I always loved reading. I was always good at writing. I toyed with the idea of writing professionally since I was 13, but never saw the opportunity to learn the craft and all the other things that are a part of professional writing. They were there, but my focus was elsewhere. I was a teacher. I became disabled in 1996 and retired early. Then I had plenty of time to do something new and I began to really look for the help I needed to move from being a wannabe to an actual writer! I went to conferences and joined American Christian Fiction Writers.
What is the genre you write in? Would you explain what it is?
After reading Robert Jordan’s, “Wheel of Time” Adult Fantasy series, I had the urge to write something different from the Christian Romance I had been writing. Young Adult Fantasy is different! Afterwards, someone pointed out that it is fantasy to believe that men can really be as sensitive and unselfish as heroes in a romance. I laughed but realized that there is a modicum of truth in that.
I have always enjoyed a good story. A good story lifts the reader, makes him or her more aware of a truth. Hopefully the fiction also leads the reader to desire to follow through in life what was learned from a book.
In our society today good has become relative and evil has lost its repugnance. But our young people want clearly defined concepts of good and evil. In our world, we are losing the confidence that good will triumph over evil. The fantasy books that clarify God’s message to His people restore hope, literally affirm the strength of good and the futility of evil, and inspire a desire to seek righteousness. Not only that, but these books say it is all right to be the knight in shining armor. It is not dorky or old-fashioned. Females are encouraged to develop the characteristics that make a lady in God’s eyes. These virtues include that attributes revealed in Proverbs 31. The heroines personify a Godly woman.
How do you spend your writing days? Do you set goals to reach a certain number of words per day? Can you give us a general idea of how long it takes you to write a novel?
When I am actively pursuing the production of a story, I eat, walk, think, and dream the story. I leave a sink full of dishes and run to the computer to record what the main character just said to the villain. I burn what’s on the stove, because I went back to the office for “just a minute” to add a paragraph. Instead of counting sheep at night, I plot the next scene. Usually when I get some time to sit in front of the computer, the story has been percolating and I write down what I have been musing about.
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