From her home in the forest, writer Marsha Ward offers up an eclectic collage of musings on life, insights into the writing process, sample scenes and snippets from her work, book spotlights, and author interviews. Now including "The Characters in Marsha's Head."
Today I'd like to introduce you to my friend Christine Thackeray. Christine lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest, and writes both fiction and non-fiction.
~ Thank You!!!!
I heard you just moved when someone unexpectedly bought your home. That's kind of brutal. Has it changed your writing schedule?
~ Yes. We recently moved and I’m suddenly HOMESCHOOLING. And my husband is home full time. I thought toddlers were time consuming.
Yikes! As a former homeschooler, I know how much time and effort that involves. I hope you can still fit writing time into your life. I understand you have published two books. Tell us about them.
~ Last year I had my first two books published. The first was fiction entitled “Crayon Messages: A Visiting Teacher Adventure.” It’s about a woman who is given the worst visiting teaching route ever and how it becomes her greatest blessing. You can still purchase it from the publisher, Cedar Fort, and it is still in some LDS book stores.
What was the other book?
~ The second was a collaborative non-fiction work that I did with my sister, Dr. Marianna Richardson, called “C. S. Lewis: Latter Day Truths in Narnia.” We were fascinated to find out that C. S. Lewis had been quoted hundreds of times in LDS church magazines and General Conferences so we worked to define C. S. Lewis’s themes in terms of what he intended versus what has been said of him. I thinks it’s an intriguing study. The end of the book contains a complete index of Lewis’s quotes by topic and who he has been quoted by. It’s a great resource for lesson preparation.
C.S. Lewis is a wonderful author. I'm glad you did that book. What's ahead? Do you have other work coming out?
~ Yes. For Mother’s Day 2010 look for a small gift book entitled “Could You Be An Angel Today?” It’s a fun story about a typical Mom who has an angel come to her asking for a day off. The woman agrees to take on the angel’s responsibilities for one day and through that experience realizes that anyone can be an angel--even her.
Very nice. I'll keep my eyes open for it. A little bird told me you have another book in the pipeline. What can you tell us about that?
~ My next visiting teaching adventure is on the way. It should be out by this summer and is called, “Lipstick Wars.” It’s the story of a young mother with an escaping toddler. Her son’s escapades take her to the door of a reclusive artist and together these women make miracles happen.
That sounds terrific! I enjoyed the first book in the series, so I look forward to reading this one, too. Thanks for being here today, Christine.