Monday, June 1, 2020

Faith Blum on Love Lifted Me

Faith, welcome back to Homeschooled Authors. What have you been up to?
Writing, getting married, getting pregnant, and having a baby. :) I don’t remember exactly when I was here last, but I have published over 20 books now since the first book, A Mighty Fortress. Then in September 2017, I got married to a wonderful guy. We had our rainbow baby, David, in March!

Tell us about Tales of the East series.
It started out with my Beauty and the Beast retelling. I had an idea for one set during the time of King David and I wrote it. Fast forward a few years and I had some more ideas for fairy tale retellings set during Bible times. So I started writing more and was able to interconnect them. Even though they are interconnected, you can still read each one individually.

What is the latest book in the series, Love Lifted Me, about?
Love Lifted Me is about a young Shullamite who lives in a small village in Israel. Her parents die suddenly and very shortly after each other and she is left alone with her two lazy brothers. This is a dual retelling combining the Cinderella fairy tale with the Song of Solomon from the Bible. The idea was inspired by my mom after she read the Song of Solomon and told me how she thought it could work as a Cinderella retelling.

What was your favorite part of writing this story?
My favorite part of writing the story was putting elements of Cinderella and Song of Solomon into the story.

What are some of the challenges of writing biblical fiction?
Finding research for certain aspects of the way they lived. For instance, for one of my books, I wanted to put some of the wedding traditions into the story, but it was hard to find details.

What is the fun part of writing biblical fiction?
The fun part is reliving parts of the Bible in a new way. I get to read the Bible as research. What could be better than that?

What's the best book you've read in the last year?
That is the hardest question here. I’m not sure what to say. To be honest, it was probably, The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth by Genevieve Howland. It was a really good book for the season I was in.

Any final thoughts?
Thanks for having me here! I really appreciated the opportunity to come back!

Faith is giving away a ebook of Love Lifted Me. Enter below!
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  1. Sounds like a great book! Can't wait to read it!

  2. I really like that the book has elements of Conderella and Song of Solomon. I'm glad the baby is doing well!

  3. Looks really good. It's been a while since I've read any biblical fiction.