What a stunning cover!
What can we say? Robin Hanley…www.robinhanley.com …is a world famous inspirational artist, and we are truly blessed she allows us to use her art in our book covers
You have been passionately devoted to writing biblical/historical fiction for many years. What was the genesis of your interest in writing biblical fiction?
We have always loved history and the stories of people of faith dealing with tough times. Writing about the life of Jesus was only possible when we had written 40 other historical novels, and studied his era for years, preparing ourselves for the task
How much of the The Jerusalem Chronicles Series comes from your background and experience?
Making Lazarus a vineyard owner and a wine maker comes from the area of California where we grew up. The metaphor of Jesus saying, “I am the vine and you are the branches,” is much more powerful than people know.
How much research did The Jerusalem Chronicles Series take?
Literally years, because When Jesus Wept is our 17th novel about the life and times of Jesus. Everything we’ve learned up to now has gone into making this the best yet.
How much of the story is factual information?
The history is, as always, as accurate as we can possibly make it. We want the people among whom Jesus lived to live and breathe for the reader.
What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing The Jerusalem Chronicles Series?
We were struck by the fact…recorded in scripture, but not really focused on by us before…that Lazarus was also a target for assassination, as was Jesus. Think about it: the most powerful witness to Jesus’ claim to be Messiah is that he brought someone back to life. And Lazarus was not an unknown, but a recognizable public figure. And not in far-off Galilee, but near to Jerusalem, a thriving metropolitan city of half a million or more inhabitants.
What other new writing projects do you have on the horizon?
We’re completing book 2 of the Jerusalem Chronicles. Take this Cup focuses on moving the story forward from Palm Sunday to the Last Supper.
What message would you like your readers to take from reading the When Jesus Wept?
We learned so much from the metaphor about the vine! Grapevines don’t produce superior fruit unless they have to struggle to yield a crop. Vines don’t grow strong; they don’t make wines with character, unless their roots have to stretch to reach the water!