Often, I am asked why I write. I thought I'd share part of my reasons with my faithful followers here on my blog.
Why I Write:
Ephesians 4:29: Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
On a personal note: Storytelling by a mother to her child while gliding on a weathered porch swing will have a profound impact on that child’s life. And that’s what happened to me. At a young age, my imagination soared from the stories my mother would weave to me, and later, as I devoured classic books such as Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, and Jane Eyre, I developed a passion for character-driven stories. It always seemed to be great characters that society and readers remembered most.
So after writing for different publishers for many years, I had never let go of my heart’s desire to write longer fiction or my steadfast belief in Ephesians 4:29 regarding the power of words and how I could use words to help others. But I didn’t want my novel idea or stories to be just “any” kind of reading material. For non-fiction, I wanted to use my life lessons on a very real level to connect with readers, and for my fictional stories, I wanted the characters to be real people facing real life problems with elements of their faith involved.
So for this author, my readers must feel satisfied as if he or she hadwalked every step with the characters on a journey of self-discovery, not only for the characters but the reader as well. If the reader feels those elements, then I can put down my pen and relax a while until the next story begins to take shape. :-)