Featured Author of the Antiochian Archdiocese: Virginia Nieuwsma
Virginia Nieuwsma lives in San Jose, California, where she manages a busy home inhabited by her husband Tim, and four of her six children, Allison, Ted, John and Andrew. Besides "mom," her favorite title is Gigi, that is, grandmother to baby Thomas, Debora and Dimas. Ginny grew up in the Philippines with her missionary parents, and later graduated from evangelical Wheaton College in Illinois. Since 1981, she has worked in Christian media, both as an editor and writer, as well as a spokesperson for pro life organizations. Fifteen years ago she discovered Orthodoxy, and subsequently she edited Conciliar Press' book, Our Heart's True Home, and served as journal editor to The Handmaiden as well as Conciliar's acquisitions editor.
1. What was the genesis for this book?
I've had a love for St. Lucia ever since I moved to California in 1992 and was invited to participate in a St. Lucia festival hosted by my friends, Nektarios and Anna Burkett. When the Conciliar Press editorial board (on which I serve) decided they wanted more picture books about women saints, I knew I wanted to write one, and St. Lucia immediately came to mind.
2. Who are the children you had in mind, during the writing process?