Barbara M. Britton, “
Hannah’s Journey” Providence
Today we are blessed to have Barbara Britton join us. Barbara is graciously giving away a copy of her new book "Providence" to one commenter. Please be sure to leave contact information!
Barbara, glad to have you. Where did you grow up and attend school? Are there any authors in your family?
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, but after my freshman year in high school, my family moved to
. That was a difficult move for
me as a teenager, and I had to “start” high school all over again as my high
school in Connecticut
began at grade 10. After I graduated, I relocated to sunny Westport Texas
to attend . I lived in Baylor University after graduation and met my husband
who was a seminary student at Dallas Theological Seminary. He was, and is, a Dallas Chicago guy, so we eventually moved to Illinois
and now we live in .
I cheer on the Packers, but hubby is a stalwart Bear’s fan. Wisconsin
I am the only author in my family. My sons used to get a bit of sympathy when they had to write papers for school, but now I tell them, “You can’t fix a blank page.”
How did you get started writing? How old were you? What made you want to start? What did you enjoy reading as a child?
I was in my early forties when I began writing. I was teaching chapel to kindergarten through fifth graders—all at once—at a nearby Christian school. I had to modify my curriculum for the vast age range I taught, or I had to write my own curriculum. I remember being tired at the end of the school year, and needing to decide what to teach the following year, so I prayed, “Lord, hit me with some creativity.” I wanted help with Bible stories, but I got a prompting to write. So, after nine years of writing, I sold my fourth book, “
Hannah’s Journey.” It was my first work of Biblical fiction. Providence
As a child I liked to read mysteries. One of my favorite series was Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators. Not many people have heard of this series, but I know I can’t be the only one to have read these adventures.
How and when did you and your husband meet? Was it love at first sight? What does he think about your being an author?
My husband and I met on a double date when we were with the other people. Yikes! After awhile, my husband asked his buddy if he was going to ask me out again, and when his friend wasn’t, my husband called me.
My husband has always supported me in my writing career. He is a non-fiction reader, so he hasn’t read any of my books. His advice when I was teaching chapel was not to just teach students the stories of the Bible, but to teach them the theology behind the story, so the kids would know why that event was in the Bible. All my books are based on a Bible story, or character, and the theology is there, hidden away.
I drew my inspiration for Hannah from the servant girl in the story of Naaman in II Kings 5.
How old are your children? Do they read your books? Have any of them got the writing bug, as well?
My boys are in their early twenties. One started seminary this year, and one is finishing college. They have each read one of my books, but not the ones that are being published. My oldest son and his friends did a video of my first book for a class project.
The writing bug hasn’t infected my family, but they are all very supportive of my work.
How do you research the communities and people you write about? Do you find yourself having to do a lot of research?
Research is my friend. I tell myself that as I’m figuring out the dates that kings reigned, and when the prophets lived, and which tribe of
Israel lived north of the
. I try to have fun learning about
the Bible, especially the Old Testament. I have a map of Salt Sea Jerusalem
in Nehemiah’s day on my office door, and a map of the tribes of from the
time of the Judges on my wall. I enjoy studying the Bible because I always
learn something new. Israel
The Bible is my first resource. Since my husband is a theologian, I have a basement full of commentaries and study guides. I use my local library too.
Thanks for having me on your blog today Laura. It’s been fun.
Barbara M. Britton was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but currently lives in
and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She writes Christian
Fiction for teens and adults. Barb has a nutrition degree from Wisconsin
but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. Barb kicked off her Tribes
of Israel series in October with the release of “ Baylor University : Hannah’s Journey.” Naomi’s
journey is set to release this spring. 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
As the sole daughter of the chief priest, Hannah is publicly shamed when the prophet of
refuses to heal her. Israel
Determined to restore her family’s honor, Hannah escapes
in hopes of
finding the prophet and convincing him to heal her deformities. Jerusalem Gilead, a young Hebrew guard sympathetic to her plight,
willingly accompanies her. On their way, they are captured by a band of
Hannah is forced to serve in the household of the commander of the Aramean army, an officer who is in need of healing himself.
Gilead is being used as sword practice for the Aramean
Hannah must act fast to save
and herself. But survival means coaxing the prophet of to heal
an enemy commander. Israel