Why I Write

I have always loved words: song lyrics, classic literature, poetry—and of course, crossword puzzles—so it’s not surprising that I enjoy putting my thoughts on paper.  I choose to write entertaining fiction because I am young enough to remember reading books that captivated me as a child, drawing me to magical places where good triumphed over evil and the heroes and villains were easy to identify. I write uplifting fiction because I have lived long enough to know adults need heroes, too.

 

Life is hard. We’ve all been wounded, sometimes broken, by the devastation of severed relationships and shattered dreams. Sometimes the anguish is chronic, like the slow erosion of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or the ever-present burden of shame. Sometimes it’s the sharp blade of amputation—a home lost to fire, a long-term marriage to infidelity, a beloved child or spouse to death.

 

Tragedy changes us. It alters our plans and colors our perspectives. It can rock our faith— in ourselves, in others, in the goodness of God. We struggle to make sense of things that make no sense.

 

Gradually, we rediscover laughter and beauty and even love. But always, there is the scar, the reminder that nothing is quite what it once was. Where do we find the will to move forward?  The confidence to hope in the future?

 

For me, the answer is faith. My novels don’t preach but focus on themes of redemption and second chances. They feature bright but broken people driven to heroics by circumstance. In the midst of danger and intrigue, they discover courage and learn new ways to look at old problems. By escaping the chains of the past, they are freed to find healing and love in unexpected places.

 

In many ways, my characters are just like you. I hope they will encourage and inspire you to look beyond the clouds to what’s waiting just out of sight.