Pat W. Kirk Blogs About Writing The Christian Historic/Romance Novel, Martha’s Sister

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The prostitute, the homemaker, and the man called from the grave lived in the most important period in history. Pat W. Kirk blogs about mixing fiction with truth.

Pat W. Kirk blogs about the challenges of writing about the most important period in history. Martha’s Sister, Christian historic novel/romance explores Jerusalem in 30-34AD through the eyes of the family of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.

Jesus sat at the table of the “sinner“, homemaker, and man called from the grave, all three equally precious to him.

The Bible provides the basic story. Pat does everything she can to respect that story without distortion. But, where it doesn’t tell, Pat provides the what if.

“What if you stood at the side of two sisters who placed their brother in the tomb,“ Pat says. “You saw him interred. You watch as the Rabbi shouts for the man in the tomb--who ‘stinketh’ after four days--to come out. And he does. Would you run? Would you stand planted on the spot? Would you faint?”

Pat tells the story in the Bible as written, but she stands in the group of people watching. The Bible says nothing about them. She cautions readers not to take the book as Gospel unless it’s Gospel. She strives to entertain while glorifying our Savior. Some of her what ifs will astound the reader. They would astound Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.

She studies online experts to understand the Jewish culture in 30-34AD. She wants the reader to hear the donkey hooves, sense the daily lives, and, in one situation, wait with the betrothed bride and her friends for the husband to come at a time she doesn’t know: probably late at night. Jesus’ parables often covered familiar territory for that time. Pat welcomes feedback to protect her from error.

Readers interested in Jewish history--Messianic Jews welcome, lovers of Christian romance or historical novels, and lovers of Christ, may join Pat in her journey to capture these times at She asks readers to join the conversation.

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