You may remember from a couple of weeks ago that I had the privilege of sharing mini interviews with nearly all of the 2019 ACFW Carol Award Finalists! At the time, Lindsay Franklin wasn’t able to participate but I’m pleased to bring it to you today! Lindsay’s book The Story Peddler was a finalist in both the Debut Novel & Speculative categories, and it won the Carol Award for Debut Novel! You can check out a list of all the finalists HERE and all the winners HERE.
THE STORY PEDDLER
SERIES: The Weaver Trilogy #1
GENRE: Young Adult Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2018
Selling stories is a deadly business
Tanwen doesn’t just tell stories—she weaves them into crystallized sculptures that sell for more than a few bits. But the only way to escape the control of her cruel mentor and claw her way from poverty is to set her sights on something grander: becoming Royal Storyteller to the king.
During her final story peddling tour, a tale of treason spills from her hands, threatening the king himself. Tanwen goes from peddler to prey as the king’s guard hunts her down . . . and they’re not known for their mercy. As Tanwen flees for her life, she unearths long-buried secrets and discovers she’s not the only outlaw in the empire. There’s a rebel group of weavers . . . and they’re after her too.
Hi, Lindsay! Welcome to the blog!
Q: Why do you write fiction? And, why specifically Christian fiction?
Lindsay: Fiction has always been a place of refuge for me. No matter what was happening in my life, I could always climb into a book and get lost in story—lost in the best possible way. I like to say art reveals truth (a few of my characters say this, too…), so when I tell stories, my worldview naturally slips in, whether I set out to write Christian fiction or not. Sometimes the messages are subtler than others, but the truth always rises to the surface, and I love that.
Carrie: oh i love that – it’s how it should be!
Q: Other than the Bible, what are a couple of your most cherished books and why?
Lindsay: The Hobbit is a favorite of mine, and I’ve read it many times to myself and aloud to my children. Tolkien’s world-building is legendary, of course, and I find The Hobbit contains a great sampling of the vast world of Middle Earth while still maintaining a brisk pace and humorous tone. That’s a win-win for me. I dearly loved the book The Farthest Away Mountain by Lynne Reid Banks. I read this so many times as a child, my paperback is just about falling apart. I’m actually afraid to read it now as an adult, because I wonder if it can possibly hold up to the adoration I had for it when I was younger! But that book was really important to me when I was growing up, so I’ll always cherish it.
Carrie: I absolutely 100% agree with your description of The Hobbit – yes! That book has a lot of cherished memories for me as my dad read it to me when I was a child. His voice is the definitive Gandalf, in my opinion 🙂
Q: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever Googled while researching a book?
Lindsay: How long it would take for a human body to be completely consumed by fire. Let’s be real—every author hopes the NSA is not monitoring her Google searches.
Carrie: LOL! very true
Q: If I asked your characters to describe YOU as an author, what would they say?
Lindsay: They would say I’m a total drama queen and my sense of humor is way too dorky. They would ask for better jokes and less hardship, I’m sure.
Carrie: hahaha! love that…
Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote The Story Peddler?
Lindsay: Oh, goodness. The Story Peddler is my debut, so what didn’t I learn while writing this one? To be fair, it’s the third book I pitched to publishing houses. By the time I started it, my agent and I had been pitching for a year or two, and I had soaked up a lot of great advice about branding and marketing. So the first draft I wrote based on the idea of supernatural artistic gifts was very much what I thought I should be writing as a Christian fiction author—heavily allegorical and containing a clear Christ figure within the fantasy world. I was stunned, to say the least, when I realized that’s not what this story wanted to be about. The Story Peddler is still based on a very Christian idea—that we reflect our Father, the Creator of the universe, when we create, and we are expected to use our gifts well. But it’s pretty far afield from where I was headed at first. So this book more than any other taught me that I really need to let each concept grow organically into what it’s meant to be. Forcing certain elements for the sake of branding results in soulless art, and I don’t ever want to do that.
Carrie: “Forcing certain elements for the sake of branding results in soulless art…” that’s so profound!
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