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Now let's revisit novelist Kay Strom, author of The Hope of Shridula, book 2 of the Blessings in India trilogy (Abingdon Press, March 2012).
Kay Marshall Strom is the author of forty books, including The Faith of Ashish, book 1 of the Blessings in India trilogy. Related books are the Grace in Africa trilogy and In the Presence of the Poor: Changing the Face of India (InterVarsity Press). Kay’s books have been released in the U.S., Britain, and India.
In the course of writing about humanitarian and justice issues and the global family of God, as well as speaking around the world, she has been to India eight times.
Kay and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest.
Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
--I am terrified of spiders.
--I speak on cruise ships in exchange for cruises for two.
--My home burned in a wildfire.
--I met my husband in a writing class.
--I wrote my first two books in longhand.
Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Hope of Shridula.
INDIA 1946: For forty-eight years, Shridula’s family toiled as virtual slaves in the fields of the high-caste Mammen family, all because of her grandfather’s small debt. Her name, like her father Ashish’s, means blessing. When Shridula was born her father said, “Maybe the name will bring her more fortune than it brought me.” His words prove prophetic in ways he could never have imagined.
Shridula works in the home of the oppressive, so-called Christian landowner—a terrifying place. Despite all, she gets a glimpse of Christianity. As flames of revolt burn through India, God’s hand is on Shridula. Hope comes to her in many ways—through the Bible given to her father Ashish many years earlier, through the landowner’s daughter, through clouds of war, and through an aging missionary time forgot.
What is it about Shridula that will make your readers care about her?
Shridula is an Indian Dalit—an untouchable. She is also a girl, which means she is cursed by the gods. An untouchable girl, worth less than a rat. Yet, even with everything stacked against her, she refuses to abandon her hope for freedom. In the struggle to find it, she finds God.
Recently a friend gave me a book that provides links to online music meant to accompany the story at specific points in the plot. I thought that was an interesting idea. If you were to choose a song to be played somewhere within your story, what song would it be?
"Jesus Loves Me," accompanied by tambourine and drums, in an Indian beat.
What is the last book you read that you would recommend?
The Zookeeper's Wife. I love true stories, or stories based on fact, that raise the spirit and engender hope. This is the tale of Polish keepers of the Warsaw Zoo whose imaginative, brave efforts saved hundreds of people from Nazi concentration camps. The author pulls us in so in that we cannot help but smell the animals, hear the march of boots, and feel the stab of everything that happens.
What are you working on now?
Shhhh… A new historical mystery series. Can’t say any more yet, but I’ll have further information soon.
Where else can readers find you online?
Come by my website: www.kaystrom.com. Also visit my main blog: www.kaystrom.wordpress.com and my social justice blog: www.graceinafrica.com. I’m on Facebook and Twitter.
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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?
What other countries or societies would you like to read about?
Thank you, Kay, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Kay has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, March 5. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kay's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.
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