Q & A with Author Joan Wolf
A Reluctant Queen, Thomas Nelson, June 2011
I have always adored history, a love I inherited from my father. He used to discuss people from history as if they were people in the current newspapers. I think almost 90% of my books must have an historical setting.
A few years ago I had an extraordinary experience where God touched my life. This encounter stirred my interest in writing about other people who had experienced the presence of God in their lives and the CBA seemed to be the best place for me to do that.
When I was a girl Esther fascinated me. It seemed wonderful that God had chosen a woman to be the person who would save His people. And, since I am a romantic soul, I also thought that there must have been a great love between her and the king for him to have done as she asked.
I always thought that Ahasuerus must have loved Esther deeply because he listened to her and revoked the edict that Haman had sent out. A king who not only allows his wife to break into his religious feast without punishment, but also comes to have dinner with her the following day, must care for her very much indeed. And such a man must be a much nicer person than the king traditionally portrayed by Xerses/ Ahasuerus.
Do I not ever incorporate animals into my books? I am famous for my horses, but dogs play their part as well. Unfortunately, I couldn’t put Esther on a horse, but I did make Ahasuerus a fanatical horseman.
I love to go way back in time, to periods where the records are mostly archeological. I actually did three books set in the Upper Paleolithic, the period of the last ice age. My next book is about Rahab, and I’m having such fun reading about pottery and stone remains from the late Bronze Age.
When I first picked up this book I was thinking ok, another Biblical romance about Esther, now you have to understand that Esther is my favorite Bible story, so I have read lots of books about Esther, so after a while you start wondering what can be done that is new in this story. Well I have to say Joan Wolf did it, the whole story was unlike most books written about Esther, I enjoyed that she made it Esther's choice to go into the contest for the queen, I also was very impressed with the King that she presented, this book, did perhaps take a bit more liberty with historical facts than other books do, but it is a work of fiction. I loved watching Esther fall deeply in love with her King!
It is the classic love story, that one that has been told through out the ages, but with a wonderful individuality. I truly loved this book. Great job Joan Wolf!! 378 pages 5 stars $15.99 US Readers group discussion guide included.
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