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Book: The Crooked Daughter

Author: D.M. Griffin

Genre: Biblical Fiction

Release date: March 28, 2024

Choices her father made before she was even born reached a bony finger into her life, clouding her future with hopelessness. Her father’s cold heart had no room for her. He easily cast her aside when the Law permitted it. Defined as an outcast because of a physical infirmity, Priscilla was told death was her destiny. Despite the limited perspective brought about by years of adversity, Priscilla fought to keep hope alive and wait for the Lord’s timing.

Aquila lost his father at the most critical time in his life. Battling against grief and bitterness, Aquila uncovers a secret about his father’s death that undermines his faith in a religious system that once defined him. Driven from his homeland, Aquila becomes someone he no longer recognizes.

Two people whose perspectives are skewed by adversity become divinely intertwined in mysterious ways. As they wait upon the Lord for His timing, would Priscilla and Aquila ever find the truth that would lift their eyes to the hills so they could see the purpose of life, not only between a man and a woman but between God and His creation? A poignant story about how God uses adversity for good in the lives of those who truly love and trust Him.

 

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About the Author

D.M. Griffin is the author of several Biblical Fiction novels as well as devotionals, prayer journals, and Bible studies. She will be releasing a Christian Fantasy series in 2025. She currently resides in Northern California with her husband. They met in middle school a few days after she was transplanted to the West Coast at the tender age of twelve. She has three adult children who have been an endless source of delight and inspiration. She also has a precious new grandchild who brings her joy.

As a native New England girl, she fondly remembers spending her summers there as a child. Thick accents, small towns, and fascinating weather stirred the imagination of a young heart. She has always had a fondness for stories thanks to her imaginative mother who would make up wild, adventurous tales to tell when tucking her into bed as a child.

She truly believes that a book that sits on a shelf unread is like a planted seed that never blossoms. Nothing delights her more than sharing a story.

More from D.M.

My inspiration for writing The Crooked Daughter is multi-faceted. First of all, I was intrigued by the unnamed characters in the Bible who had a single extraordinary encounter with Jesus. The woman who was bent over for eighteen years was one of the four that I selected for The Encounter Series.

Though there were few verses dedicated to this woman, I felt the deeper pull of a story tucked inside the folds of those verses describing Jesus healing her on the Sabbath. I wondered what her story was. What led her there that day? Did she go searching for Him or did Jesus pick her out of the crowd?

Reading that the woman was in that condition for eighteen years is worthy of pondering. I think a lot of times when we read Scripture, we miss the impact of time’s passage. As someone who has suffered from back pain for many years, I could relate to the crooked woman’s story. Eighteen years is a long time to be bent over. The longest I had to remain in a bent position was three weeks. It is extremely difficult to move through the world when the only thing you can see is the ground. Pain is bad enough to endure. Pain for eighteen years must have been excruciating. I know when I am in pain my mood and attitude definitely need adjustment. I would have been a monster after eighteen years!

Developing Priscilla’s character challenged me as a writer. As someone who suffered an early rejection in life only to endure physical infirmity on her own, I didn’t want her to become embittered the way most would after enduring such a trial. There was a delicate balance between lamenting her fate and holding onto hope as it slipped away. Therefore, I introduced the playful, furry character – a dog named Patch.

Aquila’s character was complex and layered. While he was physically able-bodied, his heart was agonizing with grief, responsibility, and disillusioned faith. He was a man who could stand straight even while his soul was bent over.

I have always been intrigued by Aquila and Priscilla in the Bible. As an inspirational couple who served the Lord together, I enjoyed weaving the threads of their story into the fictional account about the crooked woman. I believe that love soothes the wounds of suffering. Falling in love straightens the crooked perspectives of circumstances. Who doesn’t enjoy a good love story that culminates in a strong, enviable marriage?

In The Crooked Daughter, the main character’s condition is symbolic of the political climate of those days. The religious leaders were the ones who were bent over, their perspective about God’s acceptance of people horribly skewed under the heaviness of pride. They could not lift their eyes to the heavens to recognize the Messiah in their midst. Their hearts were hunched under the weight of selfish ambition and prejudicial attitudes. Condemnation was the chain that kept them bound, unable to see the horizon of eternity.

Physical infirmities are horrible to endure. Even worse are the infirmities of the soul. So many things can truly bend us away from God – rejection, selfishness, anger, grief, regret. Thankfully, Jesus is more than a healer. He is our Savior. I truly enjoyed exploring these themes throughout The Crooked Daughter. I hope that readers come away from the story with hope as an anchor for hard times. God truly uses all things for good when we trust in His plan.

Interview with the Author

  1. How do you select the names of your characters?

When writing biblical fiction, I select the names of the characters straight out of the Bible. That is why I like the genealogies in the Old Testament so much – few people do. Reading those lists of names sparks my imagination and makes me wonder what kind of character they would have been. When writing outside the biblical fiction genre, I use what I call a ‘name list’ – a list I keep on my phone of interesting words or names I hear. A lot of times, I get inspired by car model names and jot them down. Once, someone was telling me about these different types of exotic cheeses and I thought one of the names sounded like a villain, so I put it on the list.

  1. What is your favorite childhood book?

My favorite book from childhood was Misty of Chincoteague, a children’s novel written by pony book author Marguerite Henry, illustrated by Wesley Dennis, and published by Rand McNally in 1947. I was really into horses when I was a girl growing up in a small town – typical, I know. I never had a horse, nor did I learn to ride them, but I loved the entire series. I used to imagine I would grow up one day to own a horse.

  1. If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?

If I could do something different as a youth to improve my writing, I think I would have listened to my teacher’s advice more. I was encouraged by several high school English teachers to enter writing contests and to pursue writing in college. I did not do either. I had a love/hate relationship with writing back then. It was a passion of mine that I couldn’t help. I could have benefitted from feedback and editing, but I didn’t want anyone to read what I wrote.

  1. Who is the author you most admire in your genre?

The author I most admire in my genre is Lynn Austin. Her Gods and Kings series was my introduction to biblical fiction. I was enthralled by the dimensions her characterization of King Hezekiah and his wife gave to the stories. Scripture became more vibrant and alive to me after reading that series and understanding the magnitude of what it might have been like to live during those times. Lynn Austin has a way of gripping the imagination with her writing style. I believe giving God access to our imagination helps connect the heart and mind when pondering and applying the truth of Scripture. Lynn Austin does it beautifully.

  1. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

When I am not writing I like to…wait, when am I not writing? Even when I take walks around the lake by my house, I am thinking about plot and characters. When I crochet prayer shawls-still thinking about it. Truthfully, though, that is only when I am writing a first draft. Once a draft is done, I can disengage from the story. I like to spend time with family – my sweet baby granddaughter lives across the country from me, so it requires traveling. I also like to read and draw.

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