|The Restorer's Son, Swords of Lyric Series #2|
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Plunged again into the gray world of Lyric and Hazor, Susan and Mark search frantically for their teenage son, Jake, as all signs hint that a trusted ally has betrayed them and threatens their son. Assassins and political intrigue, false leads, and near misses beset their path, which will lead them into the dark prisons of Hazor before the One's purpose is revealed.
Cast out by those he trusts and preferring to cross swords with the One rather than submit to His will, Kieran flees to enemy Hazor, only to find that the One knows no borders. Pursued by his calling, Kieran journeys to Sidian, where he finds a boy without a home, a king with burning questions, and a nation torn by darkness. As he embraces the tasks the One has set before him, this new Restorer learns that the One requires his all-perhaps even his life.
Sharon Hinck is a wife and mother of four. She holds an MA in Communications from Regent University and spent ten years as the artistic director of a Christian performing arts group. She has played a variety of instruments, including college study of piano and church organ. She has also worked as a professional choreographer and classical ballet teacher. She and her family live in Minnesota.
Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV: “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
Our Interview with Sharon Hinck:
Please give us a bit of background information.
Sharon’s novels include The Secret Life of Becky Miller (Bethany House, 2006), Renovating Becky Miller (Bethany House, 2007), The Restorer (NavPress, 2007) and The Restorer’s Son (NavPress, 2007), with more releasing soon. Her undergrad degree is in education, and she earned an M.A. in Communication from Regent University in 1986. In April, 2007, she was named “Writer of the Year” at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
2 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV) “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
I love that God’s grace can pour through our humble lives. His love leaks out through the broken places in our lives.
How did you come up with the concept for Restorer’s Son; And the entire series?
I’ve always been fascinated by the story of Deborah in the book of Judges, and wondered what a modern woman would look like in that role.
Is any part of Restorer’s Son factual?
Yes and no. It’s about an ordinary mom who is pulled into an alternate world, and I haven’t actually stepped through any portals into other worlds. However, the idea of being pulled into an unexpected challenge is very real to most of the people I know. I wrote these books for my friends who receive a diagnosis of cancer, or the news that their child has a learning disability, or their parent is battling Alzheimers, or their spouse has lost their job. They suddenly find themselves in a foreign world, facing new rules, and being asked to fill a role they don’t feel ready for. In The Restorer’s Son, there is also a new Restorer who is reluctant to fill his role, and I think that is also true to life for many of us. It can be frightening to embrace some of the things God calls us to.
How closely is this Restorer’s Son based on your life?
Susan’s spiritual journey – her desire to follow God and her confusion when the road is much harder than she expected—is very parallel to my own. I’ve never carried a sword into battle, but I’ve faced the challenge of surrendering more deeply to God’ s purposes when they didn’t make sense to me. Kieran’s storyline also reflects some of the ways I’ve wrestled with my faith.
How long did Restorer’s Son take you to complete?
I began work on the series about five years ago, and I’ve worked on some aspect of it (first draft, revisions, critiques, test-readers, approaching publishers, market research, etc.) throughout these five years.
What is the symbolism for the title Restorer’s Son?
There are several surprises in the book that reveal double and triple meanings for the title. As the book opens, we know that Susan (the Restorer from the first book) is searching for her son. But readers will find other meaning to the title as the story unfolds. The name “Restorer” reflects a certain role in this fantasy world. During a certain point in the history of Israel, God used Judges to deliver the people when they were under particular threat. In the created world of The Restorer, the nation waits for these same sort of short-term heroes of faith to rise up and lead the people to salvation—to restore them to their faith in the One and protect them from being destroyed by surrounding nations.
Do you have a favorite character? Why?
Although I identify deeply with Susan, I enjoy Kieran because he is unpredictable, and says and does things I never would. Even while writing the book, I was never quite sure whose side he was on.
How much research did Restorer’s Son take?
Several trips to alternate worlds. Also, as a wife and mom in middle America, I’ve always seen the Christian life as an heroic struggle, and the main character of Susan was shaped from observing the lives of friends. An M.A. in communication helped in the development of the society and cultures, I drew from theology study to draw the parallels with the book of Judges and series of “Christ-types”, and my experience as a musician and church-worker colored the descriptions of the worship life of the People of the Verses. I also benefited from my limited experience in kick-boxing, karate, and stage combat for the training and battle scenes.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
Seeking to communicate about our God who is awesome and indescribable means that I constantly fall short. None of my words are big enough or beautiful enough to fully express all He’s done. But I love looking for new ways to illuminate facets of who He is, and honestly portray the struggles we face as pilgrims on this fallen world.
Are there any other new projects on the horizon?
The Restorer’s Journey (book three in the Sword of Lyric series) releases at the end of December. Then in 2008 I have two new books coming out with Bethany House (back in the more contemporary fiction genre). Symphony of Secrets (2/08) and Penny’s Project (9/08).
Who was the person who influenced you the most with your writing?
My mom inspired my love for reading from the time I was four years old and she recited poetry to me while pushing me on the swings, and read to me for hours each day. Because of her, I discovered authors who fed my childhood passion for words – and still influence me today.
What advice would you give to a person trying to become a fiction writer?
Read voraciously, tap into the things that ignite your passion, gather feedback on your writing, and keep working. And check out the resources on the “Encouragement for Writers” page of my website – sharonhinck.com
What message would you like your readers to take away from Restorer’s Son?
Even when we feel inadequate to the challenges that God calls us to meet, He can restore our soul, and enable us to become a Restorer to others. Life is a grand adventure, and even the small choices we make each day can be heroic.
What is your goal or mission as a writer?
My prayer is that my stories will enliven courage and hope in readers who are facing very real battles of their own, and point them to the One place to find grace, truth, and strength.