Meet author Sandi Rebert

Sandi Rebert and her pastor husband, Brian, have ministered in rural Maine for over forty years. She has written over twenty Christian plays, cantatas, and musicals. These programs have been presented by churches, Christian schools, and homeschool groups across the US and on foreign mission fields. Sandi has also written articles for several national Christian magazines. When COVID-19 closed down everything, including plays, she started turning her most popular dramas into novels.

Tell us about your newest book.

Sixteen-year-old Jason bar Micaiah is chased through the streets of Jerusalem by two Roman soldiers. His father, an insurrectionist, has been killed; his mother is missing. Jason escapes the soldiers only to take shelter during a storm inside an archway of a house belonging to one of the soldiers – a centurion. Without giving any spoilers, Jason accepts an offer that delivers him from the possibility of slavery or death and starts him on an exciting but dangerous journey. His journey leads him to the discovery that Jesus, who claims to be the Messiah, has not come to set his people free from tyranny but from sin.

What inspired you to write Redemption’s Promise?

This story began years ago as an Easter play for our church. I wanted to incorporate Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah and their fulfillment in Christ. That, plus the power and intrigue of the Roman empire, provided an engaging backdrop for an exciting fictional story.

What genre do you focus on?

I write Christian historical fiction. I love the Lord, creating fictional stories, and exploring history. The three work together in a beautiful blend of creativity.

Why do you write?

My motivation for writing is simple; to edify believers and bring the lost to Christ. I believe the Lord has placed gifts in our hands to be used for His glory. Through writing, my witness for Christ can outlive me.

Who is your main character, and how did you choose that name?

The main character is Jason bar Micaiah. I chose his name from a biblical character, of whom little is known, found in Acts 17:5-9. I hope to write a sequel that will include this incident when Jason is accused of harboring Paul in his house.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing a book?

Since I’m a pastor’s wife, homeschooling grandmother, and private music teacher, I don’t have a writing schedule but work it in whenever possible—sometimes in the middle of the night.

What is the hardest part of being an author?

Editing. Although an absolute necessity, I enjoy the creative aspect of writing—developing the storyline and characters. However, I love the outcome of editing; my writing consistently improves from the original. I use others to edit my work as well as two editing software programs.

What’s the best part of your author’s life?

Through writing, I can multiply my witness for Christ. I’m able to travel back in time or go anywhere in the world through my imagination. I enjoy developing my characters; they are very real to me. I love creativity and the joy of a completed project. It blesses me when my words touch someone else’s heart for good.

What’s one unusual fact about you?

I homeschooled my three wonderful gifts from God from preschool through high school. I am now homeschooling three of my five beautiful grandchildren. Yes—I love homeschooling.

What is your favorite pastime?

Other than writing, I love music. I teach private music lessons and play about a dozen instruments—piano and flute being the main ones.

Do you have other books? We’d love to know.

Yes, In Due Season: A Story of Colonial Williamsburg and A Heart to Forgive: A Tale of Trial and Triumph in Old Philadelphia.

What are you working on now?

I’m editing Redemption’s Promise. After it’s published, I plan on finishing my western entitled The Innocent for the Guilty.

Website: https://www.christianmusicanddrama.com

Link to book: (Redemption’s Promise link is not available yet) Here are the links to my other books:

In Due Season – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08M127B83  and A Heart to Forgive -https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Forgive-Trial-Triumph-Philadelphia/dp/B09K1HRJNG

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