QPQ: Dina, tell us the truth, how much of Gwen is your alter ego, or are you more like Rosalind?
DS: I’m more like Rosalind. She loves beautiful things and in many ways is a typical girl, but she is also strong and tough enough to hang with a serious tomboy like Gwendolyn, and she appreciates the new skills she’s learned from her. This line pretty much sums me up, “Rosalind might have spent a boisterous childhood dancing through ﬁelds, climbing trees, and tussling with village lads in the dirt, but weapons of steel and giant horses still tested her limits.” I do, however, share some of Gwendolyn’s traits too, like an appreciation of music, a tendency to daydream, and a love of freedom and justice.
QPQ: While writing this story, who tugged on your heart the most and why?
DS: I love all my characters, but Gwendolyn tugged really tugged on my heart. The way she turned into a shell of her strong, confident self around her abusive father made me so sad, yet I think it is so true to life. I hate to see anyone victimized, but I also loved the way Gwendolyn learned to overcome this huge obstacle in her path to freedom and joy.
QPQ: If you could pick one thing that readers could take away from reading Chivalrous, what would it be?
DS: One of the big questions that Chivalrous raises is how to balance fulfilling your duty to the authorities in your life with following your own heart. I hope readers will see that in the end, each of us is responsible for our own life and choices. We must seek God’s best for our lives and then stand up to fulfill that calling. To borrow a modern phrase, much of the book is about establishing healthy boundaries.
QPQ: Rumor has it there will be a third book in this series, want to give a clue what/who that one is about? I think I can guess!
DS: Yes! Book 3, Courageous, is about Rosalind in the scene above. I’m afraid I leave her in quite a low place at the end of Chivalrous, but don’t despair. In book 3 Rosalind will take off on a crusade to the Holy Land in search of redemption. You won’t want to miss this exciting adventure.
QPQ: I’m already looking forward to it! (And that’s who I guessed it would be!) My review of Chivalrous can be found here.
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