Colossians 2:2 (NIV) To me, this scripture boils down to this: "My purpose is that... they may know... Christ." I personally want to know more about Jesus and the strong love that drove him to the cross to pay for my sins. If I can share the love of Jesus with others, let it be done to the glory of God. Psalm 133 I think that Christians working together in unity can accomplish more in less time and with more joy.
Joshua 1:8-9 We should find out what God wants us to do, and then do it. Don't let fear or discouragement get in the way. Always remember, you are here for God, and God is here for you.
Do you have to be a Christian to write Christian fiction?
Yes, I believe you do. Readers can tell if your stories are written from a true relationship with God. I accepted the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross as payment for my sins when I was maybe ten years old. I’ve been walking with God, stumbling, getting back up and walking with Him again since that time. It’s good to know that I have a merciful God who makes it easier for me to get back to my feet when I fall. When a writer has experienced God’s forgiveness, the reality of that experience will show in the stories.
What are some of the highlights of your Christian life?
I enjoyed preaching in the schools of Belize and in a neighborhood in Jamaica when I toured with a ministry group from my church. I loved the children’s smiling faces. I loved praying with men and women in the parks and town squares. God gave me some thrilling moments of missionary work that I will never forget. I was also invited to go with a different ministry group from my church to a women’s prison where I spoke to over 1,000 female inmates. I loved the one-on-one prayer time with them.
When did you start writing?
I first became interested in writing during my high school journalism class. I was so excited to see my first by-line in the high school yearbook. In the early years of my marriage, I wrote my church's youth newsletter.
When did you start writing Christian fiction?
I started writing fiction after I married a wonderful man - a real hero. After I received God's call to write, I realized that my desire to write was not a hobby but a gift that needed to be developed. When my children were small, I wrote when I could. Now they're older, and I have more time to devote to my stories.
What are some of the highlights of your writing life?
I’ve been studying fiction writing for more than ten years off and on while raising my children. During that time, I’ve been able to meet some wonderful editors, authors and agents at writing conferences. I've enjoyed receiving information and encouragement at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers' Conference and the American Christian Fiction Writers conference.
Do you think you'll publish soon?
GREAT NEWS! My new book is on Amazon! It's a nonfiction, short, inspirational journaling experience for women. It's available now in both digital and paperback versions. You can get a free Mini-Guide that goes with it by subscribing in the sign-up box. When you subscribe to my email list and get the updates in your inbox, you'll be the first to know when my other books are coming out. This summer, I plan to release my first fiction too. But again, all in God's timing. I want to make my work the best it can be before sending it out. When it first arrives in an editor's hands, it won't be perfect, but I'll have done my best. Through the editing process, the book will become even better because it will be my best in cooperation with someone else's (the editor's) best.