I’ve loved writing since I was a teenager. Even though I never made it my full-time profession, I’ve published in several magazines and numerous blogs. Now I’m continuing my quest to publish a novel. I’ve completed five and have begun the sixth. This is a lesson in perseverance, and I’m to the point where I’m confident that my hard work has paid off.
What do I write?
Like most authors, I’ve dabbled in a variety of genres. For me it’s been mystery, suspense, and even a little romance. But now I seem to have landed on Young Adult and Middle Grade. Why? Because I love characters who live passionately, without the self-imposed bonds that we place on ourselves as we grow older. Writing about teenagers allows me to see the world through unfiltered eyes. Really, it’s the way we all want to live.
I am also a Christian. While my novels don’t contain enough Christian content to be labeled as such, the morals and values I attempt to portray match my own. I don’t want to “teach” any of my readers a lesson. I want what most writers want–for my readers to set down the book when they’re finished with a new perspective on their world. What I want is for my readers to think and reason for themselves. I’m merely here to prime the thought pump. After you read The End, it’s up to you to follow your heart and your mind.
So I suppose an accurate label for my style of writing would be “Christian Friendly.” I will not be one of those who jump on the PC bandwagon to take shots at your faith. Nor will I paint immoral behavior in a positive light. I would hope that no one would paint my bad behavior in a good light. Part of this whole reading and writing journey is to reveal the good, the bad, and the ugly in all of us (my apologies to Clint Eastwood). For my younger readers, especially, I hope to show that things, and people, aren’t always what they seem.
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