Please allow me to introduce Stephanie Landsem to InfiniteCharacters.com. I met her on another blog where I had the great fortune to win a free copy of her debut novel, The Well. So glad she has many more on the horizon. She’s here to tell us about her newest release, The Thief.
Tell us a little about yourself.
As it says on the backs of my books, I love the adventure of travel—both in real life and in books. I’ve visited 15 countries on 4 continents but I’m equally happy at home in Minnesota where I read, write, avoid housework, and take care of my husband, four children, and three fat cats.
Avoid housework? That makes us kindreds!!! <fist bump>
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I love science fiction and zombie movies. The Walking Dead is my current down-time show. My boys have begged me to write a zombie book.
Hmmm. I’m sensing an interest in the story of … maybe … Lazarus. I know, he’s not quite a zombie, but he’s the closest you could get with Bible fiction.
Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?
I read everything I could get my hands on. I especially loved series because I hated leaving characters that I loved: The Chronicles of Narnia, Little House on the Prairie, and the Black Stallion series were a few that I read over and over.
Oh yes, I miss characters when I close a book.
What is the quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?
Once, when I was traveling in Spain with a friend, we decided to go to Tangiers, Morocco. We were only there for 36 hours and in that time bought handmade carpets we couldn’t afford, ate roasted goat, learned to belly dance, got locked out of our hotel overnight, rode camels on a deserted beach, and vowed never to go back!
Well … if you’re going to be THAT quirky, confine it to 36 hours.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I don’t think I could say. I’ve been drawn to literary fiction lately, but I’m just as likely to pick up a science fiction novel or historical fiction. I also love to read the middle grade and YA fiction with my kids.
Share something about your day-to-day life that might help a reader to feel as though they know you a little better.
After I get my kids off to school, I usually sit down to write for several hours. Sometimes, I look up and realize that five hours have gone by, I’m starving, and there’s a cup of cold coffee sitting on my desk. I’ve found I have to set a timer for myself and make a list of the other important things I need to do that day: take a shower, pick up kids, take the cats to the vet—or those other things don’t get done.
Like clean the house … or not ;o).
How many books do you have published and where can they be found?
The Well is my debut novel published by Howard Books/Simon & Schuster. It can be found on Amazon and other online retailers and in Christian Bookstores. The Thief, the second in the Living Water Series, will release in February of next year. In 2015 the third and final book of The Living Water series, The Tomb, will release.
The Tomb? Hmmmm. Could it be … ?
Ahem. Tell us about your latest book,The Thief.
A Roman centurion longing for peace and a Jewish woman hiding a deadly secret witness a miracle that transforms their lives and leads them to the foot of the cross. As Nissa and Longinus are unexpectedly caught up in the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus, they wonder who this teacher is who heals others but does nothing to save himself. Is the mercy he offers in his teachings real, or just another false promise? Can Nissa and Longinus overcome their pasts to find a future free of their shackles?
The Thief is an evocative story of two people trapped in their circumstances and the life-changing power of mercy and love.
What inspired you to write these particular books?
All the books of The Living Water series were inspired by the same question: what would it be like to meet the Incarnation face to face? How would it affect not only the person meeting Jesus, but everyone around them: their family, neighbors, friends and enemies? I hope that these books inspire people to ask the same questions for themselves.
Yes, they do.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on the third book in The Living Water Series, The Tomb. The story of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus as you’ve never imagined it before.
Thank you so much, Stephanie, for joining us today. I’ve had the pleasure of reading The Well. “Well” worth the read. It surprises the reader in extraordinary ways. I will say no more ;o).
Stephanie Landsem writes historical fiction because she loves adventure in far-off times and places. In real life, she’s explored ancient ruins, medieval castles, and majestic cathedrals around the world. Stephanie is equally happy at home in Minnesota with her husband, four children, and three fat cats. When she’s not writing, she’s feeding the ravenous horde, avoiding housework, and dreaming about her next adventure—whether it be in person or on the page.
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