I've read the About Me page of plenty of other fiction authors and I've noted the common thread. They were born with pen in hand and literary prowess oozing from their pores. They knew from the beginning that writing fiction was what they were meant to do and began honing their craft seemingly the moment they were born. Their daydreams were full of book plots and their characters lived at the forefront of their imaginations, begging to be put on paper.
I don't quite fit that mold. The son of an accountant and an information systems professor, creative writing isn't exactly a family pedigree. Following my parents' example, I got my bachelor’s degree in business administration and immediately went to work as a computer programmer at a now defunct retail company. Since then, I’ve enjoyed a successful career as an information technology consultant and had the pleasure of working with hundreds of wonderful people along the way. God’s blessings have been undeniable in both my professional and personal lives.
But something was missing, and I knew it. My wife and I began praying for God to use us for His purposes rather than being content with our own path. We learned quickly that you should be careful what you pray for, because you might just get it. I will never forget that morning in the shower, eyes still drooping shut as I washed my hair, when God planted His will in my spirit. He wanted me to write books. Fiction books. Books with creative plots and interesting characters.
Really? Me? Surely He had chosen the wrong person. As the rest of the week progressed, the Holy Spirit made it clear He was serious about the assignment. I asked for direction, and God provided. I had so much to learn. However, learning about writing was the easy part of my undertaking. Learning to trust God was the more difficult matter. I didn’t have the skillset to produce a readable book. I was scared and completely out of my element. That is exactly how God wanted it. It was His intent all along for me to have to rely on Him. As with everything else in life, relying on Him is the only way we can truly be on target with our undertaking. It required me to swallow some of my self-sufficient pride and actually listen to God for a change.
So here I am, writing my About Me page, utterly amazed at God’s grace and patience as he guides me forward. What I have learned so far is amazing. I look forward to the rest of the journey under His tutelage. I pray these stories not only entertain, but also deliver God’s intended message. Enjoy!
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