“Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I see myself as a thinker (I ponder and ask why about everything… my youngest often thanks me for passing it down). I also see myself as a writer. It’s become the joy of my heart. Now that my editor and I are working on my third novel, the first line for my next one has been screaming at me to start a new story for well over a week.
To stay with the above quote by Emerson, I want to answer the following question:
“Why do I write?”
Because God put me on this earth, and gave me that desire. Although I’ve penned numerous poems and short stories since I was a child, I never took writing seriously until 2009. It was one of those ah ha moments.
Mom was a newspaper reporter. As a teen, I often said that, like her, I’d write someday. Back then, little did I know writing fiction novels of suspense would be the direction I’d follow. To say I like it is a major understatement. I love writing.
“I write because I have a burden in my heart to reach people.”
Mom often told me that when I was in grade school, I used to come home crying. She’d look me over from head to toe to see where I was hurt. My pain wasn’t visible, however. It was in my heart. Whether it was for the boy who was sick and didn’t make it to school that day, or for the girl who fell and scraped her knee. Things are no different today. Even when I don’t know the reason for their tears, seeing someone cry chokes me up. Especially when it comes to a child (Movie theatre? Give me loads of tissues).
My stories are purely a figment of my imagination. I choose a real life situation, and answer the question,
“What would happen if…”
The suspense and drama I describe in my books isn’t something that necessarily happened to me, but it can ring true to many readers who are going through a similar situation. My hope is to show them how to see the positive in the negative, something I strongly believe in. I want my readers to do the same, to look around and see that in most cases, there’s someone worse off than they are. On days when I’m going through a hard time, regardless of the situation, I like to be able to say,
“Today is going to be a great day, no matter what.”
While the above may be good reasons, one is much more important to me.
To share the most amazing gift God’s given me. The Love of Jesus. I want to bring my readers closer to Him, by weaving my faith through the pages in a way that I pray will help them understand, and come to faith in Him.
Why do you write? Please share and leave a comment below.