Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt, Spring 2018 edition! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1 and collect the clues through all 30 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top five grand prizes!
- The hunt begins on 3/1 at noon MST with Stop #1 at LisaTawnBergren.com.
- Hunt through our loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not MS Explorer).
- There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt–you have all weekend, or until Sunday, March 4th, at midnight MST. So take your time reading the unique posts along the way. Our hope is that you will discover new authors and new books to enjoy.
- Submit your entry for the grand prizes by collecting the CLUE on each author’s scavenger hunt post and submitting your answer in the Rafflecopter form at Stop #30. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way, so read carefully!
Hannah and her husband, Elkanah, share a deep and abiding love, for each other, for their God, and for his tabernacle at Shiloh. Greatly disturbed by the corruption of the priests, they long for restoration and pray for a deliverer. But nothing changes as the years pass. Years that also reveal Hannah to be barren.
Pressured by his family to take another wife, Elkanah marries Peninnah, who quickly begins to bear children. Disgraced and taunted by her husband’s new wife, Hannah turns again to prayers that seem doomed to go unanswered. Do her devotion and kindness in the face of Peninnah’s cruelty count for nothing? Why does God remain silent and indifferent to her pleas?
Travel back to the dusty streets of Shiloh with an expert guide as Jill Eileen Smith brings to life a beloved story of hope, patience, and deliverance that shows that even the most broken of relationships can be restored.
Jill is going to tell us a little about how she creates the people who populate her stories. Take it away, Jill!
My “Cast” of Characters
With every book, I put on my film director hat and search the Internet for actors or models that are the best fit for the part they will play in my book. What am I looking for? A specific look. A certain hair color and age. And the right ethnicity.
For A Passionate Hope, Hannah’s Story, I found this photo for Hannah’s character.
Hannah’s name means “favor or grace.” We know little about her other than she was barren and had a miserable relationship with her sister-wife, Peninnah. Most of the people in Hannah’s life came from my imagination. Her mother, Adva, was a friend of Elkanah’s mother, Galia, which could be both good and bad. I’ll let the story decide.
Her father, Hyam, was originally going to die before the story began, but after a little more plotting, he became a vital part of Hannah’s early life. So he lived.
Whether Hannah had brothers or sisters is unknown. I chose to give her four brothers – all older and married before she was wed. Once Hannah wed, her life became part of Elkanah’s world. Women left their families to live with their husband’s family, so I had to envision Elkanah and his family as well. When I cast Elkanah’s role, this is the picture I chose:
Elkanah came from a Levitical family, which is how Samuel could eventually live at the tabernacle in Shiloh. As the story shows, Elkanah’s father is Jeroham, his mother, Galia. I gave him a family of six brothers and one sister. Most of his brothers don’t get much mention, except for Tahath and Amminadab. Tahath’s wife Dana becomes Hannah’s friend and champion.
Once Peninnah entered the picture, life took a dramatic turn. This is how I envisioned Peninnah. The Bible tells us she did all she could to taunt Hannah, thus the actor’s expression helped draw her character.
I hope this gives you a taste of Hannah’s difficult world. Casting characters is one of my favorite parts of storytelling.
Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of the Wives of King David series and other biblical novels. She is a wife, mom, gramma, cat owner, and is always seeking to live grace. Read more at www.jilleileensmith.com.
Here’s the Stop #6 Skinny:
Here’s your clue to write down: MANY
Link to Stop #7, the next stop on the Loop: Jill Eileen Smith’s own site!
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