After the Great War, Abby Fraser returns to India with her small son, where her husband is stationed with the British army. She has longed to go home to the land of glittering palaces and veiled women . . . but Nick has become a cruel stranger. It will take more than her American pluck to survive.
Major Geoff Richards, broken over the loss of so many of his men in the trenches of France, returns to his cavalry post in Amritsar. But his faith does little to help him understand the ruthlessness of his British peers toward the Indian people he loves. Nor does it explain how he is to protect Abby Fraser and her child from the husband who mistreats them.
Amid political unrest, inhospitable deserts, and Russian spies, tensions rise in India as the people cry for the freedom espoused by Gandhi. Caught between their own ideals and duty, Geoff and Abby stumble into sinister secrets . . . secrets that will thrust them out of the shadows and straight into the fire of revolution.
How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I was an amateur painter before I began to write, so the visual arts has always been of interest to me. I’m drawn to pictures, so I have a good eye for color and balance. Putting the trailer together for Shadowed in Silk was a learning experience, and I got better when it came time to do the next trailer for my second book Captured by Moonlight, but I’m sure a professional could spot the mistakes.
I think the important thing to book trailers is good music. Music has a direct response from our ear to our emotions, and you want readers to get a feel for your book through the music.
In my opinion, most book trailers are boring. So I went for vivid photos, and the most exciting music I could find, but that also had that hint of danger I wanted. I purchased these items on various site such as iStock, Shutterstock, Dreamstime, as well as the music from iStock.
My son who was a music major, was able to edit the music soundbits to the exact length I needed. The first trailer is a bit too long. Shorter is much better. As an author with a small traditional press I would never pay for someone to make my trailers for me. I think they help sell books in a small way, as long as you are hitting every other nail in the marketing game. But don’t put all your eggs into one basket.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I am of Irish-British descent, so I grew up on the bestseller blockbuster novels of MM Kaye such as Far Pavilions. These were thick, adventure-filled, romantic epics set in British Colonial India. That was as exciting an era in British history as the Wild West is to Americans. When it came time for me to write my novels, I wanted to write the same sort of exciting, epic-style book, but from a Christian viewpoint.
My books are Christian Historical novels with multi-layered plots, and with big love stories. No sacchrine-sweet romances at all.
I have been fascinated with India since I was a child, and the last few decades of the British Raj were loaded with great history and vivid true-life characters such as Gandhi and Lord Mountbattent, the last British Viceroy to India.
The eventual end of the British rule of India came in 1947, and it came with the Partitiion of India, thereby creating the Muslim country of Pakistan. This was an extremely volitile time in Indian history–full of human pathos, and great gallantry, a rich tapestry for fictional novels.
Shadowed in Silk is Book 1 of my series Twilight of the British Raj. Captured by Moonlight is Book 2, and Veiled at Midnight is the third and final book, and will be released Feb. 2014.
Irish-born Christine Lindsay writes award-winning inspirational historical novels. Her great-grandfather and grandfather both worked as riveters on the Titanic. Several more of her ancestors served in the British Cavalry in India, seeding Christine’s long-time fascination with Colonial India, and became the stimulus for her series Twilight of the British Raj. In her novels, SHADOWED IN SILK and CAPTURED BY MOONLIGHT, Christine delights in showing the love of God in times of great injustice on a national and domestic scale. She weaves the endless theme of redemption throughout stories of danger, suspense, adventure, and romance.
The Pacific coast of Canada, about 200 miles north of Seattle, is Christine’s home. Like a lot of authors, her chief editor is her cat.