I first met the multi-talented Sharon Hinck (at various times a choreographer, dancer, musician, homeschool mom and writer) at a writers conference several years ago. I was immediately taken in by her humor, warmth, and willingness to befriend an aspiring novelist like me.
Sharon writes “stories for the hero in all of us,” about ordinary women on extraordinary faith journeys. She has been honored with a Christy finalist medal and three Carol awards for her previous books. She claims that one day she’ll figure out what to be when she grows up, but for now, she pours her imagination into writing.
This article first appeared in a Book Buddy newsletter. Thank you, Sharon, for allowing me to re-post it here.
The Story Behind the Story of The Deliverer
by Sharon Hinck
“If I can no longer do this, then who am I?”
Several years ago, (after loads of fun and the publication of seven novels) I was sidelined from my writing work by health issues. For quite awhile I wasn’t able to write at all. Slowly, I improved enough to begin writing short devotions. Then I wrote bonus material for the first three Sword of Lyric books as expanded editions were released with a new publisher.
Gradually, I resumed work on The Deliverer, a story I’d begun before I got sick. Now the book is finished—seven years after beginning the manuscript. That wasn’t the pace I had in mind when I began the story. I couldn’t have imagined the interruptions that would come. But I’m so grateful God allowed me to complete the book.
In that wonderful way God has of making use of our trials, part of Linette’s journey in the story involves the loss of her vocation. I was able to draw from the fear and frustration of my experiences to depict her struggle. I hope her story will encourage anyone who has faced interruptions, a loss of identity, or a loss of ability. Take heart! God may have something richer and deeper and more profound in mind for your life than you first imagined. Sometimes He may even get you back on a path that you thought was barricaded forever.
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About this book: A lost songkeeper must lead her people to a long-awaited Deliverer.
Eager to serve the One, a young songkeeper travels to the dark and foreign nation of Hazor, but her confusing, rough-edged companion has lost his Restorer gifts. As danger rises against them both, she loses her freedom, her memories, and her hope. Now even the very music of her soul is threatened.
In our world, Susan Mitchell no longer feels at home in the carpool lane. Burdened by the unhealed scars from her trips through the portal, she fights to suppress her worry about her son, who remains out of contact in Lyric. But when a mysterious message hints Jake is in danger, she and her husband are swept away—to the place they least expect.
Clan rebellions. Lost Restorers. Has the One turned away, or will the face of the Deliverer bring light to the darkness?
After words: Has your work ever been sidelined by illness or life events? How did you respond to the interruption?