The winner of Katia is Michelle Sutton! Congratulations!! Michelle, please email me (addy to the right) your snail mail so I can get your information to Bruce.
And now, on with the interview.
Christina: I know you have a picture on your website that inspired Katia. What’s the story behind the photo?
Bruce: Rather than tell you about the photo that inspired Katia, let me ask you to do something. Go to www.brucejudisch.com/katia.htm and, on the left side of the page, click the link to the KENS 5 TV interview featuring the book (sorry about the advertisement leader…). It tells the story. Just thought you might enjoy the video. J
Christina: Did the photo inspire For Maria, too? What else inspired For Maria?
Bruce: Katia is the prequel to For Maria, but it has nothing to do with the photo. Those who read Katia will know from the last chapter what For Maria is going to be about (i.e., its inspiration). J
Christina: Can you tell us a little bit about For Maria?
Bruce: Although it’s not necessary to read Katia to appreciate For Maria, I think the experience would be fuller. Here’s a synopsis:
December, 1939: The Gestapo haul Izaak and Maria Szpilmann away to the Lublin concentration camp, leaving their twin infant daughters behind to die. But the twins do not die. Rescued by a neighbor couple, Gustaw and Ròsa Dudek, they escape occupied Poland to Salzburg, Austria. They are not heard from again.
Today: Maria Szpilmann has survived Lublin, Auschwitz, and Bergen-Belsen. She is now grandmother to Madeline Sommers, a young journalist who, despite the odds, passionately clings to the belief that the lost twins are still alive. She makes it her single-focused mission to find and reunite them with her failing grandmother before it’s too late.
Christina:Bruce, would you like to ask our readers any questions?
Bruce: Sure. “Aside from avoiding excessive profanity, gratuitous sex, and gory violence, why do you choose to read Christian fiction? Do you prefer an overt evangelical message (e.g., prayer, conversion scenes, quoting Scripture), or a mainstream storyline with a Christian worldview more subtly embedded? What makes a novel ‘Christian’ for you?”
Christina: That’s a great question, Bruce. For me, I love ‘real’ characters who find out just how much God loves them. I write romance, which tends to get a bad rap, especially within the Christian world. Critics say romance fiction gives women a false sense of what love really should be, it leads them into an unrealistic fantasy world about their spouses. But I say, romance fiction, especially Christian romance, inspires women to work on their relationships instead of walk away when times get rough. More importantly, when Christian romance is written well it shows how a three cord strand is not easily broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12). And that, with God at the center of that three cord strand, is what I like to find in the stories I read.
Now it’s your turn, Dear Readers, “What makes a novel ‘Christian’ for you?” One commenter will receive a copy of For Maria (upon it’s release). Oh, and feel free to ask Bruce any questions you might have for For Maria.
And don’t forget to join us next week when we delve into Bruce’s Biblicals. You can also check out part I of the interview here.