Writing About Characters After You Say Goodbye – Guest Post by Barbara M. Britton

Posted September 23, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Writing About Characters After You Say Goodbye

by Barbara M. Britton

I’m frequently asked if I’m a Plotter or a Pantser. Plotters know every detail about their stories and usually have characters, chapters, and intricate plot details mapped out before they begin a manuscript. Pantsers write about whatever plot lines and details pop into their head. Personally, I’m a combination of the two extremes.

After I finished my novel on the daughters of Zelophehad, I felt restless. The daughters of Zelophehad are five orphaned sisters who go to Moses and ask to inherit their deceased father’s land. This was a bold ask of Moses, and to Moses’s credit, he didn’t shut the girls down. Moses sought God on the matter, and God said the girls were correct. If a man died without a son, his daughters inherited his land. Wow! Talk about a change to the social dimensions of the time.

Lioness: Mahlah’s Journey was going to be a single novel showing the history changing “ask” of the sisters in the book of Numbers. But even though the daughters had a promise of land, they wouldn’t receive their land until Canaan had been conquered, roughly seven years later. I decided to write two more books on these brave girls and carry them through the book of Joshua until their inheritance was realized. Easy, right?

Not when you don’t plot a series beforehand. I had made the hero in my second novel deaf and mute. How was I going to bring Jeremiah to the page? And what about the hero in my third book? Eli was the unlikable clansman. How was I going to pair him with the wise sister who didn’t have a mischievous bone in her body?

Well, God worked it out. While I wrote the second book in the series, Heavenly Lights: Noah’s Journey, I had a family member living with me who was deaf. I lived the daily hand motions and mouthing of words to a person whose ears didn’t work. I understood the frustration of mishearing speech or the leg work involved in being face-to-face for communication with the deaf.

When I thought about the love interest in my third book, I remembered how I had used birth order to shape the personalities of my daughters of Zelophehad. The dynamics of sibling order would have affected Eli. Not all families are supportive and loving. I would use the station of being a third son and not the all-important heir to shape Eli, and make the reader understand his faults.

Looking back on the series now, I can see how it all fit together. The apprehension in my heart has turned to jubilation that I could bring the books of Numbers and Joshua to light through fiction, and through five amazing sisters.

I’m happy that I didn’t have to say goodbye to Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah after a single novel. I hope you enjoy my stories about these historic sisters. I recently received the cover to the third book in the series Claiming Canaan: Milcah’s Journey which I am sharing with Phyllis and her followers.

May you go forth with God like the daughters of Zelophehad.

Writing About Characters After You Say Goodbye – Guest Post by Barbara M. Britton

Lioness: Mahlah's Journey

by Barbara M. Britton

Publication Date October 18, 2019
Genres: Biblical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Israel Creation to the Judges

Synopsis:

While the Israelites struggle to occupy the Promised Land of God, Mahlah bat Zelophehad is orphaned and left to care for her four sisters. But daughters of the dead are unable to inherit land, and it will take a miracle for Mahlah to obtain the means to care for her sisters and uphold the vow she made to her dying mother.

Mahlah must seek Moses, the leader of her people, and request something extraordinary—the right for a daughter to inherit her deceased father's land. A right that will upset the ox-cart of male inheritance and thrust her into the role of a rebel.

But, God is the protector of the orphan and the widow, and five orphaned daughters need His help. With God, anything is possible. Even changing man's tradition.

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Writing About Characters After You Say Goodbye – Guest Post by Barbara M. Britton

Heavenly Lights: Noah's Journey

by Barbara M. Britton

Publication Date February 20, 2020
Genres: Biblical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Israel Creation to the Judges

Synopsis:

Fiction from Joshua 5-8; the daughters of Zelophehad go forth with God into the book of Joshua.

Noah bat Zelophehad might have broken tradition by being able to inherit her father’s land, but her heart’s desire is to have the finest herds in all of Israel, something an orphaned and unmarried woman has never achieved.

Jeremiah ben Abishua cannot speak, nor hear. God has made his thoughts captive to his mind. But he can communicate with one shepherdess, a woman who sees his skill with animals and treats him like a man worthy of respect.

When their people disobey God and incur his wrath, Noah and Jeremiah must overcome tragedy in order to change perceptions in the tribes of Israel. Will their kinship desire to care for one another and the four-legged creatures God has placed in their care, be able to flourish in a land filled with enemies of the One True God?

God gave Noah bat Zelophehad four sisters, a way with four-legged creatures, and a strong spirit. She will need all three gifts to thrive in the Promised Land of God and find love with a special shepherd.

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Writing About Characters After You Say Goodbye – Guest Post by Barbara M. Britton

Claiming Canaan: Milcah's Journey

by Barbara M. Britton

Published by Harbourlight Books
Publication Date April 17, 2020
Genres: Biblical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Israel Creation to the Judges
Written for: Adults

Synopsis:

When the tribal elders make marriage a requirement for claiming her land, Milcah bat Zelophehad must find a betrothed straightaway. The only problem in finding a husband is that all her suitors were slain while conquering the land of Canaan. Men avoid her in order to stay alive.

After praying to God to send her a bold suitor, a man from her father's clan plummets from a tree right on top of her. Is this God answering prayer, or a foolish antic by Eli, the war-scarred brother from one of her clan's rival families.

Will settling in Canaan sort out Milcah's troubles, or have her woes just begun?

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About Barbara M. Britton

Barbara M. Britton was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but currently lives in Southeast Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. Barb writes romantic adventures for teens and adults in the Christian fiction and Mainstream markets. She is published in Biblical fiction and enjoys bringing little known Bible characters to light in her stories. Barb is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. She has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. You can find out more about Barb and her books on her website.

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