With valentines day a week ago from today, the air remains saturated with love and romance.
Tessa Afshar’s latest release, a ravishing romance develops between Priscilla and Aquila in Daughter of Rome, radiating the beauty of covenant. Tessa afshar's latest release, a ravishing romance develops between Priscilla and Aquila in Daughter of Rome, radiating the beauty of covenant. Click To Tweet
Today on my blog, I am honored to feature a post interviewing Tessa Afshar on her thoughts about romance and incorporating romance into her writing.
I want to thank crazy4fiction blog for the content of this blog and providing permission to use the content from their site.
This post was originally published as part of the Crazy4Fiction blog and is used with permission. You can read the original post here. (https://www.crazy4fiction.com/2020/01/21/romance-author-qa/).
Q: Relationships aren’t always smooth sailing. Priscilla and Aquila in Daughter of Rome have their share of challenges. How did you decide what obstacles to have them overcome together and how do you hope their story will encourage others?
A: Priscilla and Aquila were expelled from Rome, which meant they were forced to leave their home, dear friends, and established business ties. The implied emotional and financial stress in such an unexpected move is enormous and bound to affect even the strongest of relationships. In Daughter of Rome, I tried to capture some of the complexities of love in troubled times. The story reminds us how important it is to choose love in marriage, to guard it, to fight for it. To avoid listening to the negative conclusions that our wounded hearts press upon us. I hope readers will be inspired by Priscilla and Aquila’s brave love for each other, for God, and for friend and foe alike.
Q: Your novels are set during biblical times when courtship customs were different from today. How do you give characters in your novels romances that will resonate with contemporary readers while also not making the love stories feel too modern for the setting?
A: I believe there are certain things about the human heart that never change regardless of the era. Women will always want to be known and cherished. Pursued. Men still need to feel honored and respected. They still dread failure. The ancient Romans and Israelites might not have gone out to the local Italian restaurant for a first date. But the main ingredients of a good romance never change.
Q: Is there a scene between Priscilla and Aquila in Daughter of Rome that was the most fun for you to write? Which scene is it?
A: Oddly, it is the scene where Aquila almost ruins everything. He withdraws his first proposal. Caught in a whirlwind of judgment, he can’t wait to walk away. But the reader is also aware, perhaps more than Aquila himself, that he can’t really let Priscilla go. I love the charged tension Aquila feels in this scene, his heart torn between a consuming love and sharp censure. Even though the scene doesn’t have a happy conclusion, as readers we are aware that it will eventually lead to a more satisfying union.
Q: What’s one of your favorite romantic lines a character says in your novels?
A: Goodness! This one is really difficult to answer. The romance of a line usually comes from the buildup of many previous scenes, adding momentum. But here is a stab at an answer. I chose a short scene from Land of Silence:
He strode toward me without a word and, before I could object, grabbed hold of my hands and hauled me into his arms.
“Ethan! I am unclean!”
He cradled my head against his shoulder. “I have never known a cleaner woman.”
Author Bio – Tessa Afshar is an award-winning author of biblical and historical fiction. Her books have won the Christy and INSPY Awards and been voted by the Library Journal as one of top five Christian fiction titles of the year. Her first Bible Study and DVD, The Way Home, based on the book of Ruth, will be released from Moody Publishers in June 2020. Born in the Middle East, Tessa moved to England in her teens where she attended boarding school for girls before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds a Master of Divinity from Yale University, where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship for one year. She worked in women and prayer ministries for twenty years before becoming a full-time writer and speaker.
For Tessa’s latest release check out, https://www.tyndale.com//p/daughter-of-rome/9781496428707