Taking events from scripture in both the Old and New Testaments and turning them into compelling fiction is a passion of mine. As I read scripture, I try to imagine the setting and characters surrounding the event. These are used to turn the event into fictional stories that entertain and educate the reader.
I include as much historic content as I can in my biblical fiction. This, I believe, helps the reader put the story in context. It also adds credibility to the characters and events. But most of all, it is a way to draw the reader into a world they knew little about. My hope is that when the reader is finished with the story, he or she will walk away with a new perspective and appreciation for the event and the characters.
For my Shea Baker biblical mystery series (The Cloak, The Spear of Destiny, and The Twelfth Stone, and more to come), I try to imagine what would happen if the tangible objects from those ancient times were to resurface in today’s society. What would they be? Who would possess them? How would they be used? Then I go to work developing a plausible and hair-raising adventure around them.
In keeping with my moniker–Florida’s History Detective–each book in the biblical mystery series has a Florida connection.