Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and grew up in the Inland Northwest; Spokane, Washington to be exact. The geographical location has a small part to play in my stories and my family life has a larger part, but I believe it is my relationship with Jesus that is the moving force behind what I write.
When did you first start writing?
I have always loved writing. When I was young, I wrote silly little poems; more ditties than anything. As I grew, I wrote more substantial poetry and a few (unfinished) stories. Most of my writing was a result of my loneliness and fear from growing up in what I felt was an insecure environment.
Why do you write today?
My love for God and the children in my life inspire me. Jesus has taught me so many things in my relationship with Him, through His Word and through others who know Him. He burdens my heart to share the truths of His Word with others, especially my grandchildren. I am jealous for my children and grandchildren to know Jesus. Just as with Paul, Christ's love compels me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In Little Pig, Little Pig, I wanted to convey my testimony, the story of God's unconditional and sacrificial love in my life, to my grandchildren. The Lamb in this story obviously represents Jesus...the Pig, me (or anyone before receiving salvation). No matter what we do to cleanse ourselves from our sin (good behavior, religion, the power of positive thinking, etc.), only Jesus has the power to make us clean. This encounter is so life-changing, so life-giving, we cannot help but tell others.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Every story I write is poured out onto the page after much prayer. Sometimes, I don't even have to change a word. I just sit back and marvel at what God has given me. I'm not presumptuous enough to think every word I write is straight from God, but my greatest joy is when I see on the page what He has inspired in my heart and mind.
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