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Number of Pages: 268
Vendor: Xulon Press
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 6.00 X 9.02 X 0.61 (inches)|
Author: Patricia Hall Guthrie
Located in: Pulaski, Virginia
Submitted: August 27, 2016
Tell us a little about yourself. I am currently a 77 year old woman with a love of writing. I published this, my first book, as a dream of a lifetime at age 71. I am married to a retired Presbyterian minister, and I taught school for about 20 years in public, private, home school and home school co-op. Recently, August 2016, I published my second book, a different type of book called Jesse Hodge, A Story of Redemption, a book for adults. Writing is the joy of my life and a way to share my faith through story.
What was your motivation behind this project? The story began as a short story and turned into a novel. I call it "The Little Story that Grew". I was teaching a fourth/fifth grade combination at the time, and we were studying medieval history. When we came to the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, I decided to write a little story about it. Once started, I realized I didn't know enough about it and began to research the event. When I found an actual diary of a man who had been there when Constantinople fell, I was hooked. I knew I had to write this intriguing, exciting, but tragic tale. I told it by taking the ten children I was teaching at the time back in time to that historical event, letting the reader see the action through the children's eyes and experiences. They fit perfectly into the actual historical account, as children at that time in 1453 did actually go out every night with their parents to help repair the walls of the city which were being bombarded by the Turkish cannons. It was a perfect way to tell the story, and I loved writing it. I wanted to let the reader understand, too, that children can have great faith and courage, and that hiding God's word in our hearts is useful and necessary, and that his word is valid for all ages and people.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope that children who read this book will understand that historical events are more than just words on a page, but that actual people lived them out, sometimes bearing much pain, but showing much courage as they faced trials. I want children to be fascinated with history and to realize that it is exciting, not boring, and that if they study it in depth, they will learn many lessons. I believe that through story is the most pleasant way to learn history as long as the story has been well researched and is as accurate as possible.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Oh, how was I impacted! I loved history even more than I had. When I was in grade school and high school I had thought it boring. Then I had a college professor, Dr. William Wade, who made it live! From that time on, my whole view changed. I wanted to share the enjoyment I have found through learning about this event with my readers. I plan to write other historical novels if the Lord gives me more time on this earth.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I was influenced especially by the Zion Chronicles written by Bodie and Brock Thoene and the Zion Covenant books. I enjoy any historical fiction if it is well written.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I hope that home school moms will pay attention to this book. My many nieces and nephews have read it, some of them reading it three to four times, and even adults who have read it have enjoyed it. I worked hard to take the reader from chapter to chapter, ending each chapter so that readers would want to continue on to the next one. Though the book begins in an American school context and perhaps begins slowly, it increases in intensity to the end. The beginning particularly is of interest to children who love to plan things such as clubs and adventures. As we as a class read many historical fiction books together, I noted which ones the children particularly enjoyed and how they were written to catch their attention. I tried to practice the same methods with this book. Enjoy!