Larry has published three novels, one sweet romance A Change of Heart, and two science fiction stories, Higher Mission, and The Silver Dart. He has several short stories, all sweet romances, at various websites. He is married, age 77, has two children and six grandchildren. Larry is active with the local church, amateur radio, jogging and some woodworking. He has a B.S degree in chemistry from Purdue University and M.S. degree in chemistry from Indiana University.
Welcome back to my blog, Larry. Please tell us about your new book, The Shunammite Woman.
Thank you so much for having me, Linda. The Shunammite Woman lived in Bible times, during 895-884 BC according to my Holomon Bible which has dates at the bottom of every page. She is described as a great woman, which can mean noble, mighty, intelligent, wealthy, understanding or wise. The biblical account is in 2 Kings 4:8-37 and 2 Kings 8:1-6 which accounts for all those characteristics. She is unnamed but I chose Bina, which has the meanings listed above. I remain true to the scriptures where she meets the prophet Elisha and his servant, Gehazi. Fictional portions include how she meets her elderly husband, the Israelite king Joram, and the Philistine king, Achish. Because of the fictional elements I must extend her story to fifteen years rather than twelve years. I have verbal permission to include a poem by a long time preacher friend, Mr. Fred McKinney, entitled Just Like That Shunammite.
Where did you get your inspiration for this story?
I’ve read her story many times in the Old Testament and wanted to write about her because she is such a wonderful and righteous woman. Her statement to Elisha when he asked her what he could do to repay her kindness to him has never ceased to amaze me. She said, “I dwell among mine own people.”
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Besides the Holomon Bible, I consulted an old text “Lands of the Bible” by J.W. McGarvey who traveled those areas in the late 1800s. I consulted Bible maps of that area as well. I have included details in the front of the book complete with scripture references concerning King David, King Saul, King Solomon, Abishag and others who lived before and during that time period.
How would you describe your female character?
She respects her husband, but is clearly a strong and determined female character who takes charge and isn’t afraid to pursue what is right.
Where can my readers find you online?
My blog address is http://larryhammersley.blogspot.com/ and email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
My books can be found on Amazon, Smashwords, Wild Rose Press, Wings ePress, Victory Tales Press and Champagne Books, Burst Imprint. The Shunammite Woman can be found on Amazon and Createspace.
Thank you so much for this interview, Larry. This book sounds very intriguing. I hope my followers will check it out.