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Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Xulon Press
Publication Date: 2001
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X .60 (inches)|
Series: Oxford Chronicles
Author: Melanie M. Jeschke
Located in: Vienna, Virginia
Submitted: May 27, 2002
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a fourth generation pastor's wife and home- schooling mother of nine children. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia with an Honors degree in English Literature and write free-lance travel articles. "Inklings" is my first novel and the first of a series called "The Oxford Chronicles".
What was your motivation behind this project? In 1998, I was blessed to attend the centenary celebration of the birth of C.S. Lewis which was sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Foundation and held in both Oxford and Cambridge. I knew God had enabled me to go for a bigger reason than just to fulfill my life-long dream to study at these universities. When my publisher suggested I set a book around the Inklings and the Eagle and Child pub, I envisioned a way to share all the wonderful stories about C.S. Lewis that I had heard at Oxbridge. I hope my novels will inspire a new generation to look deeper into the lives and writings of these great Christian writers as well as give them a picture of Christian courtship and the importance of purity and not being unequally yoked with unbelievers. Having worked many years in youth ministry with my husband and having nine children of our own, we have a "passion for purity".
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope my novels will inspire people to look deeper into the lives and writings of The Inklings, particularly C.S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. I also hope to present to young men and women approaching or in their courtship years the importance of seeking God's best for them in a husband or wife and for keeping themselves pure in the midst of all the temptations to do otherwise. I hope "Inklings" and the rest of the "Oxford Chronicles" will present a vision of Christian courtship and demonstrate that purity is possible.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien must be on my list for inspiring this series as well as William Shakespeare and Jane Austen, the greatest writer of romance. I most enjoy reading the classics. "Les Miserables", "Anna Karenina", "David Copperfield", and "Silas Marner" are among my favorite novels. I've also greatly enjoyed books by Christian authors Bodie and Brock Thoene.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I'm a student of English history and love to travel, which is why I write travel articles. I think I bring that sense of history and setting to "Inklings". Many people have said they have enjoyed reading "Inklings" because they felt like they were in Oxford and they learned so much about the University and the Inklings. But young adults have enjoyed the book for the romance as well. My college-age daughter and her roomate liken it to Lori Wick, their favorite Christian author. Although I geared the novel for women and younger women in particular, to my surprise and delight men have been enthusiastic readers as well. One college-aged male soccer player said he found it "riveting" and that he couldn't put it down. Some have said that they have read it in one sitting and that they didn't want it to end -- -which is the highest compliment to a new author!