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The key to my writing is walking in the shoes of my characters and allowing them to talk to me. Some decide they want to reveal themselves while others remain quiet. I listen and wait for them to speak, and they often do. Some are verbose and I give them the floor while others shy away in the background. I don't struggle with their decisions; I go with the flow and let it all happen.


Background Information

Conversations With Asenath began as a historical fiction about the life of Joseph, a boy who went from the pit and rose to the palace courts.  It sounded like an enduring story of justice and of divine providence, until I was challenged to look deeper into the ‘boy does good’ theory.  I admit, I almost had regrets about choosing the topic.  All of a sudden, I was faced with another side to Joseph’s story where the Israelites went from sojourners to dwellers and surrendered their freedom for security; moreover, the mere thought of Joseph’s participation in the establishment of Egyptian slavery to Pharaoh boggled my mind.  My neat world all of a sudden crumbled as I read the story in light of empire, assimilation, and slavery, while keeping in mind the overarching promise of God’s covenant. 

In my preface, I communicated that my hope for this book is to challenge and inspire people to live a circumspect life as they take up leadership roles around the world. Recently, I discovered that this book means much more. Did I know it at the time? No. I discovered the ramifications of this book a year and a half later! Conversations With Asenath gives insight to today’s problems; for it is out of the past the present is lived and the future is formed. 

The very people in Joseph’s time are still around trying to keep covenant.  It is naive to think the problem with the Middle East is simply over oil. To truly comprehend the complexities of the Middle East, one must understand the significance of covenant. This insight will shed a new light on 9/11 and global events.

Accomplishments

I've been in school most of my life getting an undergraduate degree at Tyndale University then a graduate degree at Wycliffe College/University of Toronto. I'm also a Long Ridge Writer. It is my hope to get another degree and continue to write, and one day, perhaps I'll teach.

About awards, they don't drive me, nor measure my work, but I am grateful for them when they come.

Additional Information

Feb. 2009 To all my dear friends, if youíve been looking for me at the library, I havenít been there. Youíll be happy to hear Iíve been writing though and finished another book. Hooray! This book is not a research book (and that is the reason I havenít been in the library) this book just appeared. How can I explain the muse? The words came page after page until the final word and as if running out of inkóstopped. I knew this was the end. This book was written between November-December 2008. The alone time has served well, Iíve enjoyed every minute of writing, meeting characters and getting to know them, listening to them, some of them are real talkers, some of them are nasty and mean, I donít want to even hear them, but I have to listen so I can write it down. To write the book, I used a double AA battery operated Neo (takes 3 batteries and lasts about 3 weeks), a real nifty little straightforward word processor, push the on button and write. Then I transferred the files to the computer at the end of the day. I wrote approximately a chapter a day (2000-3000 words) some chapters took two days and the last chapter took a couple of weeks because the ending had to be just right. The book is undergoing an edit and hopefully will be available before summer 2009. I canít wait to write the next book but before I begin, Iíd like to get together and shoot the breeze, you know connect with REAL people. Cheers, Sisi Theo



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