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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Lorilyn Roberts, apocalyptic Christian fantasy


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by Lorilyn Roberts

Lorilyn Roberts is an award-winning Christian author
who writes for the young and the young at heart. When not writing books, Lorilyn provides closed captioning for television. She is a single mother by choice and adopted her two daughters from Nepal and Vietnam. Lorilyn has been a speaker at various events and functions, including women's groups, adoption support groups, and writer workshops. She has also appeared on many radio and television shows, including WATC 57 Friends & Neighbors out of Atlanta, Georgia, and Discovery Channel's Monsters Inside Me related to increasing awareness of parasitic infections in international adoption.

Welcome, Lorilyn! What is your favorite Bible verse?
Proverbs 13:12. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true, there is life and joy” (New Living Translation).

In the early 1990s, I received a letter from World Vision. Proverbs 13:12 appeared at the top of the letter. I put the letter on my refrigerator and promised, no matter what anyone said someday I was going to adopt a child. I truly felt God’s calling to do it as a single woman. Two years later, I did.
My first daughter is Manisha Hope and my second daughter is Joylin. If you read my adoption memoir Children of Dreams, you will see the only reason I am a mother is because God brought my daughters to me from the ends of the earth against all odds.

What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
First fun fact:  I have scuba dived all over the world, including the Great Barrier Reef, the Caribbean, and the Red Sea. My favorite dive of all was the one I did in the Red Sea.

A second unique thing was also an adventure:  I was in Israel at the start of the 1991 Gulf War taking a class at the Institute of Holy Land Studies. I had the scary experience of learning how to use a gas mask and inject myself with the nerve antidote atropine to prevent nerve poisoning. After that, I decided to leave—I didn’t understand all the instructions and was too nervous to ask. I made an all-night trip from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv and took the last plane out of Israel to Engelberg, Switzerland. There I spent a couple of days snow skiing, much to the chagrin of friends and family. When you don’t have children, you can live dangerously. That experience gave me much fodder for my Seventh Dimension Series.

The third interesting fact I’ll share with readers is something I have in common with Charles Dickens. I would be surprised to find anyone else in the U.S. who can claim this little nugget of similarity with one of the greatest authors of all time (I’m referring here to fiction authors since he wrote novels). We both began our careers as court reporters. I’ll always wonder if he hated court reporting as much as I did. Writing books and captioning baseball is more fun than reporting malpractice and product liability cases.

Please describe yourself with three words.
Passionate, hard-working, inquisitive

Please tell us a little about your novel Seventh Dimension – The City, a YA Fantasy.
The Illuminati want Shale’s ancient scrolls and they’ll

stop at nothing to find them. Shale and Daniel will stop at nothing to protect them. The battle rages from Jerusalem to Shambhala in search of Daniel’s father. With the apocalypse looming, Shale must choose between mortal love and immortality.

Where can readers find you online?
Here are the ones where I’m most active in order of decreasing activity: 
Linked In

Where can readers purchase Seventh Dimension – The City?
Seventh Dimension—The City is available at - eleven different websites are listed. Readers don’t need to have read the previous books in the series to read The City (book 4), but I hope they will read the other books because the story builds on itself.

Do you have a question you want readers to answer?
A great deal of research goes into my books, so here’s a question for readers. I would be surprised if anyone knows the answer to this question without Googling it. Where is Shambhala? Leave a comment and share.

I hope finding out will pique readers’ interest. I think many readers will delightfully discover Seventh Dimension – The City is unlike any book they have read.

Any parting comment?
One of the themes in the Seventh Dimension Series is:  “Time is an illusion until God’s appointed times.” What does that mean to you as a Christian?

Lorilyn, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. I will draw from commenters to this post, who leave their email address, for a winner to receive a signed copy of Lorilyn’s new apocalyptic Christian fantasy book Seventh Dimension – The City, a YA Fantasy, Book 4.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Hearts that Survive—A Novel of the Titanic by Yvonne Lehman is Caryl K. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thanks for reading my blog! Recently released book 3 in the West Virginia Mountains series is titled Promise Me. Available in print and eBook at Amazon!


  1. Okay, you're not going to believe this, but my first thought was Shambhala was in Tibet. When I looked it up, it's not a where but a state of being or belief. :-) But it was mentioned in writings from Tibet. I also saw it was a mythical kingdom in Hollow Earth. I've learned something today! pat at ptbradley dot com

    1. Pat, interesting. Thanks for leaving your comment.

  2. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this interview!!!! A completely new author to me, and I can hardly wait to read her books! And I have NO idea where Shambhala is, without googling it.

    1. Becky, so glad you enjoyed the interview with Lorilyn. Thanks for your comment.

  3. LOL. Thank for your comments, and thanks, Jo, for allowing me to be a guest. I have brought together several different cultures in "The City" in multiple time periods (time is an illusion ) as an apocalyptic adventure. Part of "The City" takes place in Nepal in Shambhala (close enough to Tibet, and some versions have it in Nepal by Mount Everest). I'll let you read to find out what Shambhala really is. I found the study quite fascinating. My oldest daughter is from Nepal and Hinduism reveals much more than I realized about the battle between good and evil. Another part of "The City" takes part in Israel, and, of course, the United States. I hope you enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed writing the series. "The City" is definitely different. There is one more book to follow, and I can't wait to write it!

    1. Lorilyn, you're so welcome. Glad to have you visiting with us.

  4. Already have a copy...but I enjoy reading Lorilyn any way I can get her. I think scuba diving is too cool. Whenever I hear Shambhala, I think 3DogNight...yeah, yeah, yeah...

    1. Lisa, thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  5. Hi Lorilyn, I've learned a bit more about you! Blessings!

    1. Pearl, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

  6. For me as a Christian, time is an illusion. The saying, here today, gone tomorrow, comes to my mind. God's timing is on His terms not ours. With God. time has no limits or boundaries.
    Janet E.

  7. Thanks Everyone, for your comments. Library Lady, I would add to your comment, that I am reminded of what Paul saw in Revelation. He saw the future. He saw the saints, both those who died and those who returned with Jesus. I hope I'm in the clouds with him when he returns:)