I have always dreamed of being a writer. There is something about creating a world and characters on paper which has always fascinated me. I’ve always enjoyed writing, although I admit I am not the most eloquent or poetic. But the love of creative expression through words has always been with me. When I was young I would make up adventure stories and write my ideas using a tablet or note book paper. I would keep my stories tucked safely away under my bed mattress. Writing helped me escape from the reality of being in a big family with not too much privacy; I relied on my writing as a way to escape. I spent a great deal of time with creative writing in high school. I put my heart into it. My friends were impressed with what I had written. There was something about getting feedback, just knowing someone has heard and acknowledged my words. Then, somehow after graduation I realized I wanted to be a published author. I was told not to pursue a career in writing because it was not a lasting career. So I stopped writing and put it away. I hid it-never forgetting that it was stored deep away inside of me. Over the years I have discovered that God is the giver of all gifts, and He chooses which gifts to give to whom. God did not create everyone the same. To some he gives artistic ability, to others musical ability, to others the ability to make things with their hands and to some the gift to write. God in his wisdom gave us exactly the creative gifts that he wanted us to have. Our gifts are part of who we are. They are part of the person that God created us to be. I am a writer!
I have the motivation to write Christian romance because of the opportunity to promote Christian values and share my faith “If I can, through my stories, show the reader the parallel between ‘human’ romances and ‘the sacred’ romance, then I’ve nudged them one step closer to the ultimate ‘Romancer.’” The decision to write Christian romance offers an amazing opportunity to spread God’s Word and touch lives through stories that inspire and offer hope. While life can press on hearts and souls, these novels can be a release to readers. They enter into a world of people who, like themselves, are dealing with life’s problems, and are shown how God’s love and the characters’ faith make all the difference. Ministering to readers through a beautiful love story is serving God in a unique way.
The message I write comes from the heart and from a deep understanding of God’s Word, laws, and promises. Writing Christian fiction is more than having characters utter a prayer or attend church or Sunday school; it is reflected in the language, actions, deeds, thoughts of the characters, and Christian worldview that is difficult to represent if not from the heart.