Barbara M. Britton–Interview of the Day

Barbara M. Britton lives in Southeast Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She is published in Biblical Fiction and enjoys bringing little-known Bible characters to light in her stories. Barb ventures into Christian Historical Fiction with “Until June.” Barb is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America, and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. She has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. Find out more about Barb’s books on her Facebook Author Page or on her website http://www.barbarambritton.com/books.html

Thank you for having me on the blog today, Lillian.

Why did you become a writer?

 I never thought I would be an author. I enjoyed creative writing in high school, but no one ever mentioned writing as a career. Many years later, when I was in my forties, I taught elementary chapel at a Christian school. Since I taught kindergarten through fifth grade, all at one time, I had to modify curriculum. One day I prayed, “Lord, hit me with some creativity.” I did get my lessons plans finished, but I also got a prompting to write. I wrote three books before I wrote about a Bible story. My Biblical story was the first one to be published.

Why do you write Christian Fiction?

 I love teaching the Bible, especially to children. Bringing Bible stories to life through drama, or song, or artwork is fun. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise that the first book of mine to be published was Biblical Fiction. I taught Bible stories every week to children. I hope Christians and unbelievers learn something about the Bible through my books. I learn so much researching the Bible for my stories.

Tell us something about yourself.

 I am a terrible typist, yet I manage to get books written. I asked to be placed in typing class my freshman year of high school. I was one of two freshman placed in biology class instead. I love science, but I never had the opportunity in my schedule to go back and take typing. I write all my stories by hand on a pad of paper before I “type” them on a computer.

Tell us a little about your books.

 I enjoy writing about Bible characters that may not be familiar to most Christians. All of my stories have come from the Old Testament. I am amazed at how much of the Bible I did not know and still don’t know. I love to discover details that I overlooked in the Bible, or even a story that was new to me. I taught the story of Nehemiah many times to children. Imagine how shocked I was to discover a false prophetess who worked against him. I also had no idea the tribe of Benjamin was almost wiped out by the other tribes of Israel. My latest series deals with the incredible story of the daughters of Zelophehad. These sisters were hidden in the book of Numbers and I learned about them only a few years ago. I missed teaching their story in chapel.

Tell us about your current book.

 My latest book is a WWI Historical. The story was one I heard on a cruise ship excursion outside of Juneau, Alaska. My family and I visited the Taku Glacier Lodge on the Taku River and ate lunch while hoping to see a black bear. While we were eating, we were told that a WWI veteran and his caregiver lived at the lodge and were isolated during the winter months when the river froze. A man and a woman alone in a lodge? That is how “Until June” was born.

Why do you consider this book a modern-day parable?

 In “Until June,” a caregiver goes over and above the call of duty to help a WWI veteran overcome his injuries and learn to live life again. In Luke 10:25-37, the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus tells the story of a severely injured man who was beaten and left for dead. Who had compassion on the man? A traveler who was considered an “enemy” of the Hebrews. The Samaritan had compassion on his fellow man—his neighbor.

My character, Josephine Nimetz, receives care and compassion from the Chambers family. When the Chambers family needs help, Josephine is compelled to help their son. It’s not an easy task for Josephine to care for a double amputee, but she does her best and shows compassion to her neighbor (literally). Josephine is my Good Samaritan.

BOOK BLURB ~ UNTIL JUNE

When seventeen-year-old seamstress, Josephine Nimetz, agrees to take care of a WWI amputee in a remote Alaskan lodge to escape the influenza of 1918, there’s enough friction to melt the Mendenhall Glacier. Her position is only until June, and it pays well enough to overlook the hardship of managing a rustic home and a shell-shocked veteran, Geoff Chambers.

Geoff makes it clear that he isn’t too fond of the “runt” sent to take care of his needs, nor of her painful mistakes. Dealing with a depressed and addicted amputee, pushes Josephine to the brink of leaving, if not for the money her salary brings.

But Josephine is a perfectionist, determined to get Geoff back on his feet—figuratively. Though, sending a rich, handsome veteran back into society may cost Josephine the man she has grown to love.