I’m a little shy about telling people that my novels are about medieval Jews who pretend to be Christians so they won’t be persecuted. When I tell friends they usually give me a blank look or a polite, “Oh, uh huh.” One has to wonder why a Christian girl would become so engrossed in the topic that she would write three books on it and be working on two more. But it was such a shock to discover that I have ancient Jewish ancestry. I want to show others how it could have come about – this fusion between Jew and Christian. Since there are many probable answers it makes for many books. And to tell you the truth the novel’s characters come alive and pull me into their story. It’s a difficult topic to write about but their stories are aching to be told and I love being the one to tell them.
Suellen Ocean is the author of “The Lies of the Lion” available at Amazon.