Jewel Adams is a wife and the mother of eight children, and a grandmother. She has been writing inspirational romance for over twenty years, and has over thirty published works. Always one to share a message of God’s love through her stories, Jewel is a devout Christian Latter-Day Saint who loves the Lord with all her heart and has experienced many blessings and miracles in her life because that love, and she is secure in the knowledge of God’s love for her and all men. She is an inspirational and motivational speaker to both youth and adult audiences, and she considers The Gladiator’s Day of Grace the most important story she has ever written.
“The Gladiator’s Day of Grace is a Christian short-story of a servant girl, a centurion, and forgiveness. Is it possible to be forgiven for all that Maximus has ever done, all the lives he has taken in the arena? It takes the servant girl, Andromeda, whom he loves, to help him learn about forgiveness. She has seen the Savior and she describes what it was like. Then she describes how she had learned to forgive those who had hurt her deeply when Jesus Christ came into her life. “He made me whole again,” she says. This is a story of forgiveness and love.” –Linda Weaver Clarke, Author
Welcome to my blog, Jewel. I love your book cover. Please tell us about your historical romance: The Gladiator's Day of Grace.
This story takes place about three months after Christ’s crucifixion. It is about Maximus Vitruvian Messalla, a decorated centurion who is betrayed and charged with treason. He is forced to become a gladiator of Rome to earn his freedom. He is a friend to Alexius, a fellow centurion, whose story is well-known in the New Testament book of Matthew. After witnessing the healing of his friend’s servant by the Rabbi, Maximus begins his own spiritual quest as he searches for answers.
I enjoyed reading about his search for truth. Where did you get your inspiration for this story?
Believe it or not, this story really just came to me one day and I knew I had to write it. I hadn’t planned on writing any more fiction and have been concentrating on my inspirational blog, but it seems God still had a message for me to deliver through my storytelling. The story just flowed together.
Did you have to do any research for this book?
Oh, yeah! Since it was my first crack at historical (something I never thought I would write,) I really had to do some reading about ancient Rome and the gladiator games. For such a short story, I did a lot of research because I wanted the writing to be accurate. It was actually a lot of fun.
I understand what you mean about research being a lot of fun. That’s how I feel, too. Tell me about one of the main characters and what you love about him or her?
I really love both the main characters. I love that Maximus was this tough and hardened warrior who longed for peace and wasn’t afraid to search for it. I love Andromeda for her strength and the ingrained goodness she possessed.
Where is your website so my readers can check out your recent and past books that you have written?
I have a fewJ
Thank you, Jewel, for this wonderful interview. I hope my readers will check it out and enjoy it as much as I did.