INTERVIEW | Marcella Denise Spencer

INTERVIEW | Marcella Denise Spencer

Marcella, describe yourself for our visitors.

I am an author who loves to write the kind of historical fiction that I wish were on the bookstore shelves in abundance: Christian historical fiction that highlights the African presence in the Bible.

How do you find time to connect with God?

I pray and read the Word every morning before work.

Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?

So many…

J. Suzanne Frank’s “Reflections in the Nile” and her other books set in ancient times are my favorites.

Francine Rivers “Mark of the Lion” series transports me back to ancient Rome.

I also enjoy the work of Tessa Afshar, C.S. Harris and Jill Eileen Smith – Wives of King David series.

Tell us about your journey to publication.

I spent several years on the query-go-round trying to land a literary agent.  All the while, I was researching self-publishing.  After I self-published my second project, “And the Sons of Ham” in February 2010, the indie revolution took off.

Everything I learned about being a self-publisher changed almost overnight with the rise of digital publishing, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Pubit and CreateSpace.

With the freedom that indie publishing brings, I was able to release two projects this summer: “Pardoned,” and “Revelations.”

Tell us about your current book, Revelations?

It’s a historical novel titled “Revelations.”  I wrote it a few years back, and it was published by PublishAmerica. When the rights to the book expired, I rewrote it and released it under my company, Hamitic Press.

Revelations tells the story of Shery Ba, a Fulani girl who was captured and enslaved.  She is convinced that there was some sin committed which lead to her bondage, and she is determined to find out what it was.  When she prays for answers, the revelations changes her and the other slaves on the plantation.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

I’ve been intrigued for a number of years about a possible spiritual connection between the Hebrew slavery in Egypt, 1870 BC – 1440 BC and the African slave trade which lasted from 1440 AD – 1870 AD.

I thought the coincidence in dates would be an interesting storyline, one that to my knowledge has never been explored.  So I wrote a non-fiction book called “The Spiritual Root of Slavery.”  Then I used the same theme and wrote it out in fiction, which is where the idea for “Revelations” and “The Scepter and Diadem” comes from.

What valuable lessons do you want readers to learn from your book?

Look past what we have been taught in school. Is it possible that the roots of the African slave trade go deeper than we believed?

Re-learn African history from the Biblical perspective. The Bible records a significant role played by persons of African descent.

What’s next for you?

I’m polishing up a short story called “The Horus Scrolls,” which I hope to release in mid-October.

Early next year I hope to have finished “Kashta” the first in a trilogy based on Egypt’s 25th dynasty.

And…God willing I intend to release a contemporary novel called “Just in Time.”

Where can visitors find you online?

At my websites: www.marcellaspencer.com and www.hamiticpress.com

Sometimes I find time to visit my Goodread and Facebook pages.

There are 2 comments for this article
  1. Louisa Dang at 10:20 am

    Great post! It’s heartening to hear from so many great indie writers who are not dependent on big publishers for success.

    • WVB Editor at 10:30 am

      Thank you, Louisa. We appreciate you stopping by Written Voices Blog to support Marcella’s work. We are inspired by her interview as well. We look forward to seeing continued excellence among independent writers and publishers like Marcella.