I'm most recently a writer. In the six plus decades of my life, I've been a wife, mother, grandmother, Jill of all trades though mistress of but a few, and most of the time pretty content with my lot. As a much younger person, I believed I was called to write, but life and living distracted me for most of those decades. An unwilling transplant from the South, twenty years ago I unintentionally landed in the geographical center of the US. Writing came about in part due to the unwillingness, I expect. When caring for family, gardening, and renovating a century-old house failed to provide sufficient creative outlets, I turned to the one thing I always intended to do. Eight titles later, I'm grateful I found myself while Lost in the Plains!
Friday, August 16, 2013
A Confession (And a Contest!)
I know there's a huge readership for "Christian Fiction." But frankly I hoped to steer away from that label. I myself choose to read all genres, constantly searching for a book that entertains, enlightens or even stretches my imagination in a new direction. I like to be inspired by a story, but I don't really care to have that inspiration "preached" on every page. I sincerely hope I haven't been guilty of that with the Valley Rise books.
I will admit that I felt Spirit-led much of the time while writing. It seemed natural to utilize passages of scripture when they fit into the story, and I spent a great deal of time browsing my husband's various Books of Worship and hymnals for guidance. As with every story, it at times dictated its own direction and I followed, amazed at the twists and turns it took. I think it tells a story of love and life enriched and sustained by faith, but life lived in the real world.
Now for the contest part! There is a passage of scripture referred to numerous times throughout the series. It serves as a reminder whenever Stani gives in to his natural proclivity for a certain behavior. It was even painted on a wall by Emily's mother. If you've read Hearts Unfold, you should recall it instantly. The first person to post it in a comment here will receive a signed paperback copy of Hearts Unfold. And if more than one of you post it, I might even give away more copies, just because I'm so thrilled to see your response!
Contest ends September 1st. GO!