Thursday, April 29, 2010
The Power of the Written Word
Today Forensics and Faith hears from novelist Lisa Harris. Lisa lives in Mozambique, Africa and is currently writing a series set in Africa for Zondervan. Book one, Blood Ransom, released this month. It's a thriller about the modern-day slave trade and those who dare to challenge it. The story has been described as "emotive, enthralling, and spectacular." Here's what Lisa had to say:
Have you ever stopped and really thought about how powerful words are? In the Bible, James talks about how difficult it is to tame the tongue, because from it flows words that both praise and curse. Words can express love and hatred. They can convey frustration, excitement, joy, pain and a multitude of other emotions.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the power of the written word and how fiction can be used to motivate and inspire. It started a few months ago when I was sitting in the Joburg airport in South Africa, waiting for a flight back to the States and started talking to the woman next to me. She began sharing with me about a novel that had completely changed her life.
She was a flight attendant for Delta and because of this book’s impact, she had just spent some time in Africa working with an orphan program (one of many trips), speaking to one of Nelson Mandela's representatives, and had even gotten Delta involved in the project. Her husband was flying in and out of Sudan as a pilot and staying extra time to work as a humanitarian there as well. As an author who wants to entertain, but also use words to challenge, inspire, and change lives, I was struck by just how powerful a "fiction" story can be.
As I promote Blood Ransom, a suspense novel set in Africa that deals with the human-trafficking trade, I'm finding more and more people who are not willing to just become "aware" of these issues facing our world, but who are finding ways to get involved in grass roots movements. This in turn will change the world we live in!
How about you? As a reader is there a book you’ve read lately that has inspired you or perhaps even changed your life?
As a writer, how do you write a book that deals with a social issue without overwhelming the story line?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Visit Lisa's Web site.
Buy Blood Ransom in paperback from Amazon, $9.27
Buy Blood Ransom on Kindle, $9.59
Buy paperback from christianbook.com, $11.99