Keys during those months when
Michigan lakes are frozen. My husband is a ship pilot, which means he gets on
board foreign-flagged ships and directs them safely through his district in the
When he worked as a mate aboard a laker (an American
ship that stays in the Great Lakes), I made a few trips with him. It’s interesting
but definitely not a cruise! He and the rest of the men were busy doing their
jobs. I was expected to stay out of the way and entertain myself. Much reading
and sewing got done during those trips.
Q. When it comes to
ministry, what is your passion?
Definitely women’s Bible
study. It’s so important to get in the Word. It’s our guide through this life,
our consolation and our encouragement. Studies help develop consistent time
with the Lord, something we all need. Studying the Word with my sisters in Christ
is a great joy and blessing.
Q. I understand that you
split your time between northern Michigan and the Florida Keys. What are your
favorite ways to enjoy the beauty of God's creation in each place?
I kayak and bicycle in both
places, but I hike mainly in the north. The heat in south Florida can make
hiking a bit too taxing. Even when I can’t get outdoors, the songbirds delight
me as they hop around in the little wooded area just outside my study window in
Michigan. In Florida, I love to look into the ocean at the enormous variety of
sea creatures. Sunrise and sunset are spectacular in both locations.
Q. Please tell us a little
about the book we're featuring today, Love's
After four years away in
Charleston, Elizabeth Benjamin is returning to her beloved Key West after her
mother’s passing. Driven by guilt that she never lived up to her mother’s
expectations, she intends to reform her tomboy ways and take over as mistress
of the house. That plan hits the rocks when her ship runs aground on the reef
and her rescuer is none other than the man her father despises—and the one her
heart can’t forget.
Q. Where did the idea for
this book or series originate?
I have long wanted to write
a book about the wreckers that operated from Key West back in the 1800s. That industry
was a huge part of the area’s history. I tossed around a variety of ideas for
years before settling on Rourke and Elizabeth’s story. Creating an honorable
wrecker in the midst of a profession that often drew villains was great fun!
Q. What is there about
Rourke and Elizabeth that will draw readers to them?
Wrecking followed on the
heels of piracy in the Keys, and thus drew many of the same types of men.
Rourke insists on a strict moral code aboard ship, based on Biblical
principles. He takes men into his crew who are discarded or dismissed by
society. He will do what is right, even if it goes against the desires of his
Elizabeth is a feisty woman
who hasn’t quite shaken her tomboy childhood. Though she now dons beautiful
gowns and the required number of petticoats, she would rather run barefoot
through the sand. There’s a bit of that desire for freedom inside all of us.
Q. What faith elements did
you weave into this story?
those closest to us wound us deeply—is the deepest thread. Some characters extend
mercy and grace, some struggle to forgive (as do many of us!), and some
desperately need forgiveness. When I think on all that Jesus endured for my
sake, I’m brought to my knees in gratitude.
Q. What’s on the book
horizon for you?
I’m currently in the midst
of the second book in the series, Honor
Redeemed, and am looking forward to the third book. I’m also beginning a
4-book mail-order bride series with Love Inspired Historical. It’s going to be
a busy year or so!
Q: How can we support and/or
pray for you, Christine?
Prayers are always welcome.
I covet prayers that the Lord will put these stories in the hands of those who
need a word or encouragement. Also pray for the Good News to reach into the
deepest dark places on this earth.
Thank you for visiting with
me today. May the Lord’s light shine upon each one of you.
Carole: Thank you so much for taking the time to be
with us today, Christine. And I think all of us avid readers are excited about
the books you will be working on over the next year or two. Please come back
and visit us again.
To enter the drawing for Love’s Rescue . . .
1) If you're on Facebook, please go to http://on.fb.me/1XghPYa and share about this giveaway ("likes" to my FB page are not
required, but very much appreciated).
2) I asked Christine something that I don’t believe I’ve
ever asked any of you, so please answer this question or leave a comment for Christine:
When it comes to ministry,
what is your passion?
BE SURE to leave your name
and your email address in a safe format - [at] and [dot] - for the drawing. E-mail
required for entry. Contest ends at midnight PST on Monday, October 26. Winner
will be chosen by Random.org and contacted by e-mail.
Eligibility: US and Canadian