Wow. Here I was thinking I was going to have to blog about what was going on in my life at the moment: AKA The Eternal Homework Hell. And I really didn’t want to blog about how incredibly, unbelievably difficult it is to try to get Christopher through his homework … what I wanted to do was to focus on something cheerful and pleasant.
Then, amazingly, something cheerful and pleasant happened!
My Biblical fiction about Deborah and Barak came out waaaayyy back last spring, but for some reason the publisher has been unable to get it listed on amazon.com ever since then. I have been bombarding them with requests, and every few days I check the amazon listings and it just makes me sad and frustrated, but I keep checking anyway … and today I checked, and there it was!
So now there’s no excuse … people can buy Deborah and Barak on Amazon!
This is the second work of Biblical historical fiction I’ve written, the first being my book about Queen Esther. This one takes an older story about which far fewer details are given in the Bible — the story of the prophetess Deborah and the warrior Barak and how they (along with mysterious hit-woman Jael) team up to defeat the eeeeevil Canaanite general, Sisera. It’s one of the Bible’s most dramatic stories, and also one that leaves lots of questions unanswered. Including the biggie: How did a woman ever come to hold such an exalted position — prophetess and judge — in such an overwhelmingly partriarchal society?
I divided the point of view between Deborah and Barak, which meant writing from a man’s point of view — not only a man, but a Bronze Age warrior who spends lots of time fighting, so that was a stretch for me. Anyway, it was a fun book to research and write, and I hope now that it’s a little more readily available people will enjoy reading it!