It was a dilemma for me, writing Sarai's point of view. I wanted to really get inside her head and show my readers what makes her tick, but I was nervous. Could I approach her feelings and hopes and even her imperfections with boldness? Where are the pitfalls for a man writing a woman? I'm not sure I have the answer for any of that, but I am very grateful to Marianne Miller for bringing Queen Sarai's voice to life in the audio book. Her performance is lovely, soothing and generous and I could think of no one else for the role. Perhaps I did fall headlong into those pitfalls. Perhaps I was too bold. And perhaps she helped pull me out of them, at least a little.
With the coming of 2017 I may be making some changes to the podcast. I'd like to add some of my own thoughts and personal updates directly to the recording, but I would love some feedback from my listeners before I do so. Would you be annoyed by the sudden intrusion of the author into the story? Should I make those announcements and observations on the alternate weeks when there is no Breaking the Skies chapter? What do you think?
In the mean time, I hope you all had a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!