If you have looked at my Reading Lists page, you’ll find that I’ve listed No Greater Love as a favorite. Recently, Dara Viane, the author, was generous to give me a few minutes of her time for an interview about her book. No Greater Love is an exciting historical fiction/romance novel. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and I would encourage you all to go to Amazon and purchase a copy!
Can you tell me a little about yourself?
I always find it a little difficult to talk about myself, but I will try. For starters, I have been happily married for 25 years and have two children, both of whom I have home schooled for the past ten years. I enjoy being a wife and mother as well as being a writer. I love history, gardening, shopping (smile) and Starbucks frappuccinos. But most of all, I love God. Without Him, I am nothing.
How many books have you written?
I have written three books and am presently working on the sequel to NO GREATER LOVE.
What inspired No Greater Love?
NO GREATER LOVE was inspired by a vision. I literally saw the first chapter play out before my eyes like a movie. I believe God gave me the story.
What gave you the idea to write a book in the Christian/historical fiction genre?
I actually did not even consider the genre that I was writing. I simply wrote the story and let the publishing industry decide in what genre it belonged. However, I do see a pattern in my writing toward Historical Romance.
How much research was involved when you went about writing the book?
I did a lot of research before, during and even after finishing NO GREATER LOVE. I have literally spent years in research. Roman history is so vast, no one could possibly grasp it all in just a few hours or days.
What kind of research was involved?
Most of my research was done the old fashioned way. I went to the library and studied books on Roman History. As for specific books, I honestly cannot remember them as it was about twenty years ago that I did most of my research. I did however study the Bible and various concordances so I could paint an accurate picture of the crucifixion of Christ. As of late, I have continued my research via the web. I try to be very careful about what I learn on the web. It is important to me to get accurate historical information.
Are you still going to be publishing a second part to No Greater Love?
I am presently working on the sequel to NO GREATER LOVE. It is tentatively called, THE CENTURION’S WOMAN. I am about mid point in the story and have written about 254 pages thus far.
Can you give us any sneak peaks into what The Centurion’s Woman will focus on? Will it focus on the two main characters from the last book, Tamar and Tiberius?
THE CENTURION’S WOMAN will focus on the two main characters, Tamar and Tiberius. However, the secondary characters are very much a part of the story as in NO GREATER LOVE.
THE CENTURION’S WOMAN is the continuing tale of Tiberius and Tamar’s struggle to find love and peace with themselves and with one another. Without giving away too much of the story, something has come between Tiberius and Tamar and their journey to the altar. You will just have to read the sequel to find out what I am talking about. : )
How did you go about naming each character or did the names just come to you?
In naming the characters, I paid attention to the names I found as I did my research. If the name appealed to me, I wrote it down on a list and when it came time to give each character a name, I simply perused my list. It was sort of like writing down names you might want to name your baby. : )
What insight would you like to share with fellow writers or aspiring novelists?
I would encourage aspiring novelists to write a little every day and to write about what they love. Be true to yourself and to your gift. I believe if you do this, God will bless the work of your hands.
Thank you so much for your time, Dara. Is there anything else you’d like to say to the audience?
It is my sincere hope that my novels would bring my readers enjoyment and leave them with a memorable story. And that, my work brings glory to God.
A book description from Amazon:
“In the time of Jesus, at the zenith of Ancient Rome’s power, Tiberius Marcius, a decorated centurion, stands between two powerful men—Drusus, Caesar’s lecherous son, and Sejanus, prefect of the Praetorian Guard—waging a personal war against each other. Both are determined to possess a beautiful, Hebrew slave named Tamar.
Tiberius Marcius owns Tamar and is torn between his growing love for her and his allegiances to Drusus and Sejanus. As both his monstrous masters close in, the decorated soldier decides to risk it all for the slave girl for whom he would die.
Soon, the two lovers are fighting for their lives as they are chased by assassins and political enemies in exotic cities across the Roman Empire. In a time of great religious and international upheaval, Tiberius and Tamar are forced to confront their interfaith relationship while trying desperately to survive the battle between the emperor’s son and his deadliest foe.”